Get Your Photos Ready for the International Photographic Competition


Images declared merit-worthy at the IPC then get a chance to earn a spot in the Loan Collection book. The 2013 cover features the work of Sunset Print Award winner Ann Naugher, M. Photog., CP.
Images declared merit-worthy at the IPC then get a chance to earn a spot in the Loan Collection book. The 2013 cover features the work of Sunset Print Award winner Ann Naugher, M. Photog., CP.

Professional Photographers of America (PPA) announced that it will begin accepting entries for the International Photographic Competition (IPC) on May 26. Entries for the annual competition will be due by July 10, though you get a break on the entry fee if you enter by June 26.

The judging will take place at Gwinnett Technical College in Lawrenceville, Ga., August 4-7. Judging is open to the public and there is no RSVP or no cost to attend. Photographers are encouraged to attend since the judging is an excellent learning opportunity so you can find out how to maximize your chances of understanding and processing successfully the criteria evaluated during the competition.

At IPC photographers may submit individual prints or digital images, and/or physical or digital photo albums. The judging panels are made up of experienced and qualified experts who undergo a rigorous and methodical training. IPC offers participants the possibility to enter their work in up to four image categories: Portrait, Illustrative, Event Album and Non-Event Album.

Submissions are judged against PPA’s industry-wide recognized standard of excellence using the 12 Elements of a Merit Image. The 12 elements are: Impact, Technical Excellence, Creativity, Style, Composition, Presentation, Color Balance, Center of Interest, Lighting, Subject Matter Technique and Story Telling.

Images that score high in all 12 elements are declared merit-worthy and will move on to a second round of judging, for a chance to earn a place in the PPA Loan Collection. These images are published in the Loan Collection book published by Marathon Press and are also exhibited in print and on screen at Imaging USA, PPA’s annual photography convention and expo, which will be held Feb. 1-3, 2015, in Nashville.

The cost to enter is $95 for PPA members who register before midnight on June 26, and $160 for non-members. For PPA members who register through midnight on July 10, it’s $130 and $220 for non-members. No registrations will be accepted after July 10. For rules and complete details go to

Pick up Prizes and Additional Exposure in the PDN Curator Awards

PDN magazine announced the PDN Curator Awards, which PDN describes as the search for outstanding and undiscovered fine-art photography.

PDNIn addition to various prizes for winners – including a DSLR camera, PDN PhotoServe portfolio and a Gold Expo Pass to PDN PhotoPlus Expo in New York City – winning photographers will be featured in a New York City gallery exhibition this summer with an opening gala event.

Winning images will also be published in the winners’ gallery in the July issue of PDN magazine and at PDN says that the winning work will be seen by industry photo editors, art directors and art buyers.

Categories include Portraits/Nudes, Installation/Still Life, Abstract/Mixed Media, Nature/Street Photography, Photo Essay/Reportage and Student work. Judges include Jen Bekman, Bekman Projects; Daniel Cooney, Daniel Cooney Fine Art; Sarah Hasted, Hasted Kraeutler; Sasha Wolf, Sasha Wolf Gallery; Claire C. Carter, Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art; Paula Tognarerlli, Griffin Museum of Photography; and Charles Guice, Charles Guice Contemporary.

The deadline to enter is March 26, and entry fees are $35 per image and $50 per series (a series must be related visually and is limited to six images.

Click here to enter the contest, and click on the following links to see past winners’ galleries: 2011 and 2012.

PDN Photo Annual Contest Deadline is Tomorrow

PDNYou can win cash and prizes in PDN‘s 2013 Photo Annual Contest, including the $15,000 Arnold Newman prize for the New Directions in Photographic Portraiture and The Marty Forscher Fellowship Fund, a cash award that goes to one pro and one student. The deadline to enter is Jan., 29 (or tomorrow, if you prefer).

Other prizes include the PDN Publisher’s Choice Award, The Adobe presents the Breakthrough Photography Award, The Sony Emerging Photographer Award and The Epson Creativity Award.

Categories include Advertising, Magazine/Editorial, Photo Books, Photojournalism/Sports, Documentary, Corporate Design, Photo Products/Self Promo Pieces, Personal, Stock Photography, Web Sites, Student Work and Video.

Each single entry is $45 ($32 for members, $25 for students) and each series entry is $55 ($40 for members, $25 for students).

For more information about the contest, go to, click here to enter and click here to see last year’s winners.

Love Music and Photography? Check out the Red Rocks Photography Contest

Red Rocks Park & Amphitheatre, the iconic music venue west of Denver where the foothills meet the plains in Morrison, Colo., is holding a photography contest for pro photographers, photography students and amateur photographers.

Red Rocks photography contestFind a unique way to capture the spectacular red rock formations that create the outdoor amphitheatre and dot the landscape throughout the city park and you could win the fantastic prize package…

  • Concert package for you and three of your friends (dinner at Red Rock’s Ship Rock Grille and tickets to a 2012 concert of choice)
  • Have a signature photo displayed in the Red Rocks Hall of Fame located in Red Rocks Visitor Center
  • Inclusion in the online photo gallery at
  • Inclusion in the Red Rocks printed calendar.

For all the details, rules and regs, click here, and if you enter, let us know how you fared so we can talk about printing your masterpiece. The deadline is Oct. 1, 2011.

When you submit photos, make sure to review the rules and regs in the link above since you will be bound by the terms and conditions. Send CDs or DVDs with your name, phone number and email address to:

Amy Lindsey
City and County of Denver
Arts and Venues Denver
Marketing Department, First Floor
1245 Champa Street
Denver, CO 80204

Each photographer is required to submit at least ten images with a maximum of 25. The City and County of Denver will notify the winner via email or by phone by Nov. 1, 2011. If you have any further questions, contact Peyton Jeter at 720-865-4257.