2017 Chairperson Kit (State Competitions)

1. Program Description

The Sunset Print Award, “Best Print in Exhibition,” is offered at 2017 print competitions where a minimum of 50 prints are entered into PPA-styled judged competitions. Most are hosted by PPA  Region and State member organizations. The judging, selection, and presentation are done by the hosting organization in accordance with the published Rules and Qualifications for the Sunset Award.

The award includes:

  • A crystal Sunset trophy
  • A Sunset Award Lapel Pin
  • Recognition on the Sunset Print blog and Web Site
  • One roll or box of Sunset photographic media from the following:
    • Sunset Photo e-Satin
    • Sunset Fibre Elite
    • Sunset Hot Press Rag
    • Sunset Photo Matte Paper
    • Sunset Metalic Photo Paper
    • Sunset Bright Velvet Rag
    • Sunset Textured Bright Fine Art
    • Sunset Fibre Rag
    • Premium Archival Matte
    • Sunset Textured Fine Art

2. Rules and Qualifications

  • All inkjet-printed entries are eligible to win the “Best Print in Exhibition” Sunset award
  • Entries need not be printed on Sunset inkjet media to win, but must be inkjet-printed
  • An image must be submitted and be judged as a print
  • The image must score >80 points during the PPA-style judging
  • The image must be chosen from the 10 highest scoring prints in the competition
  • The image cannot have won a Sunset award previously
  • The image must adhere to all rules and qualifications of the host print competition
  • The entrant must have all releases and permission of all subjects appearing in the image

For more information about the LexJet Sunset Award, contact Tom Gruss at LexJet, 800-453-9538.

3. Chairperson’s Checklist

Initial information needed. Complete the on-line application at www.sunsetprint.com/sunset-print-award-application/, which includes the following information:

  • Print Chair’s contact information: phone, cell, email, mailing address.
  • Web address link to Competition Rules and Details
  • Host organization
  • Convention dates
  • Convention location
  • Print submission dates and deadlines
  • Judging dates
  • Date trophy will be awarded
Post-competition information needed…

  • Winner’s name
  • Winners address to send trophy
  • Winner’s phone number
  • Winner’s email
  • Name of winning print
  • A high-resolution jpeg of the winning print
  • Studio name
  • Studio web address
  • Confirmation of whether Sunset media was used on winning print

4. Sample email to members

Email Example

Dear Member,

Your participation in print competitions provides you an opportunity to learn, grow, and have fun. Again in 2017 the Sunset Print Award will be among the multiple awards you can win by entering the [Name of your competition and date].

There is nothing special you need to do to qualify for this award other than to ensure that the submission is inkjet-printed.  All prints submitted in this year’s competition will be eligible to win the LexJet Sunset Print Award for “Best Print in Exhibition”.

Our judges will select the winner from the top 10 scored prints of all categories earning a minimum of 80 points. The winner will be awarded a trophy, and their choice of one roll or box of Sunset photographic media.

So, compete with your peers, have fun, and take advantage of this PPA membership opportunity.

Your Print Chairperson

5. Trophy, Lapel Pin, and Sunset Media Choices

Sunset Print Award Trophy (JPG): Download

Sunset Lapel Pin (JPG): Download

Sunset Media Choices: Download

6. Supporting Collateral

The following information is provided to the Chairperson to use in member communication.

Background: The Sunset Print Award was first offered in 2009 to encourage participation in professional print competitions as an additional avenue for photographers to get recognized, learn, and grow their professional expertise. It also provided an opportunity to spotlight the Sunset suite of photographic and fine art inkjet media, which has won numerous PPA Hot One awards. Since 2010 the Sunset Award has been offered at all five PPA District competitions and many Regional and State competitions.

New for 2017: Due to the popularity of conducting competitions around digital entries, verses judging printed photographic work, the 2017 program places more emphasis on the five PPA District Competitions where the number of printed entries provides a competitive field. The 2017 program is also more aligned with the district’s recognition of the four major categories; portrait, artist, illustrative, and wedding. This year, a winner in each category will receive recognition.

About the Sunset Product Brand: The Sunset brand was first introduced by LexJet in 2005.  It is the brand name of a suite of inkjet products offered exclusively by LexJet. The more than 40 unique products within the suite are mainly used by professional photographers, fine art reproduction houses, labs, and those whose inkjet applications demand high image quality. This year a new “best in class” canvas line produced by Fredrix with Wilhelm accreditation pending has been added. The entire suite of Sunset products can be found in the Sunset Products tab on the Sunset web site, www.sunsetprint.com .

 Prints That Win! is the motto for the 2017 Sunset Print Award campaign. Competing in print competitions provides you many benefits, but none better that the pride of being recognized among your peers. Print competitions offer you an opportunity to learn, hone your skills and have fun. Like most things, it does take a little effort but the experience and moderate cost are well worth it.

7. Print label specifying paper used

8. Sunset Logos

Sunset Logo for Web (PNG):  Download

Sunset Logo for Web (JPG): Download

Sunset Logo for Print (PDF): Download

Sunset by LexJet for Web (PNG): Download

Sunset by LexJet for Web (JPG): Download

Sunset by LexJet for Print (PDF):  Download

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