PPA announces 2019 District Photographic Competition Results

Judged against a standard of excellence, 1,836 images were selected for the “seal of approval” which means the image will automatically “merit” if entered into the IPC, the next step in the competition process where the image then becomes eligible for judging for inclusion in PPA’s prestigious loan collection.

Images accepted into the General and Loan Collections will also be on display at the Gaylord Opryland Resort, Nashville Tennessee, Jan. 19-21, 2020, during Imaging USA, the annual convention and trade show for professional photographers. These images constitute one of the world’s largest annual exhibits of professional photography gathered simultaneously under one roof. Also at Imaging USA 2020, the best of the best of the images will be announced at the esteemed Grand Imaging Awards.

The new Wedding Competition proved popular among entrants. There were 249 entries into the category, which carves out space for photography taken while in the course of an actual wedding. 99 of these images earned seals.

This year’s judging of the District Competition was streamed live online over the six days at stream.theipc.org.

“Photographic competition…definitely pushes you and causes you to step back from your work and…appraise it from a different eye and see what you can do better,” explains Ben Shirk, M.Photog.M.Artist.Cr., 2018 Grand Imaging Award winner and member of Team USA for the World Photographic Cup. He says PPA’s photographic competitions help you learn “what you bring to the table that maybe other photographers aren’t doing so you can stand out even more in your everyday work too.”

Photographic competition challenges photographers to grow their artistic and technical skills by creatively capturing and presenting their best images, and by doing so, improving the marketability of their businesses. To view full results of the District Competition, visit PPA.com/Districts

About PPA:

Professional Photographers of America (PPA) is the largest and longest-standing nonprofit photography trade association with a 150-year history. It currently helps 30,000+ pros elevate their craft and grow their business with resources, protection, and education, all under PPA’s core guiding principle of bridging the gap between what photographers do as artists and entrepreneurs and what consumers want.