Award Winning Portrait Artist
June 2010-Professional Photographers of America, International Print Competition
Silver Level Photographer of the Year
I will be honored at PPA’s annual convention, Imaging USA, in January 2011 in San Antonio, Texas.
A PPA member earns a Photographer of the Year Award by earning a merit for each of the four images entered for judging. All merited images enter PPA’s renowned General Collection.
The level of award, the Silver Level, means that one of my four merited images, received the highest possible honor: acceptance into the PPA Loan Collection. Only about 500 images from the approximately 5,000 images entered are selected for the Loan Collection. The Loan Collection travels the world for one year and is displayed at photographic exhibitions, conventions, and other photography events.
“Garden Nymph” was the image that went into the Loan Collection. It will also be published in PPA’s Loan Collection book that will come out in 2011.
“Recipients of the Photographer of the Year Awards have achieved a prestigious achievement,” states Dennis Craft, PPA Print Exhibition Committee Chairman. “These coveted awards honor the consistent quality of the photographer’s images in one of the world’s most celebrated image competition, PPA’s International Photographic Competition.”
I am so excited to be one of only 71 Silver Level Photographers of the Year with the same images I entered at state competition.
If you want to see the images I entered and learn more see below.
February 2010-Professional Photographers of Iowa, State Print Competition
Master Photographer of the Year
I have been named Master Photographer of the Year by the Professional Photographers of Iowa. I received this honor and several other awards at the Professional Photographers of Iowa annual convention and print competition in Des Moines, Iowa earlier this month.
In addition to the trophy for being named Master Photographer of the Year, I also received a Judge’s Choice Award from David Humphrey, a Judge’s Choice Award from Tina Timmons, the Fuji Masterpiece Award, three Distinguished Print Awards, First Place for Indoor Portrait of a Woman, Second Place for Indoor Portrait of a Woman, and an Honorable Mention for Indoor Portrait of a Woman.
I am truly honored by these awards. It is because of my awesome client-friends and supporters that I have been able to do really creative things which have won many awards for me. I wouldn’t be where I am today without their trust in me and their respect for my creative process which ultimately creates these award winning prints.
About the 2010 Print Awards
I have been entering professional photography print competition for most of my 25 year photography career. For the print competition each year, photographers select four images to have presented in front of a panel of judges. If an image is successful at the state level, it typically advances to the national level judging for awards that count toward a Master of Photography and other awards.
I earned my Master of Photography in 2007 from entering images mostly from client sessions. It was important to me to challenge myself at each photo session and to know my daily work was good enough to score well in the print competition. The images which earned the top honors for 2010 started out as self assignments just to entertain me. I loved it so much that I have developed a portrait line I now offer called ‘Characters.’ It quickly became evident that I should use them for print competition as well. Part of the requirement for print competition is that the images are titled. From my perspective that’s usually the hardest part, but the titles actually helped me design the images.
This was my first image ever to score a perfect 100! I was at the convention trade show when I received the news of this image’s score. My highest score prior to this was an 85 many years ago, so I was speechless! This image also earned a Judge’s Choice Award from David Humphrey, the Fuji Masterpiece Award, Distinguished Print Award, and First Place for Indoor Portrait of a woman.
This image’s working title was Plant Girl. The model, Kelsey, applied twenty colors of makeup on her own face. I worked four hours just on her costume. Her head piece was three feet tall, and we even decorated her shoes. I made the four foot grape vine ball from wild vines from my yard. Not much of that actually shows in the final image selection but it is in the details that make the image so captivating to look at. There was about 15 total hours involved in creating this image.
Kelsey, from The Art of Smart, also did the make up and hair for my other “Characters” images.
Queen of the Summer Night
Natalie was my chemo nurse in 2006. I was attempting to work on a collage image about my cancer experience that I wanted to use her eyes in. I never did finish the collage but I got beautiful images of Natalie. The photographs turned out to be a wonderful gift from me to her instead.
This was my second image to score a perfect 100! I was pretty stunned by the news. I was in a seminar at the time this image came up for judging. It is so unusual to have such a score that I was pretty much in shock getting a second one. To give you some perspective on this, there were only four images with a score of 100 out of over 400 image submissions.
My cousin Emily was the perfect model for this! I found most of the costuming at Mall of America. The eyelashes that took three hours for Kelsey to make are the centerpiece, and they are actual fake eyelashes with a lot of gold leafing. I did not add them by using the computer. Emily suffered through the discomfort or wearing them and her eyes were very irritated. She was an amazing model! Eight hours of work went into the shooting day alone and she was still happy.
Clay O Patra
I just love that title. We called her Clay Girl for a while, but her true identity became apparent when the inspiration piece, the necklace was chosen. I used two kinds of clay donated by a nice potter friend and when it dried she had to really scrub it off! Aubree the model said, “It is exciting to be the canvas.”
The next step for these four images is the international competition in January 2011 in San Antonio, Texas.
2006 PPA Loan Collection
An image from Krista’s senior portrait session became one of my very successful entries for print competition. Her beautiful eyes inspired me to dig through my fabric pile and I found one that matched.
The Professional Photographers of America (PPA) hosts an international print competition every year at the national convention. Over 5,000 entries are received for judging.
Only 500 worthy images each year are selected to be kept by PPA for their Traveling Loan Collection display that displays all over the country promoting professional photography.
The Loan Collection images are also published in the PPA Loan Collection book.
For information about joining PPA visit www.PPA.com. PPA is the photography industry’s largest association for professional photographers.
Your coach, Barb, owns Gordon Photography & Gallery, www.GordonPhotography.Biz, and she enters print competition on a regular basis. Print competition is held at the state, regional, and international level at the conventions. Entering competition is a great learning experience. Winning awards also impresses your clients, strenghtens your brand, and validates you as a true professional. It is also quite an exciting experience!