- The World Photographic Cup (WPC) is an international photography competition with 41 participating countries from 5 continents. Mexico won the WPC trophy for the second year in a row, beating Australia and the United States by a mere three points.
- The WPC is organized by executives from eight countries, including the United States, France, Ireland, and Japan. Eight categories, including Commercial, Illustration/Digital Art, and Reportage/Photojournalism, and 80 photos are chosen as winners.
- The WPC celebrated its 10th edition in Singapore in 2023, marking a decade of uniting photographers worldwide in a spirit of friendship and cooperation. Despite the challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic, the competition has continued to grow and showcase the best in global photography.
The World Photographic Cup (WPC) is an olympiad of photography. Each participant country prepares a portfolio of 24 of its best images to participate in eight categories. They compete individually for medals and together as a country for the World Photographic Cup.
Executives from 8 countries (United States, France, Ireland, Australia, Canada, Denmark, Italy, and Japan) comprise the WPC organizing committee. This year 41 nations from 5 continents participated in the WPC. Mexico has participated every year since the third edition in 2016, always with great success.
The top 10 photos in each category (a total of 80 photos) will be chosen from the portfolio of 24 photos submitted. Depending on their placement, each winner will receive a score that will determine whether or not their nation will advance to the next qualifying round.
In addition, 3 images per category (24 images) are chosen to receive bronze, silver, and gold medals. The coveted World Photographic Cup will be awarded to the nation with the highest score.
Mexico takes gold at world photographic cup
Mexico won the 2023 World Photographic Cup (WPC) for the second consecutive year, ahead of Australia and the United States, who took second and third place, respectively.
The Mexican team was led by Marian Bliss Blake, while Eduardo Gómez won gold in the Commercial Photography category. Besides the three mentioned above, the countries that made up the TOP 10 were Malaysia, Portugal, Brazil, the United Kingdom, Austria, Costa Rica, and New Zealand.
Only three points separated the Top 3 teams. After the awards ceremony, there was an opening ceremony for the WPC 2023 medal-winning images exhibition.
The categories competed in are Commercial, Illustration/Digital Art, Illustrative Portrait, Natural Portrait, Nature/Landscape, Nature/Fauna, Reportage/Photojournalism, and Wedding.
Of the above, Mexico took gold in the commercial category with Eduardo Gómez’s image. The silver medal went to Esteban Ruiz and Ana María Iglesias in the Illustrative Portrait and Natural Portrait categories. Luis Padilla took fourth place in the Nature/Fauna category, Eliud Gil Samaniego and Juan Silva Camezi took fifth and sixth place for their images in the Reportage/Photojournalism category, and Manolo Sierra took eighth place in the Wedding category.
The WPC Singapore 2023
After 10 years of competition, Giuseppe Scozzi ended his tenure as CEO: “WPC is an amazing competition. I am incredibly proud to have been part of its formation and the inaugural CEO for the past ten years. It has grown remarkably during this time, and I thank everyone who has shared this journey with me. Following WPC’s tenth anniversary, now is the ideal time to hand over the organization’s leadership. I wish WPC all the best for the future and will follow it with great interest,” he said before the awards ceremony.
This event took place on March 17th and 18th in Singapore. The Gala Dinner was held at the ballroom inside a 4-star Hotel: the Furama Riverfront Hotel, and on the 18th, there was a meeting only for the WPC Committee members, and the winners and team captains were recognized.
In 2013, the WPC had its first official meeting in Gmunden, Austria, and in January 2014, the first World Photography Cup was presented in Phoenix, Arizona.
It aims to unite photographers worldwide in a spirit of unity and friendship as a cooperative effort of the Federation of European Photographers (FEP) and Professional Photographers of America (PPA).
Despite the difficulties created worldwide by the COVID-19 pandemic, this competition has been held uninterruptedly every year, celebrating its 10th edition in 2023.
“Over the past ten years, the competition has grown and the level of entries with it. WPC showcases the best in photography from around the world. Successful people can truly claim to have created the best photography in the world, and WPC is the vehicle to showcase this work” Giuseppe Scozzi.