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This year's International Photographic Competition (IPC) is right around the corner and you are invited! Watch the IPC Judging at Stream.theIPC.org and IPC Live on Facebook.com/OurPPA. Check out this post for full details and the schedule! 

Also, you should really consider participating in next year's IPC competition. The PPA annual competition is a great way not only to test, but also enhance, your photography skills. This educational opportunity gets even better if you choose to have your images critiqued by one of PPA's jurors. The judges will explain how each of your images, specifically, stacks up against the 12 elements of a winning photograph, and any possible ways you can improve to obtain a higher score.

Check out this critique from last year to get a feel of what to expect. This is Kim Stephenson's "Let It Rain" being critiqued by IPC Judge Jessica Vogel M.Photog.Cr., CPP. 


So, as you await this year's IPC Judging, you can start thinking of the images you would like to enter for next year's competition! 

Don't forget to stream the competition's judging July 30 - August 2 on Stream.theIPC.org and the IPC Live broadcast July 31 - August 2 on Facebook.com/OurPPA. You can even attend the judging in person FOR FREE at Gwinnett Technical College, Building 100, 5150 Sugarloaf Pkwy, Lawrenceville, GA 30043. There will be signs directing you to the IPC.  

Save the dates and be sure that whether you watch online or come pay us a visit, you're guaranteed to learn a lot from this experience.



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By Mayo Lawal

Even if you didn't submit any entry for this year's International Photographic Competition (IPC), you are welcome to watch the IPC Judging at Stream.theIPC.org and IPC Live on Facebook.com/OurPPA.Check out this post for full details and the schedule! 

Also, you should really consider participating in next year's IPC competition. The PPA annual competition is a great way not only to test but also enhance your photography skills. This educational opportunity gets even better if you choose to have your images critiqued by one of PPA's jurors. The judges will explain how each of your images, specifically, stacks up against the 12 elements of a winning photograph, and any possible ways you can improve to obtain a higher score.

Check out this critique from last year to get a feel of what to expect.This is Leann Kucerik' "Go-o-o-o-ing----UP--" being critiqued by IPC Judge Kathy Meek, M.Photog.Cr. CPP, API. 


So, as you await this year's IPC Judging, you can start thinking of the images you would like to enter for next year's competition! 

Don't forget to stream the competition's judging July 30 - August 2 on Stream.theIPC.org and the IPC Live broadcast July 31 - August 2 on Facebook.com/OurPPA. You can even attend the judging in person FOR FREE at Gwinnett Technical College, Building 100, 5150 Sugarloaf Pkwy, Lawrenceville, GA 30043. There will be signs directing you to IPC.  

Save the dates and be sure that whether you watch online or come pay us a visit, you're guaranteed to learn a lot from this experience. 

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By Chris Homer

While the deadline to enter images in PPA's International Photographic Competition (IPC) has passed, we want to encourage you to stream the judging live and check out the IPC Live broadcasts, tune in July 30 - August 2 at Stream.theIPC.org for the judging and IPC Live on Facebook.com/OurPPA from July 31 - August 2. Check out this post for full details and the schedule! 

The IPC is PPA's annual photographic competition that allows photographers from across the globe to test their skills, and get advice on how to improve quality, impact, and technique through constructive competition and image critiques from qualified jurors.

Through participating in the IPC, you get the opportunity to:

Improve upon your finest work 
Earn recognition and admiration from your peers
Engage with the passionate and supportive photographic competition community
And market up your business!

If you've never entered the IPC before or watched the judging live, you may be curious to see what kind of comments the judges make on photographs. That's why we're continuing to share critiques from last year's competition! Remember, if you choose to have your images critiqued, a judge will explain how each of your images, specifically, stacks up against the 12 elements of a winning photograph, and any possible ways you can improve to obtain a higher score. So be sure to order a critique at any future PPA District Competitions or IPC's you enter!

Below is Derryl Barnes' "Mr. & Mrs. Anthony Lewis" being critiqued by IPC Judge Joan Genest, M.Photog.Cr.


We hope watching this critique has got you excited to stream the competition's judging July 30 - August 2 and the IPC Live broadcast July 31 - August 2! And if you are in the area or want to make the trip, you can also attend IPC judging in person FOR FREE! Come to Gwinnett Technical College, Building 100, 5150 Sugarloaf Pkwy, Lawrenceville, GA 30043 and watch the addictive competition judging process unfold. There will be signs directing you to IPC. Save the dates and we'll see you there - either online or in-person! Whether you watch online or come pay us a visit, you're guaranteed to learn a lot from this experience. 


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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 Mayo Lawal

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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The cut-off day is here! Late registration IPC entries will no longer be accepted after June 6, 2017 at 5 pm ET.  Visit PPA.com/IPC and enter your images NOW!

The IPC is PPA's annual photographic 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.

You can get the opportunity to:
Improve upon your finest work 
Earn recognition and admiration from your peers
Engage with the passionate and supportive photographic competition community
And improve your business!

If you choose to have your images critiqued, a judge will explain how each image stacks up against the 12 elements of a winning image, and any possible ways you can improve. So, be bold! 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.

Check out this critique from last year and get a feel of what to expect. This is Brittney Heiter's "Monumental Milestone" critiqued by Joan Genest M.Photog.Cr. 

