Professional Photographers of America Announces International Photographic Competition Results

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PPA’s Anchor Competition Experiences Growth Across the Board

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Professional Photographers of America (PPA) announced today the results from its International Photographic Competition (IPC).

A panel of 43 eminent jurors from across the United States selected the top photographs from 5,190 total entries from August 3-6 at Gwinnett Technical College in Lawrenceville, Georgia.

Judged against a standard of excellence, just over 2,100 images were selected for the General Collection and 1,085 (roughly 21 percent) were selected for the esteemed Loan Collection—the best of the best. The Loan Collection images will all be published in the much-anticipated “Loan Collection” book and over 200 selected General Collection images will be published in the “Showcase” book by Marathon Press. A full list of results can be viewed online.

Images accepted into the General and Loan Collections will also be on display at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta, Georgia, Jan. 10-12, 2016, during Imaging USA, the annual convention and expo for professional photographers. These images constitute one of the world’s largest annual exhibits of professional photography gathered simultaneously under one roof.

Those who didn’t earn merits this year didn’t have to leave empty-handed. Critiques from the IPC judges were available upon request, with more than 1,500 completed during the competition. The critiques are offered as a way to help participants find areas of improvement and prepare for future photo competitions.

This year’s IPC was streamed live online and 1,910 unique visitors tuned in over the four days. Nearly 900 of those weren’t involved in this year’s competition, showcasing the widespread curiosity in IPC, but tentativeness to enter. PPA introduced a new IPC Live broadcast with host Booray Perry to enhance the stream experience and help demystify the competition. PPA hopes this all leads to more entries for next year’s competition.

“The IPC continues to grow but so many photographers still aren’t taking advantage of the incredible learning opportunity,” said IPC chairman, Randy McNeilly. “There simply is no better way to improve as a photographer than to enter competition and order a critique. They must be working, because we have more images going Loan than ever before. Hopefully the stream experience brings more competitors out next year!”

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.

To view full results of the International Photographic Competition, visit

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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

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