FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

What is IPPS Awards?


IPPS AWARDS is one of the largest award giving bodies for a community of artists ushering an era of new trends in the world of maternity, newborn, and kids photography. This competition is a melting pot for people where passion, interest, sense of beauty and openness to diversity in photography collide in intergalactic proportions. At IPPS AWARDS, we seek to find artists and unique souls who breathe and live for creativity—where we provide a platform of promotion and support in their pursuit of self-realization and development.




How does it work and when can I enter?


A drawing will take place every month, and the top 3 photographs will be given gold, silver, and bronze awards accordingly. Special awards will be given to the entries that didn't win in the top 3 but were nevertheless recognized my multiple jury members. Winners are notable entries that have high potential. This is given as encouragement for the artist to continue perfecting the art and sharing their beautiful work. Photos can be submitted between the 5th day of the month at 00:00 PAC, UTC/GMT -8hours and the 4th of the following month at 23:59 PAC, UTC/GMT - 8 hours. Awarded entries will be released on the 15th of the month based on last month's submissions. We will announce winners via email and social media platforms.




How many images can I submit for entry?


You can submit as many images as you will like.




What is the entrance fee?


Entrance fees are based on the number of images you wish to submit: 1 image $15 3 images $ 25 5 images $ 35 10 images $50




Where can I submit my photos?


To submit photos for entry you can proceed to the "submit photo" page on our website and choose the number of images you wish to submit. You will be ascked to fill out your information, upload the resized images, and then you will proceed to payment. After you pay, you will receive a confirmation e-mail letting you know that your submission was successful. Submit images here: https://www.ippsawards.com/submitphotos




Can I submit my photos via e-mail, as prints, or on CD's?


No, all submissions must be made through our website. Sumbit images here: https://www.ippsawards.com/submitphotos




Do I need to resize my photos for submission?


Yes, all submission must be resized and with no logos. Your digital images must have 2048 pixels on the longest side. Your images must be saved with 150 dpi to ensure a fast upload exprerience. Images can be colored in RGB, Adobe 1998 or B/W. We have created a Photoshop Action for you to download for free and use it to resize your image to submit to IPPSA 2020. You can find the resize photoshop action here




What forms of payment do you accept?


We currently accept payments through paypal only. All currency are listed in U.S. Dollars.




Will I receive a confirmation email after submiting my images for entry?


Yes, after you upload images and pay the entrance fee you will automatically receive a confirmation email. If payment method does not go through you will be redirected and will NOT receive a confirmation email.




Can I use digital backdrops?


IPPS Awards prefers a more simple and traditional use of techniques such as contrast, curves, color balance, dodging and burning. It is allowed to crop, use lenscorrection, and other frequently used corrections. Photographs may be black & white or color. You can also choose to perform functions like compositions. HOWEVER, no purchased digital backdrops are allowed.




How are the images judged?


The submitted entries will be judged by the jury panel who will take into considerations the following guidelines: - Technical quality - Light - Composition - Creativity - Use of colors - Originality - Appeal - Impact - Interests - Presentation - Style




Will I receive feedback on my work?


Participants will not receive feedback on their entries. Please do not email us requesting feedback from judges because it is against our policies.




Can I make changes to my entry after I payed?


No, after payment has been made, entries cannot be edited.




Can I enter images that won other awards/competitions?


Yes, you are welcome to enter with any photograph you have full ownership/copyright of.




Do I need to add descriptions to all the images I submit?


Yes, there is a field under each image submission for description. It can be anywhere from one word to a paragraph as long as it represents the photograph. We will use descriptions when sharing the images on our social media.




Can I get a refund?


No. Entry-fees are non-refundable.




What if I'am having technical problems uploading/submitting images?


Please contact us here: https://www.ippsawards.com/contactus




When and how are the results announced?


The results are announced on the 15th of the month for last month's submissions. We will send out an email and post on all our social media platforms. Awarded entries will be displayed on the wall of fame for the specific month.




In what categories can I submit images?


Our focus is the following 6 categories: Maternity The Maternity Category are the photographs done throughout pregnancy or the maternity period for a soon-to-be mother. Pregnant woman must be the focus of the photograph. Newborn The Newborn Category is the photography of newborn babies between 0-2 months of age. This category involves multiple skills of the photographers where he/she is being completely responsible for the safety and welfare of the subject – the baby. Sitter/Cake Smash The SITTER /CAKE SMASH Category, otherwise known as a milestone, is the celebration of when baby sits up unaided. These sessions are between 3 and 12 months old. Cake smash photography session is done around the baby's first Birthday. Children The Children Category refers to children, who are the main focus of the photograph, between age of 1 & 14 years. Children photography can be challenging, but it’s also incredibly rewarding. Family The Family category is all about capturing groups of people that have family ties. These range from the small group, such as parents and their children. Furry Babies Furry baby category is a fun photography that allows to combine a love of animals with technical skill in photography. This category has no age limit for our pet friends.




Who can I contact with further questions?


You can contact us here: https://www.ippsawards.com/contactus




Who can enter?


All proffesional photographers around the world can enter.




Do I need to add all my social media accounts when submitting images?


Yes, when sharing your images on our social media we will tag you in all posts, so you can share to your personal and bussiness accounts, to show the world and your clients you are a global award winning photographer.




Do I need to rename my photos for submission?


Yes, before submitting images to IPPS contest, you should rename all files by photographer's first and last name or studio name (which participates in the contest), all in one word followed by a number sequence. For example: studiophoto01, studiophoto02, studiophoto03, studiophoto04, etc. If you will upload more than 10 images, please continuu adding with number 11 following images. Make sure file name sequence numbers do not match even in separate categories