WPPI’s 2014 Print Competition is Open!

It’s that time of year again! What time of year, you ask? “The time when I’m just starting to feel the burn in my legs from shooting weddings?” “The time of year when I’m packing the kids off to camp with 6 towels, 4 snacks and a gallon of sun tan lotion?” “Or maybe it’s the crunch of the cicadas under my feet and that deafening whirring from off in the distance…”

No, none of that!

It’s the opening of the WPPI 2014 First Half Print Competition! Yes, this is it, and time is running out. I know you’re busy, and it takes time to gather images and decide what to enter.

A winning image from 2013’s Print Comp © Paul Ernest.

Why shouldn’t you blow it off? The first half competition is about more than just entering to win; it’s a “litmus test” to catapult you throughout the rest of the year onto the second half and the 16 x 20 print competition in Las Vegas. (Check out last year’s gallery here.)

Think about it this way:

Growth, Knowledge, Prestige.

The first half print competition is all about growth. This is where you should be entering recent work and gauging how it’s judged. Perhaps it’s a new style of compositing, lighting technique, or even the way you posed your clients. Always enter your best work, but perhaps enter something untested, something completely different. This is the opportunity to see how your work stands up and gives you the opportunity for growth!

Use the knowledge gained from your scores and apply it to the second half competition. Without entering into the first half, how can you apply that knowledge you gained?

The 16 x 20 competition is about prestige. This is the time to finish all your work, pick the best of the best, and hopefully you’ll be able to stand up on that stage with me next year! You will have worked hard and you’ll be happy to have earned the prestige that comes with winning the accolades and awards that come with taking part in the world’s greatest print competition.

Don’t miss out on this year’s first half competition! The deadline is July 8. ENTER NOW.

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Jason Groupp

Jason Groupp

Jason Groupp is the Director of WPPI and a New York City photographer heavily steeped in the industry. Adoring New York City far beyond any healthy proportion, Jason has maintained his photography studio in West Chelsea for the past 12 years.

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