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Professional Photographers of America (PPA) Brings Photography's Best Together to Vie for Merits and Exposure

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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

Professional Photographers of America (PPA) is now accepting entries for this year’s International Photographic Competition (IPC). The IPC challenges photographers to push their artistic and technical photography skills to the next level by creating and presenting their best work. The competition is open to all photographers, but it also gives those who are members of PPA the opportunity to earn merits toward photography degrees.

The competition attracts image 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. This year's entries will be judged August 1 to 4 at Gwinnett Technical College in Lawrenceville, Georgia. Judging is open to the public, and requires no reservation or admission fee. Interested artists and observers unable to make it to Georgia for the competition can watch it unfold live at

This is the second year of IPC Live and Booray Perry, Cr.Photog., CPP, will be hosting again. Mr. Perry is a photographer and former radio personality who brings a unique perspective to the job of “host”. Changes coming to this year’s IPC Live include more live critiques and discussions on what it takes to merit and loan images at IPC. This year, IPC Live will be following a few PPA members’ images through the judging process. There will be live interviews with those members, talking with them about their experiences and how entering print competition has affected them and their businesses.

To enter the IPC, photographers submit prints, electronic files and physical and/or digital albums to be judged by a panel of qualified 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 2017 in San Antonio, TX, January 8-10.

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 22. Physical print entry cases must be received within seven days of the entry deadline. Late registration (for an additional fee) runs until July 7. For more information on submission criteria and rules and how to enter visit

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 nearly 30,000 members through protection, education and resources for their continued success. See how PPA helps photographers be more at

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