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Would you like to challenge yourself with PPA's Western District Photographic Competition? Hurry, the early deadline is January 18, 2018 by 5pm ET, after which a late fee would apply. So don't wait, enter today and save money.

Entering your local district competition is one of the best ways to push yourself to be more. You'll learn where you stand--how your photography matches up with your peers. You'll learn about the 12 elements of a merit image, and start incorporating them into your daily photography. You'll learn what it takes to create a merit image, and if you stick with it, work your way up to the Loan Collection.

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To find out more about how to enter and improve your skills, visit PPA.com/Districts. From there, you can find the entry deadlines, rules, and judging dates for each District competition. Be sure to read the rules carefully!  

If you're in the Western District, enter today! Below is the schedule for the remaining district competitions, which will be accepting entries throughout the winter and early spring of 2018; be sure to mark these dates on your calendar so you're ready when registration opens for your district! 

Northeast District Photographic Competition

2018 Judging Dates: March 8-9, 2018

Registration Opens: January 3, 2018

Early Deadline: January 31, 2018 by 5pm ET

Late Deadline (Late Fee Required): February 15, 2018 by 5pm ET

 

Northcentral District Photographic Competition

2018 Judging Dates: March 22-23, 2018

Registration Opens: January 24, 2018

Early Deadline: February 14, 2018 by 5pm ET

Late Deadline (Late Fee Required): March 1, 2018 by 5pm ET

 

Southwest District Photographic Competition

2018 Judging Dates: April 5-6, 2018

Registration Opens: January 31, 2018

Early Deadline: February 28, 2018 by 5pm ET

Late Deadline (Late Fee Required): March 15, 2018 by 5pm ET

 

Southeast District Photographic Competition

2018 Judging Dates: April 17-19, 2018

Registration Opens: February 20, 2018

Early Deadline: March 13, 2018 by 5pm ET

Late Deadline (Late Fee Required): March 27, 2018 by 5pm ET

So find your district and start preparing your images. It's time you take the plunge to improve as a photographer by entering your District Photographic Competition.


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The Northeast District Photographic Competition of 2018 is now accepting entries! Enter your images now by January 31, 2018 to avoid a late fee! 

Entering your local district competition is one of the best ways to push yourself to be more. You'll learn where you stand--how your photography matches up with your peers. You'll learn about the 12 elements of a merit image, and start incorporating them into your daily photography. You'll learn what it takes to create a merit image, and if you stick with it, work your way up to the Loan Collection.

If you're ready to enter and improve your skills, visit PPA.com/Districts to find out which competition you should enter. From there, you can find the entry deadlines, judging dates, and rules for each District competition. Be sure to read the rules carefully!  

If you're in the Northeast District, enter now! Below is the schedule for the remaining district competitions, which will be accepting entries throughout the winter and early spring of 2018; be sure to mark these dates on your calendar so you're ready when registration opens for your district! 

2018 Judging Dates: March 8-9, 2018
Registration Opens: January 3, 2018
Early Deadline: January 31, 2018 by 5pm ET
Late Deadline (Late Fee Required): February 15, 2018 by 5pm ET

2018 Judging Dates: March 22-23, 2018
Registration Opens: January 24, 2018
Early Deadline: February 14, 2018 by 5pm ET
Late Deadline (Late Fee Required): March 1, 2018 by 5pm ET

2018 Judging Dates: April 5-6, 2018
Registration Opens: January 31, 2018
Early Deadline: February 28, 2018 by 5pm ET
Late Deadline (Late Fee Required): March 15, 2018 by 5pm ET

2018 Judging Dates: April 17-19, 2018
Registration Opens: February 20, 2018
Early Deadline: March 13, 2018 by 5pm ET
Late Deadline (Late Fee Required): March 27, 2018 by 5pm ET

So find your district and start getting your images ready. It's time you take the plunge to improve as a photographer by entering your District Photographic Competition.

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By Chris Homer

The first District Photographic Competition of 2018 is now accepting entries! You can enter
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 your images now for the Western District Photographic Competition. Be sure to enter by January 18 to avoid a late fee! 

Entering your local district competition is one of the best ways to push yourself to be more. You'll learn where you stand--how your photography matches up with your peers. You'll learn about the 12 elements of a merit image, and start incorporating them into your daily photography. You'll learn what it takes to create a merit image, and if you stick with it, work your way up to the Loan Collection.

