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June 21, 2019

Entering The IPC for the first time? Here’s What to Expect

You’re considering entering PPA's International Photographic Competition (IPC) for the first time and wondering what to expect.

Firstly, you are on the right track! Entering the IPC is often considered one of the best ways to improve your artistic and technical photography skills! And if you haven’t considered entering yet, you are missing out on a great opportunity to grow.

“Print competition is hands down one of the largest contributing factors to my growth as a photographer and artist. After competing diligently for the last 3 years, I'm proud to call myself a Master!” Kira Derryberry, M.Photog.Cr., CPP said about her IPC experience.

This year's entries will be judged August 18-23, 2019 at PPA headquarters in Atlanta, GA. Judging is open to the public and requires no reservation or admission fee. Interested artists and observers unable to make it to Georgia for the competition can watch it unfold live at!

This year marks the first for a new competition category: wedding photography. Meant for real wedding photographers and featuring work that was taken at an actual wedding, the Wedding Competition category leads to the new Master of Wedding Photography degree from PPA.

During the IPC, jurors give competitors the opportunity to receive advice that will improve their future output and could land their work in PPA's Loan Collection, and be honored at Imaging USA 2020 in Nashville! Registration for 2019 opened June 14, 2019.

If you choose to have your images critiqued, you'll get a recording of a judge going through each image you've entered in the photo competition, explaining how it stacks up against the 12 elements of a winning image, and what you could have done to take your image to the next level if you fell a little short! So, don't be shy! Enter your images to be critiqued by official jurors at this year's competition. Recorded critiques are a fantastic way to learn, specifically, how you can take your photography to the next level. Ordering a critique will help you:

  • Understand what the judges expect from competitors. 
  • Get an idea about the current state of your photography
  • Improve your work with advice straight from top photographers in the industry.

Having a judge take time to give personal advice on how to improve a specific image is just what you need to grow not only as a photographer but artist! 

Early registration ends July 18, 2019 at 5 pm ET. Entries after July 18 at 5 pm ET will be accepted with a late fee through August 1. Please note that no entries will be accepted after August 1, 2019 by 5 pm ET. Check out this year's new IPC rules.

Don’t forget to enter your images early to beat the crowd and save some money!