2018 International Photographic Competition Live Programming by Professional Photographers of America

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Stream of competition judging and live programming can be viewed by all, at no charge.

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Images accepted...will also be on display at Imaging USA in Atlanta, Ga, Jan. 20-22, 2019...one of the world's largest annual exhibits of pro photography gathered...under one roof.

Professional Photographers of America (PPA) will live stream the judging of the International Photographic Competition (IPC), August 5 - 8 on Stream.theIPC.org. This year will also feature the IPC Live broadcast, which will have multiple, daily live interviews and Q&As to supplement the judging stream, August 6 - 8, 2018.

IPC Live will be hosted by prominent Florida wedding photographer, podcast host, past Imaging USA speaker, Craftsman Photographer and Certified Professional Photographer, Booray Perry. Perry will break down the IPC action with interactive interviews and discussions four times a day, at 9:00amEST, 11:00amEST, 2:00pmEST, and 4:00pmEST (subject to change). Viewers can post questions to Facebook for Perry to answer on-air by using the hashtag #IPCLive, giving them the ability to inquire about the process as it happens. The live judging stream can be viewed by PPA members and non-members alike at no cost, Sunday, August 5 through Wednesday, August 8. The public is also invited to attend the judging in person at Gwinnett Technical College in Lawrenceville, Georgia beginning August 5. There is no RSVP or fee required to attend in person or online.

The live stream allows entrants to follow along with the judging in real time and let prospective competitors check out the process. For those considering eventually entering the competition, this behind the scenes look is an opportunity to learn what the judges are looking for and remove any apprehension they might have to enter.

PPA is also encouraging photography groups around the world to host viewing parties with their photography friends. Viewers can post pictures to the PPA Facebook page, Facebook.com/OurPPA, and follow along with other studios. IPC participants will be alerted via text message when their submissions are up for judging to help ensure they don't miss seeing their images judged.

During the competition, a panel of IPC jurors from across the United States will select the top photographs from this year’s 5, 204 total entries. Winning images enter into PPA’s General Collection or the esteemed Loan Collection—the best of the best in photography. The Loan Collection images will be published in the much-anticipated "Loan Collection" book and over 200 selected General Collection images will be published in the "Showcase" special edition book by Marathon Press. Images accepted into the General and Loan Collections will also be on display at Imaging USA in Atlanta, Ga, Jan. 20-22, 2019, making up one of the world's largest annual exhibits of professional photography gathered simultaneously under one roof.

To watch the judging of the International Photographic Competition, go to Stream.theIPC.org. PPA photographers will sign in with their PPA account logins. Non-PPA members can simply register to watch the streaming at no cost with an email address. Once signed in, there are multiple judging rooms to watch (portrait, illustrative and event and non-event album) as well as the IPC Live broadcast, available on Facebook Live four times each day. Viewers can switch between rooms at any time. Audio is not enabled on mobile devices. For full audio and video, please watch on a desktop computer.

The full schedule is as follows but subject to change. Please check PPA.com/IPC for the most accurate information.

  • Judging Livestream (Stream.theIPC.org): Sunday, August 5, 4pm-7pm ET; Monday, August 6, 8:30am-6pm ET; Tuesday, Aug. 7, 8:30am-6pm ET; Wednesday, Aug. 8, 8:30am to finish.
  • IPC Live broadcast hosted by Booray Perry: Kicks off Sunday, August 5 at 3pm with “Welcome to the IPC”. Regular schedule: Monday, August 6 – Wednesday, August 8 at 9am, 11am, 2pm, and 4pm ET daily.

For more information, including details and directions for those interested in attending in person, head to PPA.com/IPC.

About PPA:
Professional Photographers of America (PPA) is the largest and longest-standing nonprofit photography trade association with a 150-year history. It currently helps 30,000+ pros elevate their craft and grow their business with resources, protection, and education, all under PPA’s core guiding principle of closing the gap between what photographers do as artists and entrepreneurs and what consumers want.

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