Well, it’s that time of year again! The grand finale of the photographic print competition season – PPA’s International Photographic Competition. The final judging of over 5,600 images happened last week (August 18 – August 23) in Atlanta Georgia. Six intense days of anticipation, stress, disappointment, and joy.
Photographers submit a “case” of four images in up to three different competitions: Portrait Open, Master Artist, and Wedding. I’ve been competing in the first two for four years. Scores determine if your image will be accepted (or not accepted) into PPA’s “General/Merit Collection” or the prestigious “Loan Collection”. Placement in those collections also earns you merits or credits towards four degrees offered by PPA. Last year I had enough merits to get my Master Artist Degree and this year, I have enough to get my Master Photographer degree in January (pending PPA approval)!
In the Portrait competition, one of my images joined the Merit Collection and three of my images “loaned” or joined the Loan Collection! That’s the best I have EVER done in competition and I’m very proud of that accomplishment. This means that I am an International Photographic Competition Platinum Medalist! That’s the gravy on top of getting my Master’s degree!
In the Artist competition, three of my images joined the Merit Collection and one of my images will be in the Loan Collection! So I am a Silver Medalist in the Artist competition.
This was a great competition season for me and I couldn’t have done it without the support and advice from our extremely tight-knit pet photographer community. In a niche which is often overlooked, they are standing tall and making waves. This year was the best ever for animal portraits! Congratulations to everyone who competed!!