Since its beginnings, photography as an art has brought people together. So it is not surprising that there is a special bond between photographers – regardless of where they come from. The brotherhood and sisterhood of photography is a bond that transcends language, culture, and geography.

That’s the foundation behind the newly created World Photographic Cup, an international competition celebrating photography in a way never dreamed of before. Sure, there are lots of other competitions.

But there is just one World Photographic Cup.

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The Second Place goes to Team PORTUGAL!
Third place goes to Team AUSTRALIA!


4th place: SPAIN
5th place: AUSTRIA
6th place: NEW ZEALAND
7th place: FRANCE and SLOVAKIA

We are happy to announce the Gold, Silver and Bronze medalists in the World Photographic Cup 2015!


Amber Griffin, New Zealand, Gold Medal
Hannes Kutzler, Austria, Silver Medal
Diogo Freitas, Portugal, Bronze Medal
Thomas Larsen, Norway, finalist, 4th place
Aaron Hockley, USA, finalist, 5th place
Eric Bernatets, France, finalist, 6th place
Stef King, Australia, finalist, 7th place
David Sievers, Australia, finalist, 8th place
Enda Cavanagh, Ireland, finalist, 9th place
Mike Hollman, New Zealand, finalist, 10th place


Diogo Freitas, Portugal, Gold Medal
Ben Shirk, USA, Silver Medal
Anuchai Secharunputong, Thailand, Bronze Medal
Diamantino Jesus, Portugal, finalist, 4th place
Andre Boto, Portugal, finalist, 5th place
Lim Myeoung Hwan, South Korea, finalist, 6th place
Stig Håvard Dirdal, Norway, finalist, 7th place
Jesús Miguel Muel De Dios, Spain, finalist, 8th place
Kelly Gerdes, Australia, finalist, 9th place
Hannes Kutzler, Austria, finalist, 10th place


Koen De Langhe, Belgium, Gold Medal
Kenneth Martin, USA, Silver Medal
Mauricio Abreu, Portugal, Bronze Medal
Otakar Metlička, Czech Republic, finalist, 4th place
Ján Štovka, Slovakia, finalist, 5th place
Piotr Krupa, Poland, finalist, 6th place
Matej Michalík, Slovakia, finalist, 7th place
Martin Morel, France, finalist, 8th place
Scott Seeley, USA, finalist, 9th place
Gabriel Lipták, Slovakia, finalist, and
Roger Wandless, New Zealand, finalist both 10th place


Ben Shirk, USA, Gold Medal
Andre Brito, Portugal, Silver Medal
Evgeni Kolesnik, Ukraine, Bronze Medal
Peter Rossi, Australia, finalist, 4th place
Johanna Cavel, France, finalist, 5th place
William Branson, USA, finalist, 6th place
Brigitte Corn, Austria, finalist, 7th place
Natalia Benčicová, Slovakia, finalist, 8th place
Frans Lahaye, The Netherlands, finalist, 9th place
Penny Nichols, New Zealand, finalist, 10th place


Roberto Alonso Quintana, Spain, Gold Medal
Marcos Rodríguez, Spain, Silver Medal
Joshua Holko, Australia, Bronze Medal
Jon Allyn, USA, finalist, 4th place
Jan Hetfleisch Austria, finalist, 5th place
Matt Palmer, Australia, finalist, 6th place
Miloš Fic, Czech Republic, finalist, 7th place
Imants Urtāns, Latvia, finalist, 8th place
Paul Wright, Canada, finalist, 9th place
Jim La Sala, USA, finalist, 9th place
Ingo Arndt, Germany, finalist, 9th place


Ben Shirk, USA, Gold Medal
James Simmons, Australia, Silver Medal
Antti Karppinen, Finland, Bronze Medal
Neil Williams, New Zealand, finalist, 4th place
Faustino Maldonado Román, Spain, finalist, 5th place
David Wheeler, UK, finalist, 6th place
Kim Min Suk, South Korea, finalist, 7th place
Kelly Tunney, Australia, finalist, 8th place
Miguel Rolo, Portugal, finalist, 9th place
Søren Friis, Denmark, finalist, 10th place

All the submitted pictures will be published on the WPC website soon. Continue to follow us!

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World Photographic Cup 2015 winners announced

Individual winners and the Cup winning Team of the 2015 World Photographic Cup (WPC), sponsored by the FEP – Federation of European Professional Photographers, PPA – Professional Photographers of America, the UAPP – United Asian Professional Photography and the AIPP – Australian Institute of Professional Photography, has been  finally announced on April 12th, in Montpellier, France, aside Les Rencontres de la Photographie Professionnelle, organized by the French professional association (GNPP).

27 national photographic teams entered the second edition of this unique, one of a kind Olympics-styled competition, from 4 continents (18 from Eastern and Western Europe, 5 from Asia, 2 from North America and 2 from Oceania).

The Golden medals in the six categories went to:

Ben Shirk (USA), for portrait and wedding (Ben also got a silver medal  in the illustrative category!)

Diogo Freitas (Portugal), illustrative category (Diogo also won a bronze medal in the commercial category).

Koen De Langhe (Belgium), for Landscape

Amber Griffin  (New Zealand), for the commercial category

Roberto Alonso Quintana (Spain), for Reportage/Photo Journalism

Also appears in the medals table: silver Andre Brito (Portugal) and bronze medalist Evgeni Kolesnik (Ukraine), for the portrait category; Kenneth Martin (silver, USA) and Mauricio Abreu (bronze, Portugal) for the landscape/wild life; Anuchai Secharunputong (Thailand), a bronze medal in the illustrative, silver Marcos Rodriguez (Spain) and bronze Joshua Holko (Australia) for the photo-journalism reportages, James Simmons (silver, Australia) and Antti Karppinen (bronze, Finland) for the wedding pictures, and finally Hannes Kutzler, (Austria), silver medalist in the commercial category.

