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ANNUAL IPA PHOTOGRAPHY COMPETITION

The International Photography Awards conducts an annual photography competition for professional, non-professional, and student photographers on a global level, creating one of the most ambitious and comprehensive competitions in the photography world today. The IPA recognizes photography’s leading talents who are creating, shaping and defining the world of photography today.

– Be honored by receiving the coveted Lucie Statue at the Lucie Awards Gala
– Receive the IPA Trophy at the “Best of Show” Exhibition in New York City   New 
– Be Published in the IPA Annual Book of Photography
– Be Featured in the IPA Best of Show Exhibition in New York City and beyond
– Win $47,500 in cash prizes
– And more!

Submit your images and be a part of the most recognized event in Photography!

PRIZES

International Photographer of the Year Award
The top award in the Professional Categories includes The Lucie Trophy and a $10,000 cash prize

Discovery of the Year Award:
The top award in the Non-Professional Categories includes The Lucie Trophy and $5,000 cash prize

The winner of these two awards will be announced during the Lucie Awards Ceremony.

Category Winners – Professional

The 13 Category winners in the professional categories will each receive a $1,000 cash prize and 2 tickets to attend the Lucie Awards Gala in New York City, where they will be finalists for the International Photographer of the Year award.

An additional $500 allowance towards their travel/accommodation costs will be given to every category winner joining the Lucie event week in New York (Lucie Awards & IPA Best of Show (*). They will also receive the IPA Trophy, which will be awarded at the opening of the curated IPA Best of Show exhibition in New York City, where their winning work will also be featured.   New 

Category Winners – Non-professional

The 13 Category winners in the Non-Professional categories will each receive a $500 cash prize and 2 tickets to attend the Lucie Awards Gala in New York City, where they will be finalists for the Discovery of the Year award.

An additional $500 allowance towards their travel/accommodation costs will be given to every category winner joining the Lucie event week in New York (Lucie Awards & IPA Best of Show (*). They will also receive the IPA Trophy, which will be awarded at the opening of the curated IPA Best of Show exhibition in New York City, where their winning work will also be featured.   New 

* The travel allowance will be given only to those finalists who choose to attend the event, and will be reimbursed to the attendee after the Lucie Awards & IPA Best of Show have concluded.

Prizes for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd prize winners in all sub-categories include:

  • Printable Winner Certificate and IPA Seal
  • Publication in the IPA Annual Book of Photography
  • A curated selection of winning images to be exhibited in the IPA Best of Show Exhibition which opens in New York City during the Lucies, and is shown around the world through the following year.
  • Receive significant international publicity and extensive media exposure through our online promotional campaign, and magazine and newspaper partners distributing and promoting winners works.
  • 1 Free ticket to attend the Lucie Awards Gala in New York City.

JURY

HAVE YOUR WORK EVALUATED BY WORLD RENOWNED GALLERISTS, PHOTO EDITORS AND DIRECTORS, ART COLLECTORS, AND OTHER PHOTOGRAPHY LUMINARIES WHO COMPRISE THE IPA JURY PANEL.

The jury panel includes:

David ClarkeHead of Photography at Tate
Susan BarazIPA Head of Judges
Amy Salzman, Senior Art Producer Saatchi & Saatchi NY
Brett RogersThe Photographers Gallery
Roy L. Flukinger, Independent Curator Emeritus
Paris Chong, Gallery Manager and Curator at Leica Gallery LA
Collier Brown, Photography Critic, Harvard University

JOIN THE ANNUAL LUCIE AWARDS

Be awarded at The Lucie Awards, the premiere annual event honoring the greatest achievements in photography.  At the Lucie Awards the photography community from around the globe pays tribute to the most outstanding people in the field.

PRESS COVERAGE

IPA and IPA winners have been covered in the news all over the world.

2021 IPA PHOTOGRAPHY COMPETITION DEADLINE

ENTER BEFORE JULY 21, 2021

ProfessionalNon-professionalStudent
Single Image$35$25$15
Series (2-9 images)$60$50$30
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SUBMISSION FEES GO TO THE LUCIE FOUNDATION

The International Photo Awards’ revenue from the submission fees goes to supporting the Lucie Awards and Lucie Foundation programming, including the annual Lucie Awards event in New York, House of Lucie Gallery and Centre for Photography, SNAPSHOP! youth photography workshops, MOPLA (Month of Photography Los Angeles), FOTO SHOUTS photography newsletter and directory, and many other photography events and exhibitions around the world through the coming year.

The foundation’s three-fold mission is: to honor master photographers, to discover and cultivate emerging photographic talent, and to promote the appreciation of photography worldwide.

Learn more about the Lucie Foundation.

CATEGORIES

  • ADVERTISING
  • ANALOG/FILM   New 2019
  • ARCHITECTURE
  • BOOK
  • DEEPER PERSPECTIVE
  • EDITORIAL
  • EVENT
  • FINE ART
  • MOVING IMAGES
  • NATURE
  • PEOPLE
  • SPECIAL CATEGORY
  • SPORTS

BEST OF SHOW EXHIBITION

Each year, the IPA invites a renowned curator to select 20-25 images from both the professional and non-professional pools of 1st, 2nd, and 3rdplace winners. This curated selection will be exhibited in an exclusive show opening in New York City at the conclusion of the Lucie Awards week. The works of the IPA Category Winners will also be exhibited at the Best of Show event, during which they will receive the IPA Trophy. After the New York opening, the Best of Show exhibition will go on tour for a series of exclusive events around the world during the course of the following year.

Click HERE to view the Best of Show selection.

PARTNERS AND FRIENDS

Friends and partners of IPA include some of the most prestigious photography organizations.

REGISTER AND SUBMIT YOUR IMAGES NOW!

Be part of the premier event in photography!

I WAS IMPRESSED NOT ONLY WITH THE OVERALL TALENT AND INNOVATION OF THE SUBMISSIONS, BUT THAT I NOTICED A SOLID PREVALENCE OF IMAGES MADE AT AN INTIMATE SCALE IN THE LANDSCAPE AND PORTRAIT GENRES. IT WAS ALMOST LIKE THE PHOTOGRAPHERS WERE DELIBERATELY GOING IN CLOSER AND DEEPER AND WITH INTENSE CONCENTRATION ON THE CLASSIC, OLD-SCHOOL MAGIC OF THE GENRE — SHOWING US BACK TO OURSELVES, PERSONAL EXPERIENCES, JUST REAL HUMAN LIFE ON THE PLANET. IT WAS A MOVING EXPERIENCE FOR ME!

– SHANA NYS DAMBROT, CRITIC, CURATOR, AUTHOR