I’m honored and thankful to have all six of my print entries juried and scored high enough to be shown in the print display at last weekend’s annual conference of the Professional Photographers of Ohio, held in Lewis Center, just north of Columbus. Five of the entries were additionally recognized with awards including Award of Achievement and Honorable Mentions.
Four of the images were captured in and around my home and farm in Beavercreek Township, Ohio. Another was a favorite from my time living on Hilton Head Island, SC and one image was captured this past February in Hocking Hills, Ohio.
The juried competition at the PPO conference is particularly strict in scoring methods. All judges are accomplished professional photographers.
There is an emphasis on attention to detail as well as artistic merit.
Showing an impressive image on a mobile device or other screen is one thing but producing a true, fine art print is another. I am thankful to the help and support of one of the best pro print labs in the Dayton area, TI Graphics.
The Professional Photographers of Ohio (PPO) is one of several professional organizations that I belong to, along with PPA and NANPA. Staying active and participating in the annual conferences and meetings of these organizations has been a great source for photography education, networking and inspiration. PPO hosts both an annual convention and trade show each spring and a fall conference and trade show every November. The March convention had been held each year in Dayton, but starting in 2011 it will be held in Sandusky. I’m a bit bummed about that change because the Dayton Convention Center was only about a 15 minute drive from my home studio. The November conference is held each year at the Easton Town Center in Columbus.
One of the benefits of staying involved in PPO is the opportunity to submit my work in both the annual convention print competition and the fall conference digital print competition. Photographs are judged by other professional photographers, many of whom have impressive backgrounds with years of pro shooting experience and established credentials within the craft and business of professional photography.
The print competitions are a great way to measure progress as a professional photographer and where you stack-up when compared to your peers. This was the second year that I’ve entered work within the nature/landscape category. Last year I won both 1st and 2nd place. At this past weekend’s conference in Columbus two of my five images that were submitted won both 1st and 3rd place in the nature/landscape category. Granted I know that’s an area where I have the most experience. My next step is to begin entering images within the category that’s a bit more competitive – portraiture. However, with a recent jump in activity in my work with family and senior portraits I’m confident that I will have images worth submitting for competition come next spring.
Below are the two nature/landscape images that won 1st (Sunflower Form) and 3rd place (Hunters Moon), respectively, in the Digital Print Competition of the 2010 Fall Conference of the Professional Photographers of Ohio
Two landscape photographs taken during 2009 were recognized with awards at the Fall Conference of the Professional Photographers of Ohio. “Winter Beach” and “Sunflower Moon” won 1st and 2nd place, respectively, in the category of “nature non-master.” The digital print competition and exhibition were part of the program held on November 15-16 at the Easton Town Center in Columbus, Ohio.
On March 10 to 15 PPO will hold its Annual Convention at the Dayton Convention Center. Last March I entered six prints for the print exhibition at the Annual Convention. All six were scored high enough to be included in the print show and recognized with awards. That particular convention was the first time I entered images in the state-wide competition. In both the Fall Conference and Annual Convention prints are judged and scored by a select panel of professional photographers representing areas throughout Ohio.