About International Photography Awards™

OUR MISSION: To salute the achievements of the world’s finest photographers, to discover new and emerging talent, and to promote the appreciation of photography.

The International Photography Awards™ conducts an annual competition for professional, amateur, and student photographers on a global scale, creating one of the most ambitious and comprehensive competitions in the photography world today.

The winners of the main categories in both professional and amateur levels, listed below, will compete for IPA’s top two awards. The main professional prize is International Photographer of the Year, selected from the professional category winners, and the winner of “Photographer of the Year” in the 4 regional competitions. At the Lucie Awards the final winner will be announced, earning the coveted Lucie trophy and a cash prize of $10,000 sponsored by AtEdge. In addition, the category winners in the non-professional and student categories, and the “Discovery of the Year” winners in the 4 regional competitions, will compete for the title of the Discovery of the Year, a Lucie statue and $5,000 cash prize.

IPA is a sister-effort of the Lucie Foundation, 501(c) 3 non-profit, charitable foundation whose mission is to honor master photographers, discover and cultivate emerging talent and promote the appreciation of photography worldwide. The annual programming of Lucie Foundation is funded largely though the International Photography Awards, including the signature event, the Lucie Awards.

Lucie Awards

Besides earning the chance to compete for the top two prizes, the category winner in each professional and non-professional category will each also receive a $1,000 and $500 cash prize respectively, and as finalists for the Photographer of the Year and Discovery of the Year titles, they will also receive two tickets to attend the Lucie Awards Gala in New York where the final winners will be announced. The category winners will be listed as follows:

Advertising Photographer of the Year
Architectural Photographer of the Year
Deeper Perspective Photographer of the Year
Editorial Photographer of the Year
Photography Book of the Year

Fine Art Photographer of the Year
Nature Photographer of the Year
People Photographer of the Year
Photographer of the Year in the Special category


Best Of Show Selection

Each year, the IPA will invite an established curator to select 40-50 images from both the professional and non-professional pools of first, second, and third place winners to be exhibited in an exclusive show in New York during the week leading up to the Lucie Awards Gala. The Best of Show Exhibition will then travel to various countries to be included in photo festivals, galleries, and other photography related events throughout the following year.


In addition, the work all winners will be published in the high-quality, full-color International Photography Awards annual book.

For me it was a great pleasure to be asked once again to judge for IPA. The high caliber of work from around the globe made the experience one of great joy. The IPA competition reconfirms my conviction that our industry is strong, vibrant and incredibly inspiring. I really do hope they ask me to judge again next year!

- --Frank Meo, Founder, The Photo Closer