Professional Photographers of America Streams Live Broadcast of International Photographic Competition

Professional Photographers of America Streams Live Broadcast of International Photographic Competition


Atlanta, GA—For a second consecutive year, Professional Photographers of America (PPA) is streaming the International Photographic Competition (IPC) judging live, August 3–6 on This year also features the new IPC Live broadcast, with live interviews and Q+As to supplement the judging stream.

IPC Live is hosted by Florida wedding photographer and past Imaging USA speaker Booray Perry, Cr.Photog., CPP. Perry breaks down the IPC action with interactive interviews and discussions twice a day. Viewers can post questions for Perry to answer on the air and comment live online, giving them access to inquire about the process as it happens. The stream can be viewed on a computer by both members and nonmembers at no cost, August 3 through August 6. The public is also invited to attend the judging in person.

The live stream allows entrants to follow along with the judging in real time and let prospective competitors check out the process. For those considering the competition, this behind-the-scenes look is an excellent opportunity to learn what the judges are looking for and remove any apprehension they might have to enter.

PPA is also encouraging studios around the world to host viewing parties with their photography friends. Viewers can post pictures to social media and follow along with other studios using the hashtag #IPClive. Participants are alerted via text message when their submissions are up for judging to help ensure they don’t miss seeing their images be judged. Last year, roughly 1,600 viewers from 13 countries tuned in.

During the competition, 45 eminent jurors from across the United States will select the top photographs from more than 5,000 entries at Gwinnett Technical College in Lawrenceville, Georgia. Winning images enter into the General Collection or the esteemed Loan Collection—the best of the best. The Loan Collection images will be published in the Loan Collection book and 200+ selected General Collection images will be published in the Showcase book by Marathon Press. Images accepted into the two collections will also be on display at Imaging USA in Atlanta, Georgia, January 10–12, 2016, making up one of the world’s largest annual exhibits of professional photography gathered simultaneously under one roof.

To watch, go to PPA photographers will sign in with their PPA account. Non-PPA photographers can register at no cost with an e-mail. Once signed in, there are multiple judging rooms to watch (portrait, illustrative and event and nonevent album) as well as the IPC Live broadcast. Viewers can switch between rooms at any time. Audio is not enabled on mobile devices. For full audio and video, watch on a desktop computer.

Here is the full schedule:

IPC Judging Live Stream:

August 3, 8: 15 a.m. – 6 p.m.
August 4, 12:15 – 9 p.m.   August 5, 9:15 a.m. – 6 p.m.
August 6, 8:15 a.m. – 6 p.m.

IPC Live hosted by Booray Perry:

August 3, 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.

August 4, 2 p.m. and 5 p.m.

August 5, 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.

August 6, 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.