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By Chris Homer

Entries for the International Photographic Competition (IPC) are being accepted now. We're rapidly approaching the deadline to enter without a late fee, so save money and get your images entered by June 20 at 5pm ET!

The IPC is PPA's annual photographic competition that allows photographers to test their skills, and get advice on how to improve quality, impact and technique through constructive competition and critiques from qualified jurors. Participating in PPA's photographic competitions gives you the opportunity to:

  • Improve upon your finest work 
  • Earn recognition and admiration from your peers
  • Engage with the passionate and supportive photographic competition community
  • And improve your business!
If you choose to have your images critiqued, a judge will go through each image you've entered in the photo competition, explaining how it stacks up against the 12 elements of a winning image, and what you could have done to take your image to the next level if you fell short! So, be bold and enter your images to be critiqued by official jurors at this year's competition. Recorded critiques are a fantastic way to learn, specifically, how you can take your images to the next level. Check out a critique from last year!

Entering the IPC really is one of the best ways to improve your photography, so don't be shy, enter now! Be sure to get your images in by June 20 at 5pm ET and save money on your entry. Entries submitted on or after June 20 at 5 pm ET will be accepted with a late fee through July 6, 2017. Note that no entries will be accepted after July 6, 2017 by 5 pm ET.

And don't forget that the judging for the International Photographic Competition will be held July 30-August 2, 2017 and you will be able to watch it all for free via PPA's live online streaming of the IPC at Stream.theIPC.org! Bookmark this page and be ready to binge on photography competition judging!


ch_headshot_100x100.jpgAbout the author:
Chris Homer is PPA's SEO & Web Specialist, which basically makes Google Analytics his best friend. A graduate of the University of Georgia, Chris cheers passionately (and obnoxiously) for the Bulldogs in all things from football to checkers. When he's not hard at work on PPA's websites, you'll find Chris at auto racing events around the southeast, where he's known as a master architect of tent villages.

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By Chris Homer

The International Photographic Competition (IPC) is PPA's annual photographic competition that allows photographers to test their skills, and get advice on how to improve quality, impact and technique through constructive competition and critiques from qualified jurors. Participating in PPA's photographic competitions gives you the opportunity to:

  • Improve upon your finest work - really, it will make you step up your game!
  • Earn recognition and admiration from your peers - and there's nothing more rewarding!
  • Engage with the passionate and supportive photographic competition community - photo nerds, we're with you!
  • And improve your business! - who wouldn't leverage the competition-winning title and accolades? You should!
If you're wanting to get an edge, you'll also choose to have your images critiqued, and will receive a recording from a judge with feedback on each image you've entered in the competition, explaining to you how each photo stacks up against the 12 elements of a winning image, and what you could have done better if it fell a little short! So, don't be shy! Enter your images to be critiqued by official jurors at this year's competition. Recorded critiques are a fantastic way to learn, specifically, how you can take your images to the next level.

To give you an idea of the types of things you can learn from a critique at IPC, check out this one from last year's competition. This is "Sunkissed" by Stacey Williams Dunse, critiqued by Jessica Vogel.


The judging for the International Photographic Competition will be held July 30-August 2, 2017 and you will be able to watch it all at no cost via PPA's live online streaming of the IPC! Early registration opens May 22, 2017 - June 20, 2017 by 5 pm ET. Entries submitted on or after June 20 at 5 pm ET will be accepted with a late fee through July 6, 2017. Note that entries will not be accepted after July 6, 2017 by 5 pm ET.

This year's IPC has some new rules. Be sure to check them out and enter your images early to beat the crowds and save some money!


ch_headshot_100x100.jpgAbout the author:
Chris Homer is PPA's SEO & Web Specialist, which basically makes Google Analytics his best friend. A graduate of the University of Georgia, Chris cheers passionately (and obnoxiously) for the Bulldogs in all things from football to checkers. When he's not hard at work on PPA's websites, you'll find Chris at auto racing events around the southeast, where he's known as a master architect of tent villages.

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By Bethany Clark
 
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Photographers, it's time to pull your best images and work on your competition entries for the International Photographic Competition

The IPC judging will take place this summer, and those who enter will once again get ahead of their peers, so get ready! 

The IPC is PPA's annual photographic competition that allows photographers to test their skills, and get advice on how to improve quality, impact and technique through constructive competition and critiques from qualified jurors. Participating in PPA's photographic competitions gives you the opportunity to:

  • Improve upon your finest work 
  • Earn recognition and admiration from your peers
  • Engage with the passionate and supportive photographic competition community
  • And improve your business!

