Accreditation

The next submission deadline is 5 pm EDT, Monday, January 20, 2020

Deadlines

January 20, 2020, 5 pm EST

April 6, 2020, 5 pm EDT

July 6, 2020, 5 pm EDT

October 5, 2020, 5 pm EDT

 

 

Accreditation Chair

Questions regarding Accreditation may be directed to:

Accreditation Chair
Tracy Grabowski MPA SPA
accreditation@ppoc.ca

 

Accreditation Information

2019General Accreditation Information Revised Aug_19.pdf

Categories

Categories & Descriptions

Naming Files

 

Submitting for Accreditation:

Link to upload a new/original submission

Link to upload resubmission

 

2019 Accreditation General Information

Revised August 2019


Accreditation is the degree of elevation above the general membership level and is achieved by
submitting samples of the applicant’s photography in a chosen category. Accreditation
demonstrates that the photographer has proven professional ability to the Board of Examiners of
the Professional Photographers of Canada.

In assessing Accreditation submissions, the judges will consider the following criteria: Impact, Creativity, Style, Composition, Presentation, Color Balance, Centre of Interest, Lighting, Subject Matter, Technique and Story Telling.

A minimum of one accreditation is required to qualify for a Craftsman designation and two Accreditations are needed
for a Masters designation. To be accredited is to be recognized as an expert in a given field.


Please read the official rules carefully as failure to comply with any portion of these could
automatically disqualify the entire entry. While copyright remains with the creator, PPOC reserves
the right to copy and publish, for educational or promotional purposes, the individual member's
entry.


SUBMISSIONS NOTE: All NEW submissions MUST be made using the online entry form HERE

RESUBMISSIONS: The new files should be submitted on-line along with payment. Number
the replacement files, with the same number as previously used on the rejected image but
with the new month and year of the current submission deadline. Previously accepted
images do not need to be resubmitted.
Resubmissions must be submitted within two years of the original submission.


The Images: Note New File Sizes
A submission for Accreditation consists of TEN (10) JPEG images submitted to the PPOC website.
Complete entries only will be accepted. The digital files should be sized to 5120 x 2880, saved to
maximum quality JPEG, with an Adobe RGB1998, sRGB or Pro Photo RGB profile. The files
submitted should be horizontal only. Place your images, including vertical, horizontal and square,
on a horizontal mat of 5120 x 2880 pixels. Choose a suitable background of your choice and
appropriate placement on the mat. Files that are not in horizontal format and 5120 x 2880 pixels
will NOT be judged. We do not rotate the monitor for Accreditation judging.
Images that have been accepted in one category may not be re-entered in a different category.
Images from previously accepted shooting sessions may not be submitted in a new submission.
No name or title of any kind with reference to the maker is permitted on any portion of the actual
image. Images that were exposed at a seminar or under the guidance of an instructor are not
eligible. The decision of the judges shall be final. The Accreditation Chair shall have the sole
authority to decide on any questions not specifically covered by these rules.


Naming the files:
Images are required to be titled as follows: ppocid#_first name_last name_category#_image
number_month_year.jpg (A525_tracy_grabowski_12_001_10_19.jpg)
Your PPOC ID # is published on your member profile page (top right button on the site when
logged in).

  • Please note: do not include the dash in the PPOC ID #.
  • Ontario members use the letter O, not a zero in their member ID.
  • If your PPOC ID is A-525, then you would use A525 for the filename prefix. EXAMPLE: A525_tracy_grabowski_12_001_10_18.jpg for the October 2019 deadline.
  • For the month and year please use the current deadline, i.e. October 2019 = 10_19.
  • Use underscores, NOT DASHES. Use lower case characters.

If Tracy Grabowski was entering Accreditation in October 2019 for category 12 (Children and Infant
Portrait) then her files would look like this:


A525_tracy_grabowski_12_001_10_19.jpg
A525_tracy_grabowski_12_002_10_19.jpg
A525_tracy_grabowski_12_003_10_19.jpg
A525_tracy_grabowski_12_004_10_19.jpg
A525_tracy_grabowski_12_005_10_19.jpg
A525_tracy_grabowski_12_006_10_19.jpg
A525_tracy_grabowski_12_007_10_19.jpg
A525_tracy_grabowski_12_008_10_19.jpg
A525_tracy_grabowski_12_009_10_19.jpg
A525_tracy_grabowski_12_010_10_19.jpg


FILES THAT ARE NOT NAMED PROPERLY MIGHT NOT BE JUDGED.

 

Deadlines

Submission deadlines are January 20, 2020, April 6, 2020, July 6, 2020 and October 5, 2020.
All at 5 pm current Eastern time.


Entry Fees

2019 initial entry fee for paid members of PPOC is $65.00 per category, plus GST or HST. Fee for
resubmissions is $45.00 plus GST or HST per category. All entry fees are non- refundable. A
separate submission fee is required for each different category submission.


Tips For Submitting

All ten (10) images must be accepted to gain Accreditation in a specific category. Be very critical
and submit your best work, as you would to a prospective customer. In the past, the judges have
rejected submissions for the following reasons:

  • images that are faded, too light, unretouched, muddy looking, not sharp, etc.;
  • B/W images of poor contrast;
  • posed photos made with one flash on camera;
  • portraits with black eyes (no highlights);
  • Images not properly dodged or burned in;
  • Images / files displaying any of the above and poor color and / or technical control.

