What % of Entries Get A Silver? 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 Each year when a panel of judges sits down to
score your prints, there is a ‘standard’ they ex-
tem or part way through the journey, Silver is
pect for a Silver Award – a score of 80% or high-
what you should be aiming for. Of course, just
er. Over the years, this standard has changed
because around 40% of entries earn an Award
and prints that scored a Silver a decade ago
doesn’t mean that if you put in four prints, you
might not fare so well this year, simply because
will also get one or two Awards.
However, if you’re new to the Awards sys-
professional photography has improved in leaps and bounds.
It can be hard to work out what prints you
At least it has at the top end. Looking at the
profession generally, there is still room for im-
should enter. This is clear because 60% of en-
provement and this is the purpose behind the
tries don’t get Awards! However, it’s not quite as
state and national awards: to provide a vehicle
simple as this.
for photographers to have their work indepen-
The Awards are rewarding award-standard
dently assessed, and then to take those results
prints, a level that is higher than ‘good profes-
away and improve.
sional practice’. So when entering the Awards
for the first time, either at a state or national
So, if you enter Canon APPA or the Epson
State Awards this year, what are your chances of
level, the first objective is to earn a score of 70
or higher. A score of 70 demonstrates a profes-
sional standard of photography, a standard that
At the 2012 Canon APPAs, the following sta-
tistics may help:
your clients will be proud to purchase. Often
Silver Award 30.49%
the only reason a photo scores 70-something
instead of 80-something is because the judges
Silver With Distinction
Gold Award 2.75%
have all shot similar work themselves.
Gold With Distinction
As you can see, the judges are reticent to
So, while it’s good to know 40% of entries
earn an Award, another 30-40% reach the pro-
hand out Golds and Golds with Distinction, but
fessional standard level - and this is a good
the good news is that if you win one, it’s an
thing, especially if you’re entering your four best
award to be treasured.
images of the year.