ATLANTA, GA (May 24, 2018) - Professional Photographers of America (PPA) is now accepting entries for this year's International Photographic Competition (IPC). The IPC challenges photographers to push their artistic and technical photography skills to the next level by creating and presenting their best work. The competition is open to all photographers, but it also gives those who are members of PPA the opportunity to earn merits toward photography degrees.
The competition attracts image submissions from the best of the best in the photography industry from all over the world and urges others to push themselves to join the ranks of the elite. This year's entries will be judged August 5-8, 2018 at Gwinnett Technical College in Lawrenceville, Georgia. 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 Stream.theIPC.org.
Streaming viewers can catch episodes of IPC Live with Booray Perry, Cr.Photog., CPP, throughout the competition. Mr. Perry is a photographer and former radio personality who brings a unique perspective to the job of hosting these live segments, containing interviews with photographers and judges.
To enter the IPC, photographers submit prints, electronic files and physical and/or digital albums to be judged by a panel of qualified experts. Competitors must designate the category under which each image is being submitted. The four categories include portrait, illustrative and album (event and non-event). Submissions will either merit or not merit and are judged against a standard of excellence using PPA's “12 elements of a merit image”. Images that earn merits will move on to the second round of judging, which could possibly earn an additional merit and a place in the prestigious Loan Collection. These images are compiled into a book, published by Marathon Press, and will be showcased in a special exhibit at Imaging USA 2019 in Atlanta, Ga, January 20-22, 2019.
Those who don't earn merits don't have to leave empty-handed; critiques from IPC judges will be available upon request as a way to help participants find areas of improvement and prepare for future photo competitions. “Photographic competition…definitely pushes you and causes you to step back from your work and…appraise it from a different eye and see what you can do better,” explains Ben Shirk, M.Photog.M.Artist.Cr., 2018 Grand Imaging Award winner and member of Team USA for the World Photographic Cup. Shirk’s path to those wins started with IPC. He says PPA’s photographic competitions help you learn “what you bring to the table that maybe other photographers aren’t doing so you can stand out even more in your everyday work too.”
Competitors must submit their images by 5 pm EST, June 27. Physical print entry cases must be received within seven days of the entry deadline. Late registration (for an additional fee) runs until July 11. For more information on submission criteria and rules and how to enter visit PPA.com/IPC.
Professional Photographers of America (PPA) is the largest and longest-standing nonprofit photography trade association with a 150-year history. It currently helps 30,000+ pros elevate their craft and grow their business with resources, protection, and education, all under PPA’s core guiding principle of closing the gap between what photographers do as artists and entrepreneurs and what consumers want.