If you're ready to enter and improve your skills, visit PPA.com/Districts to find out which competition you should enter. From there, you can find the entry deadlines, judging dates, and rules for each District competition. Be sure to read the rules carefully!  

If you're in the Western District, enter now! Below is the schedule for the remaining district competitions, which will be accepting entries throughout the winter and early spring of 2018; be sure to mark these dates on your calendar so you're ready when registration opens for your district! 

2018 Judging Dates: March 8-9, 2018
Registration Opens: January 3, 2018
Early Deadline: January 31, 2018 by 5pm ET
Late Deadline (Late Fee Required): February 15, 2018 by 5pm ET

2018 Judging Dates: March 22-23, 2018
Registration Opens: January 24, 2018
Early Deadline: February 14, 2018 by 5pm ET
Late Deadline (Late Fee Required): March 1, 2018 by 5pm ET

2018 Judging Dates: April 5-6, 2018
Registration Opens: January 31, 2018
Early Deadline: February 28, 2018 by 5pm ET
Late Deadline (Late Fee Required): March 15, 2018 by 5pm ET

2018 Judging Dates: April 17-19, 2018
Registration Opens: February 20, 2018
Early Deadline: March 13, 2018 by 5pm ET
Late Deadline (Late Fee Required): March 27, 2018 by 5pm ET

So find your district and start getting your images ready. It's time you take the plunge to improve as a photographer by entering your District Photographic Competition.


ch_headshot_100x100.jpgAbout 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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WPC_Team_USA_1200x1200.jpgCongratulations to the photographers selected to represent Team USA in the 2018 World Photographic Cup. The World Photographic Cup, which mimics the Olympic Games in structure, pits teams of photographers from numerous countries (30 this year!) against one another in friendly competition despite the world's highest level of photographic skills involved. Teams can enter up to three images in each of six categories. Gold, silver and bronze medals are awarded to individual creators in each category. These awards accrue points for the corresponding national teams, and the World Photographic Cup is awarded to the team with the highest overall score.

In a nutshell, this competition faces off the very best photographers in the world in Commercial, Illustration, Nature, Portrait, Photojournalism, and Wedding photography. All entries are of the highest caliber, as they represent the best of the best from each country. This is why there might be many photographic competitions out there, but there is only one World Photographic Cup!

PPA is very proud to announce the 2018 Team USA members. Listed in alphabetical order, the members of Team USA for the 2018 World Photographic Cup are:

Bree Adams, M.Photog.Cr., CPP
Arlington, TX

Roben Bellomo, CPP
Carmel, IN

Erich Caparas
Riverview, FL

Lauren DelVecchio, CPP
Farmingdale, ME

Kevin Dooley
Albuquerque, NM

Kristi Elias, M.Photog.M.Artist.Cr.
Long Beach, CA

Lisa Hill, CPP
Atlanta, GA

Brent Lewis
Smilax, KY

 

Patricia Lowe
St. Augustine, FL

Dan McClanahan, M.Photog.M.Artist.Cr.
Ames, IA

Melissa McKinney
Fayetteville, NC

Marceliano Munoz, M.Photog.Cr.
Wilton Manors, FL

Gail Nogle, M.Photog.Cr., F-ASP
Dallas, TX

Ben Shirk, M.Photog.M.Artist.Cr.
Wilton, IA

Francie Baltazar Stonestreet, M.Photog.Cr.,CPP
Kingwood, TX

The World Photographic Cup top-ten finalist images in each category will be formally announced and Team USA members will be recognized at Imaging USA in Nashville, TN, as part of the Grand Imaging Awards ceremony on January 15, 2018. The World Photographic Cup's Nation Awards winners (Best of Team) will be presented in Dublin, Ireland, on March 25, 2018.

The winners of the World Photographic Cup will be announced at the World Photographic Cup's Awards Ceremony at Sea World, Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia, on May, 5, 2018. Thirty teams will compete for the title and we proudly stand behind Team USA. Please join us in congratulating them!

For more information and to see all of this year's entries at WorldPhotographicCup.org.

By Chris Homer

PPA's District Photographic Competitions will begin accepting entries this winter through early
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 spring, depending on your district. Go ahead and start getting your competition images ready!

