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by James Yates

Want to enter into a serious photographic competition? Been thinking about entering again or wanting to take the first-time dive? PPA's International Photographic Competition (IPC) begins accepting entries May 23. It's time to start preparing your images. It's through competition and critiques of your work by professional photographers that you can truly grow and evolve as an artist.

Entering the IPC is one of the best ways to improve your craft, especially if you choose to have your images critiqued by one of PPA's Jurors! You can have your images evaluated and scored based on the 12 Elements of a Merit Image. You'll receive a recording of an IPC Judge giving you dedicated feedback and explaining to you how the elements are present and impact YOUR image. By competing and getting your images critiqued, you'll learn what you do well as a photographer, as well as identify the areas in which you may need improvement. It's an amazing learning experience!

We know the process can seem intimidating for first-timers, so here's an actual critique from last year's International Photographic Competition. This image called "Cloud Surfing" was created by Heather Cook, M.Photog., and is being critiqued by PPA juror Rod Brown, M.Photog.Cr.

Take a look and see how entering a photographic competition can improve your own work as a photographer through constructive feedback like you'll hear in this critique.



We hope this critique can help you get a better understanding of what the IPC judges are looking for when scoring your images. Start preparing your images for the International Photographic Competition! Submissions are open May 23-June 22, 2016. Late registration extends until July 7, with an additional fee. The IPC judging dates are July 31-August 4, 2016 and you can stream it live at Stream.theIPC.org. Be sure to request a critique so you can receive some personalized feedback on your works of art and Be More Prepared.

Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for James.JPGJames Yates is an Atlanta-based writer/actor and the Communications Specialist at Professional Photographers of America (PPA). A graduate of Georgia State University, James has worked in the non-profit sector his whole life and is proud to be able to help artists achieve their goals. In his spare time he can be found walking his dogs on the Beltline or partaking in the nightly theater and comedy scene in the ATL.


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By Sarah Ackerman

The International Photographic Competition (IPC) opens in just over a month. Are your images ready? IPC offers photographers a chance to get objective critiques of their work and areas where they excel, as well as areas that could use some improvement. Photographers who compete get to cash in on the following benefits: 

Engage with the passionate and supportive photographic competition community
Improve upon their finest work 
Earn recognition and admiration from their peers
...And as a result, improve their business

Just ask Randy Van Duinen, M.Photog.M.Artist.Cr., CPP. Watch as he discusses how he got involved with photography, PPA and competitions. 


IPC entries open May 23. Familiarize yourself with the rules for the Photographic Open and Photographic Artist categories today and Be More Competitive in 2016!

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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

A great place to start your photographic competition journey is with the District Competitions that happen at the beginning of each year. They are great reasons to get your images in competition shape before the International Photographic Competition (IPC) opens in May. 

This year there was a record breaking number of images and critiques, up 366 and 468 respectively, that entered the five districts

Top scoring cases for the Photography Open went to:
Southwest:
David Edmonson, M.Photog.Cr.
North Central:
Ben Shirk, M.Photog.M.Artist.Cr.
Western:
Kristi Elias, M.Photog.
Northeast: 
Kari Douma,  M.Photog.Cr., CPP
Southeast: 
Joe Campanellie, M.Photog.Cr., CPP, F-ASP

Top scoring cases in the Artistic category went to:
Southwest: 
Kimberly Smith, M.Photog.M.Artist.Cr., CPP
North Central:
Ben Shirk, M.Photog.M.Artist.Cr.
Western: 
Kristi Elias, M.Photog.
Northeast:
James Hoover, M.Photog., CPP
Southeast:
Michelle Parsley, M.Photog.M.Artist.Cr., CPP

Congratulations to all who entered into the District Competitions to be more! Remember, if your images earned a Seal of Approval at a District Competition, they still need to be entered into the IPC to receive a merit. 

Entries can be submitted to the IPC starting May 23. Brush up on the rules or mark your calendars for IPC Live, our live broadcast of the judging of the IPC August 1-4 at Gwinnett Technical College! Take the leap and Be More Creative!

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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 Chris Homer

PPA's International Photographic Competition (IPC) is right around the corner August 1 - 4 at Gwinnett Technical College in Lawrenceville, GA. The Judges Workshop will take place at the same location, starting on July 31, just before the IPC judging begins, and running until August 3. 

While watching the IPC Live Stream last year, did you find yourself wondering why the judges scored images the way they did? If so, consider attending the Judges Workshop! You'll learn what makes a photograph award-winning material and demystify the world of image judging. You'll explore the ins-and-outs of what makes a print "merit worthy" and observe the competition process and protocol. You'll even get the chance to mock-judge images to learn by doing, and you'll leave this course confident in your ability to identify those merit images. 

