Mon, May 20

Local photographer named to Team USA in World Photographic Cup

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An image created by Bob Coates Photography was selected to help represent Team USA in the World Photographic Cup Competition (WPC) in the Illustrative Category.

Team USA will be competing with twenty-seven other countries and try to keep the cup which it has won for the past two years.

Images are selected through the International Photographic Competition (IPC) held by Professional Photographers of America (PPA).

Bob's image, titled 'Awakening', made it through the steps of first earning a Merit at IPC followed by being named to PPA's esteemed Loan Collection.

Then the Loan Collection images were judged again and narrowed down to the Top-Ten images in the category.

The top three images are then selected from that pool to represent the United States in the Photographic World Cup.

"I was traveling when I received the call to let me know my image made it to the Top-Ten and was shocked and excited my image made it that far," said Bob. "To say I'm 'over the top' with the appointment to Team USA would be an understatement. I am extremely proud and hope that my image will help in the next round of international judging and keep the Cup in the US."

The competition is scored with an Olympic format in the next round of judging with fifteen International jurors making the selections.

Twenty-eight countries images are in the mix. The top three images in each of the six categories will receive Gold, Silver or Bronze medals with the top medal count taking home the prize.

The WPC was founded in 2013 as a cooperative effort by The Federation of European Photographers and PPA.

Its singular goal is to unite photographers in a spirit of friendship and cooperation. A Governing Committee (from seven different countries) has been created to conduct the ongoing affairs of the competition.

Winners will be announced in 2016 at the WPC Awards Ceremony, Oporto, Portugal, on March, 14, 2016.

For more information, call Bob Coates at 928-284-0200 or 928-300-0535, or email