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WPS Image Competition
- Competition image must be submitted by the photographer who originally captured the image.
- Images must be of actual clients in the context of their wedding, engagement session, bridal session, or portrait session. Images taken at workshops, seminars, or conventions may not be used and will be disqualified if submitted.
- Image must have no identifying watermarks. Exif data is allowed, just nothing visible, to insure judge impartiality.
- Each WPS member (aspiring or pro) is allowed one image per category. Re-submissions are allowed however only the last submitted image will be judged.
- Each image may be entered into only one category.
- Images may be resubmitted to the next contest if submitted photograph does not receive points in a previous competition.
Each entry is $2. There is no charge to re-submit a new image into a category you had previously submitted to.
- 800px on the longest side
- Finished off for viewing on a calibrated LCD monitor
- sRGB color space
- For the PJ category, only light color/exposure, dodging & burning allowed.
- All other categories are artistically unlimited
- Judging will be performed after the image deadline and, once judging is complete, the images will be posted in a private WPS forum for viewing. Winners will have a watermarked version showing the WPS "Award" for recognition on our blog. We will happily make a copy of that photo available to you upon request.
- Any image not meeting the above specifications may be disqualified from the competition.
Q4 2012 Judges: (*lead judge - **judge in waiting)
Competition Administrator - Brian Mullins
* If a photographers image is known by a judge prior to the competition judging, and deemed by that judge to "place" (for points) in a category, that judge will defer the judging of that category alone to the backup judge. This will help keep an impartial panel and provide a mechanism to defer the competition scoring to an impartial entity.
By submitting an image into the WPS image competition, you agree you are the photographer who originally captured the image and current copyright holder. You also agree to allow the WPS and it's board members post your image on the WPS website/forum/blog for viewing & judging. You agree the WPS can use your image on the WPS website to announce the competition winners.
SUBMIT YOUR IMAGE HERE
Images in this category may not be setup, directed, or prompted by the photographer. Minor Photoshop enhancements such as cropping, levels, curves, white balance adjustments are allowed. Color or B/W only. The lead judge will move the image to the appropriate category of he/she deems the image is setup, directed, or if excessive Photoshop enhancements are utilized.
These images have no restrictions on Photoshop enhancements. Textures, layers, heavy vignetting, vintage tones, are allowed. Portraits are also allowed in this category. In other words...go crazy! The lead judge will have the authority to move the image to the appropriate category if he/she deems the image does not fall within the category.
For every client, they each have their own unique sense of style. Be it at a wedding, a portrait, engagement or just "fun" shoot. Show us the best examples of fashion & fashion photography.
We all strive to find "that" moment for each client. Again, it can be at a wedding, a portrait, senior or other shoot. Any image that truly captures a unique moment in time and tells its own story is eligible in this category.
This one is for weddings specifically - show us your coolest, funniest, most heartfelt or other really awesome exit photo!
PRIZES & POINTS
Points will accrued throughout the year from each quarterly competition. The overall winner at the end of the year will be recognized and named the WPS Photographer of the year! This title comes with a nifty trophy (seriously, this thing is awesome!), speaking opportunities for WPS events (and possibly others) and a key to the executive washroom (don't mind the barnyard animals we keep in there).
Please post any questions in a separate topic in this forum
- Renee is our latest chapter leader heading up the Greensboro chapter with her Husband Jonathan. Renee & Jonathan spoke at the 2012 WPS convention and are thrilled to bring everything the WPS exemplifies to the triad area! Welcome Renee and Jonathan!!
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Posted by Anna Jacek Bieniek - Dec 02 2013 06:08 AM
We'd like to say hello to everybody :-) We're husband and wife working always together on wedding photography. Unfortunately we are far away from all of you - we live in Europe, Poland, but we enjoy getting in touch with others photographers from all over the world :-) Greetings!
Posted by Brian Mullins - Mar 21 2012 01:49 PM
Welcome to the WPS!
Please note each membership application is manually approved. This process should take no longer then 48 hours. This is a necessary step to insure the WPS admits only professional and aspiring professional photographers. For the time being, you will be able to view our public areas but not comment or start new topics. If your application is NOT approved (your ability to post has not been granted within 48 hours, please send an email to email@example.com and I will look into it immediately).
Please make sure to join our facebook group and facebook page as well so you are informed about all of our contests and meetings.
Once your application is approved, please follow the below steps! *You won't be able to change anything until you are approved....)
Edit your display name - Please insure your display name is set to your full name (i.e. John Smith) in the display name part of your profile? Our community is spread across the globe and it's difficult to have a meaningful conversation with Axl8r4321. You only get 1 change each year, so choose wisely.
Member Map - This puts a pin on your location, great when people travel to your area.
Gallery images - Each member can upload 10 images to a personal gallery so everyone can see your work.
Integrate FB account- This imports your FB profile photo and also lets you give status updates, likes, etc all from the WPS forums.
Profile Contact Info - When you enter your facebook, twitter, google+ or skype addresses, this places an icon underneath your topic profile picture with ways to contact you. Yes another way to help network yourself with others.
Follow the Calendar - This will give you notification of any changes/additions made to the calendar. Great for notifications about local meetings or online activities.
About your WPS membership
Full membership is granted to those with a majority of professional wedding/portrait related photography on their website. This is to keep high standards for our meetings and forum participation. The WPS is an incubator for ideas, sharing information, learning and growing for everyone involved so we definitely welcome your participation and hope to meet you in person at one of our meetings.