 

Categories

(descriptions)

01 Advertising
02 Adventure Sport
03 Aerial
04 Animals
05 Animal Portrait
06 Annual Report
07 Architectural
08 Botanical
09 Boudoir
10 Canine / Dog Portrait
11 Child Study
12 Children and Infant Portrait
13 Commercial
14 Corporate
15 Couples portrait
16 Digital Illustration
17 Documentary
18 Editorial Illustration
19 Editorial Portrait
20 Entomology
21 Environmental Portrait
22 Environmental Business Portrait
23 Environmental Family
24 Equine
25 Executive Business Portrait
26 DISCONTINUED – JUNE 2012
27 Family Portrait
28 Fantasy Illustration
29 Fashion
30 Feature Presentation / Fusion
31 Feline Portrait
32 Figure Study
33 Fine Art / Photo Decor
34 Food
35 DISCONTINUED – JUNE 2012
36 Glamour
37 Group Portrait
38 High Key Portrait
39 Image Manipulation
40 Industrial
41 Jewelry
42 Marine
43 Maternity
44 Military Life
45 Mining
46 Modeling Portfolio
47 Motor Sports
48 Nature
49 Night Photography
50 Performing Artists
51 Photo Journalism
52 Pictorial / Scenic
53 Pinup
54 Portraiture
55 Press
56 Product Illustration
57 Public Relations
58 School Portrait
59 Senior Citizen Portrait
60 Senior Graduation Portrait
61 Special Event
62 Sports
63 Stock
64 Studio Portrait
65 Studio Wedding
66 DISCONTINUED – 2011
67 Travel Illustration
68 Underwater
69 Wedding Environmental
70 Wedding Formal
71 Wedding, Photojournalistic
72 Wedding Story
73 Wildlife
74 360 Spherical Panorama
75 Newborn
76 Low Key Portrait
77 Ornithology/Bird Photography
78 Birth Photography
79 Animal Sporting Event

 

Categories & Descriptions

The following list of categories and accompanying descriptions may be used as a guide in
selecting your images for submission. Unless otherwise stated, within any category, entrants are
expected to submit ten (10) images of ten (10) different scenes, ten (10) different subjects and
from ten (10) different photo sessions. The entrant must be able to prove to the judges, through a
good variety and cross section of subject matter, the photographer’s expertise in a chosen field.

 


01 Advertising:
Ten (10) images of ten (10) different subjects that have been used in advertising to promote a
product, an idea or a company.

 


02 Adventure Sport:
Requires the photographer to have an intricate and working knowledge of the adventure sport
he/she is photographing by capturing the peak action while able to cope with harsh environmental
and shooting conditions (i.e. water, snow, ice, altitude and reflection). The photographer should
also be able to demonstrate participation in their shooting environment through the angle and
shooting perspective of the athlete (ie. shooting a climber from the top vs. from the ground). All
photos must be taken outdoors and off the beaten path. Images can be experimental in nature, but
should be as "raw" as possible. The criteria used to evaluate images should include composition,
impact, use of natural light and surroundings, and should evoke feelings of excitement, fear etc.
Five different disciplines should be photographed (at least one land based and one water based)
with at least one summer and one winter sport represented. A variety of different perspectives
should also be represented: at least one close up (i.e. Close enough to see facial expression) and
one person in the environment.

 


03 Aerial:
Ten (10) images taken from a flying aircraft of (10) different subjects taken on ten (10) different
days, at various elevations. This can include air-to-air photography of another aircraft. Images must
be clear and sharp.

 


04 Animals:
Ten (10) images of ten (10) different types of animals taken on ten (10) different sessions. This
may include animals such as bears, lions, giraffes, birds, horses, elephants, deer, foxes,
chipmunks, tigers, domestic cats, turtles, fish, snails, gorillas, dogs and any other distinctly different
animals. This is a general animals category and the judges are looking for variety so only include
one of the same type, i.e. one bird, one horse, one bear, etc. May include wild, farm or
domesticated animals, in singles, pairs or group (3 or more). Only one (1) photograph may be of a
group of animals. Must include six (6) images of the entire animal and two (2) environmental
images in an appropriate setting. The two (2) remaining images may be of either entire animals,
environmental, headshots or abstract images of a body part. May be taken indoors or outdoors.
Click here for sample gallery.

 


05 Animal Portrait:
Ten (10) images of ten (10) different types of animals taken on ten (10) different sessions. May
include wild, farm or domesticated animals. May include portraits taken indoors, or outdoors.
Photos may range from including the entire animal in the frame to headshots or abstract images of
a body part. An animal portrait may include up to three animals. The photographer should
demonstrate an ability to capture personality and character.

 


06 Annual Report:
Ten (10) images, including fulfilling the following requirements from either (a) or (b) or (c):
(a) Three (3) annual reports for which the photographer did all the photography, with the minimum
number of images from any one annual report being three (3).
(b) Five (5) annual reports for which the photographer did at least 50% of the photography, with the
minimum number of images from each annual report being two (2).
(c) Ten (10) annual reports, one photograph from each. Generic stock images, in a specific annual
report, taken by other photographers and that were not shot specifically for the individual annual
report, do not affect your overall percentage of usage, but must be clarified by a verifying letter.
Tear sheets or website screen shots, along with a letter (on the client’s or designer’s letterhead)
confirming the photographer’s involvement for each annual report must be included. Seconds/Outs
may be submitted as long as they are obviously from the same photo session as the tear sheets.
Submit the tear sheets or screen shots and articles as PDF files and send as e-mail attachments to
the Accreditation Chair.