If you're smarter than average, you'll also choose to have your images critiqued, and will receive a recording from a judge with feedback on each image you've entered in the competition, explaining to you how each photo stacks up against the 12 elements of a winning image, and what you could have done better if it fell a little short! So, don't be shy! Enter your images to be critiqued by official jurors at this year's competition. Recorded critiques are a fantastic way to learn, specifically, how you can take your images to the next level.

To give you an idea of the types of things you can learn from a critique at IPC, check out this one from last year's competition. This is "Forged in Steel" by Shellie Kappelman, critiqued by Cary Garrison:



Important info:

  • Judging for the IPC will be held July 30-August 2, 2017 at Gwinnett Tech in Lawrenceville GA, right outside Atlanta. It's open to the public and it's free to attend, but if you can't make it in person, you have no excuse not to watch the online streaming of the entire judging process! It's one of the best ways to learn what judges are looking for in this image competition.
  • Early registration to enter your images opens May 22, 2017-June 21, 2017 by 5 pm ET
  • Entries after June 21 at 5 pm ET will be accepted with a late fee through July 6. Please note that no entries will be accepted after July 6, 2017 by 5 pm ET
  • Watch live streaming of IPC judging at Stream.TheIPC.org: July 30, 4 pm - 7 pm ET, July 31 and August 1, 8:30 am - 6 pm ET, and August 2, 8:30 am ET to finish.

This year's IPC has some new rules. Be sure to check them out and enter your images early to beat the crowds and save some money!


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By Chris Homer

This year, PPA's District Photographic Competitions were a great success! Thank you to everyone who entered. As we look forward to kicking off the upcoming International Photographic Competition (IPC), let's check out some of the interesting stats from the District Photographic Competitions!

In the Southwest District, 971 images were entered - with 54% earning a merit. Meanwhile, in the Northeast District, of 1,000 entries, 45% earned a merit. In the Northcentral District, 709 images were entered and 47% earned a merit.

The Western District saw 760 images, with 39% earning merits, and the Southeast District rounds things out with 986 entries and 48% earning merits. That's a grand total of 4,426 entries with about 46% earning merits (all counting towards earning various photographic degrees!). 

These stats show how many understand what a big accomplishment earning a merit at the District Photographic Competitions is! So go ahead, brag about it! 

Don't forget that the judging for IPC will be held July 30-August 2, 2017 and will be streamed live! Registration to enter your images opens May 22, 2017 - June 21, 2017 by 5pm ET. Entries received June 21 after 5 pm ET will still be accepted with a late fee through July 6, 2017 by 5pm ET. Please note that no entries will be accepted after that point. Get your images ready and we'll see you at the IPC!


ch_headshot_100x100.jpgAbout the author:
Chris Homer is PPA's SEO & Web Specialist, which basically makes Google Analytics his best friend. A graduate of the University of Georgia, Chris cheers passionately (and obnoxiously) for the Bulldogs in all things from football to checkers. When he's not hard at work on PPA's websites, you'll find Chris at auto racing events around the southeast, where he's known as a master architect of tent villages.

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By Chris Homer

Beginning May 22, photographers can enter their work in PPA's International Photographic Competition (IPC). We hear from past entrants that entering images in the IPC is one of the best ways to improve as a photographer. 

IPC gives you even more if you choose to have your images critiqued by one of the judges! You'll get a recording of a judge going through each image you've entered in the photo competition, explaining how it stacks up against the 12 elements of a winning image, and what you could have done to take your image to the next level if you fell a little short!

To give you an idea of the types of things you can learn from a critique at IPC, check out this one from last year's competition. This is "7 Degrees Below Zero at Willow Falls" by Daniel Thompson, critiqued by Dennis Hammon.


Having a judge take time to give you personal advice on how to improve a specific image is a priceless opportunity to take your images to the next level! 

Important info:

  • Judging for the IPC will be held July 30-August 2, 2017 at Gwinnett Tech in Lawrenceville GA, right outside Atlanta. It's open to the public and it's free to attend, but if you can't make it in person, you have no excuse not to watch the online streaming of the entire judging process! It's one of the best ways to learn what judges are looking for in this image competition.
  • Early registration to enter your images opens May 22, 2017-June 21, 2017 by 5 pm ET
  • Entries after June 21 at 5 pm ET will be accepted with a late fee through July 6. Please note that no entries will be accepted after July 6, 2017 by 5 pm ET
  • Watch live streaming of IPC judging at Stream.TheIPC.org: July 30, 4 pm - 7 pm ET, July 31 and August 1, 8:30 am - 6 pm ET, and August 2, 8:30 am ET to finish.

