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April 09, 2018

How Photographic Competition Can Improve Your Photography

Challenge is the pathway to growth. One of the best ways to improve your photography is by entering PPA’s Photographic Competitions. You get the most out of the experience when you choose to get your images critiqued by an official IPC juror. If you do, you'll receive 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! PPA's  International Photographic Competition (IPC) will start accepting entries on May 23.

To give you an idea of the types of things you can learn from a critique at IPC or your District Competition, check out this one from last year's competition. This is Erica Harvey’s "Hey Boo Boo" critiqued by Barbara Yonts:

Having a judge take time to give you personalized tips on how to improve a specific image is a priceless opportunity to take your photography to the next level!

Visit to learn more about the International Photographic Competition, and remember that entries open for the IPC on May 23! Start getting those images ready, and remember to order a critique when entering!