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June 11, 2019

Ordering Critiques During Photographic Competitions Will Help You Step Up Your Photography!

It’s been an exciting and nerve-racking week for photographers who entered the District International Photographic Competition, as the judging is almost coming to an end.

If you’re ready for more opportunities to improve your photography, be sure to enter PPA’s International Photographic Competition, which begins accepting entries on June 14. As you enter, consider also ordering a critique!

While getting a critique can make many photographers nervous, it is a priceless way to improve the quality of your photography. During the IPC, jurors give competitors the opportunity to receive personalized advice that will improve their future work and could land their work in PPA's Loan Collection, and be honored at Imaging USA 2020 in Nashville! 

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 merit 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. 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

To give you an idea of the types of things you can learn from a critique at IPC, check out this one from last year's competition. This is "Mister Mischief" by Kevin Floyd, critiqued by Donna Goodhale.

You can also watch the free live stream of the judging for the District photographic competition through June 7 at Login if you are a PPA member, or create a free account if you aren’t!

Early registration for the International Photographic Competition begins June 14, 2019 and ends July 18, 2019 by 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. Judging takes place August 18-23, 2019. Best of luck to all who enter!