What Do The Scores Mean? C a n o n A P PA a n d E p s o n S t a t e A w a r d s If you earn a Silver Award (or higher), you’ve
Professional Practice - 70 to 77
done pretty well, but what about those scores
Scores of 70 to 77 are given for prints that are
of 60 or 70 something? What does it all mean?
of an expected professional standard, suitable
Award Level - 80+
for sale to clients. This is a very important score
A Silver Award (80 to 84 marks) is considered
for many people, proving to themselves that
to be ‘Award Level’. It is that much higher than
the work they are producing is of a professional
good professional practice, professional craft
or professional skill. The judges are looking for
Transitional Practice - 60 to 69
something exemplary, something that is over
Scores of 69 or lower are considered below ac-
and beyond what we do on a day to day basis.
ceptable professional standard. While the image
may exhibit proficiency in some areas, it falls
What’s the difference between Award Level
and a standard of professional practice? As pro-
short of what the judges would expect of a pro-
fessional photographers, we’re expected to pro-
duce a very good standard every time we shoot
a job, but that standard might not be particu-
ways: you can say the judges don’t know what
larly emotive, exciting or unusual. To earn a Sil-
they’re talking about and give up. It’s true that
ver Award you need to produce something spe-
sometimes the judging system gets it wrong,
cial. After all, the prints you submit should be
it’s certainly not perfect.
the best three or four you’ve taken recently, so
hopefully you’ve had a few exciting shoots over
aim for a better result next year. Attend a few
the past 24 months..
photography seminars, read a few more books,
Approaching Award Level - 79 and 78
research photography techniques or look for a
There is a shading-in provision and entries scor-
mentor to help you along the path. This is what
ing 78 or 79 at APPA earn a half point which
the AIPP is all about – helping you to improve.
can be used towards an Associateship (but not
towards a Master of Photography). So, if you
80 is nothing to be ashamed of – it even hap-
earned a 78 or a 79, it means your entry was just
pens to Grand Masters of Photography from
below Award standard.
time to time – but that is another story...
You can take these results in one of two
The second way to take a low score is to
I can assure you that getting a score below