Throughout 2014, 29 Sunset Print Awards, sponsored by LexJet, took place across the country at select Professional Photographer Association events and other regional and state competitions. Each of the winners at these competitions were automatically entered into the National Sunset Print Award competition. This week, four PPA-sanctioned judges and a director from the Ringling College of Art and Design convene at Sunset/LexJet headquarters in Sarasota, Fla., to choose the Grand Prize winner.
Each of the regional and local competition winners have already received a crystal Sunset Print Award trophy, a lapel pin and a $250 gift certificate for Sunset inkjet media. They also received an iPad mini if the winning image was printed on Sunset inkjet media, though this wasn’t a requirement.
During the judging of the Grand Prize, all 29 prints will be displayed and is the exact print or an exact replica of the image, including mounting, of the way it was presented at its original local or regional competition. The judges will use the traditional PPA 12 judging elements in a properly lighted area. Through a process of elimination, the first second and third place prints will be chosen.
“We have been offering the Sunset Print Award since 2009 but this year is our first National competition,” says Tom Gruss, VP of Marketing for the Sunset brand. “It is exciting to see all the actual winning prints exactly as they were judged in their respective competitions. All of these prints have scored higher than 80 in PPA judging style competitions, so they are all excellent photographic images.”
The Grand Prize winner will receive airfare for two to Sarasota, Fla., with lodging at Lido Beach resort for three days and two nights, a $500 Visa gift card and national recognition. Second and third place winners receive a $500 and $300 Visa gift card respectively.
“I see the Sunset Print Award as another method to increasing PPA member participation in print competitions,” Gruss says. “And of course it is creating a foundation and springboard for us to expand the Sunset Print Award in 2015.”
To find out more about the Sunset Print Award and upcoming competitions, as well as a gallery of previous winner and information on Sunset inkjet media, go to www.sunsetprint.com, or contact a LexJet customer specialist at 800-453-9538.