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2018 International Photographic Competition

Judging Dates: August 5 - 8, 2018
Entries Open: May 23, 2018
Early Deadline (without late fee): June 27, 2018
Late Deadline (late fee required): July 11, 2018
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2017 IPC Results

Download IPC ResultsCongratulations to everyone whose images were selected for the 2017 PPA General and Loan Collections! Click here to see the 2017 IPC Results

All accepted images will also be on display at the International Photographic Exhibition at Imaging USA, held in the Gaylord Opryland Resort & Convention Center in Nashville, TN, Jan. 14-16, 2018.

Why Participate?

Because you want to be more, don't you?


Participating in PPA's photographic competitions gives you the opportunity to:

  • Engage with the passionate and supportive photographic competition community
  • Improve upon your finest work (You can
    do that math, right? You'll get better!)
  • Earn recognition and admiration
    from your peers
  • As a result, improve your business

With most things, you get what you put into it, but with the IPC, it's what you do next that matters.
You'll leave with the motivation and inspiration to be more.

So what are you waiting for?

For every photo you take, there's a competition to enter.

Really, there are that many competitions. To help you understand why they are worth your time—and entry fees—see below:

Local Competitions

New to the game? Get your feet wet by competing in your PPA affiliated local guilds’ or associations’ competitions. It will help ease your nerves and feel things out. You also score a round of critiquing, increasing your chances for success at the next level. Check theLoop for more advice on entering local competitions.

State Competitions

Competition critiques at this level are often held live, providing insight into improving your work. It’s the perfect place to start if you don’t have access to a local guild or association. Check theLoop for more advice on entering state competitions.

District Competitions

This is your last chance to gather critiques and advice before the International Photographic Competition (IPC). (You’ll want those critiques and advice. Even if getting your work critiqued scares you, the new perspectives are oh so worth it.)

As a PPA member, you’re assigned a district based on where you live (Southwest, Northcentral, Western, Northeast, Southeast and Asia Pacific). Wow them here and you could earn a Seal of Approval. That’s a big deal.

PPA's International Photographic Competition (IPC*)

And now things are rollin’—you’ve got game, playa! You’re competing with PPA members from across the globe now and this ain’t a competition playground: this level of competition (the IPC) actually involves two judgings.

The first one determines if your images are merit-worthy (yeah, that’s industry-speak to say you made the first cut). If they are, you earn a second judging, which could possibly earn you an additional merit and a spot in the Loan Collection (our way of saying that your work is the “best of the best”). Images that earn a Seal of Approval at the district level are also considered for the Loan Collection, and are published in the annual Loan Collection book AND exhibited at Imaging USA.

Participating in the IPC can help you earn your PPA degree: earn enough merits and you’ll earn a Master of Photography degree in no time. (See why that’s such a big deal around these parts.)

IPC ResultsCheck the 2017 International Photographic Competition Results here.

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