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!