Registration Now Open for District Level Photography Competition

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Professional Photographers of America District Level Photographic Competition judging photography skills will be held February-April.

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“Once photographers get over the initial fear of competition, most keep entering year after year and become better photographers in the process,"

Submissions are being accepted now for Professional Photographers of America's (PPA) District Level Photographic Competition. PPA photographers interested in gaining feedback on their images and having their work evaluated by a judges’ panel of their peers are encouraged to enter the District Competitions. There are five districts nationwide, each with their own registration and competition dates. The photographic competition’s dates and locations have been announced as follows:

  • Southeast District: Entries accepted through: February 10, 2016; Judging Dates: February 18-19, 2016 in Williamsburg, VA.
  • Northeast District: Entries accepted through: February 18, 2016; Judging Dates: February 26-27, 2016 in Detroit, MI.
  • Western District: Entries accepted through: March 3, 2016; Judging Dates: March 11-13, 2016 in Boise, ID.
  • Northcentral District: Entries accepted through: March 10, 2016; Judging Dates: March 18-19, 2016 in Chicago, IL
  • Southwest District: Entries accepted through: March 24, 2016; Judging Dates: April 1-2, 2016 in Frisco, TX.

Interested photographers only need to find their district and submit either digital or print copies of their best four images. They can choose to enter either the Photographic Open or the Artist competition. The Photographic Open competition judges photography skills on a 100-point scale based on the 12 Elements of a Merit Image, while the Artist competition judges post-processing prowess, the artwork ability and technique used in post-editing.

“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.

The judging will also be streaming live this year during the judging dates listed above and can be viewed at Stream.theIPC.org. "The live stream helps debunk some myths about the judging process and shows photographers how much they can learn by attending or ordering their critiques,” says McNeilly. All of PPA’s photographic competitions, including the live stream, are open to the public at no cost, and are the best way to maximize one’s learning potential. Whether entering images or not, watching the judging of these photographs is a great way to grasp what the PPA-approved judges are looking for and how award-winning images come about.

The results from the judging will be available each following Monday at PPA.com/Districts. The best of the best images will be entered in the prestigious Loan Collection and be on display at the International Photographic Exhibit during Imaging USA 2017, in San Antonio, TX, the largest photography industry event held each year by PPA. They will also be in a coffee table book published by Marathon Press showcasing the best images in their respective categories.

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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 29,000 members through protection, education and resources for their continued success. See how PPA helps photographers Be More at PPA.com.

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