2020 International Photographic Competition (IPC)

Registration Opens: June 18, 2020
Deadline (without late fee): July 16, 2020 by 5 pm ET
Deadline (late fee required): August 4, 2020 by 5 pm ET
2020 Judging Dates: Aug. 16-21, 2020

2019 IPC Results

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2018 IPC InfographicWhat’s IPC?

The International Photographic Competition (IPC) is where photographers from all over the world engage in fierce competition for professional bragging rights. In fact, the IPC is so intense that it actually involves 2 rounds of judging.

Of course, you’ve got what it takes, right? And it's open to the public so anyone can enter! Not only that - anyone can learn from the critiques, anyone can come witness the live judging, in person or via online streaming, and anyone can come to Imaging USA and view the annual exhibit!


A panel of jurors from across the United States selects the top images from thousands of submitted entries each year. Judged against a standard of excellence comprising 12 elements, the highest scoring images are then selected to be part of PPA's General Collection and its esteemed Loan Collection—the best of the best.

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.

All accepted images will also be on display at the IPC Exhibit at Imaging USA, held each year in January. And the winners at the IPC are then eligible for the Grand Imaging Awards, which are also presented each year at Imaging USA. So what are you waiting for? Enter the IPC and show what you've got!

For more inspiration or to see the work of past participants, check this VIDEO RECAP of a great sample of IPC Loan Collection Images from the 2019 International Photogaphic Competition:
[play VIDEO] loan collection images


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