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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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By Chris Homer

IPC judging begins July 30! As you get ready to stream the competition's judging, you can start to think of ways to step up your game for next year's competition. 

PPA's annual photographic competitions are 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 Colleen Udell's "Gift Wrapped" being critiqued by IPC Judge Greg Daniel, M.Photog.Cr., CPP, F-ASP.


So, as you await this year's IPC Judging, start thinking about those images you'd like to enter and have critiqued next year. It's never too early! 

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, which you'll find directly on Facebook Live at 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 about image competition 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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IPC judging begins July 30! As you get ready to stream the competition's judging, you can start to think of ways to step up your game for next year's competition. 

PPA's annual photographic competitions are 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 Katherine McClure CPP's "Forgotten Treasure" being critiqued by IPC Judge Cary Garrison 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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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. 


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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