Dallas Man Selected as Finalist for Team USA
Went for gold at first-ever World Photographic Cup
DALLAS, TX –While the country’s finest winter sports athletes gear up for the Sochi games, Dallas photographer, Richard Sturdevant recently represented Team USA in a competition of a different kind.
One of Sturdevant’s images was selected by an international panel as a finalist in the Illustrative/Digital art category at the first-ever World Photographic Cup (WPC). The event was held Monday, Jan. 13,at Imaging USA in Phoenix, Ariz.
“It was an absolute honor to be a finalist for Team USA in this competition,” said Sturdevant. “It’s a dream come true to be able to represent my country, I never imagined I would have the opportunity through photography.”
Sturdevant and Team USA went up against stiff competition—the best photography from 21 other countries—at the inaugural event. Team USA narrowly defeated Team Australia by one point and third-place Team Portugal by two to capture the cup.
The WPC was founded 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.
Each country was represented by only one team, which submitted up to three images in each of six categories: Portrait, Wedding, Commercial (including advertising, architecture, industrial, fashion), Illustrative/Digital art, Reportage/Photojournalistic and Landscape.
The judging was performed blindly by an international panel of 15 jurors, meaning they did not know which country an image had come from. The panel chose 10 finalists in each category and then awarded gold (five points), silver (three points) and bronze (one point) medals to the individual creator in each category. At the end of the competition, Team USA had amassed the most points to win the 2014 WPC.
Entries for Team USA were chosen by PPA at the International Photographic Competition (IPC) last August in Atlanta. To be considered for entry to next year’s World Photographic Cup, U.S. photographers must first enter their images into the IPC.
For more information on the World Photographic Cup, visit worldphotographiccup.org.