PPD Image of the Year Competition

Image of the Year

Gerald H. Emmerich, Jr., HonFPSA, GMPSA/B·

The Pictorial Print of the Year (PPY) competition is a special annual invitational competition to select the Pictorial Print of the Year in each of four categories: Large Color Print, Large Monochrome Print, Small Color Print, and Small Monochrome Print. Each section will have three (3) awards: First, Second, and Third Place - Pictorial Print of the Year.                



Deadline: June 15

Entrants must be PSA members in good standing who are the winners of the Best of Show, PSA Gold, PSA Silver, or PSA Bronze medals in Pictorial Print Division Sections of PSA-Recognized Exhibitions whose closing dates occurred in the previous Calendar Year

Judging is completed prior to the PSA Annual Conference, and the awards are presented at the PPD breakfast during the Conference. The twelve (12) award winning prints are on display at the PSA Annual Conference. All entries will be considered for acceptance into the PSA Print Collection. No prints will be returned. The PPD Image of the Year Competition is not a PSA-Recognized Exhibition and does not count toward PSA Star Ratings or Who's Who. 


A. Entries - The original winning print or a reprint as close as possible to the original may be entered. The reprint must be the same size as the award winning entry and have the same title. Prints must not be mounted unless the original winning print was mounted and is submitted. Information on the back of the print must include: Image Title, Entrant's Name, Entrant's PSA Membership Number, and the Exhibition that awarded the medal. No written information may be shown on the front of the print. If a high resolution digital file is available, the entrant is requested to include it on a CD with the entry. Entrants must submit their prints, completed and signed Entry Form(s) page 1 and page 2, and if available a copy of the digital file.

B. Entry Sections - Each print must be entered in one of four sections: Large Color (CPA), Large Monochrome (MPA), Small Color (CPB) or Small Monochrome (MPB). If an entrant submits prints for more than one section, a separate Entry Form must be completed for each section.

C. Multiple Entries In The Same Section - Entrants who have multiple medals in the same section with different titles may submit all entries on one Entry Form. There must be only one entry in the Print of the Year competition per title. If one title received multiple medals, it must be shown as one entry.

D. Monochrome Definition - All monochrome prints receiving a medal in a PPD PSA-Recognized Exhibition are qualified as monochrome prints for this competition.

E. License Agreement - The License Agreement is located on the Entry Form. Signing the License Agreement is a condition of entry.

Model Release May be Requested if winning image is a portrait and PSA wishes to publish it

If there is no Model Release available, the image may win but cannot be published. For those who do not have a Model Release, Sample Model Release Form - doc - interactive pdf - both of these forms can be filled out and saved on a mobile or desktop device. 

F. Please note: Each person entering is only eligible to win one award per section.


There are a total of twelve awards.
  • First, Second, and Third Place - Large Color Image of the Year
  • First, Second, and Third Place - Large Monochrome Image of the Year
  • First, Second, and Third Place - Small Color Image of the Year
  • First, Second, and Third Place - Small Monochrome Image of the Year 


All entries in the PPD Image of the Year competition will be candidates for addition to the PSA Print Collection. The Print Collections Committee has responsibility for selecting prints for the PSA Print Collection. No prints will be returned to the maker.