 


07 Architectural:
Ten (10) images of ten (10) different man-made structures, including five (5) interiors and five (5)
exteriors. An architectural photograph must successfully define and/or portray outstanding
architectural features of a building interior or exterior by dramatic use of point of view, perspective
and lighting. Must demonstrate how to control distortion and perspective within the entry.
Click here for sample gallery.

 


08 Botanical:
Ten (10) images of ten (10) different types of plants in ten (10) different settings. Botanical
photography is the accurate and/or beautiful images of plant life in both the natural and laboratory
environments. Subjects consist of flowering and non-flowering plants, native or cultivated, such as
trees, shrubs, herbs, fungi, ferns, mosses and liverworts, lichens, club mosses, horsetails and
algae. Parts of plants such as flowers, fruits, leaves, stems, berries may be photographed, as well
as microscopic grains of pollen, spores, and the like.
Click here for sample gallery.

 


09 Boudoir:
Ten (10) images of (10) different poses, using (10) different lighting techniques, ten (10) different
setups and (10) different subjects. These portraits should show the personality or desired fantasy
of an individual, or group, in a sensuous but tasteful environment, or portray a specific mood.
Click here for sample gallery.

 


10 Canine / Dog Portrait:
Ten (10) images of ten (10) different dogs, in ten (10) different situations where four (4) images
must have been made indoors and four (4) images must have been made outdoors. The other two
images may be made in either indoors or outdoors. Must include at least three (3) different dog
breeds. Photos may range from including the entire animal in the frame to headshots. A dog
portrait photograph may include more than one animal.

 


11 Child Study:
More than simply a portrait, a child study requires the photographer to illustrate the character and
inner spirit of a child and should make use of a variety of environments relating to the child. Submit
two series of five images (five per child). Variety should be shown in viewpoints, cropping, settings
and propping (others may be used in a group/couple setting but must be considered as props and
secondary to the main subject).
Click here for sample gallery.

 


12 Children and Infant Portrait:
Ten (10) images of ten (10) different children (12 and under) in ten (10) different poses from ten
(10) different photo sessions, and have enough variety in the submission to show the
photographer’s creative and technical ability. A variety of head and shoulders, 3/4 and full-length
poses must be shown. Singles, Infants (new born) and groups (2 or more people) must be
represented and may include environmental images. Click here for sample gallery.

 


13 Commercial:
Ten (10) images from at least five (5) of the following categories: advertising, aerial, architectural,
editorial, illustration, business portrait, fashion, construction, public relations, scientific, animals,
legal, annual report, on-site, in-plant and industrial. A general commercial photographer is required
to be qualified in a wide variety of subject areas.
Click here for sample gallery.

 


14 Corporate:
Ten (10) different images of ten (10) different businesses, taken during ten (10) different sessions.
Must include a variety of businesses ranging from those located in offices to those located in
industrial sites, people in working environments, executive portraits, products, manufacturing
processes, etc. Singles and groups (2 or more people) must be represented.
Click here for sample gallery.

 


15 Couples portrait:
Ten (10) images of ten (10) different couples from ten (10) different photo sessions, ten (10)
different locations showing ten (10) different poses and have enough variety in the submission to
show the photographer’s creative and technical ability. Head and shoulders, 3/4 and full-length
poses must be shown. These portraits are of couples only. Must include both environmental and
indoor locations and should demonstrate interaction between the subjects and storytelling.

 


16 Digital Illustration:
Artwork that is created solely through digital means. While the images may have been produced by
another person, the entrant is responsible for all elements of the “post-image” production, with the
obvious strength of the composition based on what is created from those images. The image must
still be recognized as a photograph. Ten (10) different subjects from ten (10) different sessions,
showing ten (10) different stylings to the final image.
Click here for sample gallery.

 


17 Documentary:
Ten (10) images. This category requires at least two (2) samples of published documentary
assignments. Six images included in your submission must be published. The remaining 4
unpublished images must visually relate to the published articles. Tear sheets or web screen shots
with credit lines and the article must accompany the submission. Documentary photography is a
visual depiction of the real world. Documentary photography should make a visual comment that
will give the viewer a better understanding of the world, society or man’s human condition. The
documentary photograph captures through intimate views, the inner strength, dignity, emotions,
and interpersonal relationships in life.
Submit the tear sheets or screen shots and articles as PDF files and send as e-mail attachments to
the Accreditation Chair.

 


18 Editorial Illustration:
Editorial images are excellent quality images for the purpose of accompanying non-fiction stories
and information pieces commonly found in newspapers and magazines. Images in this category
are feature oriented and non-commercial in nature and therefore, would not normally be found in
catalogues or product advertising. Ten (10) images and original tear sheets or website screen
shots, showing ten images from not less than three (3) different assignments with a minimum of
two (2) images per assignment (all by-lines and any other photographer identifying information
blacked out. Clearly indicate which ten images are to be evaluated. A tear sheet or website screen
shot must be included for each image verifying usage.
Submit the tear sheets or screen shots and articles as PDF files and send as e-mail attachments to
the Accreditation Chair.