This year's competition has some new rules, so click here to view the IPC Photographic Open rules and the IPC Artist Competition rules, or check them at PPA.com/IPC. 

And don't forget to enter your images early to beat the crowd and save some money!


ch_headshot_100x100.jpgAbout the author:
Chris Homer is PPA's SEO & Web Specialist, which basically makes Google Analytics his best friend. A graduate of the University of Georgia, Chris cheers passionately (and obnoxiously) for the Bulldogs in all things from football to checkers. When he's not hard at work on PPA's websites, you'll find Chris at auto racing events around the southeast, where he's known as a master architect of tent villages.

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By Chris Homer

Beginning May 22, photographers can enter their work in PPA's International Photographic Competition (IPC). Entering the IPC is one of the best ways to improve your photography - especially when you choose to get your images critiqued by an official IPC juror. You'll get a recording of a judge going through each image you've entered in the photo competition, explaining how it stacks up against the 12 elements of a winning image, and what you could have done to take your image to the next level if you fell a little short!

To give you an idea of the types of things you can learn from a critique at IPC, check out this one from last year's competition. This is "To Reach the Skies" by Umamaheswara Ra Kalapatapu being critiqued by Gabriel Alonso.


Having a judge take time to give you personal advice on how to improve a specific image is a priceless opportunity to take your images to the next level! 

The judging for IPC will be held July 30-August 3, 2017. Registration to enter your images opens May 22, 2017 - June 21, 2017 by 5pm ET. Entries received after 6/21 will still be accepted with a late fee through July 6, 2017 by 5pm ET. Please note that no entries will be accepted after that point. 

This year's IPC has some new rules, so be sure to check them at PPA.com/IPC. And don't forget to enter your images early to beat the crowds and save some money. Good luck!


ch_headshot_100x100.jpgAbout the author:
Chris Homer is PPA's SEO & Web Specialist, which basically makes Google Analytics his best friend. A graduate of the University of Georgia, Chris cheers passionately (and obnoxiously) for the Bulldogs in all things from football to checkers. When he's not hard at work on PPA's websites, you'll find Chris at auto racing events around the southeast, where he's known as a master architect of tent villages.

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By Chris Homer

By now, you've heard that PPA's International Photographic Competition (IPC) is right around the corner, July 30 - August 2 at Gwinnett Technical College in Lawrenceville, GA. You may be wondering, "What exactly are the judges looking for in a photograph?"

If you've been asking yourself that question and would like to learn how to become a judge for PPA's International Photographic Competition or District Photographic Competitions, sign up to attend the Judges Workshop!

Held at the same time, same place as the IPC, this workshop will demystify the world of image judging. You'll explore the ins and outs of what makes a print "merit worthy" and observe the competition process and protocol. You'll even get the chance to mock-judge images to learn by doing, and you'll leave this course confident in your ability to identify those merit images. 

By learning how to judge a photograph for the IPC, you'll also pick up some tips on how to improve your own photography! Don't miss out on this chance to learn the judging process inside and out. Space is limited, so register for the Judges Workshop today!

And don't forget that entries for the IPC open May 22, so start getting your images ready for competition as well!


ch_headshot_100x100.jpgAbout the author:
Chris Homer is PPA's SEO & Web Specialist, which basically makes Google Analytics his best friend. A graduate of the University of Georgia, Chris cheers passionately (and obnoxiously) for the Bulldogs in all things from football to checkers. When he's not hard at work on PPA's websites, you'll find Chris at auto racing events around the southeast, where he's known as a master architect of tent villages.

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By Chris Homer

Entries for the International Photographic Competition (IPC) will open on May 22! If you've never entered images in the IPC before, we know it can seem a little intimidating to have your work judged by other photographers, but the experience is well worth it. The IPC helps photographers, new and experienced alike, be more creative, artistic and inventive in their photographic pursuits. When you enter your work in the IPC, you will be able to build on your best pieces and elevate the quality of your output. It's by participating in photographic competitions that photographers push themselves to be better year over year!

Rules for the Photographic Open and Artist categories are available now! Be sure to give them a thorough read so you're meeting all the requirements for entry and so that you know which category to enter your images in. 

You might be wondering, "What will judges be looking for in the images?" Easy! It's a thorough process where they compare your work against PPA's official 12 Elements of a Merit Image. For even more information on preparing your images for entry, check out these video tutorials

The judging itself takes place July 30 - August 2 at Gwinnett Technical College in Lawrenceville, GA. Judging is open to the public so you can attend and hear the judges' comments in-person. If you can't attend, the competition will also be streamed live online!

