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For professional photographers, the start of spring means District Competitions are in full swing! Did you know you can stream and watch the judging, LIVE?

You can stream the judging of the Southwest District Photographic Competition March 24-25, from 9am-6pm ET on Stream.theIPC.org

If you've ever wanted to take a peek at what the judges are looking for during the Photographic Open or Artistic competition, or to learn more about PPA's 12 Elements of a Merit Image, we invite you to tune in and get inspired. Who knows? Maybe there's still time to register for your district? Or maybe you'll be entering next year? Find out more here. http://www.ppa.com/ipc

To give you an idea of what the judges are looking for, here's an actual critique from last year's Northcentral district competition. This image is "Alone Together" by Sevie Kenyon. It's being critiqued by Janel Pahl M.Photog.Cr., API. 

   
PPA's District Competitions comprise a step along the way to the annual International Photographic Competition (IPC), July 30-August 3, 2017. Though that may seem quite far away, time always flies and it's best to take some time to prepare the best images in your portfolio now so you can enter with confidence. IPC is an excellent opportunity to challenge yourself, so you definitely don't want to miss it! 

By competing in the IPC you'll get the chance to elevate your work through: 

Engaging with the photographic community 

Getting critiques from PPA certified jurors 

Competing against the best in the business 

And maybe even earning merits or joining the prestigious Loan Collection!

So get started now competing in your local, state, and district competitions. Then, you'll be prepared to head to the big stage and compete in PPA's IPC. 

The judging for the IPC will be held July 30-August 2, 2017. Early registration to enter your images opens May 22-June 21, 2017 by 5pm ET. Entries after June 21 will be accepted with a late fee through July 6. But please note that no entries will be accepted after July 6, 2017 by 5pm ET. 

This year's IPC has some new rules, so be sure to check them out. And don't forget to enter your images early to beat the crowds and save some money!

By Autumn Rice 

During the International Photographic Competition (IPC), jurors give competitors the opportunity to receive advice that will improve their future output and could land their work in PPA's Loan Collection, and be honored at Imaging USA! So, don't be shy; enter your images to be critiqued by official jurors at this year's competition! Recorded critiques are a fantastic way to learn, specifically, how you can take your images to the next level. 

IPC judging will take place July 30-August 3, 2017, and while that may seem quite far away, time always flies and it's best to take some time to prepare the best images in your portfolio now. IPC is an excellent opportunity to challenge yourself, so you definitely don't want to miss it! Entries open May 22! 

Thinking about entering your images and ordering a critique? Take the plunge! You'll get the opportunity to:
• Understand what the judges expect from competitors 
• Get an idea about the current state of your photography 
• Improve your work with advice straight from jurors to help you score in next year's competition 

To give you an idea of what the judges are looking for, here's an actual critique from last year's IPC. This image is "Raising the Bar" by Cindy Crofford, CPP. It's being critiqued by Sarah Johnston, M.Photog.Cr., CPP. 
 

Having a judge take time to give you personal advice on how to improve a specific image is a great opportunity to expand your skills. It's time you start entering your images! 

The judging for the International Photographic Competition will be held July 30-August 3, 2017. Registration to enter your images opens May 22, 2017 - June 21, 2017 by 5pm ET. Entries received after 6/21 will be accepted with a surcharge late fee through July 6, 2017 by 5pm ET. But please note that no entries will be accepted after that point. 

This year's IPC has some new rules, so be sure to check them at PPA.com/IPC. And don't forget to enter your images into the International Photographic Competition early to beat the crowds and save some money. Much luck!
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The results are in for the Northcentral District Photographic Competition! Congratulations to all who merited!

View the results here

Want to improve as a photographer and gain feedback on your work? There's still time to register for the other districts...learn more now!

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By James Yates

For professional photographers, the end of winter and beginning of spring means District Competitions are in full swing! Did you know you can stream and watch the judging, LIVE?

You can stream the judging of the Northcentral District Photographic Competition this week, March 3-4, from 9am-6pm ET on Stream.theIPC.org

If you've ever wanted to take a peek at what the judges are looking for during the Photographic Open or Artistic competition, or to learn more about PPA's 12 Elements of a Merit Image, we invite you to tune in and get inspired. Who knows? Maybe there's still time to register for your district? Or maybe you'll be entering next year! Find out more here

To give you an idea of what the judges are looking for, here's an actual critique from last year's Northcentral competition. This image is "Jack" by John Stalzer, M.Photog.Cr. It's being critiqued by Cary Garrison, M.Photog.Cr., CPP. 



