Professional Photographers of America Announces International Photographic Competition Results

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PPA's Photo Competition Continues to Grow in Both Participants and Live Streaming Viewership

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There simply is no better way to improve as a photographer than to enter competition and learn from the process

Professional Photographers of America (PPA) announced today the results from its annual International Photographic Competition (IPC). A panel of 46 jurors from across the United States selected the top photographs from nearly 5,700 total entries from July 31 to August 4 at Gwinnett Technical College in Lawrenceville, Georgia.

Judged against a standard of excellence, 2,424 images were selected for the General Collection and 1,030 (roughly 18 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 Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center in San Antonio, Texas, Jan. 8-10, 2017, during Imaging USA, the annual convention and tradeshow 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 2,100 completed during this year's judging of 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 judging of the IPC was streamed live online over the five days. For the second year in a row, PPA included a live broadcast with host Booray Perry, Craftsman Photographer and Certified Professional Photographer,, to enhance the stream experience and help demystify the competition. PPA hopes this all leads to more entries for next year's competition.

"There simply is no better way to improve as a photographer than to enter competition and learn from the process during the preparation of the entry and after the fact when receiving the critiques of the images,” said IPC chairman, Randy McNeilly. "The critiques must be working, because we have more images going Loan than ever before!”

This photographic competition challenges photographers to grow their artistic and technical skills by creatively capturing and presenting their best images, and by doing so, improving the marketability of 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 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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