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By Sarah Ackerman

The Southeast, Northeast and Western District Competitions have opened for entries (don't worry, North Central and Southwestern Districts, we're coming to you in the next few weeks)! Don't wait another day. Push yourself to be more creative in 2016. To get you prepared for competition, we're showcasing the critique of "Bacatia dal Sole" created by Richard Breshears, critiqued by Jamie Hayes,M.Photog.Cr., CPP, ABI, API from PPA's International Photographic Competition. 

In this critique, Jamie compares the work to the 12 Elements of a Merit Image. See what can apply to your work or identify areas you might want to focus on!



We hope this critique can help you get a better understanding of what the International Photographic Competition judges are looking for when scoring your images. Head to the District Competition section of PPA's website to see when your area is accepting entries, and be sure to get a critique so you can receive some personalized feedback on your works of art! 


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Sarah Ackerman manages all things social media for PPA and Imaging USA. When she's not living on the internet, she loves improv comedy, going on wilderness adventures, gallivanting around the globe, knitting, wood working and yoga. 



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By Sarah Ackerman

If this is the year you want to Be More Creative, start pulling together your images for PPA's International Photographic Competition (IPC)! 

The IPC is dedicated to helping photographers be more creative and more artistic in their photographic pursuits. You'll be able to build on your best work, elevating the quality of your craft  for both your personal projects and paid jobs alike, but more importantly, you'll elevate the quality of your output for your clients. Through this competition, photographers who are also PPA members are eligible to achieve PPA exhibition merits toward their Master of Photography degree.

Why participate in this photographic competition? 
•  Take your finest work to the next level
•  Earn recognition from your peers
•  Engage and learn from an incredibly passionate and supportive community
•  ...As a result, improve your craft and photography business!

Sounds like a win, win! Check out why thousands of photographers participate each year, directly from them right here.

Are you wondering what judges will be looking for in the images? It's a thorough process where they'll compare your work against PPA's official 12 Elements of a Merit Image. In the past weeks, we've posted real critiques from past IPC entries. These images range from different styles of photography and different subject matter to varying levels of success in photographic competition. You can even see critiques from images that made it all of the way to PPA's prestigious Loan Collection! Watch these critiques and use them to get over the fear of participating. This is truly a supportive community and the judges give you specific examples of what you've done well and areas you could improve in the critique process.

Read the IPC rules today and see how you can push yourself to Be More Creative in 2016! Submissions open May 23, 2016.

Sarah Ackerman manages all things social media for PPA and Imaging USA. When she's not living on the internet, she loves improv comedy, going on wilderness adventures, gallivanting around the globe, knitting, wood working and yoga. 

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By Sarah Ackerman


The 2016 District Competitions have started opening their entries! Now is the perfect time to push yourself to be more creative in the new year. To get you prepared for competition, we're showcasing the critique of "Age of Innocence" by Katherine Tracy Page by James Wyant from PPA's International Photographic Competition. 


In this critique, James compares the work to the 12 Elements of a Merit Image. See what can apply to your work or identify areas you might want to focus on!






We hope this critique can help you get a better understanding of what the International Photographic Competition judges are looking for when scoring your images. Head to the District Competition section of PPA's website to see when your area is accepting entries, and be sure to get a critique so you can receive some personalized feedback on your works of art! 


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Sarah Ackerman manages all things social media for PPA and Imaging USA. When she's not living on the internet, she loves improv comedy, going on wilderness adventures, gallivanting around the globe, knitting, wood working and yoga.

By Sarah Ackerman

Photographers that enter the International Photographic Competitions (IPC) have said time and time again that they are the single best way to push your craft, creativity and technique. During judging, IPC Jurors review your images against the 12 Elements of a Merit Image and if you'd like, we will even record a critique of your image. You can check out a handful of past critiques here! The Juror will explain the best parts of your image to show you where you're on the right track, as well as areas that could be improved to show you where you can grow in the coming years. 

"Once photographers get over the initial fear of competition, most keep entering year after year and become better photographers in the process," said Randy McNeilly, PPA's Photographic Exhibition Committee chairman. "Even if a participant doesn't earn a merit right away, there's so much that can be learnt. Plus, it's a huge confidence booster, not only for the photographer, but also for the client who commissioned their work--especially once the photographer starts winning awards."

