12 Elements of a Merit Image

3.29.2018 News

The gold standard for judging International Photographic Competition entriesEvery year, Professional Photographers of America hosts its International Photographic Competition, where image-makers compete not against each other, but against a dozen ideals of excellence.Volunteer jurors complete classroom and hands-on instruction before they are invited to judge competition images. They use the 12 Elements to grade images on a 100-point scale, awarding each maker one, two, or zero merits for... Continue Reading >

Ben Shirk wins Grand Imaging Award

1.22.2018 News

Ben Shirk, M.Photog.M.Artist.Cr., is the Grand Imaging Award winner of 2018. Since 2011, Shirk has received 13 Grand Imaging Awards from PPA, taking honors in the portrait, wedding, and illustrative categories. This year, his “Till Death Do Us Part” image (above) took the overall top prize. The award was announced Jan. 15 at Imaging USA in Nashville, Tennessee.A proponent of PPA’s annual International Photographic Competition, Shirk says the work he puts into prepping his IPC entries... Continue Reading >

Portugal wins big at World Photographic Cup

3.2.2017 News

On February 23, the winners of the 2017 World Photographic Cup (WPC) were announced in Yokohama, Japan, with Portugal placing first, the United States second, and Russia third.Twenty-six teams from four continents competed  in the Cup, entering images into six categories: portrait, wedding, commercial, illustrative/digital art, reportage/photojournalism, and nature.Created in 2013 through a partnership between the Federation of European Photographers and Professional Photographers of... Continue Reading >