If you want to be a judge at the IPC, attending this workshop is your first step! Plus, learning what judges look for in a merit worthy image will help you when entering your own work in the IPC. It's a great learning experience that can help expand your skills as a photographer. 

Register for the Judges Workshop today, space is limited! And remember to start preparing your images for the IPC, which will begin accepting entries on May 23. 


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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By Chris Homer

PPA's Southwest District Photographic Competition judging is happening April 1-2 and while entries for this competition are now closed, you can watch the live stream and witness the judging online as it happens! 

If you missed your District's Photographic Competition, but want to still enter in a serious photographic competition, PPA's International Photographic Competition (IPC) begins accepting entries May 23. It's never too early to start preparing your images!

Entering a District competition or the IPC is one of the best ways to improve your craft, especially if you choose to have your images critiqued by one of PPA's Jurors! You can have your images evaluated and scored based on the 12 Elements of a Merit Image. You'll receive an actual recording of an IPC Judge giving you dedicated feedback and explaining to you the components of YOUR image. By competing and getting your images critiqued, you'll learn what you do well as a photographer, as well as identify the areas in which you may need improvement. It's an amazing learning experience!

We know the process can seem intimidating for first-timers, so here's an actual critique from last year's International Photographic Competition. This image called "Chef's Delight" was created by Melinda Austin, and is being critiqued by PPA juror Mary Fisk Taylor, M.Photog.Cr., CPP, ABI, API.

Take a look and see how entering a photographic competition can improve your own work as a photographer through constructive feedback like you'll hear in this critique.


We hope this critique can help you get a better understanding of what the IPC judges are looking for when scoring your images. Head to Stream.theIPC.org to watch the live stream of the Southwest District competition and also start preparing your images for the International Photographic Competition! Be sure to request a critique so you can receive some personalized feedback on your works of art and Be More Prepared.


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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by James Yates

PPA's Northcentral District Photographic Competition judging is happening this weekend and the Southwest District judging will take place the first of April. While entries for these competitions are now closed, you can watch the live stream of each and witness the judging online as it happens!

If you missed your District's Photographic Competition, but want to still enter in a serious photographic competition, PPA's International Photographic Competition (IPC) begins accepting entries May 23. It's never too early to start preparing your images!

Entering a District competition or the IPC is one of the best ways to improve your craft, especially if you choose to have your images critiqued by one of PPA's Jurors! You can have your images evaluated and scored based on the 12 Elements of a Merit Image. You'll receive an actual recording of an IPC Judge giving you dedicated feedback and explaining to you the components of YOUR image. By competing and getting your images critiqued, you'll learn what you do well as a photographer, as well as identify the areas in which you may need improvement. It's an amazing learning experience!

We know the process can seem intimidating for first-timers, so here's an actual critique from last year's International Photographic Competition. This image called "Cappuccino for Three" was created by Debra Klawetter, CPP, and is being critiqued by PPA juror Tina Timmons, M.Photog.Cr., CPP.

Take a look and see how entering a photographic competition can improve your own work as a photographer through constructive feedback like you'll hear in this critique.


We hope this critique can help you get a better understanding of what the IPC judges are looking for when scoring your images. Learn more about when and where the District competitions are held here and then head to Stream.theIPC.org to watch live streams of the District competitions and also start preparing your images for the International Photographic Competition! Be sure to request a critique so you can receive some personalized feedback on your works of art and Be More Prepared.

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By Sarah Ackerman

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The World Photographic Cup Awards Ceremony took place last night in Oporto, Portugal. Here are the final results

After ranking third in 2014, and second in 2015, the winner of the 2016 World Photographic Cup was Team Portugal with a total of 55 points, four medals and 4 top-10 finishers. The second place went to team Russia, and the third to Slovakia. 

For its third year, the World Photographic Cup received entries from 27 countries spanning 4 continents (16 from Europe, 6 from Asia, 3 from North America and 2 from Oceania). 

Although Team USA didn't finish on all-categories podium, PPA photographer Ben Shirk from Iowa took the Bronze Medal in the Illustrative Category. We are thrilled with quality of the beautiful works that represented photography in the United States! The entries for Team USA were comprised of images from the 2015 International Photographic Competition Grand Imaging Awards winners and included the following talented artists:

In the Commercial Category:
John Hartman, M.Photog.Cr., CPP, A-ASP,EA-ASP
Carrie Stadelman, M.Photog., CPP
Randy Van Duinen, M.Photog.M.Artist.Cr., CPP

In the Illustrative/Digital Art:
Ben Shirk, M.Photog.M.Artist.Cr.
Bob Coates, M.Photog.M.Artist.Cr., CPP
Richard Sturdevant, M.Photog.M.Artist.Cr.

