Professional Photographers of America Calls for Entries to the International Photographic Competition

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Photography’s Best Vie for Merits and Exposure at PPA's annual competition.

“Becoming involved in competitions made me a better photographer and turned out to be good for business.”

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

PPA, the largest international non-profit association for professional photographers, exists to protect, educate and encourage photographers to grow their skills and business. By entering the International Photographic Competition (IPC), photographers will do just that.

The IPC challenges photographers to creatively capture and present their images. 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 entries were submitted at Gwinnett Technical College in Lawrenceville, Ga.

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

Submissions are judged against a standard of excellence using the 12 Elements of a Merit Image. The 12 elements are: Impact, Technical Excellence, Creativity, Style, Composition, Presentation, Color Balance, Center of Interest, Lighting, Subject Matter Technique and Story Telling. An explanation of each can be found on

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 Loan Collection. The winning images are published in the prestigious "Loan Collection" book, and are also exhibited at Imaging USA—PPA’s annual photography convention and expo, to be held Jan. 12 to 14, 2014, in Phoenix, Ariz.

And for those who don’t earn merits this year: don’t leave empty-handed. Critiques from the judges are available upon request to help find areas of improvement and prepare for future competitions.

“Becoming involved in competitions made me a better photographer and turned out to be good for business,” said Ralph Romaguera Sr., M.Photog.Cr., CPP, API, F-ASP, PPA president. “I learned so much about lighting and posing from the judges and learned even more about the emotional impact an image.”

PPA members save $30 and non-members $35 if registered by midnight, June 28. Physical print entry cases must be received within seven days of the entry deadline. The images will be judged from July 29 to August 1.

For more information on the IPC, how the competition works, submission criteria and rules, to view previous winners, or to register, visit

About PPA:
Professional Photographers of America (PPA) is the largest international non-profit association created by professional photographers, for professional photographers. Almost as long-lived as photography itself, PPA has roots back to 1869. It has never stopped growing and looking for new ways to assist its now 25,000 members through protection, education and resources for their continued success in the industry. See why photographers love PPA at

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