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The International Photographic Competition Exhibit at Imaging USA


Come one, come all to the International Photographic Competition Exhibit at Imaging USA 2016 in Atlanta. No, really. The exhibit is free and open to the public, but you must have a badge to enter the exhibit area. Register for your FREE Expo Pass here. Get inspired to try new techniques as you view thousands of award-winning images from around the world, featuring the 2015 Professional Photographers of America (PPA) Loan and General Collections.


Each year, PPA holds the International Photographic Competition (IPC), selecting photographers' top photographs for the year. The best of the best is then placed in the PPA Loan Collection and is bound in a beautiful hardcover book available through Marathon Press (No, PPA does not receive any money from sales of these book). These collections are also displayed at the Imaging USA IPC Exhibit every year, so PPA members AND the general public alike can walk through and marvel at the year's best of the best photographs!

There are several competitions including local, state, and district that feed into the IPC. Top images are deemed worthy of a merit and become part of PPA's General Collection, then those images are judged again for inclusion in the prestigious Loan Collection.

Every year at Imaging USA, PPA hosts the Grand Imaging Awards, where IPC winners compete for the best of 2015's Loan Collection in six categories: Event Albums, Non-Event Albums, Illustrative, Artist, Portrait, and Wedding. One of those six winners goes on to win the Grand Imaging Award!

And this year, following the Grand Imaging Awards is a presentation by the World Photographic Cup! This is an international competition - nation against nation - designed to bring together photographers from all over the globe in a spirit of friendship and unity. The United States team is made up of images from the Grand Imaging Awards and has won the past two years. In all, 28 countries are vying for this year's World Photographic Cup !

Wanting to enter the competition but don't know where or how to start? Consider enrolling in the Pre-Convention class, The Competition You Can't Lose featuring Jessica Vogel, M.Photog.Cr., CPP and Timothy Walden, M.Photog.Hon.M.Photog.Cr., CPP, F-ASP.

We understand it's a big question: "Why should I enter the International Photographic Competition?" This program will answer this question AND it will guide you through the process and show you how this competition is an investment in yourself and your business. Separate registration is required for pre-convention classes at

And finally, be sure to swing by the Merit Café inside the IPC Exhibit. There you'll find a series of short seminars geared to getting you familiar with and better prepared for future photographic competitions! These 30-minute sessions are restricted to first come, first serve seating so get there early and soak up all of the knowledge you can from these amazing International Photographic Competition experts! Seminars include Creating Portraits, Technical Excellence, Competition Concepts, Print Presentation, Lighting, Landscape Composition, Marketing and many more. Questions will be more than welcome, so ask away!

We can't wait to see you at Imaging USA in January. But hurry up and register by Dec. 17 at for the Early Bird savings OR use the Join & Go option to become a member of PPA and your full access pass to Imaging 2016 will be FREE as a welcome gift!

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