PPA's District Competitions comprise a step along the way to the annual International Photographic Competition (IPC), July 30-August 3, 2017. Though that may seem quite far away, time always flies and it's best to take some time to prepare the best images in your portfolio now so you can enter with confidence. IPC is an excellent opportunity to challenge yourself, so you definitely don't want to miss it! 



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The results are in for the Southeast District Photographic Competition! Congratulations to all who merited!

View the results here

Want to improve as a photographer and gain feedback on your work? There's still time to register for the other districts...learn more now!



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The 2017 World Photographic Cup winners were announced on February 23rd at the WPC 2017 PHOTO SHOW at the Grand Intercontinental Hotel in Yokohama, Japan. 

The winner of the 2017 World Photographic Cup, with a total of 34 points and for the second year in a row....is Team Portugal! Portugal is now beginning a "streak" unless someone else takes the cup in 2018!

The second place went to the United States of America.

Russia took third.
 
Individual gold medals went to Russia, Finland, Mexico, Slovakia, the United Kingdom and Singapore.

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 Golden medals in the six categories went to:
  • Dušan Holovej, Slovakia, for Commercial category.
  • Antti Karppinen, Finland, for Illustrative category.
  • Pepe Soho, Mexico, for Nature (Landscape and wildlife).
  • Eelena Malysheva, Russia, for Portrait category
  • Goh Wee Seng, Singapore, for Reportage/Photo Journalism.
  • Lee Howell, United Kingdom, for Wedding.

Also awarded medals: 
  • Amber Griffin (New Zealand), Silver Medal and Michelle Trull (Team USA) Bronze Medal for commercial. 
  • Uli Staiger (Team Germany), Silver medal and José Almeida (Portugal) Bronze Medal in Illustrative; 
  • Andreas Kalvig Anderson (Norway), Silver Medal, and Ann Coppens (Belgium), Bronze Medal for Nature; 
  • Christopher Ian (Australia), Silver Medal and Nikki Harrison (Canada), Bronze Medal for Portrait; 
  • Vincenzo Tessarin (Italy), Silver Medal and Oldich Bubák (Czech Republic) Bronze Medal in Reportage/Photojournalism; 
  • Andreas Zopf (Austria), Silver Medal and Terese Samuelsen (Norway), Bronze Medal in Wedding.

"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!"

The WPC CEO also thanked the Professional Photographers of Japan Association for having organized such a beautiful event, and announced that the next hosting country will be Australia in 2018.

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by James Yates

Looking for a little inspiration or hoping to calm your nerves about photographic competition? It's time for the District Competitions, and you can stream and watch the judging! 

You can stream the judging of the Southeast District Photographic Competition this week, February 24 & 25, from 9am-6pm EST on Stream.theIPC.org

If you've ever wanted to take a peek at what the judges are looking for during the Photographic Open or Artistic competition, or to learn more about PPA's 12 Elements of a Merit Image, we invite you to tune in and get inspired. Who knows? Maybe you'll be entering next year!
By Autumn Rice 

PPA's annual International Photographic Competition (IPC) is coming up July 30-August 3, 2017! Though that may seem quite far away, time always flies and it's best to take some time to prepare the best images in your portfolio now so you can enter with confidence. IPC is an excellent opportunity to challenge yourself, so you definitely don't want to miss it! 

By competing in the IPC you'll get the chance to elevate your work through: 

• Engaging with the photographic community 
• Getting critiques from PPA certified jurors 
• Competing against the best in the business 

A great way to get some practice before the official IPC is to compete in your local, state, and district competitions. Then, head to the big stage and compete in PPA's International Photographic Competition. 

To give you an idea of what the judges are looking for, here's an actual critique from last year's competition. This image is "God's Beauty" by Heather Leider. It's being critiqued by Don Dickson, M.Photog.Hon.M.Photog.Cr., CPP, Hon.EA-ASP. 


