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By John Owens
Welcome to a special International Photographic Competition (IPC) edition of our weekly photography blog round-up! Hopefully many of you tuned in to watch the IPC judging and the brand-new #IPCLive broadcast. Congratulations to those who earned merits or entered the prestigious Loan Collection! The results are online now! A full post dissecting the stats will come Monday.
It was great to see all the conversations and posts on the web from the event. A few of our favorites are below.
Certified competition lover Christine Walsh-Newton , M.Photog.Cr., CPP, is here with some advice on what to do now that the competition is over. Mainly, don't post your images to social media (yet)! Read the blog to see what else you should be doing.
Host Mark Oehler drops the print comp 101 in this podcast dedicated to IPC! How cool is that?! If you have more time, the whole series is great for further background info, with interviews with some of the most successful competitors in recent years.
And with that let's let "Dancing" Jennifer Fermaint, CPP kick off our social round-up with a hilarious video post!
Kira Derryberry had some trouble prioritizing...
If you missed it, Booray called out PPA CEO David Trust for taking a selfie in the background during the IPC Live broadcast Wednesday. This is the
cover uppic in question.
Julia Kelleher celebrating 4 for 4 on a camping trip!
Everyone's favorite magazine, Professional Photographer, got exclusive access to the broadcast.
Rob Behm and a potential future competitor!
And Gary Hughes with the perfect meme to close things out.
And that's it from this special IPC round-up! Check back in Monday for the blog on IPC results and next Friday for the return of our normal photography blog round-up. Until next week!
It's just a week away so make sure you have plans to tune in. IPC Live will give you behind-the-scenes access to the competition like never before.
And here's your host, Booray Perry, Cr.Photog., CPP, with a quick video preview on the show!
With the judging streaming live alongside the show, you won't miss any of the action. Read our previous blog for details. The full broadcast schedule is below.
Watch at Stream.theIPC.org!
Here is the full schedule (all times are Eastern Standard):
· Monday, Aug. 3, 8:15am-6pm ET
· Tuesday, Aug. 4, 12:15-9pm ET
· Wednesday, Aug. 5, 9:15am-6pm ET
· Thursday, Aug. 6, 8:15am-6pm ET
· Monday, Aug. 3, 10am & 2pm ET
· Tuesday, Aug. 4, 2pm & 5pm ET
· Wednesday, Aug. 5, 10am & 2pm ET
· Thursday, Aug. 6, 10am & 2pm ET
|IPC Judging Live Stream
||IPC Live broadcast hosted by Booray
Are your images ready for judging? Submit your work here!
Want to read more examples of critiques and other information about IPC before you submit? Read through the PPA blog's previous posts about the International Photographic Competition!
Rachel Noto is the second of two summer interns wandering around the labyrinthine offices of PPA, enthusiastically taking pictures of her cat, and occasionally getting a little writing and design done. An Atlanta native, she's learned to embrace the feeling of getting lost every now and then, though she now spends most of the year in the gridded city of Savannah, Georgia, where she attends the Savannah College of Art and Design. She has a passion for food, cute animals, and communication in all of its forms.
The Northeast District competition is now open! And since you're all hunkered down for this snowstorm, you've got time to do some editing and send in those images. Hopefully you'll be shoveled out by then, but Image submissions will be accepted until March 6. Your entered works will be judged March 13-14 in Columbus, Ohio.
PPA urges our members to enter photographic competition to push yourselves to be more. You'll improve your craft and confidence in the process.
"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."
At the district level, images either earn a "merit" or "does not merit" score. Merit images are sealed and move on to the International Photographic Competition (IPC), held each August. Non-merit images may be worked on and re-entered into the IPC that same year. Critiques from a PPA judge can be ordered to give entrants personalized feedback on the reason for the score. Entrants and non-entrants alike can watch the judging live online in January.
"The live stream was hugely successful at the International Photographic Competition in August so we're taking it to all of PPA's district competitions," said McNeilly. "This helps debunk some myths about the judging process and shows photographers how much they can learn by attending or ordering their critiques."
The best of the best images will enter the prestigious Loan Collection and be on display at the International Photographic Exhibit during Imaging USA 2016 in Atlanta. They will also be in a coffee table book published by Marathon Press. For inspiration, PPA produced a video featuring 2014's Loan Collection images to show what the best look like.
PPA's District Competitions and the International Photographic Competition are open to the public. PPA photographers and non-members alike are also encouraged to attend the judging. Photographers who belong to PPA are each assigned to districts based on their studio's geographic location. For full district competition information, visit PPA.com/Competitions. To learn more about PPA's membership benefits or to join, visit PPA.com/Join.