Student memberships are granted to those who are new to the portrait or wedding photography world and have little wedding or portrait work in their portfolio. Our definition of a pro wedding or portrait photographer is 50% or more of your website is wedding & portrait specific. As such, we certainly welcome you to participate and to attend the meetingsbut we do limit access to some forums as a means of controlling who has access to certain information. This is in no way a judgement of skills or potential. Our goal is to provide a provide a “safe” environment to learn and grow in without being subject to the, sometimes, straightforward and critical comments that come with being a professional photographer.
So who am i?
Your membership level was decided when a member of the WPS staff reviewed your website and judged it based on several criteria - mostly based on the amount of portrait and wedding specific work you have. As this is an automated message you can look for yourself. If you have access to any forumsthat end in - members, you have full membership. If you can only see the public forums, you are a aspiring member. Aspiring members can start topics and make replies, but only in the public forums. An aspiring member can, at any time, ask to be re-considered for full membership by emailing the admin team. Please make sure an include your forum name when doing so.
Please check the following locations for how to get the most from being a WPS member:
All of these locations contain meeting and general WPS announcements and are accessible to both aspiring and full members.
If you are not close to any local chapters, and are interested in holding meetings in your area, please let us know! The community meetings bring so much talent together that we have found many, many opportunities to further professional wedding photography as a whole and our individual talents as well – so we highly encourage getting meetings going in your area.
All meetings are announce on our calendar.
Please let us know if you have any questions. You can always reach our staff via email!
All the best and welcome to the WPS!
Posted by Mark Maya - Nov 27 2013 08:40 AM
My name is Mark Maya. I am a documentary style photographer who recently moved to Durham from Boone, NC after completing my Master's at Appalachian State University. I am a Digital Media Arts teacher at Durham School of the Arts. I am looking to connect with local professionals and possibly be a "second shooter" for a couple of years so I can learn. I look forward to meeting you all!
Posted by Mabyn Ludke - Nov 13 2013 10:51 AM
My name is Mabyn and I just moved from upstate NY to Kernersville, NC a few weeks ago. I'm looking forward to networking and chatting shop with everyone. If you ever want to get together and trade war stories, I'm always down for a cup of coffee! I'm also very excited to explore NC, so if you have any recommendations of places to shoot, eat, drink coffee, or just generally should visit feel free to post them below! Thanks!
Posted by Kate Marchetto - Oct 09 2013 10:31 AM
My name is Kate and my husband and I are a wedding and lifestyle photography duo now based in Durham. We've previously lived in the Lehigh Valley area of PA and the Hampton Roads/Tidewater area of VA, but we're glad to be here and loving it so far. We're very glad to have found such a helpful community in the WPS, and are looking forward to interacting with everyone!
Posted by Lee Evans Photography - Oct 05 2013 07:25 PM
Please feel free to contact me if you are avialable to shoot on 10/27 from 1-7p in downtown Raleigh. Pay is $200 for 6 hours. For exceptional shooters I might be able to spice that up a little. Please feel free to email or call. Much appreciated!! :-)
Lee Evans Photography
Posted by christina decamp - Sep 30 2013 07:21 PM
My usual second shooter isn't available for a wedding on Oct 12 in Apex. Desperate for a skilled second shooter!!! If you're available, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
Thanks sooooo much!
Posted by dinamaria - Sep 16 2013 09:01 PM
Hi everyone. My name is Dina Maria and I am a budding photographer from Youngsville NC. I started my business in January and have spent most of the past 8+ months studying, volunteering my time to non-profits, and practicing. I created a business plan and my business plan was simple, well as simple as a business plan can be. It was to improve myself to ensure I provide quality to my clients. I still have a long way to go but have already noticed a huge difference in my work by, as I mentioned above, practicing, studying, and volunteering. But the one thing I have found most valuable was being critiqued by my peers. I have learned so much from my peers and appreciate their openness to share their knowledge. I am really looking forward to 2014 and making it the year I start building a client list. Cheers~
Posted by Gus and Veronica - Sep 14 2013 01:42 PM
Hi there! We are Gus and Veronica Salazar, owners of Gus and Veronica Photography. We are originally from Caracas, Venezuela and we came to Cheraw, SC in 2005. We're so excited to be here and be part of this awesome community!
Posted by Diane McKinney - Aug 20 2013 09:22 PM
I got an email something like this today... I thought for ONCE I answered it pretty well. I don't know how it was received on the other end but I know I am not shooting a wedding 7-8 hours all the negs included for $2k. I just thought I would share... Because every word of it is true...
I would LOVE to be able to do this for you and if you were getting married on a Friday or Sunday I could totally work something out. No, I am not able to do this... I have a studio and expenses I have to cover which are based on a budget of shooting x # of weddings at x $. Some of the newer photographers haven't learned that you have to replace most all of your gear after 5 years then the same goes for your computer equipment and all the other expenses that come up in years 2-3 and beyond. They usually go out of business within 3 years because they don't understand the economics that go into having a lasting and sustainable business. I want to be here for the long hall for my clients and watch them go from being excited newlyweds to new Mommies and Daddies and then some day to maybe shoot their babies’ babies. : ) Thank you SO much for giving me an opportunity and I know you will find someone fabulous although I hate it is not me. But if anything changes I would LOVE to meet you.
Thanks again! And congrats again!! : )