While gold, silver, and bronze medals have been awarded to the individual creators in each category, teams were awarded points for top ten finishes. They received 10 points for gold, 9 for silver, 8 bronze and that follows to the tenth top image. The top ten positions were decided literally on decimal points which suggests a very, very tight team competition.

They finished the competition in a two-way tie for the 9th place Norway and Czech Republic, and in another two-way tie in 7th place France and Slovakia. All alone in 6th place, New Zealand. In 5th place Austria, and in a 4th place, just close to the podium, Spain.

The third place trophy, with 2 medals and 8 top-ten finishes, went to Team Australia.

The second place trophy, with 4 medals and 7 top-ten finishes went to Team Portugal.

And the winner of the 2015 World Photographic Cup with 4 medals and 9 top-ten finishes, for the second year on a row, is Team USA.

“Congratulation to Team USA and all the winners. An incredibly close competition is exactly what the WPC committee could hope for, commented the Chairman of  WPC Judging Committee Martin Vrabko”, who also tanked the 27 team coordinators and the 15 international judges for their amazing job.. “All countries having great entries and all countries “dancing with tenths of points” to determine the winner. It has been exciting to see such a great images coming from around the globe, and really hard to judge them! “

“It’s a unique feeling coming out from a unique competition” –  added Giuseppe Scozzi, WPC Chief Executive. “ And it is amazing to see great photographers and their proud associations’ representatives standing tall and expressing the pride they have in their country and the passion in their craft.  We are grateful to our French colleagues of the GNPP  to have hosted and perfectly organized such a prestigious event.”

The WPC CEO also announced that after the celebration made in USA in 2014, and France this year, the next hosting countries will be Australia in 2016 and Japan in 2017.

He finally added that 2  important companies related to the photographic market, CHROMALUXE and KOYLAB will be proudly supporters and  “friends” of  the WPC for the next  two years.


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.

The WPC is governed by an international committee, formed by Jørgen Brandt (Denmark), Dennis Craft (USA), Don Dickson (USA), Kylie Lyons (Australia), Don MacGregor (Canada), Noboru Okamoto (Japan), Bruno Vetters (Belgium), and Martin Vrabko (Slovakia), Chairman of the Judging panel.   

Each country can only be represented by one team, which is created by a national association comprised of professional photographers. Each team picks its own photographers and images to enter. 

Teams submit up to three images in each of six categories: Portrait, Wedding, Commercial (including advertising, architecture, industrial, fashion), Illustrative/Digital art, Reportage/Photojournalistic and Landscape/Wildlife. Teams may choose to enter the images of a single photographer in multiple categories. However, no single photographer may have multiple images entered into a single category


Yesterday, Monday, February 2nd, in Nashville, USA, during the Awards Ceremony of the IMAGING USA 2015, the finalists of the World Photographic Cup 2015 have been announced by the WPC Chief Executive Officer Giuseppe Scozzi.

Here they are in alphabetical order:


Natalia Benčicová, Slovakia

William Branson, USA

Andre Brito, Portugal

Johanna Cavel, France

Brigitte Corn, Austria

Evgeni Kolesnik, Ukraine

Frans Lahaye, The Netherlands

Penny Nichols, New Zealand

Peter Rossi, Australia

Ben Shirk, USA


Mauricio Abreu, Portugal

Koen De Langhe, Belgium

Piotr Krupa, Poland

Gabriel Lipták, Slovakia

Kenneth Martin, USA

Otakar Metličkaw, Czech Republic

Matej Michalík, Slovakia

Martin Morel, France

Scott Seeley, USA

Ján Štovka, Slovakia

Roger Wandless, New Zealand


Andre Boto, Portugal

Stig Håvard Dirdal, Norway

Kelly Gerdes, Australia

Diamantino Jesus, Portugal

Hannes Kutzler, Austria

Lim Myeoung Hwan, South Korea

Jesús Miguel Muel De Dios, Spain

Anuchai Secharunputong, Thailand

Ben Shirk, USA

Diogo Freitas, Portugal


Jon Allyn, USA

Ingo Arndt, Germany

Miloš Fic, Czech Republic

Jan Hetfleisch, Austria

Joshua Holko, Australia

Jim La Sala, USA

Matt Palmer, Australia

Roberto Alonso Quintana, Spain

Marcos Rodríguez, Spain

Imants Urtāns, Latvia

Paul Wright, Canada


Søren Friis, Denmark

Antti Karppinen, Finland

Faustino Maldonado Román, Spain

Miguel Rolo, Portugal

Ben Shirk, USA

James Simmons, Australia

Kim Min Suk, South Korea

Kelly Tunney, Australia

David Wheeler, UK

Neil Williams, New Zealand


Eric Bernatets, France

Enda Cavanagh, Ireland

Amber Griffin, New Zealand

Aaron Hockley, USA

Mike Hollman, New Zealand

Stef King, Australia

Hannes Kutzler, Austria

Thomas Larsen, Norway

David Sievers, Australia

Diogo Freitas, Portugal

That means that the pictures of the above mentioned photographers have been selected as the best images from 26 national photographic team from around the world!

Those pictures will be published soon on the WPC website, together with the whole gallery of the all submitted images.

Medalists will be announced at the end of February 2015.

Winners will be announced in Montpellier, France, on April 12th, 2015.


Winners will be announced in Montpellier, France, on April 12th, 2015.

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