I LOVE print competition! I usually am not a competitive person by nature, but for some reason print competition is different. I am not competitive in the way that I want to beat everyone else, but rather a personal goal… I want to do well. I love to watch print competition, and hear what the judges say about the prints. I feel it has really helped me grow as a photographer. I have been entering print competition for the last 4 years. Again this year I entered the International Print Competition from Professional Photographer of America. Yesterday they published the results of the competition. I had 3 (out of 4 that I entered) prints that were accepted (merited) and one that was accepted into the Loan Collection! I was THRILLED with the results! They haven’t released all the statistics yet of how many prints were entered and accepted… but last year there were over 4300 prints entered. about 30% were accepted, with the top 12% making it to the loan collection. They will be on display in January next year at the Imaging USA convention in San Antonio TX. Here are the two of mine that were accepted (merited)…
And this is the one that was accepted into the Loan Collection!
Wow! I had a great time at the Professional Photographers of Michigan Annual convention. I was very honored to be named one of the top 7 photographers! I scored merits on 5 out of 6 of my prints that I entered. Here are my prints on display at the convention. Mine are the bottom two on the left, and the 4 on the right!
We had a GREAT time in nashville, although it was too short. We were at the Professional Photographers of America’s national photographic convention. We could only stay for one day, so we made sure we made the most of our time there. We spent most of the day in the Trade show, checking all the newest and greatest products in the photographic industry. One of the cool things was the alluminum prints by one of our Grand Rapids Vendors. The fun part was that they used two of my images for their samples at the trade show!
I also spent time in a mentoring program with a National Judge for print competition. We looked at some of my images, and she gave me some suggestions and helped me pick out images that I am going to compete with. I LOVED this… it is such an honor to have wonderful photographers mentor me. I am working on getting my Masters Degree from Professional Photographers of America, and this helps me get closer!
I also walked through the prints that were on display from last years international print competition. Only prints that score a merit are displayed. Last year I was honored to have a print score a merit, so I made sure I found mine, and had my picture taken with it hanging in the exhibit!
Last night we had our awards Banquet Christmas Party for the “Professional Photographers of Western Michigan.” At the awards banquet, we award the top 10 photographers, and photographer of the year. The way the photographers earn the award, is an accumulation of points that are earned from print competition, album competition, and attendance to programs. I am very pleased and honored to say that I was awarded the top award, Photographer of the Year 2009! Congratulations to all my colleagues who also came in the top 10!
The members of our group have become great friends! Here is a picture of some of my photographer friends! Congratulations to all the other top 10 winners!