In the Nature Category:
Jim Chagares, M.Photog.MEI.Cr., F-ASP
Peter Lik, M.Photog.
Abby Ziemer Malone

In the Portrait Category:
Mario Muñoz,  M.Photog.Cr.
Christie Kline, M.Photog.Cr., CPP
Susan Hoermann, M.Photog., CPP

In the Reportage/Photojournalism Category:
Susan Asaro
Jim LaSala, M.Photog.MEI.Cr., CPP
Ronald Jacobson, M.Photog.Cr., CPP

In the Wedding Category:
JB Salle, M.Photog.Cr.
Joan Walker , M.Photog., CPP
Ben Shirk, M.Photog.M.Artist.Cr.

To see the amazing works of Team USA and the images from the nearly 30 countries that participated, visit the World Photographic Cup's website.

The World Photographic Cup is a unique, one of a kind Olympics-styled competition. Founded in 2013, it is the result of a cooperative effort between The Federation of European Photographers (FEP) and Professional Photographers of America (PPA). Its singular goal is to unite photographers worldwide in a spirit of friendship and cooperation. 

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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 Chris Homer

Several PPA District Photographic Competitions are right around the corner! While entries for these competitions are closed, you can watch the live stream of each and see the judging happen live. PPA's International Photographic Competition also begins accepting entries May 23 and it's never too early to start preparing your images!

Entering a District Competition or the International Photographic Competition is one of the best ways to improve your images! Especially if you choose to have your images critiqued by one of PPA's International Jurors. We know the process can seem intimidating for first-timers, so here's a look at an actual critique from the 2015 International Photographic Competition. This is "Buttercup" by Lois Stanfield being critiqued by PPA juror James Wyant, M.Photog.Cr. Take a look and see how entering a District Competition or the International Photographic Competition can improve your own work as a photographer through constructive feedback like you'll hear in this critique.


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 upcoming live streams of District Competitions will be happening and also start preparing your images for the International Photographic Competition! Be sure to get a critique so you can receive some personalized feedback on your works of art.


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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By Sarah Ackerman

This is your year! Take the challenge and Be More Creative with PPA's International Photographic Competition (IPC)! Rules are online now so you can be prepared when entries open. 

The IPC is dedicated to helping photographers, new and old, be more creative, artistic and inventive in their photographic pursuits. When you enter, you will be able to build on your best works, both paid and personal, elevating the quality of your work and output to your paid clients. It's through competition that photographers are pushed to better themselves year over year. 
It's also an opportunity to pursue your Master of Photography degree through the earning of exhibition merits (or merits earned through competition). (What are those? Read up on Merits & Degrees here!)

If your work is deemed worthy, it could make its way into the prestigious Loan Collection. From there, the top ten images in each category are selected for the Grand Imaging Awards and presented at Imaging USA! 

We understand it can be intimidating entering a photography competition for the first time. You might be wondering "What will judges be looking for in the images?" Easy! It's a thorough process where they'll compare your work against PPA's official 12 Elements of a Merit Image

Over the past year, 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 help 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.

To recap: Why participate in the IPC? 
•  Take your finest work to the next level
•  Earn recognition, praise & support from your peers
•  Engage and learn from an incredibly passionate and supportive community
•  As a result, improve your craft and photography business!
And who knows? Maybe you'll win a Grand Imaging Award at Imaging USA! 

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

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

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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 Chris Homer

The Northcentral and Western Districts are currently accepting entries for PPA's District Photographic Competitions, and the Southwest District Competition will open February 22. You can even take a look at how District Photographic Competition works with the live stream of the Southeast District judging, live February 19 from 9am - 6 pm Eastern. Yes, it's free to watch!

To further encourage you to enter some of your photographic work in the District Competitions and PPA's International Photographic Competition, here's an actual critique from PPA's 2015 International Photographic Competition. This image, called "Bliss" by Gina Gardner, is critiqued by PPA International Juror Mary Fisk Taylor, M.Photog.Cr., CPP, ABI, API. It's a great way to learn! Take a look and see how entering a District Competition or the International Photographic Competition can improve your own work as a photographer through constructive feedback like you'll hear in this critique.




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! And if you want to see a District Competition judging happen live, tune in to the Southeast District Photographic Competition stream at: Stream.theIPC.org. 



  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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