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December 16, 2020

World Photographic Cup Team USA 2021 Announced

Professional Photographers of America (PPA) and the Federation of European Photographers (FEP) have announced the teams from 38 countries who will participate in the 2021 World Photographic Cup. The competition aims to unite photographers in the spirit of friendship and cooperation. 

“The unveiling of Team USA’s images and creators is always an exciting time,” PPA CEO David Trust said. “In the seven years of the World Photographic Cup, Team USA has brought home the Cup three times and taken the second place trophy three times. It is a worldwide affirmation of the quality of work produced by PPA members.”

Each country is represented by one team, which is chosen by a national association of professional photographers. Teams pick their own photographers and images to enter. They may submit up to three images in each of six categories: Commercial (including advertising, architecture, industrial, fashion), Illustrative, Nature, Portrait, Reportage, and Wedding. Teams may choose to enter the images of a single photographer in multiple categories, but no single photographer may have multiple images entered into a single category. Click here to see Team USA's images!

Gold, Silver, and Bronze medals are awarded to the individual creator in each category for first, second, and third place. Teams are awarded points based on an aggregate score of the top ten images in all categories, and the World Photographic Cup is awarded to the national team that receives the highest overall score. The 2021 Team USA finalist photographers are:

Commercial category:
David Foltz, John Gladman, M.Photog.M.Artist.Cr., Ben Shirk, M.Photog.M.Artist.Cr.

Illustrative category:
Dana Rose, Ben Shirk, M.Photog.M.Artist.Cr., Eich Caparas, M.Photog.M.Artist.

Nature category:
Steven Barger, Steven Blandin, M.Photog., Hendro Soetrisno, M.Photog.

Portrait category:
Rosalind Guder, Kathy Wierda, M.Photog.Cr., Erich Caparas, M.Photog.M.Artist.

Reportage category:
Kevin Dooley, M.Photog., Gail Nogle, M.Photog.Cr., F-ASP, Sandra Pearce, M.Photog.MEI.Cr., CPP

Wedding category:
Andrew Joseph, Jackie Kramer, Armando Munoz, M.Photog.

The WPC top-ten finalist images in each category will be formally announced alongside the Best of Nation Awards as part of Imaging USA, the premier conference in the photography industry. Then, the winner of the World Photographic will be announced at the WPC Awards Ceremony in Rome, Italy, on April, 19, 2021. 

For more information on the World Photographic Cup, and to view the finalist images from around the world, visit