If that's not enough to convince you, here's a quote from PPA member Kira Derryberry, M.Photog.Cr., CPP about her IPC experience with entering her images in the Print Competition at IPC: 

"I was awarded my Master of Photography degree with Professional Photographers of America! Print competition is hands down one of the largest contributing factors to my growth as a photographer and artist. After competing diligently for the last 3 years I'm proud to call myself a Master! Check that one off the list!" 

This is a great opportunity to improve your work. It's time you start entering your images! 

The judging for the International Photographic Competition will be held July 30-August 3, 2017. Early registration to enter your images opens May 22, 2017 - June 21, 2017 by 5pm ET. Entries after 6/21 will be accepted with a late fee through 7/6. But please note that no entries will be accepted after July 6, 2017 by 5pm ET

This year's IPC has some new rules, so be sure to check them at PPA.com/IPC. And don't forget to enter your images into the International Photographic Competition early to beat the crowds and save some money!

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By Autumn Rice

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Photographers, it's time to pull your best images and work on your competition entries for the International Photographic Competition! The IPC will take place this summer, and those who enter will once again get ahead of their peers, so get ready! 

The IPC is PPA's annual competition that allows photographers to test their skills, and get advice on how to improve quality, impact and technique through constructive competition and critiques from qualified jurors. 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 
  • Earn recognition and admiration from your peers
  • And improve your business!

Interested in entering the IPC?  Here are the levels of competitions you can enter:

  • Local Competitions: Competing in competitions conducted by PPA-affiliated local guilds and associations are a great way to get started.  You will receive a critique of your submission, to help improve your chances for 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 chance to get your last critiques before your work hits the big stage. You're assigned a district based off where you live. Knock their socks off here, and you could earn a Seal of Approval.
  • PPA's International Photographic Competition: Here's the big show. This competition is where your images earn merits and are judged for eligibility in PPA's Loan Collection. 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.

This is a great opportunity to improve your work. Don't hesitate to enter your images!

The judging for the International Photographic Competition will be held July 30-August 3, 2017. Early registration to enter your images opens May 22, 2017 - June 21, 2017 by 5pm ET. Entries after 6/21 will be accepted with a late fee surcharge through 7/6 included. But please note that no entries will be accepted after July 6, 2017 by 5pm ET.

This year's IPC has some new rules. Be sure to check them at PPA.com/IPC and to enter your images into the International Photographic Competition early to beat the crowds and save some money!

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By Chris Homer

As we start 2017, chances are you're looking at ways to improve your photography and your business. Start the year off right by entering your District Photographic Competition!


While the idea of having your images judged at competition can be intimidating, one of the comments we hear from folks who have entered in the past is that participating in competitions is the best way to improve your photography. The feedback and ideas you'll get from the judges is invaluable when it comes to having stronger images - which in turn leads to a better photography business! 


In the coming weeks, the various District Competitions will be open for entries. View the schedule of competitions below. 

Judging Dates: February 24-25, 2017
Registration Dates (without late fee): January 16, 2017 - February 10, 2017 (by 5pm ET)
Registration Dates (late fee required): February 10, 2017 (after 5pm ET) - February 16, 2017 (by 5pm ET)

Judging Dates: March 3-4, 2017
Registration Dates (without late fee): January 23, 2017 - February 17, 2017 (by 5pm ET)
Registration Dates (late fee required): February 17, 2017 (after 5pm ET) - February 23, 2017 (by 5pm ET)

Judging Dates: March 24-25, 2017
Registration Dates (without late fee): February 10, 2017 - March 10, 2017 (by 5pm ET)
Registration Dates (late fee required): March 10, 2017 (after 5pm ET) - March 16, 2017 (by 5pm ET)

Judging Dates: March 31-April 2, 2017
Registration Dates (without late fee): February 14, 2017 - March 17, 2017 (by 5pm ET)
Registration Dates (late fee required): March 17, 2017 (after 5pm ET) - March 23, 2017 (by 5pm ET)

Judging Dates: April 21-22, 2017
Registration Dates (without late fee): March 7, 2017 - April 7, 2017 (by 5pm ET)
Registration Dates (late fee required): April 7, 2017 (after 5pm ET) - April 13, 2017 (by 5pm ET)



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