The International Photography Awards conducts an annual competition for professional, non-professional, and student photographers on a global scale, creating one of the most ambitious and comprehensive competitions in the photography world today.
The winners of the main categories listed below will compete for IPA’s top award of International Photographer of the Year. Those finalists will be invited to attend The Lucie Awards, where one photographer will be announced as the grand winner, earning the coveted Lucie statue and a cash prize of $10,000 provided by AtEdge. In addition, the nominees in the non-professional and student categories will be invited to The Lucie Awards to compete for the title of the Discovery of the Year, a Lucie statue and $5,000 cash prize. Six nominees comprised of all levels of profession, will be invited to The Lucie Awards for the title of Deeper Perspective Photographer of the Year, where the story behind the images are dually judged, and to compete for the coveted Lucie statue and a cash prize of $5,000. In addition, six Moving Images finalists will be named, and one will receive a Lucie statue and $2,500.
IPA is a sister-effort of the Lucie Foundation, 501(c) 3 non-profit, charitable foundation whose mission is to honor master photographers, discover and cultivate emerging talent and promote the appreciation of photography worldwide. The annual programming of Lucie Foundation is funded largely though the International Photography Awards, including the signature event, The Lucie Awards.
Besides earning the chance to compete for the top two prizes, the category winners will each also receive two tickets to the Lucie Awards and the following titles:
Advertising Photographer of the Year
Architectural Photographer of the Year
Deeper Perspective Photographer of the Year
Editorial Photographer of the Year
Photography Book of the Year
Fine Art Photographer of the Year
Nature Photographer of the Year
People Photographer of the Year
Photographer of the Year in the Special category
Each year, the IPA will invite an established curator to select 40-50 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, during the week leading up to the Lucie Awards gala. The Best of Show will then travel to various countries to be included in photo festivals, galleries, and other photography related events.
An esteemed curator from the Philippines will be invited to curate a selection of 45 images from the 1st, 2nd and 3rd place winners. The IPA Best of Show Philippines will be showcased at various venues throughout the Country.