 


19 Editorial Portrait:
Editorial portraits are excellent quality images for the purpose of accompanying non-fiction stories
and information pieces commonly found in newspapers and magazines. Images in this category
are feature oriented and non-commercial in nature. Editorial portraits are made on-location in a
suitable environment. Types of images should include head and shoulders, three quarter, full
length and environmental poses that should include a background relevant to the story. Ten (10)
images of ten (10) different subjects taken in ten (10) different situations. Include original tear
sheets or website screen shots, showing ten images from not less than four different assignments
with a minimum of two images per assignment (all by-lines and any other photographer identifying
information blacked out). A tear sheet or website screen shot must be included for each image
verifying usage and photographer by-line identification.
Submit the tear sheets or screen shots and articles as PDF files and send as e-mail attachments to
the Accreditation Chair.

 


20 Entomology:
Ten (10) images of ten (10) different live, non-captive insects, in ten (10) different situations. The
insect group includes moths and butterflies, beetles, ants, bugs, grasshoppers and crickets,
dragonflies and damselflies, flies, bees, wasps, etc. Images should include different developmental
stages (eggs, larvae, nymphs, pupae and adults) and should also include insect close ups and
insects in their environment.
Click here for sample gallery.

 


21 Environmental Portrait:
Ten (10) images of ten (10) different subjects showing ten (10) different poses from ten (10)
different sessions in ten (10) different locations. Must have enough variety in the submission to
show the photographer’s creative and technical ability. Environmental refers to the non-studio
environment, which can be indoors or outdoors. Head and shoulders, 3/4 and full-length poses
must be shown. Groups (2 or more people), singles, couples (2 people), children (12 and under),
adults. No wedding, studio portraits or animal portraits are accepted in this category. The
environment used is an integral element in the story telling.
Click here for sample gallery.

 


22 Environmental Business Portrait:
Ten (10) images of ten (10) different subjects in ten (10) different poses from ten (10) different
sessions in ten (10) different locations. Must have enough variety in the submission to show the
photographer’s creative and technical ability. Environmental refers to the appropriate business
environment, whether this is an industrial, office, or outdoor setting. No studio portraits will be
accepted. Head and shoulders, 3/4 and full-length poses, singles and groups (2 or more people)
must be shown. Must show three (3) businessmen and three (3) businesswomen while the other
four (4) images may be of either men or women.
Click here for sample gallery.

 


23 Environmental Family:
Ten (10) images of ten (10) different families showing ten (10) different poses from ten (10)
different sessions in ten (10) different locations. Must have enough variety in the submission to
show the photographer’s creative and technical ability. Environmental refers to the non-studio
environment, which can be indoors or outdoors. Head and shoulders, 3/4 and full-length poses
must be shown. Family group must consist of three (3) individuals or more. Must include three (3)
images with a group of six (6) individuals or larger. No wedding/engagement portraits or studio
portraits are accepted in this category. The environment used is an integral element in the story
telling.

 


24 Equine:
Ten (10) images of ten (10) different horses in ten (10) different situations on ten (10) different
occasions. Photos may range from including the entire animal in the frame to headshots or
abstract images of a body part. A horse portrait photograph may include more than one animal.
Photos should depict horses in both the outdoors and inside a barn, stable, corral or other building.
Click here for sample gallery.

 


25 Executive Business Portrait:
Ten (10) images of ten (10) different subjects showing ten (10) different poses from ten (10)
different sessions in ten (10) different locations. Must have enough variety in the submission to
show the photographer’s creative and technical ability. Head and shoulders, 3/4 and full-length
poses must be shown. Four (4) images must be environmental portraits and four (4) images must
be indoor portraits. The remaining two (2) can be from either environmental or indoor. Must show
three (3) businessmen and three (3) businesswomen while the remaining four (4) images may be
of either men or women. Environmental refers to the appropriate business environment, whether
this is an industrial, office, or outdoor setting. The environment used is an integral element in the
story telling.


26 DISCONTINUED – JUNE 2012

 


27 Family Portrait:
Ten (10) images of ten (10) different families showing ten (10) different poses from ten (10)
different sessions in ten (10) different locations. Must have enough variety in the submission to
show the photographer’s creative and technical ability. Head and shoulders, 3/4 and full-length
poses must be shown. Family group must consist of three (3) individuals or more. Must include
three (3) images with a group of six (6) individuals or larger. Four (4) images must be outdoor
environmental portraits and four (4) images must be studio or indoor portraits. The remaining two
(2) can be from either environmental or studio/indoor. No wedding/engagement portraits are
accepted in this category.
Click here for sample gallery.

 


28 Fantasy Illustration:
Images that portray a subject in a surreal or make-believe environment. Ten (10) images of ten
(10) different subjects showing ten (10) different poses from ten (10) different sessions in ten (10)
different settings. Storytelling, styling, subject(s) interaction and light control are all key elements in
achieving believability and successful illustrations.
Click here for sample gallery.

 


29 Fashion:
Ten (10) different images of ten (10) different models in ten (10) photo sessions for use in
advertising, catalogues, magazines, etc., not solely as editorial entertainment or as a portrait of the
model. This category is intended to show the photographer’s ability to produce images that sell
ideas and/or products such as clothing, jewelry, make-up, etc.
Click here for sample gallery.

