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The MPI International Imaging Competition (IIC) is an educational and inspirational competition.  The MPI IIC is open to all professionals, novices, and hobbyists. MPI believes that pushing ourselves through competition helps us excel in the art of photography All entrants automatically become members with the Master Photographers International Organization. With MPI, there are no annual fees.

As a registered entrant with MPI and the MPI IIC, you are eligible for all the benefits of the MPI Master's Degree Program (IPDP) and the MPI International Imaging Competition (IIC)

Members must be in good standing with the MPI Organization.

Please include the following emails to your contact list. This will ensure you receive all updates, reminders, and changes to the IIC that may occur.

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If you are the highest scoring of the 6 Category POY, earn the TOP title and bring home the prestigious ATHENA GLOBE CRYSTAL TROPHY.

Be one of the 6 International Photographers of the Year in a Category.

Be a first-place winner in over 65 classes and earn a first-place crystal trophy. 

Earn points towards the MPI International Photographic Degree Program (MPI IPDP) with your silver or higher sealed images and work towards a Master and Grand Master degrees.

The MPI Program awards more than just points, check out the program tab or enter only to compete and be inspired.

Receive international recondition with the MPI IIC Annual Winners Circle Video Presentation.

Receive the IIC sealed image certificates and purchase the IIC Awards Portfolio Binder and displaying your success.

Receive quality feedback on your work from top mentors and educators in the industry. 

The IIC is judged privately by each judge/reviewer on-line ensuring feedback is strictly from each judge.

Every image entered receives a breakdown score and an overall score. It also receives tips and comments from 1-2 judges.

Compete with some of the TOP Photographers Internationally.



Bronze Award * 79% - 84.99%

(1) Silver Award * 84% - 89.99%

(1) Gold Award   * 90% - 94.99%

(1) Platinum Award * 95% - 100%


(1) If you are the overall winner – you will also receive 2 extra points.

Example, you win TOP Title from your entry in Commercial Category and your highest scoring entry in commercial category was a Platinum, we will apply 2 extra platinum points to your program points in that category. (1) for bringing the cup home for your country, and

(2) Overall, POY in a Category will also receive one extra point, the same level as their highest scoring in that category.


The MPI International Imaging Competition is a photographic competition which goes hand in hand with the MPI International Photographic Degree Program (IPDP)

We hope you agree and understand, awarding degrees for non photographic images goes against our goals and mission.

For this reason, Artificial Intelligence (AI Text to Image) Images and Computer-Generated Images (CGI) Images are strictly prohibited  in this competition other then in D8 Class. We reserve the right to request the raw file for the image entered if we feel in other classes images were created by these means. it has been created by non photographic means. Jpegs, tiffs, png., files will not be accepted as evidence.

Please read the category rules and the class descriptions as you prepare your images.

Some classes allow composites, textures, painterly effects, and stock images. Stock images may consist of anything photographic other then textures. Textures are allowed.


1. Entrants must be in good standing within the MPI Organization.   

2. All original images must be captured and exposed by the entrant. For composites, when using stock photos, the main subject must be captured by the entrant, if extra images from a stock agency are being used, proper licenses must be obtained. 

3. NO AI Images or CGI images are allowed in this competition other than in D8 and they must follow the rules. This is a photographic competition. We reserve the right to ask for the raw photographic digital file in any of the Categories. If we find that the entrant has used AI Images or CGI Images in their entry other than D8 class, their entry will disqualified and if any awards, they will be revoked. 

4. Entering or using work from another photographer or artist is strictly prohibited. If this is brought to the attention of the competition team, not only will the image be disqualified, but the member will also be terminated from the organization.

5. Images that are captured and produced from reproducing an existing photograph, movie banner, video banner cover or artwork of another photographer or artist and created to look like the original photograph or artwork; will be disqualified from the competition. This will constitute plagiarism.

6. Entries produced during a workshop or under the supervision of an instructor are NOT allowed. 

7. Images entered previously in the IIC, cannot be re-entered unless the image has changed from its originally state creating a different overview of that image. 

8. TO BE ELIGIBLE FOR PHOTOGRAPHER OF THE YEAR (POY) AWARDS IN ANY OF THE 6 CATEGORIES: You must enter 4  or more images in that category and in at least 2 or more classes

9. TO BE ELIGIBLE FOR THE CLASS AWARDS (FIRST PLACE), You must enter 4 or more images into the annual competition.  Only images scoring a silver of higher are eligible for a Class Award title.  

10. All entries are to be in digital jpeg format, RGB color space. Image size 3000 pixels on the longest side, saved a no larger the 4MB.  Albums and books 4000 pixels on the longest side, saved no larger then 4MB. 

11. All work entered must have been captured and processed by the entrant, unless using stock images.  Work processed by a third party will be disqualified and winnings rescinded if this is brought to our attention. This is a teaching competition. 

12. The entrant’s name must not be visible anywhere on the image If the photographers name or the photographers branding is included anywhere on the image, image will unfortunately be disqualified.

13. Entries that may violate copyright or trademark laws, will be disqualified, and award rescinded. It is the photographer responsibility to ensure proper approval prior to entering, is the competition if they feel there will be issues with their submission.

14. You agree and understand that all entries into any MPI IIC, may be used for promoting the winners, for promoting the MPI, the MPI IIC, and for the MPI IIC Annual Winners Circle Video announcements and web display. You also agree and understand that IIC presentations may include your profile image or a social media profile image to represent you. 

15. Winners of more than (1) Photographer of the Year in Category, will be eligible to a maximum of (2) Photographer of the Year in Category titles in the current year entering. Entrants highest scoring categories will be selected. Winners are eligible to win up to 3 top titles. not including the International Imaging Cup.

16. It is the entrant’s responsibility to have the correct and all information for their shipping address reflecting in their account. If address is incorrect, extra costs incurred will be the responsibility of the entrants.  You understand and agree that the MPI International Image Challenge is not responsible for duties in the entrant’s country. It is the entrant’s responsibility for any fees charged by your country.

17. You understand that any image canvas may be removed from an entry when creating the Winners Circle Video and the winner’s sealed certificates.

18. You understand and agree that if you are the TOP Winner, you will supply the MPI Organization a professional winners photos with your awards to be displayed for the year.  

19. MPI IIC Judges are not eligable for the CC Award tittles.  Judges are eligable for all other benefits including the Mentorship Award, Judges Choice Awards, and the Top 100. 


The MPI IIC is judged on the following criteria.