Very early this morning (4am Australian time actually) the winners of the 2021 World Photographic Cup were announced in Rome. This is the third time one of my photographs has been chosen to represent Australia and the second time one of my images has made the finals in this prestigious competition. Last time it was the reportage category with one of my photographs taking out the Bronze Medal. This morning I was honoured to take out the Silver medal in the Nature category with my photograph from Antarctica of the Emperor Penguin family. In addition, Australia took out overall first place in the cup with the highest medal tally. Congratulations to all of my fellow Australians who performed exceptionally well!
What makes the World Photographic Cup unique and winning a medal so special is that entry is via a selection process only. You cannot voluntarily enter a photograph into the cup (like every other photographic competition) and have to be chosen to represent your country. Of course, once chosen you then have to be fortunate to make the top ten finalists and onward and upward for a medal. Winning the Silver medal in the Nature category for Australia is therefore a huge personal thrill for me and a great honour. You can see all of the category results HERE on the WPC Website.
The WPC was founded in 2013 as a cooperative effort by The Federation of European Photographers (FEP) and Professional Photographers of America (PPA). Its singular goal is to unite photographers in a spirit of friendship and cooperation. A Governing Committee has been created to conduct the ongoing affairs of the competition, also supported by UAPP (United Asian Professional Photography) and AIPP (Australian Institute of Professional Photography). The brotherhood and sisterhood of photography is a bond that transcends language, culture, and geography. That’s the foundation behind the World Photographic Cup, a one of a kind international team competition. Sure, there are lots of other competitions, but there is just one World Photographic Cup.