The International Photographic Competition was earlier this month and the results have been in for weeks!
Now, it's time to dish out some medals. Well, not actually dish them out, that doesn't happen until Imaging USA, but we can at least tell you who won!
So yes, there be SPOILERS AHEAD!
PPA members receive these medalist designations by earning a merit--a mark of quality and honor--for each of the four images included in their entry case to the International Photographic Competition. This is the most prestigious competition of its kind, where images are judged based on a standard of artistic excellence, not against each other.
After going 4/4 at the merit level, these images went to another round of judging. The level of the award is determined by how many of those four images receive the highest possible honor: acceptance into the PPA Loan Collection, which is displayed at photographic exhibitions, conventions and other photography events.
The scoring rundown is as follows:
Diamond - 4/4 accepted into Loan Collection
Platinum - 3/4
Gold - 2/4
Silver - 1/4
Bronze - 4/4 merited, no Loan
And here is the spread of our 224 winners:
Diamond - 12
Platinum - 32
Gold - 59
Silver - 66
Bronze - 55
"These photographers have reached a prestigious achievement," states Randy McNeilly, PPA's Photographic Exhibition Committee Chairman. "It takes dedication to achieve the consistent quality and creativity necessary to earn the title of Silver Medalist in one of the world's most celebrated photography competitions. While they will be receiving this award at Imaging USA in Phoenix, the real winners will be their clients who have commissioned the work!"
Make sure you check out the full list of IPC medal winners, ranging from Diamond to Bronze.
Here are a few of the winner images which will be on display at Imaging USA, January 12-14 in Phoenix.