Professional Photographers of America Announces 2018 International Photographic Competition Results

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PPA's Photo Competition Continues to Grow, Presents Best Photography of the Year.

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Photographic competition...definitely pushes you and causes you to step back from your work and...appraise it from a different eye...

Professional Photographers of America (PPA) has announced the results from its annual International Photographic Competition (IPC). A panel of 32 jurors from across the United States selected the top photographs from 5,073 total entries from August 5 - 8 at Gwinnett Technical College in Lawrenceville, Georgia.

Judged against a standard of excellence, 2,622 images were selected for the General Collection and 513 (roughly 10% 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 selected General Collection images will be published in the "Showcase" book by Marathon Press.

Images accepted into the General and Loan Collections will also be on display at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta, Georgia, Jan. 20-22, 2019, during Imaging USA, the annual convention and trade show for professional photographers. These images constitute one of the world's largest annual exhibits of professional photography gathered simultaneously under one roof. Also at Imaging USA 2019, the best of the best of the images will be announced at the esteemed Grand Imaging Awards.

Critiques from the IPC judges were available upon request, with more than 1,800 ordered this year. 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 four days. For the fourth 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.

“Photographic competition…definitely pushes you and causes you to step back from your work and…appraise it from a different eye and see what you can do better,” explains Ben Shirk, M.Photog.M.Artist.Cr., 2018 Grand Imaging Award winner and member of Team USA for the World Photographic Cup. Shirk’s path to those wins started with IPC. He says PPA’s photographic competitions help you learn “what you bring to the table that maybe other photographers aren’t doing so you can stand out even more in your everyday work too.”

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

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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