Every year the Professional Photographers of America conducts a photo competition. Images go through 2 levels of very tough judging. The judges panel is made up of 6 master photographers. Each image is judged first for a standard of excellence based on elements such as composition, technical excellence, color harmony, impact, storytelling and more. Each is judged for it's own level of excellence. Images which meet these standards are awarded a merit and are accepted into the PPA General Collection. Of the thousands of images that are submitted only a small % merit.
Merit images are then judged in a 2nd round to select the best of the best. These are accepted into the annual loan collection which is printed in the prestigious loan collection book and displayed at photographic exhibitions, conventions and other photography events. It is a huge honor to be selected for this collection. The 2015 collect will be unveiled at the annual imaging convention at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta, Georgia Jan. 10-12, 2016.
Competition is a great way to improve your skills and to challenge yourself. Last year was my first competition and I've grown tremendously by trying different things and getting critiques from the masters. It's all about growing and bringing this into my client work. Entering competition is also the route to work towards a Master Photographer degree from the PPA. It requires 25 merits, earned through competition, education and service to earn the degree.
Cat Burglar will be displayed side by side with images from some of the best photographers in the country. Needless to say I am thrilled and honored, and not to mention excited beyond belief to be part of this amazing exhibit. Thank you to Jaye Nichols for being the best cat wrangler and getting Zazu in just the right place.
I love to do storytelling images and am building up my portfolio to work toward offering these types of sessions to my clients. Cat Burglar was shot in my studio in Oswego Illinois. Many people say "My cat wouldn't do that." Zazu (my burglar) is not a trained cat. He is your average house cat. He can be cautious in new situations but he loves to play and is very curious. I use this when setting up the story and entice him into the scene. They say it's difficult to herd cats - all true but if you can convince him that it's his idea then magic happens.
A 2nd image, "Catitude" was accepted into the General Collection.
While Catitude won't be part of the traveling collection it is a great honor to be admitted to the general collection. Thank you to Susie Blaho for sharing Allie with me.
See more competition images : http://www.pawprintspix.com/competition
See more storytelling images: http://www.pawprintspix.com/storytelling