 


30 Feature Presentation / Fusion:
This category makes use of images in features that are displayed using multimedia techniques ( ie:
computers, slideshows etc.) Photographer must submit one of the following: (a) One feature that is
between 4 and 6 minutes in length and has between 40-80 images in total. (b) Two features, that
are no more than two minutes each, and contain between 20 and 40 images each. Music is
optional, but where recognizable, the entrant is required to provide proof of a SOCAN License.
Features will be judged in their entirety, with consideration given to all image elements as well as
to the presentations technical, storytelling, creative and cohesive qualities.

 


31 Feline Portrait:
Ten (10) images of ten (10) different cats, in ten (10) different situations. Images may include
environmental situations. Must include at least three (3) different cat breeds. Photos may range
from including the entire animal in the frame to headshots or abstract images of a body part. A cat
portrait may include more than one animal.
Click here for sample gallery.

 


32 Figure Study:
Ten (10) images of ten (10) different subjects, in ten (10) different poses on ten (10) separate
photo sessions. May include couples. Should show creative studies of the human nude figure.
Images will be judged as portraits of the human body.

 


33 Fine Art / Photo Decor:
Ten (10) images of ten (10) different subjects taken in ten (10) different situations. Fine art images
may consist of unusual images, individual images or a series of images. The range of styles and
treatments varies greatly, from the classic B/W scenes to more unconventional images. In fact,
conventional beauty, formal design and familiar subjects are often not components of fine art
images and can include painterly effects, soft-focus, journalistic, bizarre and erotic images and
other unconventional approaches. Fine art images are usually sold to individual collectors,
museums and business clients. Photo Decor is usually the term used to designate a print hung to
decorate a room, whether in a private home, an institution, a corporate boardroom, a gallery, etc.
All images must be a “cut above” in their impact and visual interest.
Click here for sample gallery.

 


34 Food:
Ten (10) images of ten (10) different food set-ups. The aim of food photography is to make the
food appetizing. Images should include some finished, prepared meals as well images depicting
food ingredients food processing and food packaging. Images should include a variety of types of
foods, such as appetizers, salads, entrees, and desserts.
Click here for sample gallery.


35 DISCONTINUED – JUNE 2012

 


36 Glamour:
Ten (10) images of ten (10) different subjects, from ten (10) different photo sessions. Glamour
photography is a personal portrait commissioned to capture the beauty that lies within all men and
women. Your glamour images should create an air of fantasy, sensitivity, and personal expression
to display to these ordinary men and women that they too can resemble the models they see in
today’s modern media. Attention should be given to hair, make-up, wardrobe and sets. Head and
shoulders, 3/4 and full-length images must be shown. Indoor and environmental locations should
be shown. Must also show a variety in locations and sets. No wedding images will be permitted.

 


37 Group Portrait:
Ten (10) images of ten (10) different groups, from ten (10) different photo sessions, and have
enough variety in the submission to show the photographer’s creative and technical ability. Groups
include three (3) individuals or more. Must include three (3) images with a group of six (6)
individuals or larger. Four (4) images must be outdoor environmental portraits and four (4) images
must be indoor or studio portraits. The remaining two (2) images can be from either environmental
or indoor/studio.

 


38 High Key Portrait:
Ten (10) images of ten (10) different subjects, from ten (10) different photo sessions on ten (10)
different occasions and have enough variety in the submission to show the photographer’s creative
and technical ability. High key images are those in which the prevailing tones are white or pale,
with some middle or darker tones. Head and shoulders, ¾ and full-length poses must be shown.
May include environmental images.

 


39 Image Manipulation:
Ten (10) before and ten (10) after examples of images that have been manipulated and enhanced.
Samples should demonstrate the potential of computer manipulation. Examples should include at
least five (5) of the following:
1. Removing people, objects or color from a photograph
2. Adding people, objects or color to an image
3. Major restoration of damaged images
4. Combining several elements from more than two images
5. Moving objects within a photograph
6. Cloning objects.
The final image should be realistic and follow normal conventions of light, shading, commercial or
general areas.
Click here for sample gallery.

 


40 Industrial:
Ten (10) images of ten (10) different subjects, from ten (10) different photo sessions on ten (10)
different occasions. This category must show a good cross section of work where at least five (5)
images must include one of the following: construction, aerial, corrosion, machinery, illustration,
public relations, architectural products, advertising, business or executive portraits, etc., as related
to industry.
Click here for sample gallery.

 


41 Jewelery:
Ten (10) images of ten (10) different subjects, from ten (10) different photo sessions taken on ten
(10) different occasions and have enough variety in the submission to show the photographer’s
creative and technical ability, including dealing with glare, controlling reflections, backgrounds, etc.
Subjects must include two (2) images each of watches, rings, necklaces / chains and earrings.
Must show eight (8) images of jewelry products and two (2) showing a model promoting jewelry.

 


42 Marine:
Ten (10) images of ten (10) different subjects taken on ten (10) different occasions. Images must
be taken on or under water and could include sailing, power boating (interiors and exteriors of
boats, engine rooms, etc.); underwater life such as animals, fish, coral, plants, etc.; aerials; images
taken at the air / water interface; etc.

