In order to enter the Metro PPA competitions you need an account with You have two choices of membership:

  1. Standard Membership - $11 per year

  2. Premium Subscription - $15 per quarter ($60 per year)

Standard membership gives the subscriber access to their own images. Premium Subscriptions give the subscriber access to Archive of all the images from all the associations with their scores and audio of Judges comments or challenges.

  • Category Descriptions

Portrait: Images can portray a subject or subjects from all walks of life and should reflect the personality of the subject(s).

  • Children: This sub-category must contain a child or children from birth to age 16.

  • High School Senior: This sub-category portrays a male or female age 16 to 18.

  • Animal: This sub-category captures an animal(s) portrait using structured lighting in a studio or outdoor environment, where the owner or photographer controls the animal.

  • General Portrait: This sub-category includes families, groups, couples, and adults (18 and older), relationships, models, and fashion portraits, in addition to tastefully artistic figure studies.

Illustrative: Capturing the beauty of nature, wildlife, industry, and architectural areas are considered illustrative.

  • Landscape/Nature: This sub-category shares joy and adventures while expressing a sense of place. Wild animals in an uncontrolled lighting environment, zoo animals, flowers, seascapes, cityscapes, urban landscapes, and sunsets with or without people can be placed here.

  • Illustrative/Commercial: This sub-category is used when images are created for a commercial client to advertise a product and promote a brand or company. This can be an interior or exterior of a structure or within an industrial environment. Illustrative can also be conceptual images that tell a story.

Reportage/Photo Journalism: Images that illustrate an actual public or non-public event, life, an area of human interest, telling news that has meaning on the context or record of events, high impact, and/or lasting emotional response. Images that illustrate sporting events are included in this category. ONLY basic color and brightness adjustments, cropping, dodging, and burning in are allowed. Only single-capture images will be accepted. Composite and multiple exposure images will not be accepted. The original captured image (in RAW or jpg) must be available if requested by the committee.
Wedding: Images created at or in connection with a wedding. Images can portray a subject or subjects from all aspects of a wedding, including traditional portraits, candids, or detail work.
Artist: A conceptual image altered or manipulated from its original condition. Creations can be a subtle application using post- processing techniques or a dramatic combination of details to suggest a larger story. The artist is responsible for the idea behind the image and the work done to create the finished art piece. Guide images must be included on the face of the entry.
Album: consists of portrait and story-telling albums. Albums have multiple images combined into a digital album collection.