International Photographic Competition 2014

On the last day to enter the 2014 IPC competition… I decided to enter…. It was a last minute decision and I knew virtually NOTHING about the competition.  I was shocked and overwhelmed to learn that my entry not only was selected for the General Collection, but came VERY VERY close to making the Loan Collection.  The competition was streamed live  and competitors were able to listen as the judges fought for and against images.  It was exciting to know that the decision was split on my image and was being challenged for inclusion in the Loan Collection.  While the Loan Collection eluded me… (the judges would like to have seen it submitted with mat, something I never considered since it’s all new to me) the judges did submit it for consideration for publication in the 2014 Showcase Book published by Marathon Press and IT MADE IT!!!!!  All the merited images will also be on display at the Gaylord Opryland in Nashville, Tennessee Feb. 1-3, 2015.  Hhhhmmm… I need to plan a trip to Nashville… I’d love to see it on display.  Such a huge honor… and am thrilled and humbled and look forward to submitting again next year.  Also…. congrats to my beautiful model….  Ilana Munbayeva, A 2014 Woodlands High School Senior.  (The image is posted here WITH A MAT… something I know to do in the future!!!)


Local Photographer’s Work Goes to International Exhibition 
Tracy Hopkins of Shabby Jack Photography is honored by peers and jurors for high-quality photography.

Spring, Texas August 8th, 2014 — A photograph created by Tracy Hopkins of Shabby Jack Photography in Spring, Texas has recently been accepted into the General Collection of Professional Photographers of America’s 2014 International Photographic Competition and was also selected for inclusion in the 2014 Showcase Book published by Marathon Press. Hopkins work will be on display at the Gaylord Opryland in Nashville, Tennessee Feb. 1-3, 2015. This International Photographic Exhibition is held in conjunction with Imaging USA, an annual convention and expo for professional photographers and several photographic associations.

A panel of 45 eminent jurors from across the United States selected the top photographs from nearly 5,000 total submitted entries at Gwinnett Technical College in Georgia. Judged against a standard of excellence, just over 1,800 images were selected for the General Collection and 918 were selected for the esteemed Loan Collection. The Loan Collection images will all be published in the much-anticipated “Loan Collection” book and over 200 selected General Collection images will be published in the “Showcase” book by Marathon Press.

Titled “RED”,  Hopkins photograph will be in the International Photographic Exhibition alongside other top photographic works from the competition and traveling and special invitational displays. These images constitute one of the world’s largest annual exhibits of professional photography gathered simultaneously under one roof.

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2014 International Photographic Competition General Collection and Showcase Book Award Winner