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How to Enter


Rules of the IPA's Single-Image, Themed Competition

The IPA competition is open to any living photographer, 18 years of age or older, from any country.

Only digital submissions are permitted and image files must be no longer than 800 pixels on the longest side and saved as Jpegs (.jpg), in RGB format and not exceed 4MB per file. Do not send originals prints. IPA is not responsible for lost or damaged prints, and discs and drives will not be returned.

All entries must include the appropriate entry fee payable to the International Photography Awards (IPA). IPA uses PayPal and Google Checkout.

No signature, stamp or any other identifying mark is allowed anywhere on the entry.

You may enter your work in as many categories as you see fit, however IPA judges, jury or staff will not switch your entry into a different category on your behalf.

Copyright and all other rights remain that of the photographer. Any photograph used by IPA shall carry the photographer's credit line. Use may include publication in any IPA media sponsor publication. All entrants understand that any image submitted to the competition may be used by IPA for marketing and promotional purposes including in any media such as exhibitions, print and digital media directly related to the IPA competition, though there may not be monetary compensation. By winning or placing in the competition you are agreeing to be included in the winners' annual.

Neither International Photography Awards, Lucie Awards, Lucie Foundation, International Awards, Inc., nor their associates, affiliates, or partners assumes any responsibility for photos submitted in violation of competition rules or for those which violate copyright regulations.  IPA will investigate claims of copyright infringement to the best of its ability, and will remove and disqualify images that are clearly demonstrated to violate copyright and/or competition policies.  IPA will act to maintain the integrity of the competition and its affiliated entities, but is not responsible for any damages resulting from images submitted in violation with rules and regulations.

A guest curator will select about 30 images to be exhibited during the 5th Annual Month of Photography Los Angeles (MOPLA) in April 2013. The 1st, 2nd, and 3rd Place winners in each of the three categories will be invited to exhbit their work, and additionally, about 21 more photographs will be chosen. Selected photographers will be notified by March 1, 2013, if they are selected.

Based on the jurors' scores, three 1st place winners will be chosen (1 from each category). They will receive the prizes outlined here. 2nd and 3rd places winners will also be chosen, based on jurors' scores, to receive the prizes outlined here. IPA does its best to notify all winners of their designations. Entrants can log into the IPA Member Section, and click on Winner Services, at any time, to check their status. This section will be blank if no prize has been awarded.