The 2018 International Photographic Competition finished judging this past week where thousands of photographers from all over the world were competing for the chance to go to the World Photographic Cup next year in Norway. The World Photographic Cup is the culmination of several national print competitions throughout the world where a country's best and most creative photographers look to take home the cup.
This year International Print Competition ran from August 5–8, 2018 through Professional Photographer's of America with 5,077 images entered from 1,301 photographers. At the time you could have watched live judging of the competition and heard live critique of images as they were put in front of the judges. The IPC is always a fantastic opportunity to see and hear what a knowledgeable viewer can take away from an image and give yourself insight into your own images with a more rigorous and objective eye. One of the most profound and positive attributes of photographer’s that are successful at this level is that they have become more discerning in their images and more competent in their creation and storytelling.
Ben Shirk was a part of the 2018 Team USA World Photographic Cup and he has been excelling in International Photographic Competition for several years with impactful storytelling and artistic post production. For Shirk, competition has been a large part of his artistic journey as he creates images specifically for competition outside of his client work. Shirk's blend of photography and artistry helped earn Team USA a gold medal in this year’s competition, but it all starts in competing at International Photographic Competition the previous year.
Photographers that entered the competition have learned of their scores and may have merited or loaned depending on their cumulative average score. The Grand Imaging Awards, or the best of the best images from IPC will be given out at Imaging USA January 17–19 in Atlanta, Georgia. From there the World Photographic Cup finalists will be announced for the USA.
Did you enter this year's International Photographic Competition or are you planning on entering next year?