2019 International Photographic Competition Winners Recognized

Congratulations to the 2019 International Photographic Competition winners. Earlier this summer, the top images were selected from the PPA District Sunset Print Award recipients:

1st Place – Brian Castle “Sins Broken Chains

2nd Place – Kimberly Smith “Owl Always Kneed You

3rd Place – Brooke Kasper “Solitary Journey

Each year, the judges award the top three prints that best embody the 12 Elements of Merit. This year’s district winners included everything from a rocky rush of water in Kari Douma’s “Just Around the River Bend” to a burgeoning chemist in Vanessa Longuski’s “Science.” As always, the talent at the district level makes it difficult for the judges selecting the National IPC winners.

Castle, who took third place in last year’s event, was once again inspired by a dream. “I dropped to my knees and prayed, this light came from above and Archangel Michael came and loaned me his wings to rip the chains apart so we could ascend to Heaven,” he says. What he didn’t expect was to be so personally affected by the photo shoot. “What did people go through back in Biblical days when they were chained like this? I teared up, it was emotional, I couldn’t hold it back,” he says.

Smith, who consistently finishes with district and national wins, had a most unusual image serve as the inspiration for her 2019 entry. “I had to have a knee MRI and they sent me home with the disk,” she says. “As I’m going through them, I noticed one of them looked like an owl.” She combined an image of a tree from a previous photography session and the base image from the MRI into an artistic image of an owl and her owlet. She won the PPA Southwest District award, subsequently leading to her second-place national finish.

Kasper says her award-winning image is extremely personal. While she may be on her own “Solitary Journey,” she has a strong faith in God, so she knows she is never truly alone. “We all have our own personal stories, and this one represents how I’m charting my course,” she says. “We may feel abandoned and alone at times, but we are surrounded by so many wonderful memories of people and things that have given us strength, even in solitude.”

Along with an engraved crystal trophy, the winners also receive cash prizes: $2,000 for first place, $1,000 for second place and $500 for third place. The awards for the winning photographers will be presented at Imaging USA – Nashville in January.

We want to thank all the participants in the 2019 Sunset Print Awards. You can see these and other winners on our newly redesigned Sunset Print Awards site. If you are interested in the 2020 Sunset Print Awards, have your chairperson fill out the application. The Sunset Print Award is offered to those competitions judging a minimum of 150 printed entries.

Winner of HP Magnum Expression Award Will Receive $10,000 Grant

Entering and winning photography competitions can help you gain national and international exposure for your work. Over the next few weeks, we will be publicizing some of the many competitions that can help you earn recognition for your talents.

Magnum Photos, in association with HP, have announced the second annual Expression Photography Award. The award was established with the goal of raising awareness and inspiring change through projects that use photography as an expressive medium. Its mission is to help discover and illuminate compelling documentary photography.Entries will be judged by an international panel of four Magnum photographers (Jim Goldberg, Martin Parr, Trent Parke, and Mark Power) and one representative from HP’s large-format printing group.

WPPI Announces Wedding Photography Contest

Wedding & Portrait Photographers International (WPPI), in association with American Photo and Destination Weddings and Honeymoons magazines, announces the “2010 Look of Love” wedding photography contest. From now until April 5, 2010, wedding photographers can enter their best wedding photos online at www.weddingphotographycontest.com.

You may enter as many photos as you want, at a cost of $25 per entry. Each photo is considered a single entry.

“Being a part of this very special wedding photography contest and promoting it to not only our WPPI members and convention and trade show attendees but wedding photographers across the United States is something we are happy to do,” said George Varanakis, WPPI’s Group Publisher and Executive Vice President.

Winners will be selected by a panel of distinguished professional wedding photographers and magazine editors and will be published in the July/August 2010 issues of American Photo and Destination Weddings & Honeymoons.

Ten winners will be chosen from the submissions, one winner per contest category . Contest categories include:

  • Getting Ready
  • Ceremony
  • Couples Portrait
  • Reception
  • Send-Off
  • Details
  • Best Use of Locale
  • Best Use of Local Color
  • Day After
  • Trash the Dress.

 Two grand prize winners will be selected from among the 10 winners of each category.

The Grand Prize includes a trip for two to The Cancun Palace Resort in Mexico, a Lensbaby Composer lens with Fisheye and Soft Focus optics, a Kubota Super Studio Pak from Kubota Image Tools, and a BODA V3 Lens Bag.

All winners will receive free registration to the  2011 WPPI Convention and Trade Show, one-year subscriptions to American Photo and Destination Weddings & Honeymoons, the Complete Collection of image enhancing software plug-ins from Nik Software, Jim Garner’s Educational DVD Vol. 1, Bambi Cantrell’s Educational DVDs and the Doug Gordon DVD Collection.

 Complete contest information can be found at www.weddingphotographycontest.com