If the International Photographic Competition is a little too grand for your taste, District Photographic Competitions are a great place to start. The dates and the rules for the District Photographic Competitions are already up!

Dates open early in 2016, so keep competitions in mind as you work through your holiday sessions and end of year clients. Go ahead, challenge yourself and Be More Creative

By Nicole McIntosh

Congratulations to all the photographers whose images earned a merit or were selected to be part of PPA's Loan Collection in this year's International Photographic Competition (IPC). If you did not enter your work in the image competition this year, District Competitions are starting at the beginning of 2016 and it's never too early to begin putting together your entries. 

Entering PPA's District Competitions is the best way to improve all your photographic techniques, just ask previous participants. As a contestant you can have your images evaluated by international jurors who will score your work based on the aspects of your photograph that fit the 12 Elements of a Merit Image. By competing and getting your images critiqued, you'll learn what you do well as a photographer, as well as identify the things you may need to improve on. 

To top off having your image critiqued, you'll receive an actual recording of an IPC Judge giving you feedback and explaining the components of your image that were analyzed. 

Because that can sound very intimidating to a lot of you, to help you look past your fears, here is an example of a prior real critique. Check the video below! 

The image being reviewed in this video is from George Austin and his image "B is enough" was critiqued by IPC Judge Donna Goodhale, M.Photog.Cr., CPP.


Now that you've seen a real critique, we hope that you'll enter some of your work into the 2016 District Competitions! Check out our blog to find more critiques (we share one each month!) and find more learning, and... Don't forget that PPA's Loan Collection images from the 2015 IPC will be on display for 10,000+ people to see at Imaging USA in Atlanta, January 10-12, 2016. We hope to see you there!

Nicole McIntosh is one of PPA's Marketing and Communications Interns, yay! Nicole is known for her vibrant smile and the one to laugh even if the sky is falling. A sophomore at Spelman College, she hopes that working with PPA will give her the tools she needs to start her own non-profit organization one day.

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By Nicole McIntosh

To all the photographers who had images earn a merit or were selected to PPA's Loan Collection in this year's International Photographic Competition (IPC), congratulations! For those of you who did not participate this year, the 2016 competition is rolling right around the corner and it's never too early to get the ball rolling.

One thing that most all of the IPC participants will tell you about the competition is that entering is one of the best ways to improve all your photographic techniques! You have the opportunity to have your images judged against the "gold standard" to define a merit image, the 12 Elements of a Merit Image. The 12 elements allow the judges to define your image as having some of these specific measures or define it to be visually superior because it obtains a part of each element. Just by learning what elements your images contain can help you know what you do really well and where you may need to improve. 

Taking advantage of having your image critiqued will make your learning opportunity even better. You will receive an actual recording of an IPC judge giving you feedback explaining the judgment of your image.

Now we know to most that can sound very intimidating so in order to help you look past your fears we provided an example below of a prior real critique!

The image being reviewed below is from Gail Carver, CPP and her image "38 Years Playing Just For Her" is being critiqued by IPC judge Joan Genest, M.Photog.Cr.


Now that you've seen a real critique, we hope that you'll enter some of your work in the 2016 IPC! Check out our blog to find more critiques and more learning and... Don't forget that the Loan Collection images from the 2015 IPC will be on display for 10,000+ people to see at Imaging USA 2016 in Atlanta, January 10-12. We hope to see you there!

Nicole McIntosh is one of PPA's Marketing and Communications Interns, yay! Nicole is known for her vibrant smile and the one to laugh even if the sky is falling. A sophomore at Spelman College, she hopes that working with PPA will give her the tools she needs to start her own non-profit organization one day.


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By Chris Homer

Congratulations to all the photographers who had images earn a merit or were selected to PPA's Loan Collection in this year's International Photographic Competition (IPC)! If you didn't participate in this year's IPC, it's never too early to start thinking about entering in 2016. 

At PPA, one thing we hear all the time about the IPC is that entering is one of the best ways to improve your photographic technique! Having your images judged against the 12 Elements of a Merit Image is a great way to see where to improve in your photography and become aware of what you do really well already. 

The learning opportunity gets even better when you choose to have your images critiqued. You'll get an actual recording of an IPC judge going over why your image was judged the way it was.

We know that sounds a little intimidating, so to remove some of your fears check out a real past critique below!