We hope you'll challenge yourself by entering this year's IPC! Start getting those images ready for registration opening on May 22.


ch_headshot_100x100.jpgAbout the author:
Chris Homer is PPA's SEO & Web Specialist, which basically makes Google Analytics his best friend. A graduate of the University of Georgia, Chris cheers passionately (and obnoxiously) for the Bulldogs in all things from football to checkers. When he's not hard at work on PPA's websites, you'll find Chris at auto racing events around the southeast, where he's known as a master architect of tent villages.

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By Chris Homer

The 2016 International Photographic Competition results are now available! Thanks to everyone who entered and congratulations to all the photographers who earned merits or had an image be selected for the PPA Loan Collection! 

Don't forget that all the Loan Collection and merited  images will be on display in the International Photographic Exhibit at Imaging USA 2017, January 8 -10 in San Antonio, TX!

Go to PPA.com/IPC to view the 2016 results, and don't forget to register for Imaging USA 2017 to see all these great images in person! 

ch_headshot_100x100.jpgAbout the author:
Chris Homer is PPA's SEO & Web Specialist, which basically makes Google Analytics his best friend. A graduate of the University of Georgia, Chris cheers passionately (and obnoxiously) for the Bulldogs in all things from football to checkers. When he's not hard at work on PPA's websites, you'll find Chris at auto racing events around the southeast, where he's known as a master architect of tent villages.



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By Chris Homer

Be sure to enter your images to the International Photographic Competition (IPC) by July 7 by 5pm EST! July 7 will be your last chance to enter this year's IPC!

If you've never entered the IPC before, you'll be surprised to learn that past entrants say entering the competition is one of the best ways to improve your skills as a photographer. That's because images are judged by PPA jurors based on the 12 Elements of a Merit Image. The 12 Elements define what makes an excellent, professional image, so learning how to create while keeping these elements in mind is sure to help you improve as a photographer! And remember, if you aren't continuously improving your skills - you're falling behind other photographers! 

The feedback you can get on the images you enter to the IPC becomes even more valuable if you choose to order critiques on your entries. You'll receive a recording of an IPC Judge giving you dedicated feedback and explaining to you how the elements are present and impact YOUR image. Check out a critique from last year's competition. 

Once you've entered your images, make plans to attend the judging July 31- August 4, 2016 at Gwinnett Technical College in Lawrenceville, GA. Judging is open to the public and free to attend, so come and adsorb all the judges' comments on the entries - you never know what you might learn! And if you can't attend the judging in-person, you can also stream it all online via Stream.theIPC.org

So, get those images entered by July 7 by 5pm EST and see first-hand how entering the IPC can help your photography! Enter today and see how competition can help you Be More Skillful!


ch_headshot_100x100.jpgAbout the author:
Chris Homer is PPA's SEO & Web Specialist, which basically makes Google Analytics his best friend. A graduate of the University of Georgia, Chris cheers passionately (and obnoxiously) for the Bulldogs in all things from football to checkers. When he's not hard at work on PPA's websites, you'll find Chris at auto racing events around the southeast, where he's known as a master architect of tent villages.



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By Chris Homer

The early registration deadline for The International Photographic Competition (IPC) is quickly approaching. Be sure to enter your images today by 5pm EST to avoid the additional fee! 

IPC gives photographers the opportunity to improve their work through competition and critiques from some of the most noted photographers in the business. Entering the International Photographic Competition has many benefits, including:

  • Engage with the passionate and supportive photographic competition community 
  • Improve your best work (Raise your hand if you want to get better!)
  • Earn the admiration and recognition of your peers
  • Ultimately improve your business
Your images will be evaluated based on the 12 Elements of a Merit Image. You'll receive a recording of an IPC Judge giving you dedicated feedback and explaining to you how the elements are present and impact YOUR image. By competing and getting your images critiqued, you'll learn what you do well as a photographer, as well as identify the areas in which you may need improvement. It's an amazing learning experience!

Entering your work in a competition can be scary for first-timers. So, to make it a little easier, here's an actual critique from last year's International Photographic Competition. This image is "Determined" by George Austin and is being judged by International Juror Mary Fisk-Taylor, M.Photog.Cr., CPP, ABI, API.

Take a look back and see how constructive criticism from the judges and application of their feedback can improve your work as a photographer.