 


43 Maternity:
Images relating to the pre-natal stage of life, these storytelling images should depict the sensitive
nature of pending motherhood. Ten (10) images of ten (10) different subjects, from ten (10)
different sessions are required and should have enough variety in the submission to show the
photographer’s creative and technical ability. 3/4 and full length poses, couples interacting, figure
images, and close-up details should all be represented.
Click here for sample gallery.

 


44 Military Life:
Ten (10) images depicting military personnel, in uniform where appropriate and taken in a military
environment. A good submission must include images from at least five (5) of the following aspects
of military life at home and/or abroad: at work, on parade, on exercise, on training, on deployment,
on operations, using the tools of the trade and military family related activities such as departure
and return from deployment / sea duty, moving day, etc. Locations and the reason for each
photograph must be noted on a PDF file, which is submitted to the Accreditation Chair as an e-mail
attachment.

 


45 Mining:
Ten (10) images of ten (10) different subjects taken on ten (10) different occasions. On-location
images should include mining sites with buildings, etc., mining processes, products, machinery,
people in the working environment and executive and industrial portraits.

 


46 Modeling Portfolio:
Ten (10) images of one individual showing ten (10) different poses. This is a selection of images to
illustrate or sell the model’s ability to achieve ten uniquely different looks. Three (3) images must
be indoor and three (3) must be environmental while the remaining four (4) may be from either
indoor or environmental. Head and shoulders, 3/4 and full length must be shown, as well as
enough variety to show not only the photographer’s creative and technical ability but also the
client’s diversity and ability as a model.

 


47 Motor Sports:
Ten (10) images of ten (10) different subjects on ten (10) different occasions. Motor sports include
vehicles such as cars, motorcycles, boats, snowmobiles, etc. Must show action photos from five (5)
different sports, including various angles, close-ups as well as wider views, some still photos of
driver with vehicle, etc.

 


48 Nature:
Ten (10) images of ten (10) different subjects in ten (10) different situations on ten (10) different
occasions. Nature photography encompasses all that is natural, including plants, animals and
landscapes. It does not however, include man made subjects, landscapes that have been modified
by man, domesticated animals or plants, or any situation where the “hand of man” is evident. All
images must be a “cut above” in their impact and visual interest.

 


49 Night Photography:
Requires the photographer to have an understanding and knowledge of photography done during
the night. “Night” is defined as a period of darkness or partial darkness that occurs after sunset and
before sunrise. Ten (10) images, of ten different scenes, on ten different occasions that illustrates
an expertise in photographing subjects using extended exposures in low light. The photographer
must demonstrate the ability to balance different sources of man- made and naturally occurring
light sources, in a minimum of two (2) architectural subjects. The photographer should present a
variety of images such as moonscapes, star trails, astrophotography, Aurora Borealis (northern
lights), street scenes, city skylines, fireworks, lightning, and “painting with light” images.
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50 Performing Artists:
Ten (10) images of (10) ten different performing artists on ten (10) different occasions.
Performance artists include, but are not limited to, actors, dancers, singers, mimes, etc. At least
three (3) different types of performing artists must be represented. Indoor and outdoor
performances must be shown. May include two (2) environmental portraits made immediately
before or immediately after a performance. Singles and groups (2 or more people) to be shown.
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51 Photo Journalism:
Ten (10) images which consist of a series of five (5) images from two (2) different stories which tell
a story and are used with the written word. Images must be from the same published article, and
have accompanying tear sheets or website screen shots.
Submit the tear sheets or screen shots and articles as PDF files and send as e-mail attachments to
the Accreditation Chair.

 


52 Pictorial / Scenic:
Ten (10) images of ten (10) different scenes on ten (10) different occasions that illustrate the
natural and man-made geographical features relating to our environment. Landscapes, seascapes,
mountains, aerials, city skylines are acceptable. Flowers are not accepted in this category. All
images must be a “cut above” in their impact and visual interest.
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53 Pinup:
Images that illustrate a definite glamorous style, that may be nostalgic, and are built on elements
that are provocative yet tasteful in their depiction. More than a glamour photo, the pinup is an
image that can stand on its own and has strong elements of set design, lighting, storytelling, as
well as subject animation through expression and posing. Ten (10) images often (10) different
subjects showing ten (10) different poses from ten (10) different photo sessions involving ten (10)
different settings.

 


54 Portraiture:
Ten (10) images of ten (10) different subjects showing ten (10) different poses from ten (10)
different photo sessions and ten (10) different locations and have enough variety in the submission
to show the photographer’s creative and technical ability. Head and shoulders, 3/4 and full-length
poses must be shown. Singles, couples (2 people), groups (3 or more people), children (aged 12
and under), adults, business portraits, both indoors and outdoors, must be represented in the
general category. Four (4) images must be outdoor portraits and four (4) images must be indoor
portraits. The remaining two (2) images can be from either outdoors or indoors. No wedding
portraits or animal portraits are accepted in the general portrait category.

 


55 Press:
Ten (10) images of ten (10) different subjects taken on ten (10) different press assignments (ie.
fires, accidents, sports, aerials, editorial, elections, human interest, etc.). These images must show
a wide range of interesting subjects, which tell a newsworthy story and should have required the
photographer not only to be at the right place at the right time, but to have captured the action or
event at its zenith. Must include tear sheets or website screen shots of all work.
Submit the tear sheets or screen shots and articles as PDF files and send as e-mail attachments to
the Accreditation Chair.

