Salon – Image Competition and Education

2019 Salon Winners




Download the latest Official 2020 Salon Rules for Salon. This requires Adobe Acrobat Reader which is a free download.

The 2020 Rules will be updated as soon as possible with entry instructions and deadlines. Until then, prepare your images using the rules and guidelines available at the link above.

Salon Image Competition and Education is a competition among the local JPPG members. The primary purpose of Salon is to enhance our art form. It is also a step towards helping you move on to the other competitions and association degrees and awards. These achievements provide you with credibility for your clients as an award-winning photographer as well as moving forward in the area of speaking or teaching around the country. 

Judging takes place digitally. The image title is announced, then the judges view the image and give the image a score based on the below “Twelve Elements of a Successful Print”. A person on the salon committee averages, announces and records the score. Upon completion, the judges choose 1st, 2nd and 3rd place winners from each category with the judges’ favorite image winning the coveted Best of Show.






Salon only takes place once per year, so we encourage you to enter your images and take advantage of this educational opportunity. All work is judged anonymously so you have nothing to lose!

Our goal is for each image to receive feedback from our judges. Our 2020 competition entry and judging process is under review due to our current national situation and we will advise as soon as final decisions are made regarding entry and judging procedures and deadlines. 

There are also print competitions at the State and National / International levels.

What are the criteria that images are scored against and how is scoring done? Read below to find out more!

Twelve Elements of a Successful Print

There are twelve elements that a print should be measured against when considering an image for competition. These are sometimes known as the Dirty Dozen. The Twelve elements listed below in the order of their importance.

Impact is the sense one gets upon viewing an image for the first time. Compelling images evoke laughter, sadness, anger, pride, wonder or another intense emotion. There can be impact in any of these twelve elements.

Creativity is the original, fresh, and external expression of the imagination of the maker by using the medium to convey an idea, message or thought.

Technical excellence is the print quality of the image itself as it is presented for viewing. Retouching, manipulation, sharpness, exposure, printing, mounting, and correct color are some items that speak to the qualities of the physical print.

Composition is important to the design of an image, bringing all of the visual elements together in concert to express the purpose of the image. Proper composition holds the viewer in the image and prompts the viewer to look where the creator intends. Effective composition can be pleasing or disturbing, depending on the intent of the image maker.

Lighting—the use and control of light—refers to how dimension, shape and roundness are defined in an image. Whether the light applied to an image is man-made or natural, proper use of it should enhance an image.

Style is defined in a number of ways as it applies to a creative image. It might be defined by a specific genre or simply be recognizable as the characteristics of how a specific artist applies light to a subject. It can impact an image in a positive manner when the subject matter and the style are appropriate for each other, or it can have a negative effect when they are at odds.

Print Presentation affects an image by giving it a finished look. The mats and borders used should support and enhance the image, not distract from it.

Center of Interest is the point or points on the image where the maker wants the viewer to stop as they view the image. There can be primary and secondary centers of interest. Occasionally there will be no specific center of interest, when the entire scene collectively serves as the center of interest.

Subject Matter should always be appropriate to the story being told in an image.

Color Balance supplies harmony to an image. An image in which the tones work together, effectively supporting the image, can enhance its emotional appeal. Color balance is not always harmonious and can be used to evoke diverse feelings for effect.

Technique is the approach used to create the image. Printing, lighting, posing, capture, presentation media, and more are part of the technique applied to an image.

Story Telling refers to the image’s ability to evoke imagination. One beautiful thing about art is that each viewer might collect his own message or read her own story in an image.

Print Scoring

Scoring is based on a point system ranging from 100 to 0 as follows:

100 – 95 Exceptional
94 – 90 Superior
89 – 85 Excellent
84 – 80 Very Good (must score in this category or above to receive a print merit)
79 – 76 Good
75 – 74 Average
73 – 70 Fair
69 – 0 Unacceptable

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