We hope this critique will give you a better understanding of what the judges are looking for when scoring your images. Enter your images into the International Photographic Competition today! Registration is open until June 22, 2016 at 5pm EST. Late registration extends to July 7, with an additional fee. Be sure to enter your images by 5 pm EST today to avoid paying the extra fee! The IPC judging dates are July 31-August 4, 2016 and you can stream it live at Stream.theIPC.org. Be sure to request a critique so you can receive some personalized feedback on your works of art. Familiarize yourself with the rules for the Photographic Open and Photographic Artist categories today at www.PPA.com/IPC


ch_headshot_100x100.jpgAbout the author:
Chris Homer is PPA's SEO & Web Specialist, which basically makes Google Analytics his best friend. A graduate of the University of Georgia, Chris cheers passionately (and obnoxiously) for the Bulldogs in all things from football to checkers. When he's not hard at work on PPA's websites, you'll find Chris at auto racing events around the southeast, where he's known as a master architect of tent villages.


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Be sure to enter your images to the International Photographic Competition (IPC) by June 22 by 5pm EST for the lowest price! 

If you've never entered the IPC before, you'll be surprised to learn that past entrants say entering the competition is one of the best ways to improve your skills as a photographer. That's because images are judged by PPA jurors based on the 12 Elements of a Merit Image. The 12 Elements define what makes an excellent, professional image, so learning how to create while keeping these elements in mind is sure to help you improve as a photographer! And remember, if you aren't continuously improving your skills - you're falling behind other photographers! 

The feedback you can get on the images you enter to the IPC becomes even more valuable if you choose to order critiques on your entries. You'll receive a recording of an IPC Judge giving you dedicated feedback and explaining to you how the elements are present and impact YOUR image. Check out a critique from last year's competition. 

Once you've entered your images, make plans to attend the judging July 31- August 4, 2016 at Gwinnett Technical College in Lawrenceville, GA. Judging is open to the public and free to attend, so come and adsorb all the judges' comments on the entries - you never know what you might learn! And if you can't attend the judging in-person, you can also stream it all online via Stream.theIPC.org

So, get those images entered by June 22 by 5pm EST for the lowest price! Late registration extends until July 7, but you'll have to pay an additional fee. Enter today and see how competition can help you Be More Skillful!

ch_headshot_100x100.jpgAbout the author:
Chris Homer is PPA's SEO & Web Specialist, which basically makes Google Analytics his best friend. A graduate of the University of Georgia, Chris cheers passionately (and obnoxiously) for the Bulldogs in all things from football to checkers. When he's not hard at work on PPA's websites, you'll find Chris at auto racing events around the southeast, where he's known as a master architect of tent villages.


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By Autumn Rice

PPA's International Photographic Competition is here, and we want you to enter! By entering the IPC photographers are able to prepare their images through competition and critiques from some of the best photographers in the business. Early registration is open now!

Entering the IPC is one of the best ways to improve your craft, especially if you choose to have your images critiqued by one of PPA's Jurors! You can have your images evaluated based on the 12 Elements of a Merit Image. You'll receive a recording of an IPC Judge giving you dedicated feedback and explaining to you how the elements are present and impact YOUR image. By competing and getting your images critiqued, you'll learn what you do well as a photographer, as well as identify the areas in which you may need improvement. It's an amazing learning experience!

To give you an idea of the IPC experience, here is a critique from last year's International Photographic Competition. This images is "Dawn is Breaking" by Thomas McCabe, M.Photog., CPP, and it is being judged by Donna Goodhue, M.Photog.Cr., CPP.

See how constructive criticism from the judges and application of their feedback can improve your work as a photographer.


We hope this critique can help you get a better understanding of what the IPC judges are looking for when scoring your images. Start preparing your images for the International Photographic Competition! Submissions are open May 23-June 22, 2016. Late registration extends until July 7, with an additional fee. Be sure to enter your images by 5 pm EST on June 22 to avoid paying an extra fee! The IPC judging dates are July 31-August 4, 2016 and you can stream it live at Stream.theIPC.org. Be sure to request a critique so you can receive some personalized feedback on your works of art and Be More Prepared. 

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By Chris Homer

Entries are now open for the International Photographic Competition (IPC)! Be sure to enter your images between May 23 - June 22, 2016 by 5pm EST for the lowest price. 
 
If you've never entered the IPC before, you'll be surprised to learn that past entrants say entering the competition is one of the best ways to improve your skills as a photographer. That's because images are judged by PPA jurors based on the 12 Elements of a Merit Image. The 12 Elements define what makes an excellent, professional image, so learning how to create while keeping these elements in mind is sure to help you improve as a photographer! And remember, if you aren't continuously improving your skills - you're falling behind other photographers! 

The feedback you can get on the images you enter to the IPC becomes even more valuable if you choose to order critiques on your entries. You'll receive a recording of an IPC Judge giving you dedicated feedback and explaining to you how the elements are present and impact YOUR image. Check out a critique from last year's competition. 

