Critique: Cupcake Wars

Want to improve the quality of your work? Thinking about entering a serious photographic competition? PPA’s International Photographic Competition (IPC) is just right for you! Prepare your images through competition and critiques from some of the best professional photographers in the business. Early registration for IPC is open now! 

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!

For first timers this could all be a very intimidating process. So to ease your worries here’s an actual critique from last year’s International Photographic Competition. This image is “Cupcake War” by Gail Carver, CPP, and it is being judged by Nancy Emmerich, M.Photog.Cr., CPP, API, F-ASP.

See how constructive criticism from the judges and application of their feedback can improve your work as a photographer.


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.  Be sure to enter your images by 5 pm EST on June 22 to avoid paying an extra fee! The IPC judging dates are July 31-August 4, 2016 and you can stream it live at Be sure to request a critique so you can receive some personalized feedback on your works of art and Be More Prepared.