 


56 Product Illustration:
Ten (10) images of ten (10) different subjects taken in (10) different situations on ten (10) different
occasions. An illustration is a photograph which (a) shows a product in either an attractive or
appetizing way to stimulate interest and purchasing appeal, or (b) which clearly portrays a
message in a clever or original way. A PDF file must be included numbering the images from 1 to
10 and including a description of what each image is and how or why it was utilized.
The PDF file should be sent as e-mail attachments to the Accreditation Chair.

 


57 Public Relations:
Ten (10) images of ten (10) different subjects taken on ten (10) different occasions. These images
should evoke direct viewer response because of the emotional, humorous, or unusual nature of the
subject matter and should evoke reader interest, or convey a promotional slant to an
accompanying article, caption, product or service. Tear sheets or website screen shots must
accompany images. All images must be a “cut above” in their impact and visual interest.
Submit the tear sheets or screen shots and articles as PDF files and send as e-mail attachments to
the Accreditation Chair.

 


58 School Portrait: Ten (10) images of ten (10) different subjects, showing ten (10) different
backgrounds taken on ten (10) different occasions. Variety and control in lighting techniques to be
shown. Head and shoulders and/or 3⁄4 length poses must also be shown. Singles and groups are
required to be represented. Dance schools may be included in this category.

 


59 Senior Citizen Portrait:
Ten (10) images of ten (10) different subjects in ten (10) different poses from ten (10) different
photo sessions, and have enough variety in the submission to show the photographer’s creative
and technical ability. Head and shoulders, 3/4 and full-length poses must be shown. Singles,
couples and groups (3 or more people) must be represented. Four (4) images must be outdoor
portraits and four (4) images must be indoor portraits. The remaining two (2) images can be from
either outdoors or indoors.

 


60 Senior Graduation Portrait:
Ten (10) images of ten (10) different subjects showing a variety
of poses including head and shoulder, 3/4 and full length. Must contain five (5) female and five (5)
male subjects. One (1) male and one (1) female traditional cap and gown studio set-ups must be
shown. The balance of your submission, eight (8) images must include four (4) outdoor
environmental and four (4) indoor or studio setups. Variations in lighting techniques, locations and
backgrounds are essential.
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61 Special Event:
Ten (10) images of ten (10) different special events on ten (10) separate
occasions. Special events include, but are not limited to, tradeshows, banquets, award
ceremonies, annual general meetings, public announcements, unveilings, exhibitions, political
campaigns, state funerals, etc. Subjects may include people, products, processes, activities, etc.
with a good demonstration of storytelling ability. Photographic quality must be above average.

 


62 Sports:
Ten (10) images of five (5) different sports at ten (10) different events. Should demonstrate the
photographer’s knowledge of the sport being photographed by capturing the peak of action, as well
as being able to deal with the adverse conditions of sports photography. Outdoor and indoor sports
must be shown. A mix of professional and amateur sports would be ideal, but is not necessary.
Must include tear sheets or website screen shots of 5 of the images.
Submit the tear sheets or screen shots and articles as PDF files and send as e-mail attachments to
the Accreditation Chair.

 


63 Stock:
Ten (10) images of ten (10) different subjects made in ten (10) different situations on ten (10)
different occasions. A stock photograph refers to a photograph that has already been produced,
either on assignment or on speculation, that can now be licensed (leased) to a client. Stock
photographers may be generalists, photographing many different subjects (i.e. barns, trees, dogs,
etc.) and/or categories (i.e. agriculture, industrial, lifestyles, etc.); or they may be specialists
dealing with only one or a few specific subjects or categories of photography. Photographic quality
must be above average.

 


64 Studio Portrait:
Ten (10) images of ten (10) different subjects, with ten (10) different poses and ten (10) different
studio sets. Photographer must demonstrate creative and technical expertise in use of
backgrounds, setups, and lighting. Note that ten (10) different groups and individuals with the
same background, poses and lighting will not be accepted.

 


65 Studio Wedding:
Ten (10) images from ten (10) different weddings consisting of ten (10)
different setups on ten (10) different occasions. Photographer must demonstrate creative and
technical expertise in use of backgrounds, setups, and lighting. Note that ten (10) different groups
and individuals with the same background, poses and lighting will not be accepted.

66 DISCONTINUED – 2011

 


67 Travel Illustration:
Travel images are excellent quality images for the purpose of accompanying articles and
information pieces commonly found in newspapers and magazines. Images in this category are
feature oriented and non-commercial in nature. Ten (10) images showing ten images from ten
different locations or events that illustrate natural and/or man-made features relating to the
travel/tourism industry. Scenic, pictorial, buildings (not necessarily to architectural standards),
places and events of local interest, people engaged in tourist activities. All images must be a “cut
above” in their impact and visual interest.
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68 Underwater:
Ten (10) images of ten (10) different subjects on ten (10) different occasions. Subjects may range
from wildlife to plants, boat wrecks and scenics, all taken underwater. One (1) photograph may be
taken at air/water interface. Skill in use of underwater flash techniques must be demonstrated.
Images must show clarity.

 

69 Wedding Environmental:
Ten (10) images from ten (10) different weddings consisting of ten (10) different setups and ten
(10) different locations. Head and shoulders, 3⁄4 and full-length poses of bride, bride and groom,
groups, wedding party, etc. All images must be taken in outdoor or indoor environments and show
an interaction with the environment through posing and styling. No studio images will be permitted.
The environment used is an integral element in the story telling.