Once you've entered your images, make plans to attend the judging July 31- August 4, 2016 at Gwinnett Technical College in Lawrenceville, GA.  Judging is open to the public and free to attend, so come and adsorb all the judges' comments on the entries - you never know what you might learn! And if you can't attend the judging in-person, you can also stream it all online via Stream.theIPC.org

Start preparing your images for the International Photographic Competition! Submissions are open May 23-June 22, 2016 by 5 pm EST. Late registration extends until July 7, with an additional fee. Enter today and see how competition can help you Be More Skillful! 


ch_headshot_100x100.jpgAbout the author:
Chris Homer is PPA's SEO & Web Specialist, which basically makes Google Analytics his best friend. A graduate of the University of Georgia, Chris cheers passionately (and obnoxiously) for the Bulldogs in all things from football to checkers. When he's not hard at work on PPA's websites, you'll find Chris at auto racing events around the southeast, where he's known as a master architect of tent villages.


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By Chris Homer

Want to enter into a serious photographic competition? Been thinking about entering again or wanting to take the first-time dive? PPA's International Photographic Competition (IPC) begins accepting entries May 23. It's time to start preparing your images. It's through competition and critiques of your work by professional photographers that you can truly grow and evolve as an artist. 

Entering the IPC is one of the best ways to improve your craft, especially if you choose to have your images critiqued by one of PPA's Jurors! You can have your images evaluated and scored based on the 12 Elements of a Merit Image. You'll receive a recording of an IPC Judge giving you dedicated feedback and explaining to you how the elements are present and impact YOUR image. By competing and getting your images critiqued, you'll learn what you do well as a photographer, as well as identify the areas in which you may need improvement. It's an amazing learning experience!

We know the process can seem intimidating for first-timers, so here's an actual critique from last year's International Photographic Competition. This image called "Considering Options" was created by Doc List and is being critiqued by PPA juror Kimberly Smith, M.Photog.Cr., CPP.

Take a look and see how entering a photographic competition can improve your own work as a photographer through constructive feedback like you'll hear in this critique.


We hope this critique can help you get a better understanding of what the IPC judges are looking for when scoring your images. Start preparing your images for the International Photographic Competition! Submissions are open May 23-June 22, 2016. Late registration extends until July 7, with an additional fee.  Be sure to enter your images by 5 pm EST on June 22 to avoid paying an extra fee! The IPC judging dates are July 31-August 4, 2016 and you can stream it live at Stream.theIPC.org. Be sure to request a critique so you can receive some personalized feedback on your works of art and Be More Prepared. 


ch_headshot_100x100.jpgAbout the author:
Chris Homer is PPA's SEO & Web Specialist, which basically makes Google Analytics his best friend. A graduate of the University of Georgia, Chris cheers passionately (and obnoxiously) for the Bulldogs in all things from football to checkers. When he's not hard at work on PPA's websites, you'll find Chris at auto racing events around the southeast, where he's known as a master architect of tent villages.


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By Chris Homer

PPA's International Photographic Competition (IPC) is right around the corner August 1 - 4 at Gwinnett Technical College in Lawrenceville, GA. The Judges Workshop will take place at the same location, starting on July 31, just before the IPC judging begins, and running until August 3. 

While watching the IPC Live Stream last year, did you find yourself wondering why the judges scored images the way they did? If so, consider attending the Judges Workshop! You'll learn what makes a photograph award-winning material and demystify the world of image judging. You'll explore the ins-and-outs of what makes a print "merit worthy" and observe the competition process and protocol. You'll even get the chance to mock-judge images to learn by doing, and you'll leave this course confident in your ability to identify those merit images. 

If you want to be a judge at the IPC, attending this workshop is your first step! Plus, learning what judges look for in a merit worthy image will help you when entering your own work in the IPC. It's a great learning experience that can help expand your skills as a photographer. 

Register for the Judges Workshop today, space is limited! And remember to start preparing your images for the IPC, which will begin accepting entries on May 23. 


ch_headshot_100x100.jpgAbout the author:
Chris Homer is PPA's SEO & Web Specialist, which basically makes Google Analytics his best friend. A graduate of the University of Georgia, Chris cheers passionately (and obnoxiously) for the Bulldogs in all things from football to checkers. When he's not hard at work on PPA's websites, you'll find Chris at auto racing events around the southeast, where he's known as a master architect of tent villages.


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By Chris Homer

Several PPA District Photographic Competitions are right around the corner! While entries for these competitions are closed, you can watch the live stream of each and see the judging happen live. PPA's International Photographic Competition also begins accepting entries May 23 and it's never too early to start preparing your images!

