How to Get Your Photos to Stack Up Better in Competitions

Judging for the International Photographic Competition (IPC) takes place July 30-August 2, 2017, and while that may seem far away, time always flies and it's best to take some time to prepare the best images in your portfolio now. IPC is an excellent opportunity to challenge yourself, so you definitely don't want to miss it. Entries open May 22, 2017! 

As you enter images, keep in mind that you also have the option to order a critique, during which jurors give you advice that will improve your future work -- tips which could land your work in PPA's Loan Collection, and be honored at Imaging USA


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, in detail, how you can take your images to the next level. 

Thinking about entering your images and ordering a critique? Take the plunge! You'll get the opportunity to:

Understand what the judges expect from competitors Get an idea about the current state of your photography Improve your work with advice straight from jurors to help you score in next year's competition 

To give you an idea of what the judges are looking for, here's an actual critique from last year's IPC. This image is "Pink Elegance" by Suzanne Siler, CPP. It's being critiqued by Janel Pahl, M.Photog.Cr., API.


Having a judge take time to give you personal advice on how to improve a specific image is a great opportunity to expand your skills. It's time you start entering your images! 

Important dates:

Judging for the IPC will be held July 30-August 2, 2017. Early registration to enter your images opens May 22, 2017 - June 21, 2017 by 5 pm ET. Entries after June 21 at 5 pm ET will be accepted with a late fee through July 6, 2017 by 5 pm ET. Please note that no entries will be accepted after July 6, 2017 by 5 pm ET

This year's IPC has some new rules, so click here to view the Photographic Open rules and the Artist rules, or check them at

And don't forget to enter your images early to beat the crowds and save some money!

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