 


70 Wedding Formal:
Ten (10) images from ten (10) different weddings consisting of ten (10) different setups on ten (10)
different occasions. Formal posed, head and shoulders, ¾ and full-length poses of bride, bride and
groom, groups, wedding party, etc. Three (3) images must have been taken in indoor conditions
and three (3) images must have been taken outdoors, to show a variety of poses and skills. The
remaining four (4) images can be a mixture of either indoor or outdoor location.

 


71 Wedding, Photojournalistic:
Ten (10) images from two (2) different weddings (five (5) from each). The images must be candid
in nature and required the photographer to have been in the right place at the right time to capture
a moment of interest, emotion and/or action with neither posing nor prompting. No obviously
staged or posed images will be accepted in this category. Traditional considerations (posing,
lighting, and composition) are secondary to interest, emotion and/or action.

 


72 Wedding Story:
Ten (10) images that tell a wedding story, where all the images are taken from
the same wedding. Must contain at least two (2) images each from four (4) of the five (5) wedding
story locations: i.e. home, church, indoors, location (park or hall) and reception. Formal and candid
images may be submitted. Story sequence must be numbered from beginning to end (1 to 10).
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73 Wildlife:
Ten (10) images of ten (10) different wild animal made in 10 different situations, on
ten (10) different occasions. Wildlife refers to any animal that is free to roam and include mammals,
birds, reptile and amphibians, rodents, marine and land animals. Animals photographed in zoos or
fenced in areas do not qualify. Images should include three (3) environmental images where the
animal is shown as part of a landscape and three (3) close-up images where the animal is
captured in either a head and shoulder, 3/4 or full length pose. The other four (4) images may
include a combination of environmental and portrait images. You may also include a maximum of
two (2) images that show details of the animals (i.e. eyes, spots, stripes, etc.). Motion studies are
also permitted to a maximum of two (2) images.
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74 360 Spherical Panorama:
Ten (10) images of ten (10) different subjects used to promote a location or an event using a full
spherical panorama (360° x 180°). This category requires at least four (4) samples of published
assignments. At least three (3) spherical panoramas of interior scenes and four (4) spherical
panoramas of exterior scenes. Out of the four (4) exterior scenes, two (2) spherical
panoramas must be done during night. “Night” is defined as a period of darkness or partial
darkness that occurs after sunset and before sunrise. One spherical panorama should
demonstrate the ability to shoot action scenes.
A spherical panorama is a visual representation of the real world. Photographer should
demonstrate his/her ability to show the location from the best point of view. Photographer should
demonstrate creativity and technical skills to represent the scene. Photographer should
demonstrate his/her ability to publish spherical panoramas on new media for a large spectrum of
browser and mobile devices.
Because a published panorama might be made out of hundreds if not thousands of files, this
category requires to be judged online.
Submit a PDF file with links to the websites as an e-mail attachment to the Accreditation Chair.

 

75 Newborn:
To be considered a 'newborn' the child must be no more than 12 days old. Submit 10 images, from
10 different newborn sessions, with 10 different settings (i.e. background and props) with 10
different newborns. Include a variety of poses with usage of appropriate props and settings. Include one relational image with the newborn and either siblings or parents with the main emphasis on the newborn. Also, include one or two images of twins or triplets, not necessarily related.
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76 Low Key Portrait:
Produce 10 images of 10 different subjects, from 10 different photo sessions on 10 different occasions, and have enough variety in the submission to show the photographer's creative and technical ability. A low key portrait is defined by the predominate subject being dark, i.e. dark clothing and background and is used to manipulate mood, with clear tonal contrasts (distinct areas of light and darkness) to suggest subject volume and modeling. Head and shoulders, ¾ length and full-length poses must be shown. May include environmental images.
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77 Ornithology/Bird Photography:
Produce 10 images of 10 different subjects, from 10 different photo sessions on 10 different occasions, and have enough variety in the submission to show the photographer's creative and technical ability. Images should show birds in flight, flocks of migrating birds, at the nest, with their young, environment they live in, close-ups and could include backyard/garden birds. These images should be a cut above in their ability to distinguish the features of the birds and their environment.
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78 Birth Photography:
Produce 10 images that tell the story of a child’s birth. Include a variety of images including the events just prior to the birth, the birth and with the newly born baby and the parents. Siblings of the newborn can also be included in the images as well as hospital staff. These images will show the high emotion of this important event and have a photo journalistic appeal.

 

79 Animal Sporting Event:
Submit 10 different images from 10 different legal Animal Sporting Events. Five different disciplines should be photographed, depicting at least 2 different animal species. No obviously staged or posed images will be accepted in this category. Should demonstrate the photographer's knowledge of the sport being photographed by capturing peak action while able to cope with various lighting and photographing conditions. Must include indoor and outdoor settings. Photos may range from including the entire animal in the frame to body parts and may include interaction with trainer/people. Include at least one close-up to see facial expression. Traditional considerations (posing and lighting) are secondary to interest, emotion and/or action. Images should be of an above average quality. Animal Sporting Events include dog events, horse events, bull riding, steer wrestling, etc.
A detailed PDF describing each image and the event covered should be submitted via e-mail to the Accreditation Chair for reference.
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