Entering your local district competition is one of the best ways to push yourself to be more. You'll learn where you stand--how your photography matches up with your peers. You'll learn about the 12 elements of a merit image, and start incorporating them into your daily photography. You'll learn what it takes to create a merit image, and if you stick with it, work your way up to the Loan Collection.

If you're ready to enter and improve your skills, visit PPA.com/Districts to find out which competition you should enter. From there, you can find the entry deadlines, judging dates and rules for each District competition. Be sure to read the rules carefully! 

So find your district and start getting those images ready and take the plunge to improve as a photographer by entering your District Photographic Competition!


ch_headshot_100x100.jpgAbout 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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PPA is proud to announce our finalists for the Grand Imaging Awards, to be awarded January 15 in Nashville, Tennessee at Imaging USA 2018, the largest annual conference and trade show for pro photographers. 

The Grand Imaging Award finalists have been judged to be the very best of the 2017 PPA International Photographic Competition (IPC). The Grand Imaging Award finalists were selected from 5,800 entries judged by a panel of 33 jurors. There are ten finalists in ten categories comprising the Grand Imaging Awards, and one winner from the ten categories will be named the recipient of the overall Grand Imaging Award. 

View slideshows of the finalists at PPMag.com.

The Grand Imaging Award finalists are: 

In the Animal Portrait category: Aurora DeLuca, Barbara Breitsameter (two images), Carl Caylor, Danica Barreau, Erich Caparas, Jody Miller, Michelle Garcia, Sarah Stiles and Susan Gertz. 

In the Children's Portrait category: Brent Lewis, Cristie Reddehase, DiAnna Paulk, Felice Boucher, Kathy Wierda, Kathy Wierda, Kimberly Smith, Leslie Kitten, Louise Simone and Mariellen Youngdahl.

In the General Portrait category: Ben Shirk, Christie Newell, Erich Caparas, Francie Baltazar Stonestreet, Jean Wall, Joseph Simone, Kent Shelton, Lauren DelVecchio, Michelle Parsley and Phaneendra Gudapati.

In the Landscape & Nature category: Douglas Bennett, Ed Cooley, Erica Harvey, Jonathan Adams, Kimberly Smith, Laura Bennett, Mona Sadler, Robert Smith, Ryan Hellard and Trudy Evans. 

In the Illustrative & Commercial category: Amy Feick, Andrea Joliat, Ben Shirk, David Quisenberry, Elaine Hughes, Gail Nogle, Karen Nakamura, Michelle Garcia, Michelle Parsley and Russell Jensen.
 
In the High-School Senior Portrait category: Adrian Henson, Cyndi Hornsby, Ed Pedi, Gail Carver, Megan Drane, Melissa Thompson, Michelle Parsley, Salvatore Cincotta, Shana Woods and Travis Gadsby. 

In the Wedding category: Erich Caparas, Gary Hughes, Jose Luis Guardia Vazquez, Marceliano Munoz, Mario Munoz, Maryanne Keeling, Molly Long, Ryan Higgins, Salvatore Cincotta and Tomas Munoz.

In the Non-Event Album category: Alison Miniter, Carol Scott, Chelsea Tracy, James Chagares (two albums), Jamie Hayes, Lisa Asp, Lisa Francescon, Rob Greer and Ted Linczak.

In the Event Album category: Allison English Watkins & Kris Doman, Cindy Dover, James Nisly & Genevieve Nisly (three albums), Larry Spencer, Marceliano Munoz, Mark Garber & Jennifer Gilman and Tomas Munoz.

In the Artist category: Ann Murfin, Cristie Reddehase (two albums), Emme Rigby, Michelle Parsley, Nylora-Joy Bruleigh, Peggy Sue Seehafer, Richard Sturdevant and Sandra Pearce.
 
Each category winner will receive a crystal award and the winner of the overall Grand Imaging Award will receive a $1000 cash prize. Last year's winner was Chicago pet photographer Barbara Breitsameter, M.Photog.Cr., CPP,  for her image "Send in the Clowns" in the General Portrait category. 

To learn more about the Grand Imaging Awards, view previous winning images and watch the 2017 GIAs, visit PPA.com/Competitions.  




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...coming soon! On September 7, 2017, PPA will (for the first time!) publicly announce the finalists for 2018's Grand Imaging Awards!