The image being reviewed here is from Joan Walker, CPP and her image "Guardian of the Ancients" is being critiqued by IPC judge Jeff Dachowski, M.Photog.Cr., CPP.




Now that you've seen a real critique, we hope that you'll enter the 2016 IPC! Check out our blog for more critiques and more learning and... Don't forget that the Loan Collection images from the 2015 IPC will be on display for 10,000+ people to see at Imaging USA 2016 in Atlanta, January 10-12. 


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About the author:
Chris Homer is PPA's SEO & Web Specialist, which basically makes Google Analytics his best friend. A graduate of the University of Georgia, Chris cheers passionately (and obnoxiously) for the Bulldogs in all things from football to checkers. When he's not hard at work on PPA's websites, you'll find Chris at auto racing events around the southeast, where he's known as a master architect of tent villages.



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By Sarah Ackerman

Although the 2015 International Photographic Competition (IPC) has wrapped, it's never too early to get a jump on next year's images!

If you entered this year's competition and requested a critique, this is a sample of what you'll see! Here is the critique of Erik Vicino's image "Plastic Feelings" by Richard Avalos, M.Photog.Cr., CPP. This image merited, but was not accepted into the General or Loan Collections. In this video you'll find out what held this image back. Check it out to see if any of the changes could be applied to your next entry at District Competitions next year.



Hopefully seeing this critique will help you better understand what the IPC Judges are looking for next year! If you ordered a critique from this year's IPC, log on to see your very own on PPA.com under the My PPA section. Results for all of the International Photographic Competition can be found here. Dates for the 2016 competition schedule will be released shortly!


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Sarah Ackerman is known around PPA as #Sarah in part because she handles all things social media and in order to differentiate herself from the other Sarahs in the office. Sarah loves improv comedy (think "Whose Line") and routinely performs around Atlanta. When she's not tweeting/facebooking/instagramming all of the action at PPA, she can be found gallivanting around the world or wandering around the woods with her pup, but more than likely she's on stage making people giggle.


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By Chris Homer

Last week, PPA's jurors judged 5,190 images during the International Photographic Competition. The results from the judging are available for you to view now

Thanks to everyone who entered, and a big congratulations to those of you that had images earn merits towards your PPA degree or earn a spot in the prestigious loan collection, which will be on display at the International Photographic Exhibit at Imaging USA in Atlanta January 10-12, 2016. Of the 5,190 entries, only 1,085 (21%) became part of the loan collection, so this is a huge accomplishment! 

We also hope you enjoyed the live streaming of the judging and IPC Live. And for you 895 folks that tuned into the live stream and didn't enter the competition, we hope that seeing how the process works has inspired you to enter the 2016 competition. It's never too early to start preparing, so visit the IPC section of PPA.com to find a host of resources to help you succeed in the competition. 

Once again, congratulations to those photographers who earned merits or had images selected to be part of the loan collection. Get the full list of results now.


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About the author:
Chris Homer is PPA's SEO & Web Specialist, which basically makes Google Analytics his best friend. A graduate of the University of Georgia, Chris cheers passionately (and obnoxiously) for the Bulldogs in all things from football to checkers. When he's not hard at work on PPA's websites, you'll find Chris at auto racing events around the southeast, where he's known as a master architect of tent villages.


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By John Owens

Welcome to a special International Photographic Competition (IPC) edition of our weekly photography blog round-up! Hopefully many of you tuned in to watch the IPC judging and the brand-new #IPCLive broadcast. Congratulations to those who earned merits or entered the prestigious Loan Collection! The results are online now! A full post dissecting the stats will come Monday.

It was great to see all the conversations and posts on the web from the event. A few of our favorites are below.

My Images Haven Been Judged, Now What?

Certified competition lover Christine Walsh-Newton , M.Photog.Cr., CPP, is here with some advice on what to do now that the competition is over. Mainly, don't post your images to social media (yet)! Read the blog to see what else you should be doing.

12 Elements Podcast: Print Competition 101

Host Mark Oehler drops the print comp 101 in this podcast dedicated to IPC! How cool is that?! If you have more time, the whole series is great for further background info, with interviews with some of the most successful competitors in recent years.

 

And with that let's let "Dancing" Jennifer Fermaint, CPP kick off our social round-up with a hilarious video post!



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