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April 02, 2018

Congrats to WPC Team USA Member Ben Shirk!

Are you ready for the World Photographic Cup?! On May 6, 30 countries are competing in the highly-anticipated international event co-founded by PPA, the World Photographic Cup. The national teams, including two-time winner Team USA, will be vying to take the cup from two-time, reigning champ Portugal. This year's list of registered countries spans from the U.S. to Pakistan, Singapore to Spain. For all things WPC, including galleries of competing images, visit

Today we'd like to shine the spotlight on a Team USA member and creator of the above image in the Illustrative category: Ben Shirk, M.Photog.M.Artist.Cr.

Ben Shirk is an international award-winning professional photographer.  Growing up in a log cabin near a small farming community of Wilton, Iowa, he spent his days exploring the woods, swimming in rivers, and developing his imagination. Today, his stunning images are known worldwide for their creativity and depth of storytelling. Ben currently holds many international, national, and state-photography titles for his unique images, and operates a thriving studio out of that same, small farming community. His work attracts clients from across the US, and he creates dynamic images of athletes, children, and families.  In 2017, Ben was featured on NBC's The Today Show, CBS Nightly News, ABC News, and IPTV's Iowa Entrepreneur.  You can find Ben and his work at,, and Instagram @shirkphtography.

"The World Photographic Cup is filled with great artists and stunning images from across the globe and I am excited and honored to be part of this amazing group!" —Ben Shirk 


The winners of the World Photographic Cup will be announced at the WPC Awards Ceremony in Sydney, Australia, on May 6, 2018. For more information on the World Photographic Cup, and to view the finalist images from around the world, visit