The GIAs are awarded at Imaging USA 2018, the largest annual conference and trade show for pro photographers. The Grand Imaging Award finalists have been judged to be the very best of the 2017 PPA International Photographic Competition (IPC). 

The Grand Imaging Award finalists were selected from 5,800 entries judged by a panel of 33 jurors. There are ten finalists in ten categories comprising the Grand Imaging Awards, and one winner from the ten categories will be named the recipient of the overall Grand Imaging Award. 

Each category winner will receive a crystal award and the winner of the overall Grand Imaging Award will receive a $1000 cash prize. Last year's winner was Chicago pet photographer Barbara Breitsameter, M.Photog.Cr., CPP,  for her image "Send in the Clowns" in the General Portrait category. 

So, get ready to celebrate and share congratulations! In one week, the 2018 Grand Imaging Award finalists will be revealed! 

To learn more about the Grand Imaging Awards, view previous winning images, and watch the 2017 GIAs, visit PPA.com/Competitions.  


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By Bethany Clark

The 2017 International Photographic Competition results are now available! Thanks to everyone who entered and congratulations to all the photographers who earned merits or had an image be selected for the PPA Loan Collection! 

Don't forget that all the Loan Collection and merited images will be on display in the International Photographic Exhibit at Imaging USA 2018, January 14 -16 in Nashville, TN!

Go to PPA.com/IPC to view the 2017 results, and don't forget to register for Imaging USA 2018 to see all these great images in person!

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The International Photographic Competition (IPC) judging is in full-swing and EVERYONE is welcome to watch! Catch the IPC Judging at Stream.theIPC.org and IPC Live on Facebook.com/OurPPA.

The IPC Live broadcast begins TODAY! Hosted by renowned Florida wedding photographer and co-host of The Photobomb Podcast, Booray Perry, Cr.Photog., CPPfrom, IPC Live will feature interviews with the judges, review of critiques, and live Q&A sessions. Check out this video to see more about what to expect on IPC Live this year:



IPC Live broadcast hosted by Booray Perry 

Monday, July 31, 11:00 am & 2:00 pm ET
Tuesday, Aug.1, 11:00 am & 2:00 pm ET
Wednesday, Aug. 2, 11:00 am ET

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The International Photographic Competition (IPC) judging begins July 30 and EVERYONE is welcome to watch! Catch the IPC Judging at Stream.theIPC.org and IPC Live on Facebook.com/OurPPA.

Whether you are a competitor or spectator, the IPC Judging livestream allows you to observe the way the jurors critique images and decide scores. Viewers will get the chance to see exactly what the judges are looking for, what they like and don't like, and understand the method behind the 12 Elements of a Merit Image. Also, if you entered, you might get to see your own image be judged!

All you have to do is go to Stream.theIPC.org, sign in on your computer with your PPA account, or simply register with your email if you're not a PPA photographer - it's free either way! Once signed in, you can select which judging room you'd like to watch (portrait, illustrative, and event and non-event album). Don't worry; you can switch between rooms at any time. While critiques won't be shown live this year, they will be hosted on the new PPA.com once it is up-and-running!

Also returning this year will be the IPC Live broadcast hosted by renowned Florida wedding photographer and co-host of The Photobomb Podcast, Booray Perry, Cr.Photog., CPPfrom July 31-August 2. IPC Live will feature interviews with the judges, review of critiques, and live Q&A sessions. Check out this video to see more about what to expect on IPC Live this year:


Here is the full schedule (all times are Eastern Standard): 

Judging Livestream(Stream.theIPC.org)
  • Sunday, July 30, 4pm-6pm ET
  • Monday, July 31, 8:30am-6pm ET
  • Tuesday, Aug. 1, 8:30am-6pm ET
  • Wednesday, Aug. 2, 8am to  Finish
  IPC Live broadcast hosted by Booray Perry 
  • Monday, July 31, 11:00 am & 2:00 pm ET
  • Tuesday, Aug.1, 11:00 am & 2:00 pm ET
  • Wednesday, Aug. 2, 11:00 am ET

You can also attend IPC in person! Come to Gwinnett Technical College, Building 100, 5150 Sugarloaf Pkwy, Lawrenceville, GA 30043. There will be signs directing you to IPC.

So save the dates, July 31-August 4, and bookmark Stream.theIPC.org, and prepare to be inspired by the IPC Judging Livestream and IPC Live!. 

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