The judging for the International Photographic Competition will be held July 30-August 2, 2017 and you will be able to watch it all for free via PPA's live online streaming of the IPC at Stream.theIPC.org! 
NO entries will be accepted after today by 5 pm ET. Enter now! PPA.com/IPC.

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by Trent Schick

There are just a few days left of late registration until entries will no longer be accepted into IPC! Remember, the final deadline is June 6, 2017 at 5 pm ET.  Visit PPA.com/IPC and enter your images today!

The IPC is PPA's annual photographic 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.

You can get the opportunity to:

  • Improve upon your finest work 
  • Earn recognition and admiration from your peers
  • Engage with the passionate and supportive photographic competition community
  • And improve your business!

If you choose to have your images critiqued, a judge will explain how each image stacks up against the 12 elements of a winning image, and any possible ways you can improve. So, be bold! 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. 

Check out this critique from last year and get a feel of what to expect. This is Laura Wagoner's "Baby Blues" critiqued by Cary Garrison, M.Photog.Cr., CPP.


The judging for the International Photographic Competition will be held July 30-August 2, 2017 and you will be able to watch it all for free via PPA's live online streaming of the IPC at Stream.theIPC.org

Note that no entries will be accepted after July 6, 2017 by 5 pm ET. Enter today! PPA.com/IPC.

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By Bethany Clark

As you relax over the July 4th holiday weekend, don't forget to submit your images to the International Photographic Competition (IPC)! Entries will be accepted till 5 pm ET, June 6, 2017. Visit PPA.com/IPC and enter your images today!

The IPC is PPA's annual photographic 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. 

You can get the opportunity to:

  • Improve upon your finest work 
  • Earn recognition and admiration from your peers
  • Engage with the passionate and supportive photographic competition community
  • And improve your business!

If you choose to have your images critiqued, a judge will explain how each image stacks up against the 12 elements of a winning image, and how you can improve if you don't quite match up. So, be bold! 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. 

Check out this critique from this year's District Competition, to get a feel of what to expect. This is Mysti Killough's "Cupcake Kisses", critiqued by Linda Weaver.


The judging for the International Photographic Competition will be held July 30-August 2, 2017 and you will be able to watch it all for free via PPA's live online streaming of the IPC at Stream.theIPC.org

Note that no entries will be accepted after July 6, 2017 by 5 pm ET. Enter today! PPA.com/IPC.

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by Mayo Lawal

Still procrastinating? The last day to submit your entry for IPC without a late fee is tomorrow, June 22, 2017 at 5pm ET. Time is running out! Enter your images today and save some money.

The IPC is PPA's annual photographic 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. You can get the opportunity to:
  • Improve upon your finest work 
  • Earn recognition and admiration from your peers
  • Engage with the passionate and supportive photographic competition community
  • And improve your business!
If you choose to have your images critiqued, a judge will explain how each image stacks up against the 12 elements of a winning image, and how you can improve if you don't quite match up. So, be bold! 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. 

Check out this critique from last year:


The judging for the International Photographic Competition will be held July 30-August 2, 2017 and you will be able to watch it all for free via PPA's live online streaming of the IPC at Stream.theIPC.org! 

Entries submitted on or after June 22 at 5 pm ET will be accepted with a late fee until July 6, 2017. Note that no entries will be accepted after July 6, 2017 by 5 pm ET. Enter today! PPA.com/IPC.


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by Trent Schick

As you may have already heard, PPA is extending the IPC early entry deadline until June 22, 2017 at 5pm EST, due to updates with some of our software and browsers. Nonetheless, the show will still go on! You can take advantage of this extension and now have more time to better prepare your photos for submission. 

The IPC is PPA's annual photographic 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. You can get the opportunity to:
  • Improve upon your finest work 
  • Earn recognition and admiration from your peers
  • Engage with the passionate and supportive photographic competition community
  • And improve your business!
If you choose to have your images critiqued, a judge will explain how each image stacks up against the 12 elements of a winning image, and how you can improve if you don't quite match up. So, be bold and 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. 

To give you an idea of the types of things you can learn from a critique at IPC, check out this one from last year's competition. This is "Skater Dog" by Angel Sallade, critiqued by Janel Pahl, M.Photog.Cr., API. 


The judging for the International Photographic Competition will be held July 30-August 2, 2017 and you will be able to watch it all at no cost via PPA's live online streaming of the IPC! Early registration opens May 22, 2017-June 22, 2017 by 5 pm ET. Entries submitted on or after June 22 at 5 pm ET will be accepted with a late fee through July 6, 2017. Note that no entries will be accepted after July 6, 2017 by 5 pm ET

This year's IPC has some new rules. Be sure to check them out and enter your images early to beat the crowds and save some money!

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Due to recent updates from Adobe Flash and conflicts with several web browsers including Chrome and Firefox, PPA is extending the IPC early entry deadline until June 22, 2017 at 5pm EST.  

We are currently working on updating the registration system to accommodate the Adobe Flash and browser updates that caused the system blockage. 

If you are having issues uploading images, please contact our Customer Care Team at 800.786.6277.

Kindest regards and... good luck in this year's IPC!


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