Professional Photographers of America Opens Entries to the International Photographic Competition

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Photography’s Best Vie for Merits and Exposure

Judging panel at this year's IPC. To view the results go to ppa.com/IPC

Entering the IPC is a huge confidence boost, not only for the photographer, but also the client who commissions their work—especially once they start to win awards.

Professional Photographers of America (PPA) is now accepting entries for the International Photographic Competition (IPC).

The IPC challenges photographers to grow their artistic and technical photography skills by creatively capturing and presenting their best images, and by doing so, improving their businesses. The competition is open to all, but also gives PPA photographers the opportunity to earn merits toward photography degrees.

The competition attracts submissions from the best of the best in the photography industry from all over the world and urges others to push themselves to join the ranks of the elite. Last year, nearly 5,000 images were entered in the competition. This year’s entries will be judged August 3 to 6 at Gwinnett Technical College in Lawrenceville, Georgia.

To enter, photographers submit prints, electronic files and physical and/or digital albums to be judged by a panel of qualified photographic experts. Competitors must designate the category under which each image is being submitted. The four categories include: portrait, illustrative and album (event and non-event).

Submissions will either merit or not merit and are judged against a standard of excellence using PPA’s 12 elements of a merit image. Images that earn merits will move on to a second round of judging, which could possibly earn an additional merit and a place in the prestigious Loan Collection. These images are compiled into a book, published by Marathon Press, and showcased in a special exhibit at Imaging USA 2016 in Atlanta. Just over 900 images (roughly 18 percent) went loan last year.

Those who don’t earn merits don’t have to leave empty-handed; critiques from IPC judges will be available upon request as a way to help participants find areas of improvement and prepare for future photo competitions.

“Once photographers get over the initial fear of competition, most keep entering year after year and become better photographers in the process,” said Randy McNeilly, PPA’s photographic exhibition committee chairman. “Even if they don’t earn a merit right away, there’s so much they can learn. Plus, it’s a huge confidence boost, not only for the photographer, but also the client who commissions their work—especially once they start to win awards.”

Competitors must submit their images by midnight, June 25. Physical print entry cases must be received within seven days of the entry deadline. The judging will be streamed live August 3 to 6.

For more information on submission criteria and rules and how to enter visit PPA.com/IPC.

About PPA:
Professional Photographers of America (PPA) is the largest international nonprofit association created by professional photographers, for professional photographers. Almost as long-lived as photography itself, PPA’s roots date back to 1869. It assists more than 28,000 members through protection, education and resources for their continued success. See how PPA helps photographers be more at PPA.com.

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