Salon – Image Competition and Education

Download the latest Official 2019 Salon Rules for Salon. This requires Adobe Acrobat Reader which is a free download.

Salon Image CompetitionSalon Image Competition and Education is a competition among the local JPPG members. In 2009, JPPG introduced a new format of print competition – the Digital Salon! It was so well received, we have decided to make this the permanent mode of local competition. In 2011, even PPA and FPP transitioned to the same format!

Using the rules and guidelines available at the link above, a member will enter his/her images and their images will be judged and/or critiqued by Master Photographers. During the scoring process, some judges will give advise or recommendations on how the image might have been improved. Salon’s primary purpose is to enhance our art form. It is also a step towards moving on to the other competitions and association degrees. These achievements give photographers the credibility they need, should they move forward in the area of speaking or teaching around the country.

The judging is a very quiet process.  It occurs usually the afternoon of the Salon day from 3:00PM – 6:00PM. Seasoned JPPG members will suggest that’s should you wish to attend judging during the afternoon, you are encouraged to come look, listen, and learn!  Judges and members are both very serious when critiquing work.  Since the photographer’s name is no where on the face of the image, all work is judged anonymously so you have nothing to lose!

Once the meeting has officially started for the evening, around 7:00PM, the scores will be announced for each image, and the judges will take turns critiquing each image. The afternoon judging may be attended but the new format is designed to make the evening critique stronger, in terms of education, because each image will be addressed by the judges!

Salon happens at JPPG once a year – usually in the Fall – so use this as an educational opportunity.  Please check the Calendar of Events for the dates which Salon will occur.

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

So, 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