Rules Available for the International Photographic Competition

This is your year! Take the challenge and Be More Creative with PPA's International Photographic Competition (IPC)! Rules are online now so you can be prepared when entries open. 

The IPC is dedicated to helping photographers, new and old, be more creative, artistic and inventive in their photographic pursuits. When you enter, you will be able to build on your best works, both paid and personal, elevating the quality of your work and output to your paid clients. It's through competition that photographers are pushed to better themselves year over year. 

It's also an opportunity to pursue your Master of Photography degree through the earning of exhibition merits (or merits earned through competition). (What are those? Read up on Merits & Degrees here!)

If your work is deemed worthy, it could make its way into the prestigious Loan Collection. From there, the top ten images in each category are selected for the Grand Imaging Awards and presented at Imaging USA! 


We understand it can be intimidating entering a photography competition for the first time. You might be wondering “What will judges be looking for in the images?” Easy! It's a thorough process where they'll compare your work against PPA's official 12 Elements of a Merit Image

Over the past year, we've posted real critiques from past IPC entries. These images range from different styles of photography and different subject matter to varying levels of success in photographic competition. You can even see critiques from images that made it all of the way to PPA's prestigious Loan Collection! Watch these critiques and use them to help get over the fear of participating. This is truly a supportive community and the judges give you specific examples of what you've done well and areas you could improve in the critique process.

To recap: Why participate in the IPC? 

•  Take your finest work to the next level

•  Earn recognition, praise & support from your peers

•  Engage and learn from an incredibly passionate and supportive community

•  As a result, improve your craft and photography business!

And who knows? Maybe you'll win a Grand Imaging Award at Imaging USA! 

Sounds like a win, win, win, win! Check out why thousands of photographers participate each year, directly from them.

Read the IPC rules today and see how you can push yourself to Be More Creative in 2016! Submissions open May 23, 2016.

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