Entries to IPC are judged based on a standard of excellence, not against each other. The guidelines for judging are known as the "12 Elements of a Merit Image." By following these guidelines, you're not only likely to do well in competition, but you'll also find yourself capturing better images more consistently.
"Without a doubt, participating in photographic competitions in an ongoing basis continues to hone my eye, my camera skills and my post-processing skills," adds Sam Gardner, M.Photog.Cr., CPP. "It is one of the most valuable returns on investment I can think of to grow skills as a professional image maker."
In addition to helping refine your skills, IPC can also help you earn a PPA degree. If your entry reaches a certain level, you will earn a merit (a point) toward a PPA degree. These degrees recognize a level of commitment and skill in photography that can help you to stand out from the competition. (Read more about PPA's merits and degrees here.)
Finally, if your image scores high enough at IPC, it could go "loan." Your image will then become part of the PPA Loan Collection, which is included in the International Photographic Exhibit at Imaging USA and is published in a book. It's a great way to earn recognition among your peers and customers alike!
So, start preparing those images for the next International Photographic Competition in 2012. You'll see for yourself how this competition is a true PPA benefit...good for more than just awards to hang on your wall.
Read more about the International Photographic Competition here, and don't miss "The Power of Competition" class at Imaging USA on January 15.