Portugal Wins 2017 World Photographic Cup, USA Takes Silver

February 23, 2017

26 countries are participating in the highly anticipated international event co-founded by Professional Photographers of America

ATLANTA, GA (February 23, 2017) - The 2017 World Photographic Cup winners were announced today at the WPC 2017 Photo Show at the Grand Intercontinental Hotel in Yokohama, Japan. For the second year in a row, the winner of the 2017 World Photographic Cup was Team Portugal. The second place went to United States of America, with Russia taking third.

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, the Middle East, Asia, North America and Oceania. The results now make Portugal and the United States tied for most WPC wins at two each. The Golden medals in the six categories went to: 

  • Dušan Holovej (Slovakia) for the Commercial category. 
  • Antti Karppinen (Finland) for the Illustrative category. 
  • Pepe Soho (Mexico) for the Nature (landscape and wildlife) category. 
  • Eelena Malysheva (Russia) for the Portrait category. 
  • Goh Wee Seng (Singapore) for Reportage/Photo Journalism category. 
  • Lee Howell (United Kingdom) for the Wedding category.

“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 four 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!”

Scozzi also thanked the companies (Chromaluxe, Koylab, Comet Corporation, Hokushin and Photo Create) for their support for the WPC and to the professional photographers around the globe. He also thanked the Professional Photographers of Japan Association for having organized the event, and announced that the next hosting country will be Australia in 2018.

For more information and to see the entire list of medalists head to WorldPhotographicCup.org.

About the World Photographic Cup: 
Founded in 2013 as a cooperative effort by The Federation of European Photographers (FEP) and Professional Photographers of America (PPA), the WPC’s singular goal is to unite photographers in a spirit of friendship and cooperation. A Governing Committee (from seven different countries) has been created to conduct the ongoing affairs of the competition, also supported by UAPP (United Asian Professional Photography) and AIPP (Australian Institute of Professional Photography).

About PPA: 
Professional Photographers of America (PPA) is the largest international nonprofit association created by professional photographers, for professional photographers. Almost as long-lived as photography itself, PPA has roots that date back to 1869. It assists nearly 30,000 members through protection, education and resources for their continued success. See how PPA helps photographers be more at PPA.com/BeMore.

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