The 2017 World Photographic Cup
winners were announced on February 23rd at the WPC 2017 PHOTO SHOW at the Grand Intercontinental Hotel in Yokohama, Japan. (Yokohama, Grand Intercontinental Hotel.
The winner of the 2017 World Photographic Cup, with a total of 34 points and for the second year in a row....is Team Portugal! Portugal is now beginning a "streak" unless someone dethrones them in 2018!
The second place went to United States of America.
Russia takes third.
Individual gold medals went to Russia, Finland, Mexico, Slovakia, United Kingdom and Singapore.
The World Photographic Cup (WPC) ) was organized in cooperation with the Professional Photographers of Japan Association (PPJ) and is sponsored by the Federation of European Professional Photographers (FEP), Professional Photographers of America (PPA), the United Asian Professional Photography (UAPP) and the Australian Institute of Professional Photography (AIPP).
26 national photographic teams entered the fourth edition of the Olympics-styled competition, from Europe, Middle East, Asia, North America and Oceania.
The Golden medals in the six categories went to:
Dušan Holovej, Slovakia, for Commercial category.
Antti Karppinen, Finland, for Illustrative category.
Pepe Soho, Mexico, for Nature (Landscape and wildlife).
Eelena Malysheva, Russia, for Portrait category
Goh Wee Seng, Singapore, for Reportage/Photo Journalism.
Lee Howell, United Kingdom, for Wedding.
Also awarded medals: Amber Griffin (New Zealand), Silver Medal and Michelle Trull (Team USA) Bronze Medal for commercial. Uli Staiger (Team Germany), Silver medal and José Almeida (Portugal) Bronze Medal in Illustrative; Andreas Kalvig Anderson (Norway), Silver Medal, and Ann Coppens (Belgium), Bronze Medal for Nature; Christopher Ian (Australia), Silver Medal and Nikki Harrison (Canada), Bronze Medal for Portrait; Vincenzo Tessarin (Italy), Silver Medal and Old?ich Bubák (Czech Republic) Bronze Medal in Reportage/Photojournalism; and finally Andreas Zopf (Austria), Silver Medal and Terese Samuelsen (Norway), Bronze Medal in Wedding.
"Congratulations to Team Portugal for winning the WPC two times in a row, and all the winners. An incredibly close competition, with a huge variety of winners, from 4 continents, is exactly what the WPC committee could hope for", commented the Chairman of WPC Judging Committee Jorgen Brandt, "It has been amazing to see so many beautiful images coming from around the globe, and really difficult to judge them!"
"It's a unique feeling coming out from a unique competition" - added Giuseppe Scozzi, WPC Chief Executive. "Representing their homeland at any level is an amazing opportunity and there has never been a program that involves photography like this. Now we have it in the World Photographic Cup. We really experienced the groundswell of enthusiasm from photographers to create the finest they can in the hope of representing their country!"
The WPC CEO also thanked the Professional Photographers of Japan Association for having organized such a beautiful event, and announced that the next hosting country will be Australia in 2018.