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If you’re a PPA print competition fanatic like we are, you may already know the news because you’ve been watching the live stream of International Photographic Competition, #IPCLive. In case you haven’t been glued to your computers, big news! Julia earned Diamond Photographer of the Year and Platinum Master Artist! She also qualifies for Master Artist Degree which will be awarded at Imaging USA in January 2016.

Funny enough, Julia herself has not been glued to her computer screen for the live judging because she is on vacation with her family and friends, and her refurbished Airstream. She did get the news about her achievements however, and well, she’s excited, deservedly so! IMG_8225

While we can’t share the titles or images that went Loan just yet, we can tell you a bit about the distinctions she achieved.

What is International Photographic Competition?

International Photographic Competition (IPC) is an annual competition put on by Professional Photographers of America (PPA). There are many reasons to enter your work in IPC, however, most photographers get very excited about the thought of 1) competing with highly skilled and incredibly creative photographers from around the globe, 2) participating in the IPC can help you earn your PPA Degree, and 3) if your image(s) go “Loan” they will be published in the annual Loan Collection book and exhibited at Imaging USA among the work of some of the very best in the world.

What is the Loan Collection Book?

The collection book of professional photography is a presentation of four-color reproductions of the exceptional images judged as examples of excellence, worthy of merit and eligible for exhibit as part of PPA’s annual “Loan Collection.”

“The Loan Book represents a selection of the best images submitted in Professional Photographers of America International Photographic Competition. Congratulations to all the image makers whose work is represented here as the Best of the Best!” -Quote from Susan Michal, past president PPA

Julia will have 7 images in the 2015 Loan Collection Book.

What is Diamond Photographer of the Year?

Diamond Photographers of the Year had all four competition images accepted into the PPA Loan Collection.

What is Platinum Master Artist?

Platinum Artist Medalists had three images from the Master Artist category included in the PPA Loan Collection and one image in PPA’s General Collection.

How can I watch the live stream?

The 2015 IPC is being live streamed August 3-6. If you are a PPA member with a log-in, you can watch the judging live as it happens. (Just be sure to clear your day first because you’ll get nothing else done!) You can log in and watch here.

Please join us in sending Julia a “Cheers to you” as she celebrates her art and hard work on the shores of a beautiful Oregon lake. CONGRATULATIONS JULIA!




  1. Stephanie says:


    What a spectacular accomplishment. Great job! You deserve it. All the hard work does pay off.

    Thank you for continuous inspiration for pushing to work harder. And set goals and they will happen with the hard work put in.

    Hugs and congrats again.

  2. Beckie Sibley says:

    Congratulations on achieving extraordinary success. You are the BEST!

  3. Hello Julia, Congratulations for all of your success.

  4. Lorenia says:

    I’m so proud of you .

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