Since 2017, I have participated in the Professional Photographers of America's International Print Competition (IPC). This is a juried competition where images are measured against 12 factors, including impact, presentation, technical skill, and overall impression. Each year, only 4 images are submitted for consideration. While not required by rules, all submitted images are work that I have done for clients.
The merit means that the judges have deemed the image to be of excellent quality and artistry. Some images are deemed to be exceptional and are selected to be part of the Loan Collection.
As of the 2021 Competition (held in October of 2020), a total of 12 images have been accepted:
During the Covid-19 crisis, I chose to do something I had been putting off: getting my certification from PPA. The certification process includes a test that assesses the photographer's knowledge of a range of technical skills, including lighting and light, color theory, camera operation, optics, lens behavior, and editing tools. There is then an image submission that demonstrates that these technical skills can be translated into practice. I am proud to say that I passed my exam on my first try with 96% and had my images accepted on my first submission. While I believed I had accumulated the knowledge to gain my certification, it was still a good feeling to complete it and validate what I believed to be true.