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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)

By Tristin Vaccaro
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At Imaging USA 2017 we're awarding individuals for the outstanding photography work they produced in 2016!  There are dozens of awards to give out over the three-day convention, so join us at these special ceremonies to honor those who made significant contributions to the photography industry. 

Attending these ceremonies is great inspiration for many photographers, as you'll see the best images of the year at the Grand Imaging Awards, and get to see who is honored as the Lifetime Achievement Award Winner at the Award & Degree Ceremony!

January 9 | 6:30-7:30pm
The Grand Imaging Awards are awarded yearly at Imaging USA based on the results of the International Photographic Competition (IPC). Bronze, silver, gold, and platinum medalists are announced, along with the top winners from each of the six photographic categories, as chosen by IPC jurors. The top image from all categories will then earn the overall Grand Imaging Award! 

Following the announcement of the Grand Imaging Award winner, finalist images for the World Photographic Cup will be announced. This is a really big deal because these finalists form Team USA that will go on to compete against countries around the world for the World Photographic Cup! Get a glimpse of these finalists and their images that will go on to compete on the world stage. 

You'll see some great images at the Grand Imaging Awards, so you'll want to attend to soak it all in. You may even find some inspiration for future photography projects!

January 10 | 6:30-7:30pm
At the PPA Award and Degree Ceremony we honor those who have gone above and beyond to set themselves apart in the photographic industry. There are tons of awards to give away at this ceremony for individuals, businesses, and groups alike. Awards include the Directors Award, Imaging Excellence Award, and Lifetime Achievement Award. 

Also, those who have taken the extra step to earn a photographic degree will be honored with ribbons and medallions. Degrees include Master of Photography, Photographic Craftsman, and Master of Electronic Imaging. Obtaining a degree takes a large amount of commitment and hard work, and we are proud to name those who have shown this passion for photographic excellence.

So while our winners don't walk down the red carpet, there is great honor in being presented with a PPA award or degree. We want to recognize those who make this industry great, and we hope you will join us at Imaging USA in San Antonio, TX, to honor them, too! 

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By Autumn Rice

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There are great things happening at Imaging USA 2017 in San Antonio, including IPC mentor sessions! PPA International Photographic Competition jurors are offering FREE one-on-one sessions to help improve your images and make them IPC, and merit, ready!

Many photographers have reservations about entering the International Photographic Competition because they don't know what to expect, they're unsure of their work, and they don't know what the judges are looking for.  In these one-on-one mentor sessions, PPA-approved jurors will answer your most pressing questions, and give suggestions on how to improve your images to earn merits toward a PPA Master Degree. Your images must be printed or on a laptop or tablet. We are unable to review any images on phones.  

Don't miss out on this opportunity to get a leg-up on the competition and get advice straight from the jurors. All you have to do is sign up for your 15-minute time slot! Sessions will be held from Sunday, January 8, - Tuesday, January 10, 2017, at the IPC area on the Expo floor.

Visit ImagingUSA.org/MentorProgram to sign up for your time slot with a juror! Space is extremely limited so sign up for your session today!

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The International Photographic Competition has seen substantial growth over the last few years due to the consistent efforts of its members, staff and competition volunteers. PPA is thrilled with the renewed interest in competition among its members. With this growth in mind, we're excited to share some changes in both the District and International Photographic Competitions.

Here are some of the changes coming to the 2017 Competitions:

  1. All panels convened to determine merit will operate with a five-member panel. This will increase efficiency in the judging. In 2016, a six-juror panel was seated and the lowest score was dropped, therefore five scores were used in determining score. This change is an alignment of the amount of scores required to determine a final score to be congruent with the number of jurors on the panel. The lowest score will no longer be dropped. When a judge associates an entry with an entrant, the judge is required to disqualify themselves from scoring an entry. When this scenario happens, the Jury Chair will enter a score for that entry. In the case of two jurors needing to disqualify themselves, the entry will be skipped until a panel with five jurors can be convened to score the entry.

  2. To further bring consistency between the District Competitions and the IPC, scores will be used to determine merit at both events. A majority of members surveyed stated that they would like the two scoring systems to be the same.

  3. The PPA Loan Collection will be determined in a different manner as well. Images scoring in the "deserving of a merit" category (80-84) will not be reviewed for the Loan Collection. Entries that receive a score of 80-84 at a District judging have the choice to send those Seal of Approval entries on to IPC for a merit towards their degree, or to break the seal to chance a higher score at IPC. 

    • Entries scoring 85-94 at the District or IPC will be reevaluated for the Loan collection at the IPC event. 
    • Entries scoring 95-100 will be automatically accepted into the Loan Collection. Entries in this scoring range from the District events will still need to be submitted to the IPC to be included in the Loan collection and to receive the merits associated with those entries.
  4. Critiques ordered in conjunction with the IPC will be produced off site from the IPC judging. Critiques ordered for both events will be available within four weeks of the competition.

  5. The review mechanism of "outs" will no longer be utilized. Currently, entries scoring 78-79 were reviewed again for merit. The introduction of the majority challenge effectively activates this review on each entry.

  6. Entries into the Artist Competition will now be required to have guide images within the entry.

  7. In the Photographic Open category, an entrant will now be required to have made all elements in the entry. Entries involving elements from other artists may be entered into the Artist Competition.

Beginning in 2018, all district competitions will utilize a minimum of two panels during their judging events. This will allow each district to continue to grow and accommodate those members who are looking to earn their Seals of Approval prior to the IPC.

Once again, PPA is looking forward to further encourage its members to take advantage of these incredible educational opportunities. Look for 2017 District Rules and Schedules this fall on PPA.com/Competitions

Be sure to check out the results from this year's exciting IPC

By Chris Homer

The 2016 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 2017, January 8 -10 in San Antonio, TX!

Go to PPA.com/IPC to view the 2016 results, and don't forget to register for Imaging USA 2017 to see all these great images in person! 

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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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