The XP Executive Director
THE EXCEPTION PHOTOGRAPHERS
THE BEST WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHERS AROUND THE WORLD
10 NEW RULES FOR 2021
HAPPY 2021 XP Members
NEW YEAR NEW RULES
#1. AWARD PROCESS QUALITY - 60 POINTS / 100 to become an XP Award
Step#1. Selection of Finalists (Need to be selected by 2, 3 or 4 judges to be finalist)
Step#2. Notation of Finalist photos. All 4 judges will score each Finalist photo from 0-5 points.
The total is converted to 100. To become an Award, a photo will receive a minimum of 60 points / 100
It's the end of the 200 XP Awards. Now, it's the Jury who will decide how many photos can be an XP Award *.
* With a minimum of 100 Awards delivered / GAME
#2. FINALISTS PUBLISHED
The gallery of finalists will be published after the results with the anonymous photos (just for information) (the same view as jury).
It's the end of The "NEXT TIME" Awards.
The Top Ten Awards (Editor's choice) stays in place.
#3. THE END OF 50% COLOR - 50% B&W
Your sending in JPG and WITH THE METADATA: Size 2400 x 1600 or 1600 x 2400,
Named with your name: julien.laurent.georges-1, julien_laurent_georges-2.jpg, ... (not the word "XP" in the name of your entries ! Just your name!) and in 2021 you can send color/B&W as you want. It's the end of 50/50.
The JURY is responsible for highlighting an approximate amount of color images and B&W images.
#4. THE MVP - MOST VALUABLE PLAYER
It's the NEW name of the Winner of a GAME.
THE MVP's rewards: 237€ XP credits + a place reserved for THE MASTERS
The used name of "MASTER" is now reserved for THE WORLD NUMBER ONE (WNO) of each year and for THE MASTERS OF THE MASTERS
#6. EXTRA POINTS - The end of the 100 points for the participation
NEW EXTRA POINTS
Judges: 1000 points (or the same points of the last year in the same GAME)
Top Ten Awards: #1 - 100 points #2 - 90 points (...) #10 - 10 points
No point for the participation
#7. 8 FREE ENTRIES & 10, 20, 30 or 40 additional entries
It's the beginning of the choice of 10, 20, 30 or 40 additional entries
8 free entries / GAME
10 additional entries 19€
20 additional entries 39€
30 additional entries 59€
40 additional entries 79€
#8. AWARDS IN YOUR XP PROFIL - SOON
If you send an award-winning photo in your entries, you lose 100 points in the XP RANKING
Soon: each photographer's profil will have his awards-winning to help you. Be careful for the GAME#5 !
#9. NEW REWARDS 2021
NEW REWARD for the Winner of a GAME: THE MVP win 237€ XP credits + a place reserved for THE MASTERS
1000€ cash prize for the WORLD NUMBER ONE 2021 (instead 500€) + 316€ XP credits + the XP Trophy
500€ cash prize for the MASTER OF THE MASTERS 2021 (the same as in 2020) + 316€ XP credits + the XP Trophy
#10. RULES CAN NOW CHANGE DURING THE YEAR
Now the rules can change during the year. Thank you for your understanding, waiting a year to change some rules is too long.
Thank you for your patience in 2020.
THE EXCEPTION PHOTOGRAPHERS is an international association of wedding photographers, based in France, which organizes competitions (4 / year) for all its members and a competition called "THE MASTERS" at the end of the year for the best 8 of them.
THE XP RANKING, permanent world ranking.
It's a sliding classification calculated on the last 4 GRAND SLAM TOURNAMENTS called "GAMES".
WORLD NUMBER ONE, THE XP honors the world number one of the XP Ranking.
After 4 GAMES + "THE MASTERS", the World Number One (WNO) will be the most complete photographer in the world because he will have won the most points in 5 very different competitions:
1 competition called "OPEN GAME"
(all photos is possible)
1 competition called "ARTISTIC GAME"
(portrait photos or detail photos only)
1 competition called "REPORTAGE GAME"
(documentary photos only)
1 competition called "OPEN GAME OF THE YEAR"
(where all photos is possible from the current year)
The last competition in the end of the year: "THE MASTERS" for the 8 best photographers
The XP Awards are presented classified / jury's score.
THE XP JURY, Exceptional judges, chosen from among the best wedding photographers in the world, who receive
1000 compensation points in the XP RANKING due to their absence in the "GAME".
THE PROCESS to judge the photos is an Exceptional judgment process* with a French Touch:
One French judge in each XP Jury of 4 wedding photographers and...
(* description of the process in the XP Rules)
... THE HEXAGON AWARD logo reminds this French Touch.
THE MVP (MOST VALUABLE PLAYER), the Winner of a "GAME" is named "THE MVP".
MASTER , the World Number One and The Master of the Masters are named "MASTER".
In the end of the year, the MVP and the photographers who have accumulated the most points during the current year are qualified for THE MASTER OF MASTERS alias "THE MASTERS". They are THE BEST 8 of the year !
WORLD CUP CHALLENGE is the name of the competition by country. (restart in the beginning of each year).
THE "TOP TEN" AWARDS is the name of the Editor's Choice just after the results of each GAME
The favorites priceless photos of JLG in ALL ENTRIES (with XP Ranking points).
HALL OF FAME is a gallery photos that have been rated 90 points or more.
The SEO of THE XP will soon be outsourced
Join THE GAME !
GAME#5 is open on the PLAYGROUND
(Deadline: January 31)
THE EXCEPTION PHOTOGRAPHERS
LET'S PLAY !