Rules of the IPA Competition

The IPA competition is open to any living photographer, 18 years of age or older, from any country. Professional photographers will be judged against other professionals and non-professionals against other non-professionals and students.

All photographers must submit their work online. Digital files are required. Prints are not accepted as part of the competition. Digital images submitted should be saved as .jpg, compression HIGH, in RGB format and not exceed 4 MB per file, at 72dpi.

All entries must include the appropriate entry fee in U.S. currency. Please click here to see entry fees.

Photographers can submit as a professional who either earn, or have earned, some or all of their living from photography, and/or have had their photographic work published, and/or are a member of a photographic association or organization.

Photographers can submit as a non-professional if you do not fall under any of the above (Professional) categories. If you have earned some or all of your living as a photographer, had photographic work published, or are a member of a professional photographic organisation, then you must submit as a professional.

Photographers can submit as a student if you are currently a full-time or part-time student. It is not necessary to be studying photography. A student of any subject can qualify.

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 wish. However, once the submission fee is paid, you will not be able to edit, change, or add new categories.

Category Submission Guidelines

1. Entries in this category must be submitted as a series.
2. A minimum of 5 and maximum of 10 images must accompany your online submission. We suggest that the 1st image is the front cover of the book and the remaining images are selections from the book.
3. In addition to the online submission, a hard copy of the book must be submitted to our offices, postmarked no later than the prescribed submission deadline. The book must visibly bear the Entry ID or the entry may be disqualified. Please, refer to the Image Submission guidelines and FAQ page for more details.

This category asks photographers to submit the story behind the images they submit. Entries in this category must be a series. All text provided must be in English. Jurors evaluating the Deeper Perspective category weigh the text and the images equally.

Both photographers and filmmakers are welcome to submit cohesive pieces, no longer than 5:00 minutes in duration. Entries to this category must be submitted as a video–a URL link to the video, along with 5 still images from the video, should be uploaded. An entry to the Moving Image category is not eligible to be considered in any other category. However, the stills may be submitted again as a separate entry to other categories, without reference to the Moving Images submission. These pieces may be short films, slideshows, music videos, etc., and may include dialogue and/or music. All submissions in this category must be submitted via URL to a video-sharing service (like Vimeo or YouTube), with no additional clicks or passwords required.

Book Submissions: if they must be returned, you must include an aptly sized self-addressed, stamped mailer (or the appropriate sum for returns outside the US) and appropriate shipping fees with your submission and a $30.00USD handling fee. Every effort within reason will be made to return entries. Entries received without a return mailer plus adequate postage and handling fees will not be returned. IPA will not be responsible for any damaged or lost submissions.

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.

Annually, a guest curator will choose 45 photographs from all the winners who have received 1st, 2nd, or 3rd prize in the competition, from both professional and amateur categories, which will be shown in a travelling exhibition that opens during the Lucie Awards in New York. By submitting an entry, you are agreeing to have prints of your photographs shown in this exclusive traveling exhibition–if selected by the Curator–and will not be receiving pecuniary compensation.

Online Submission

“There is nothing more rewarding than to have your worked honored by your peers.”

– Mark Edward Harris, 2013 IPA Finalist