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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Prizes

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.

Category Winners – Professional

The 12 Category winners in the Professional Categories will each receive a $1,000 cash prize and two tickets to attend the Lucie Awards Gala in New York city where they will be finalists for the International Photographer of the Year.

Category Winners – Non-professional

The 12 Category winners in the Non-Professional Categories will each receive a $500 cash prize and two tickets to attend the Lucie Awards Gala in New York city where they will be finalists for the Discovery of the Year.

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 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.

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

Press Coverage

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

Deadlines and Entry Fees

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

August
31
2018

2018 IPA Photography Competition Deadline

Final Submission Deadline: August 31, 2018

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.

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Best of Show Exhibition

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. Click HERE to view the Best of Show selection.

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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!

The entries I saw in the IPA this year were overwhelmingly of a consistently strong quality. Thus the few that stood above the rest had to be truly extraordinary to me. It was gratifying to see such good work and I congratulate those whose vision and imagination were of the highest order.

- Stephen Perloff, Editor, The Photo Review