Entering a District Competition or the International Photographic Competition is one of the best ways to improve your images! Especially if you choose to have your images critiqued by one of PPA's International Jurors. We know the process can seem intimidating for first-timers, so here's a look at an actual critique from the 2015 International Photographic Competition. This is "Buttercup" by Lois Stanfield being critiqued by PPA juror James Wyant, M.Photog.Cr. Take a look and see how entering a District Competition or the International Photographic Competition can improve your own work as a photographer through constructive feedback like you'll hear in this critique.


We hope this critique can help you get a better understanding of what the International Photographic Competition judges are looking for when scoring your images. Head to the District Competition section of PPA's website to see when upcoming live streams of District Competitions will be happening and also start preparing your images for the International Photographic Competition! Be sure to get a critique so you can receive some personalized feedback on your works of art.


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Chris Homer is PPA's SEO & Web Specialist, which basically makes Google Analytics his best friend. A graduate of the University of Georgia, Chris cheers passionately (and obnoxiously) for the Bulldogs in all things from football to checkers. When he's not hard at work on PPA's websites, you'll find Chris at auto racing events around the southeast, where he's known as a master architect of tent villages.


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By Chris Homer

The Northcentral and Western Districts are currently accepting entries for PPA's District Photographic Competitions, and the Southwest District Competition will open February 22. You can even take a look at how District Photographic Competition works with the live stream of the Southeast District judging, live February 19 from 9am - 6 pm Eastern. Yes, it's free to watch!

To further encourage you to enter some of your photographic work in the District Competitions and PPA's International Photographic Competition, here's an actual critique from PPA's 2015 International Photographic Competition. This image, called "Bliss" by Gina Gardner, is critiqued by PPA International Juror Mary Fisk Taylor, M.Photog.Cr., CPP, ABI, API. It's a great way to learn! Take a look and see how entering a District Competition or the International Photographic Competition can improve your own work as a photographer through constructive feedback like you'll hear in this critique.




We hope this critique can help you get a better understanding of what the International Photographic Competition judges are looking for when scoring your images. Head to the District Competition section of PPA's website to see when your area is accepting entries, and be sure to get a critique so you can receive some personalized feedback on your works of art! And if you want to see a District Competition judging happen live, tune in to the Southeast District Photographic Competition stream at: Stream.theIPC.org. 



  ch_headshot_100x100.jpgAbout the author:
Chris Homer is PPA's SEO & Web Specialist, which basically makes Google Analytics his best friend. A graduate of the University of Georgia, Chris cheers passionately (and obnoxiously) for the Bulldogs in all things from football to checkers. When he's not hard at work on PPA's websites, you'll find Chris at auto racing events around the southeast, where he's known as a master architect of tent villages.


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By Chris Homer

Congratulations to all the photographers who had images earn a merit or were selected to PPA's Loan Collection in this year's International Photographic Competition (IPC)! If you didn't participate in this year's IPC, it's never too early to start thinking about entering in 2016. 

At PPA, one thing we hear all the time about the IPC is that entering is one of the best ways to improve your photographic technique! Having your images judged against the 12 Elements of a Merit Image is a great way to see where to improve in your photography and become aware of what you do really well already. 

The learning opportunity gets even better when you choose to have your images critiqued. You'll get an actual recording of an IPC judge going over why your image was judged the way it was.

We know that sounds a little intimidating, so to remove some of your fears check out a real past critique below!

The image being reviewed here is from Joan Walker, CPP and her image "Guardian of the Ancients" is being critiqued by IPC judge Jeff Dachowski, M.Photog.Cr., CPP.




Now that you've seen a real critique, we hope that you'll enter the 2016 IPC! Check out our blog for more critiques and more learning and... Don't forget that the Loan Collection images from the 2015 IPC will be on display for 10,000+ people to see at Imaging USA 2016 in Atlanta, January 10-12. 


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About the author:
Chris Homer is PPA's SEO & Web Specialist, which basically makes Google Analytics his best friend. A graduate of the University of Georgia, Chris cheers passionately (and obnoxiously) for the Bulldogs in all things from football to checkers. When he's not hard at work on PPA's websites, you'll find Chris at auto racing events around the southeast, where he's known as a master architect of tent villages.



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By Rachel Noto

When I first stepped off the bus onto the Gwinnett Technical College campus for my first look at the International Photographic Competition, I wasn't sure what to expect when I walk through the double doors and into the building itself.

