Few things  help you grow as an artist like Image competition. At SPPPA we offer an annual event where you can submit your images to a qualified panel of jurors and receive valuable feedback, critique and insight to help you with your image making. Following the standards set for by our parent organization, PPA, images are evaluated against the standard of the 12 Elements and scored accordingly within the PPA scoring range.

To learn more about the 12 elements and what makes a merit image click here.




Phaneendra Gudapati

Sally Kolar

Angela Navarette

Phaneendra Gudapati, also known as PG, is a portrait artist located in Plano, TX. PG is inspired by classical portraiture, old master's paintings and fashion. He loves creating fusion between fine art and fashion in his imagery. PG is a self-confessed "technology junkie" always wanting to learn more, not only about the art and the craftsmanship of photography, but in developing the imagery he captures in-camera using various post processing techniques to make it impactful and bring his artistic vision to life. PG is PPA Master of Photography, Photographic Craftsman, Certified Professional Photographer and Adobe Certified Photoshop Expert.

Sally Kolar Sally Kolar is a PPA Master Photographer. She has been certified for over ten years. Sally is also a member of ASP-, American Society of Professional Photographers. Sally is passionate about CPP and works diligently to promote CPP education, foster fellowship and perpetuate the ideals of photography as a science and an art. Sally loves critiquing and has mentored aspiring students at Imaging USA. Kolar’s photography studio is in North Augusta, South Carolina; and she travels occasionally throughout the Central Savannah River Area. Kolar’s clients include corporations such as Sage Valley Golf Club where she is the official photographer for the prestigious Junior Invitational Golf Tournament. She has also championed the photography for Nike Golf and is honored to have photographed many professional golfers who frequent Augusta, Georgia. She has photographed Gary Player, Jack Nicklaus, Rory McIlroy, Padraig Harrington and Tiger Woods to name a few. The highlight of her career was photographing George Bush at the Junior Invitational.

Angela Navarette is a portrait artist from Plano, TX. A native Texan who inherited a love of photography from both her dad and granddaddy, she discovered her passion while raising her three beautiful children after a long and successful tech writing career. Encouraged by her family, she began her photography education. Specializing in portraiture for families, seniors, and children, she has earned several awards, and is a published writer and photographer. Angela is a Master Photographer, CPP, and yoga enthusiast who loves tuxedo cats.


Thank you for entering print competition. This is a great resource to expand your skills as an artist. Cost is $35 for up to 4 entries and $5 for each additional entry with a max of 10. Good Luck!

Awards will be given for the top three images in each category along with a Best of show trophy for the Overall Best entry. (Judges will choose awards). For every entry, regardless of category or score, is eligible for random drawing of door prizes including a FREE PPA membership, Imaging USA 2017 pass, lab credits and more!


1. Entries submitted must be entrants own work.

2. Entries that have previously scored 80 or more at any competition are not eligible.

3. All entries will submitted digitally. Must be 4000px on the long side, sRGB color space and JPEG format. File not to exceed 5MB

3. For wedding, commercial, illustrative and portrait categories, all elements must be created by the entrant. Artwork is permissible in theses categories, including compositing, as long as all photographic elements used were created by the entrant.

4. Entries in the Electronic category may use any source image, even if the entrant did not create it and guide images are mandatory.

5. Deadline to enter is Friday May 19th, 2017


6. Entrant may enter up to 10 images and each entry can be in any of the 5 categories:

-Portrait: Image of a person or animal.

-Wedding: Any image of a wedding party member or wedding event.

-Commercial: Image used for advertising purposes. maybe food, product, architectural, aerial, editorial.

-Illustrative: Still life, pictorials and abstracts.

-Electronic: Composites, restorations, digital paintings. Guide images required.






80-84  MERIT


70-74  AVERAGE


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Cris Duncan, Executive Director

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Lubbock, TX 79407