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OPPA CATEGORIES

Portrait (Human Subject) 

A Human Subject portrait is an artistic representation of a person, in which the face and its expression is predominant. The intent is to display the likeness, personality, and even the mood of the person. 

Portrait (Animal subject) 

An Animal portrait is an artistic representation of a animal, in which the face and its expression is predominant. The intent is to display the likeness, personality, and even the mood of the Animal.

Wedding Image 

A Wedding image is an artistic representation of a Wedding individual, group, couple or wedding detail. The intent is to display the likeness, personality, and even the mood of the wedding.  Image must be captured on the day of the wedding.  Wedding-style images not taken on the day of the wedding, such as bridal portraits, may be entered in the Portrait Category.

Commercial/Illustrative/Architectural 

Commercial Photography is a category that is best described as follows: a photograph that is used to help sell, advertise or market a product, service, person or persons. Architectural images seek to capture the essence of a building or group of buildings in an urban or other setting.  Illustrative images can be conceptual images that tell a story.

Photojournalism/Documentary 

Images in this category document events and situations. The situation implied by the images is a fair and accurate representation of the events they depict in both content and tone.

Fine Art 

Fine art photography is photography created in accordance with the vision of the photographer as artist. The basic idea behind the fine art photography is that instead of merely capturing a realistic rendition of the subject, the photographer is aiming to produce a more personal - typically more evocative or atmospheric - impression. Subject matter is unrestricted.

Landscape/Nature 

These images include landscapes, outdoor scenic, nature images, animals in their natural environment, sunsets, urban landscapes, sea-scapes, environmental images, city-scapes, and farms, to name a few. These images showcase outdoor beauty both natural and man-made.

Digital Artist 

Digital art is an artistic work or practice that uses digital technology as an essential part of the creative or presentation process. The image maker is allowed to use photography and visual elements created by other individuals provided the image maker has the legal right to use those assets. It is required to provide guide prints to show work done on the image.

Creative Open

This category consists of images that have additional photographic elements not created by the maker.  These elements must be shown in a guide image.  The purpose of this category is to allow makers to enter every day images that may contain digital backgrounds or other photographic elements not created by the entrant.  All other rules apply.

Album 

A photographic album, or photo album, is a collection of photographs, generally in digital book form. Subject matter could be any event, milestone, wedding or any other subject. The album is judged as a whole but every image within the album is evaluated using the 12 Elements of a Merit Print. 


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