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July 05, 2019

You Don’t Want to Miss the 2019 International Photographic Competition. Here’s why…

Let’s be honest, the issue isn’t that you don’t know – you do. You’ve already heard about PPA's International Photographic Competition (IPC), but you are wondering if it’s worth your time and effort. Here are three reasons it is:

Enhance your photography Skills

Past entrants have said that entering images in the IPC is one of the best ways to improve as a photographer.  The competition encourages photographers to test their skills and get advice on how to improve quality, impact and technique through constructive competition and critiques from qualified jurors. 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 winning image, and what you could have done to take your image to the next level if you fell a little short!

IPC is also a great way to work towards earning an official photographic degree. PPA degrees are recognized throughout the world and by taking part in IPC you can earn merits to go toward earning one of two prized PPA degrees: Master of Photography (M.Photog.) or a Master Artist (M.Artist)! Plus, get started working toward the Master of Wedding Photography degree with the all-new Wedding Photography category!

Earn Recognition

All accepted images will also be on display at the IPC Exhibit at Imaging USA. And the winners at the IPC are then eligible for the Grand Imaging Awards, which are also presented each year at Imaging USA.

You not only have the opportunity to earn merits toward your PPA Degree but also land your work in the PPA Loan Collection. PPA's Loan Collection images are published each year in the much-anticipated "Loan Collection" book and over 200 selected General Collection images are published in its sister edition, the "Showcase" book, produced by Marathon Press. Plus, images that earn a Seal of Approval at the district level are also considered for the Loan Collection, published in the annual Loan Collection book and exhibited at Imaging USA.

Business Growth

Of course, taking your photography to an award-winning level is also great for your business! This achievement will make a significant impact on how your clients value your talent.

So, hurry! Enter your images to be critiqued by official jurors at this year's competition.

Early registration 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. Check out this year's new IPC rules.

Don’t forget to enter your images early to beat the crowd and save some money!

This year's entries will be judged August 18-23, 2019 at PPA headquarters in Atlanta, GA. Judging is open to the public and requires no reservation or admission fee. Interested artists and observers unable to make it to Georgia for the competition can watch it unfold live at!