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| 2019 Imaging USA |


This January I headed to Atlanta, Georgia for Imaging USA, the largest and oldest gathering of photographers in America. About 10,000 of us swarm a convention center to take classes, network, and check out new vendors and technology.

It was a heady four days, rubbing shoulders with some of the photographers that inspire me and learning new things to try to incorporate in my business and my skills. I took classes with Malinda Julien, Thomas Dodd, Scott Detwieler, and Joel Grimes, heard some great motivational talks by Scott Stratten and Judi Holler, and caught up with some of my favorite pet photographers from around the country.

Joel Barreau with his daughter Danica Barreau, M.Artist, CPP, and PPA President Stephen Thetford, M.Photog.Cr., CPP. Image courtesy of Romaguera Photography.
Master Artist degree recipients Lisa Asp, M.Photog.Cr., CPP, and Danica Barreau, CPP, with Master Photographer degree recipient, Karen Galley, CPP.

And on Monday night, after three years of hard work, I was awarded my Master Artist degree from PPA! Earning the degree requires a certain number of artist images (usually digital paintings and/or composites) to score 80 and above in the International Photographic Competition for the portfolio portion and then continuing education and/or service merits for the remainder of the degree.

As I posed for my official portrait with PPA President Stephen Thetford, he eyed my red Master Artist lanyard and said, “Looks like you decided to start with the hardest one!”

The Master Artist degree is considered one of the more difficult degrees to achieve, requiring not only photographic excellence but also the digital expertise of image manipulation. This year, there were only 24 recipients of the degree!

Grove City Photographer Earns Master Artist Degree

January 21, 2019 – Danica Barreau, CPP, of Pouka Art & Photography in Grove City, Ohio has earned the Master Artist degree from Professional Photographers of America (PPA). The degree was presented by PPA president Stephen Thetford, M.Photog.Cr., CPP, at the association’s annual convention in Atlanta, Georgia.

Barreau has been awarded the Master Artist degree in recognition of her superior photographic competence and enhancement of images with artistic techniques as demonstrated through photographic competition, advanced education, and service to the profession. In 2019, she was one of only 24 recipients.

These are the ten General Collection and two Loan Collection images that contributed to my degree:

And after all that excitement, we had a big party, renting out the entire Georgia Aquarium to celebrate! My favorite part was, hands down, the big aquarium with the whale sharks!