The Monthly Image Competition (MIC) started in 2004 as way for members to share photographs they had made, in friendly competition. University of Houston photographer Jeff Shaw originated the idea and the competition has grown from a few images in the early days to over 300 monthly entries. Throughout the life of the competition, manufactures have offered prizes for the Best of Show each month, and for the overall winner at the end of the year.
Each year UPAA members have the opportunity to submit their best photographic prints into competition at the symposium where the attending members serve as peer judges. The results are announced at the awards banquet.