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
– Be Published in the IPA Annual Book of Photography
– Be Featured in the IPA Best of Show Exhibition in New York City
– Win $33,000 in cash prizes

We have awarded over $250,000 in cash prizes to date!

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

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Register now, submit your images and be a part of the most recognized event in Photography!

Prizes

The 12 Category winners in the Professional Categories will each receive a $1,000 cash prize, and the 12 Category winners in the Non-Professional Categories will each receive a $500 prize. Each of the above winners will also receive two tickets to attend the Lucie Awards Gala in New York city, where they will be finalists for the following titles:

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

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.

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.
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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 Clarke, Head of Photography at Tate
Susan Baraz, IPA Head of Judges
Amy Wolff, Photo Editor at PDN
Amber Terranova, Photo Editor at Photo District News
Amy Salzman, Senior Art Producer Saatchi & Saatchi NY
Amy Silberman, Photo Editor at Dwell
Brett Rogers, The Photographers Gallery

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.

The 16th Annual Lucie Awards will take place in New York City on October 29, 2018 at Carnegie Hall.

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Press Coverage

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

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Deadlines and Entry Fees

Each year, the IPA invites an renowned curator to select 45 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 City, during the week leading up to the Annual Lucie Awards Gala. The Best of Show will then travel to various countries to be exhibited at photo festivals, galleries, and other photography related events.

Entry Fees (USD):

Professional Non-professional Student
Single Image
$35 $25 $15
Series (2-9 images) $60 $50 $30
Additional Categories 20% off 20% off 20% off
More About Entry Fees

May
31
2018

2018 IPA Photography Competition Deadline

Early-Bird Submission Deadline: May 31, 2018    Regular Submission Deadline: July 31, 2018

Submission Fees Go to the Lucie Foundation

The International Photo Awards’ revenue from the submission fees go directly to support the Lucie Foundation.

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

Each year, the IPA invites an renowned curator to select 45 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 City, during the week leading up to the Annual Lucie Awards Gala. The Best of Show will then travel to various countries to be exhibited at photo festivals, galleries, and other photography related events.

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  • SPECIAL CATEGORY
  • SPORTS
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Partners and Friends

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

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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