Even though I'm not a photographer (I don't even play one on TV), I get butterflies in my stomach when the photographic competition results are announced. I eagerly review the scores of PPA photographers I know and cheer when they score above that "magic number" of 80. In the next few weeks, I'll have a lot of butterflies and will cheer a lot, as many PPA District Competitions are taking place.
But, as Ed Sullivan said, the "really big show" happens in June. That's when the International Photographic Competition (IPC) is judged in Atlanta. It's amazing to witness the judging firsthand and see all the creative, stunning images that PPA members create. I don't know about you, but my emotions run from giggles to tears as the images are displayed and judged. I leave the IPC feeling proud to be a part of this industry and knowing that working photographers like you are bringing beauty to the world. In my mind, any photographer who enters the IPC should be lauded for competing.
This week's Vital Signs explores the "why" of International Photographic Competition. But whatever your reason for participating, I hope to see your images this year. You inspire the world through your images--share them!
Director of Member Value & Experience