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The Competition Code

  • 10/05/2019
  • 9:00 AM - 4:30 PM
  • ProPhoto Supply Event Center, 1801 NW Northrup Portland Or 97209
  • 18


  • OPPA, ASMP, PPW and PPA Members
  • OPPA, ASMP, PPW and PPA Members
  • Guests and non-members
  • Guests and non-members

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The Competition Code

Want to get the most out of Image Competition? Are you a competition newbie? Or maybe you’ve entered a few times but weren’t satisfied with your scores? We have the workshop for you! 

Join Lisa Dillon, M.Photog.Cr., CPP, FP-OR and Aaron Hockley, M.Photog.Cr., FP-OR for a day of competition immersion.  We'll show you how to look at your work with a judge's eye so that you can select the best competition images.  We'll talk about shooting specifically for competition and using personal projects as source material.  We'll review what makes an image strong for competition, and conversely, what are some pitfalls that can result in a lower score.

We'll frame all of this discussion within the context of PPA's Twelve Elements of a Merit Image, the framework that judges use to evaluate a competition photograph.

Class participants are encouraged to bring potential competition images for review -- we'll help you select your strongest images and give you some pointers on how to prepare them.

Bonus: if you're interested in becoming an OPPA Juror, this is one of the two prerequisites for joining our Juror Development Program (that link gives more details).

We'll break for lunch mid-day; lunch is on your own and there are restaurants in the area.

This is a PPA Continuing Education System class; PPA members who attend the full workshop will receive one PPA merit.

Questions?  Contact Lisa or Aaron.

About the Speakers

Lisa and Aaron are image competition veterans with several PPA Loan Collection images.  Lisa is an IPC Silver Medalist and has four Kodak Gallery Awards and a Fuji Masterpiece Award, and she is currently a PPA Juror in Training.  Aaron received a third place category award at the 2015 Grand Imaging Awards and was a World Photographic Cup finalist, and currently serves as OPPA's Juror Oversight Chair. They both have numerous other competition awards.  Both Lisa and Aaron are Oregon Fellows of Photography and have received the PPA National Award.  With differing photographic backgrounds, together they'll share their perspectives to help you on the path to success with image competition.

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