About International Photography Awards™

OUR MISSION: To salute the achievements of the world’s finest photographers, to discover new and emerging talent, and to promote the appreciation of photography.

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 in both professional and amateur levels, listed below, will compete for IPA’s top four awards. The main professional prize is International Photographer of the Year, selected from the professional category winners, and the winner of “Photographer of the Year” in the 4 regional competitions. At the Lucie Awards the winner will be announced, earning the coveted Lucie statue and a cash prize of $10,000 sponsored by AtEdge. In addition, the category winners in the non-professional and student categories, and the “Discovery of the Year” winners in the 4 regional competitions, will compete for the title of the Discovery of the Year, a Lucie statue and $5,000 cash prize. The winners of  the “Deeper Perspective” categories in both Professional and Amateur, as well as the regional competitions, will compete for the title of Deeper Perspective Photographer of the Year, where the story behind the images are dually judged, and the coveted Lucie statue and a cash prize of $5,000. In addition, the Moving Images finalists will be named, and the winner 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.

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


Best Of Show Selection

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.


In addition, the work all winners will be published in the high-quality, full-color International Photography Awards Annual.

When language is a barrier, images speak for all of us. The breadth of photographs in this year's competition was far reaching, both in terms of content and in geography.

- Kathleen Clark, Spot Photo Works.