Ames Photographer Makes Team USA for Third Consecutive Year

32 countries are participating in the highly anticipated international event co-founded by Professional Photographers of America 

[Ames, IA] – Ames photographer Dan McClanahan recently won a spot on Team USA at the 2019 World Photographic Cup, to be held April 8 in Drammen, Norway. 

McClanahan sporting his 2019 Team USA jacket.

McClanahan sporting his 2019 Team USA jacket.

McClanahan’s image, a client commission depicting a redneck family vacation, was selected to be part of Team USA by a national association composed of professional photographers. The team was officially announced at the Imaging USA 2019 convention and trade show’s Awards Night. The event was held Monday, January 21, in Atlanta, Georgia. 

McClanahan’s family portrait “Redneck Family Vacation.”

McClanahan’s family portrait “Redneck Family Vacation.”

“It’s a great honor to win a spot on Team USA,” said McClanahan. “It’s an amazing group to be a part of. I never imagined my work in Ames would reach such a wide audience. I push myself to be a better photographer each year in my community, to be recognized and given the chance to represent my country is just icing on the cake.” 

McClanahan runs McClanahan Studio in downtown Ames, photographing high quality portraits locally and advertising projects nationally. Last year he traveled Sydney, Australia, to help the United States bring home the World Cup with a bronze medal in the nature category. To see more of his work, visit www.mcclanahanstudio.net.

Team USA 2019 posing for a photograph at Imaging USA in Atlanta, GA.

Team USA 2019 posing for a photograph at Imaging USA in Atlanta, GA.

The World Photographic Cup, co-founded by Professional Photographers of America (PPA) and the Federation of European Photographers (FEP), features 32 countries who will square off in 2019. The national teams will be vying to take the cup from three-time winner and reigning champs Team USA. 

The World Photographic Cup's mission is to unite photographers in a spirit of friendship and cooperation. This year's list of registered countries spans from the Australia to the Netherlands to Malaysia and Spain. The full list of countries can be found at WorldPhotographicCup.org/About/Registered-Countries/ 

Each country’s team picks its own photographers and images to enter. Teams may submit up to three images in each of six categories: Portrait, Wedding, Commercial (including advertising, architecture, industrial, fashion), Illustrative/Digital Art, Reportage/Photojournalism and Landscape/Wildlife. Teams may choose to enter the images of a single photographer in multiple categories; no single photographer may have multiple images entered into a single category. 

Gold (1st), Silver (2nd), and Bronze (3rd) medals are awarded to the individual creator in each category. 

Teams are awarded points based on an aggregate score of the top ten placements in all categories. The World Photographic Cup is awarded to the national team that receives the highest overall score. 

The winner of the World Photographic Cup will be announced at the WPC Awards Ceremony in Drammen, Norway on April 8, 2019. For more information on the World Photographic Cup, and to view the finalist images from around the world, visit WorldPhotographicCup.org

McClanahan sporting his Team USA jacket.

McClanahan sporting his Team USA jacket.