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March 05, 2018

Congrats to WPC Team USA Member… Dan McClanahan!

Are you ready for the World Photographic Cup?! This May, 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 in the Nature (Landscape & Wildlife) category: Dan McClanahan!

Dan McClanahan became a photographer in 2009 with the goal of creating a fresh alternative to traditional photography in his market. His quest was so successful that his work quickly made waves in the photo industry with multiple Grand Imaging Awards, WPPI awards, and magazine features; he also became one of the youngest photographers on record to receive all three photography degrees bestowed by PPA. Dan has given back to the photography community as an educator, teaching numerous times at Imaging USA, SYNC, After Dark Education, PhotoVision, and several smaller events. He owns and operates McClanahan Studio in Ames, Iowa with his best friend and wife, Alex, and splits his time between advertising photography and modern high-school-senior photography. The couple lives and works in a 12,000 square foot historic building they renovated and share with nine tenants. Outside of work, Dan is a small-town Iowa introvert that loves Jesus, his family, punk-rock drumming and strong coffee.      


The winner of the World Photographic Cup will be announced at the WPC Awards Ceremony at Sea World, Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia, on May 5, 2018. For more information on the World Photographic Cup, and to view the finalist images from around the world, visit