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August 25, 2023

Don’t Miss It: Compete for Prizes at the IPC!

There are just 11 days left for photographers to make the final touches on their images and submit to the International Photographic Competition and we encourage everyone to participate! 


Why Enter?

If you’re asking yourself, “why should I care about entering a photo competition?” we’ve got 4 good reasons for you. Preparing your images to submit into competition is a great way to stir up some inspiration for improving your craft. Not to mention, the IPC boasts a huge $26,000 in prizes, with 16 category winners taking home 1k each and the ultimate winner taking home a trophy and check for $10,000. There's never been a better chance to gain some exposure in your photography community and put your image making skills to the test! Here is a look at the categories and details of the competition!


16 Categories to Enter

  • Commercial
  • Illustrative/Digital Art
  • Landscape
  • Wildlife
  • Natural Portrait
  • Illustrative Portrait
  • Reportage/Photojournalism
  • Day of Wedding
  • Pre-Wedding stylized shoot
  • Sports
  • Portrait groups
  • Newborn/Maternity
  • Boudoir
  • Pets
  • Children/Teens
  • High School Seniors


Location and Competition Format

Images that make it past the first round of judging will move forward to the next round at Imaging USA in Louisville, Kentucky. Live head-to-head judging rounds will begin Saturday, January 27 and take place in the elegant Ballroom ABC of the Main Concourse. Expert judges will be evaluating images on four criteria: impact, technical excellence, composition, and style, with other factors being considered based on category. An emcee will provide live commentary as the judges deliberate, challenge, and decide the fate of each image. With each round, judges will eliminate the number of images per category by half. 


On Monday, January 29, from 7-9pm, judges will shape the fate of the ultimate image rounds and determine the Grand Imaging Award winner. 16 overall category winners will be chosen and awarded the Diamond Photographer of the Year award and receive a check for $1,000! Only one of these photographers will be crowned the winner of the Grand Imaging Award and take home a trophy and check for $10,000! 


Competition Resources

Photographers looking to enter can read the competition rules, view the full list of entry categories, and learn more about the competition's format on this page. This handy FAQ page also answers frequently asked questions. Learn more about how to enter your images in this helpful tutorial below! 

The deadline to enter the IPC is fast approaching and you can’t miss this! Get your best work together and submit today to be a part of something truly spectacular!