I'd spent the past two months or so writing blog posts and tweets encouraging members to submit their images and tune in to watch the judging and IPC Live, but for all of that I was admittedly a little clueless. I had all of the benefits of entering the competition down, could recite five reasons why photographers should request a critique along with their images in my sleep, but even then, it's hard to compare the things I knew through research to what would actually happen in real life. 

Would I be greeted by a large room of picky, snobby people harshly pulling apart each piece? A bored, overworked group of judges glassy-eyed after watching the thousandth image go by? An excitable crowd watching as each image is presented, screaming uproariously when one goes loan?

The answer is none of the above. We are first shepherded in to the break room to be given a pep talk by the chairman of the Photographic Exhibition Committee, Randy McNeilly, M.Photog.MEI.Cr., CPP, API, F-ASP, the man in charge of it all. It's clear that he takes his duty very seriously; his praise for the competition is unending, and he endeavors to impress upon the whole staff exactly how important the IPC is. "I think the skills our membership learns in this competition are essential for the future of this profession," he remarked, obviously genuinely invested in the competition itself. After over twenty-five years of involvement with the IPC, he has a keen understanding and insight into the effects the competition has on the people who enter and, in a greater sense, the climate of the photographic industry as a whole. With years of involvement judging art competitions, his praise comes with the weight of experience and maturity. 

After the short welcome speech, we're set free to roam the campus, eagerly peeking into every room with an IPC sign on the door. I go first into the print judging room, and instead of a large crowd of people hovering over an image, I find a small setup of six judges huddled together maybe five feet from the canvas, and a seventh to the side, announcing the verdict on each piece. There are maybe an additional ten people either observing the process or setting up the prints to be presented in the correct order. All of the images going by had already merited in the days before, so the judging today is solely for admission into the loan collection.

It's a fairly small, quiet affair, but the air in all of the judging room is tense, almost reverent. It is immediately clear that they all take this very seriously, with a full understanding of the weight their decision on each piece holds. It isn't just a "yes" or a "no"; behind each image is a photographer wringing their hands behind a computer screen, hoping to hear the phrase "accepted into Loan." Any time an image goes loan, the mood in the room lifts a little. Sometimes there are little happy cheers from the judges, clearly pleased for the photographer who would be receiving good news.  

The true measure of the judges' commitment to their duty, though, comes whenever a challenge arises. When a judge disagrees with a verdict, everything halts and a series of arguments and rebuttals follows, everyone comparing the elements they like about a piece and the things they find to be missing. It's always passionate, and gives the best insight into what goes on in a judge's mind as the seemingly endless stream of images and silent voting slides by. They obviously see things that I am completely blind to, skillfully pointing out specific lighting techniques that the photographer must have used and spouting complicated jargon that sails right over my head. After everyone has shared their opinion, they re-vote and a decision is reached. 

"The judges are a team working to give the right score," explained Gary Hughes, M.Photog.Cr., CPP, trying to convey the dynamics of the small groups huddled in the dark rooms. "When judges issue challenges on images, it's easy to assume that things can get contentious, but in my experience, the atmosphere of the room tends to be more collaborative than argumentative. Judges defer to the knowledge of their peers when they have less expertise in an area, and I've seen an image that only received three Loan votes change to a unanimous vote after a round of debate." 

Challenges seem to last as long as they need to, as long as the judges have something to say about the piece, which means a lot when there are hundreds of images going by each session.

When the judges finally break for a short reprieve from the constant stream of images, I slip out of the room and into the one I'd heard the most about, the broadcast room for IPC Live, a live stream where Booray Perry discusses the IPC and interviews judges and staff, hoping to provide insight into the mindset of the judges for people watching at home.  

The interviewees at the moment are Linda Long, Cr.Photog., CPP, and Gary Hughes, M.Photog.Cr., CPP. Both Long and Hughes are taking the Judges Workshop so they can become judges for future competitions, and through the levity, there are moments of seriousness that reveal the esteem in which they hold the competition. "I was given so much by the masters that taught me, so I decided to give back," Long replied earnestly when asked why she had decided to take the Judges Workshop in the first place. 

I'm struck in that moment by the depth of dedication and drive exhibited not just by Long, but every person I've met here today. They all wholeheartedly agree with chairman McNeilly when it comes to the importance of this competition, and not just for the people who have entered in it this year, but for generations of photographers to come and the future of the photographic industry itself. This conviction isn't just for the camera, either; every judge I manage to talk to on one of their breaks or during lunchtime is equally passionate about the competition, weary though they are from sitting in dark rooms all day judging photograph after photograph. Their enthusiasm is truly a testament to their faith in the significance of the IPC and its ability to take photographers' work to a higher level and to inspire them to Be More.

Rachel Noto is one of the 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.

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