On Thursday, December 10, 2020, the Professional Photographers of America (PPA) announced the members of the Team USA 2021. Team USA is comprised of eighteen photographers, who must be United States citizens, who will represent the United States in the 2021 World Photographic Cup (WPC). Founded in 2013, WPC is run by the Federation of European Photographers (FEP) and PPA, with support from additional photographic organizations. Its goal is to unite photographers globally in a spirit of friendship and cooperation via a one-of-a-kind international photographic competition in which teams of photographers battle for the cup.

The 2021 competition winners will be announced in Rome, Italy, on April 19, 2021. Teams enter up to three images in each of six categories: Commercial, Illustrative, Nature, Portrait, Reportage, and Wedding.

Two cubs-of-the-year protected by their mother; one climbing on its mothers back while the other watches in Wapusk National Park near Churchill, Manitoba, Canada

My image, titled “Safe”, of a mother polar bear with her two, three-month-old cubs taken in Wapusk National Park, Manitoba, Canada was selected as one Team USA’s images for competition in the Nature category. If you recall, “Safe” was one of two images of mine juried into the 2021 PPA Loan Collection.