I decided to take the plunge and enter my artwork into the prestigious wedding photography competition of and WPPI. Before I began my journey I realised that there was a lot of information on how to mount fine art prints on YouTube but wasn’t sure if it applied so much to entering competitions.

I have decided to write this blog to help others in their journey of entering competitions and also apply this knowledge into creating beautiful pieces of art. I hope this guide on ‘how to mount fine art prints’ helps you on your journey.

My initial step is to decide which prints I want to enter into a competition. In order to decide which prints I wanted to enter, I followed the following criteria taken from the WPPI website:

10 Steps to a winning entry by Jerry Ghionis

  1. Impact
  2. Creativity, Originality
  3. Technical skill
  4. Post Production
  5. Emotion, Story, Communication
  6. Print quality, Presentation
  7. Lighting
  8. Posing
  9. Composition
  10. Category

After whittling down my images, the next step is print my artwork. This was my favourite part of the journey – seeing my prints come out the printer, it was an amazing! Choosing what paper to print on can be a mine field. There are so many companies offering fine art paper and numerous types of papers – Photo Rag, German Etching, Fine Art Pearl etc. This step of the process is often decided upon personal preference, as there is no logical process or steps to follow. I printed some of images using a selection of fine art papers until I liked handful of prints. My deciding factors were based on visual ascetics, texture and the quality of shadows/highlights.

After printing my images I ordered my Antique white mounts and backing boards which I personally love, as the antique fine art feel of the mounts and paper enhance the presentation of prints.

Now to assemble the prints and mounts. Firstly, I aligned the prints onto my mount and attached the print into the correct position ensuring no white space is displayed. Also ensure that no important features of the print is cropped.

Now onto attaching the back board onto the mount. I used double sided tape to stick the back of the board onto the mount. The texture side should face up.

Now I am ready to stick the mount and the board together. Peel back the double sided tape and align the board up with the mount.

The end product will be a beautiful and elegant fine art piece. This is not the only method you can use to present your beautiful artwork but it is a very effective method of mounting prints for competitions and framed pieces.