International Photographic Competition

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Competition RulesInternational Photographic Competition, IPC, Photography Competition, Competition for Photographers

Registration opens: May 23, 2016
Early registration deadline: June 22, 2016, 5pm EST
Late registration deadline: July 7, 2016, 5pm EST (with additional fee)
Judging Dates: July 31 - August 4, 2016

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?

Replay the IPC Live Broadcast

International Photographic Competition 2015 Results

Download the 2015 International Photographic Competiton Results

Congratulations to the photographers who had images accepted into PPA's General or Loan Collection. Download the Fill-In-The-Blank Press Release 2015 International Photographic Competition Accepted Image to help promote your accepted images!

Photographer of the Year Fill-In-The-Blank Press Releases:

View Your IPC Image Critiques
If you ordered an image critique for your 2015 IPC images, you can view your critique now on your My PPA page. Log in and select the "2015 IPC Critiques" link.

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 2015 International Photographic Competition Results here.

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