International Photographic Competition – IPC

International Photographic Competition - IPC

Opening: June 14, 2019
Deadline (without late fee): July 18, 2019
Deadline (late fee required): August 1, 2019
Entry fee: from $50 to $130
Prizes: participation at the IPC Exhibit at Imaging USA, publication in the “Loan Collection” book and in the “Showcase” book

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!



Images can portray a subject or subjects from all walks of life and should reflect the personality of the subject(s).

  • Children – This sub-category must contain a child or children from birth to age 16.
  • High School Senior – This sub-category portrays a male or female age 16 to 18.
  • Animal – This sub-category captures an animal(s) portrait using structured lighting in a studio or outdoor environment, where the animal is controlled by the owner or photographer.
  • Genral Portrait – This sub-category includes families, groups, couples and adults (18 and older), relationships, models and fashion portraits, in addition to tastefully artistic figure studies.


Capturing the beauty of nature, wildlife, industry and architectural areas is considered illustrative.

  • Landscape/Nature – This sub-category shares joy and adventures while expressing a sense of place. Wild animals in an uncontrolled lighting environment, flowers, seascapes, cityscapes, urban landscapes, and sunsets with or without people can be placed here.
  • Illustrative/Commercial – This sub-category is used when images are created for a commercial client to advertise a product and promote a brand or company. This can be an interior or exterior of a structure or within an industrial environment. Illustrative can also be conceptual images that tell a story.


Images created at or in connection with a wedding.


Multiple images combined into a collection exclusively showcasing a specific event.

  • Event – This sub-category is a collection of images highlighting one or more individuals, associated with a social event, and held at a destination other than a studio.
  • Non-Event – This sub-category contains a group or selection of images used to express people, places, or things, not specifically in a social setting.


A conceptual image altered or manipulated from its original condition. Creations can be a subtle application using post processing techniques, or a dramatic combination of details to suggest a larger story. The artist is responsible for the idea behind the image and the work done to create the finished art piece.

Creative Open

Consists of images that have additional elements not created by the maker. All elements not created by the maker must be shown in a guide image.



Tuŝis Hand-made and Manipulated Images – Dek Unu Arts
Tuŝis Hand-made and Manipulated Images - Dek Unu Arts


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