Photographer Wins Bronze and Silver at IPC

PRESS RELEASE: Grove City Photographer Wins Bronze and Silver at International Photographic Competition 

Grove City, OH — The annual judging at the International Photographic Competition (IPC) hosted by Professional Photographers of America (PPA) is complete. Over 1,300 photographers and digital artists from seven different countries competed to have their images scored on technical excellence, composition, storytelling, and creativity. This is the most prestigious competition of its kind, where images are judged based on a standard of artistic excellence, not against each other.

Grove City, Ohio resident and digital artist, Danica Barreau, CPP, of Pouka Art & Photography, was named a Bronze Medalist in the Portrait Competition and a Silver Medalist in the Artist Competition. Barreau’s work will be on display at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta, Georgia, Jan. 17-22, 2019.

Central Ohio residents can view Barreau’s work at the 2018 Grove City Area Chamber of Commerce’s ”Arts In the Alley” Photography and Fine Art Shows in Grove City, OH on September 15 and 16th.

Additional information about the artist and her work can be found on her website: pouka.com

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Local Photographer Wins at Grand Imaging Awards

PRESS RELEASE | Grove City, OH – Danica Barreau of Pouka Art & Photography in Grove City, OH was awarded a third place Grand Imaging Award from Professional Photographers of America (PPA) in Nashville, TN on January 15th. Mrs. Barreau’s image, “My Fairy Dogmother”, was selected as one of the top ten animal portraits from over 5,800 photographs during the prestigious International Print Competition last August. The announcement of the top three winners in each of ten categories was eagerly awaited during PPA’s award ceremony at their annual photographic convention where Mrs. Barreau accepted a trophy from PPA President Rob Behm on stage at the Gaylord Opryland Convention Center.

This is Mrs. Barreau’s second year competing in IPC and she is a recipient of a silver medal and bronze medal in the Artist category as well as the GIA award for her animal portrait.

About Me

I'm an internationally award-winning pet photographer, digital artist, and author. My chili has won a few trophies as well! I live in Grove City, Ohio with a multitude of pets and a very patient school teacher. I love meeting new people and am more than happy to chat about dogs and photography.

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Fairytails

PRESS RELEASE | Grove City, OH – Photographer Danica Barreau has gone to the dogs. To be fair, she’s a professional pet photographer so that’s nothing surprising. Mrs. Barreau is a certified professional photographer working out of a small home studio in central Ohio who recently started working on a new personal project called “Fairytails”. “I love old fairytales and I wanted to incorporate some of my dog models into the stories,” said the artist. It all started when she was coming up with ideas for a children’s book and took some photographs of her deaf English Setter wearing a spectacular crown. The image, named “My Fairy Dogmother”, was a hit with her fan following and won multiple awards. It’s also been named one of the top ten pet portraits in this year’s Grand Imaging Awards hosted by the Professional Photographers of America.

Mrs. Barreau’s latest image is an homage to “The Princess and the Pea” featuring a tower of the eco-friendly Molly Mutt dog beds. She quickly explained that the dog was never in any danger of falling. The image is a composite; the dog was photographed lying on the top two beds and then composited onto a second image with the remaining beds. Mrs. Barreau’s digital artistry skills have earned her several medals in International Print Competition and she doesn’t hesitate to tweak the images to match her imagination.

 

Keep an eye out for the completed project coming next spring. In the meantime, you can find Mrs. Barreau’s book about English Setters, “Setterly Yours: A Photographic Introduction to The English Setter” on Amazon and at Barnes and Nobles. For more information about her photography and artwork, visit pouka.com.

About Me

I'm an internationally award-winning pet photographer, digital artist, and author. My chili has won a few trophies as well! I live in Grove City, Ohio with a multitude of pets and a very patient school teacher. I love meeting new people and am more than happy to chat about dogs and photography.

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SHARING IS CARING!

Bronze Medalist at 2017 IPC

Danica Barreau of Pouka Art & Photography is honored by peers and jurors for high-quality photography.

PRESS RELEASE | Grove City, OH – Danica Barreau of Pouka Art & Photography in Grove City, Ohio was named a Bronze Medalist during Professional Photographers of America’s 2017 International Photographic Competition. Barreau’s work will be on display at the Gaylord Opryland Convention Center in Nashville, Tennessee, Jan. 14-16, 2018. This International Photographic Exhibit is held in conjunction with Imaging USA, an annual convention and expo for professional photographers. Her work will also be shown locally at the annual “Arts in the Alley” Sept. 16-17 in Grove City, Ohio.

A panel of 33 eminent jurors from across the United States selected the top photographs from nearly 5,800 total submitted entries at Gwinnett Technical College in Georgia. Judged against a standard of excellence, 2,660 images were selected for the General Collection and 644 (roughly 11 percent) were selected for the esteemed Loan Collection—the best of the best. The Loan Collection images will all be published in the much-anticipated “Loan Collection” book and over 200 selected General Collection images will be published in the “Showcase” book by Marathon Press.

The level of the award is determined by how many of those four images receive the highest possible honor: acceptance into the PPA Loan Collection, which is displayed at photographic exhibitions, conventions and other photography events. Barreau was named a Bronze Medalist by earning a merit—a mark of quality and honor—for each of the four images included in her Master Artist entry case to the International Photographic Competition. Barreau also had two Portrait entries accepted in the Loan Collection and one Portrait entry into the Showcase. This is the most prestigious competition of its kind, where images are judged based on a standard of artistic excellence, not against each other. In 2017, she was one of only 152 Bronze Medalists.

About PPA: Professional Photographers of America (PPA) is the largest international nonprofit association created by professional photographers, for professional photographers. Almost as long-lived as photography itself, PPA’s roots date back to 1869. It assists more than 28,000 members through protection, education and resources for their continued success. See how PPA helps photographers Be More at PPA.com.

About Me

I'm an internationally award-winning pet photographer, digital artist, and author. My chili has won a few trophies as well! I live in Grove City, Ohio with a multitude of pets and a very patient school teacher. I love meeting new people and am more than happy to chat about dogs and photography.

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“Setterly Yours” Wins Silver

PRESS RELEASE | Grove City, OH – Danica Barreau of Pouka Fine Art Pet Portraits in Grove City, Ohio was named a Silver Medalist in the 21st Annual Independent Publisher Book (IPPY) Awards for her book “Setterly Yours: A Photographic Introduction to The English Setter.

Danica Barreau is an international award-winning pet photographer and digital artist with a passion for English Setters. She wrote, compiled, and published “Setterly Yours” to provide a different type of information about English Setters to prospective owners. Featuring over 150 professional photographs, the book covers a brief history of the breed, their physical characteristics, personalities, grooming requirements, and health issues.

The Independent Publisher Book Awards were conceived in 1996 as a broad-based, unaffiliated awards program open to all members of the independent publishing industry. The awards are intended to bring increased recognition to the thousands of exemplary independent, university, and self-published titles produced each year, and reward those who exhibit the courage, innovation, and creativity to bring about change in the world of publishing.

The medal-winning books will be celebrated on May 30th during the annual BookExpo America publishing convention in New York City, with gold, silver and bronze IPPY medallions awarded in 83 national, 22 regional, and ten e-book categories. This year’s contest drew over 5,000 entries, with winning medalists in 43 U.S. states, 7 Canadian provinces, and 15 countries overseas.

“Setterly Yours: A Photographic Introduction to The English Setter” is available on Amazon and Barnes & Noble. Autographed copies can be ordered directly from the author on her website: www.pouka.com.

About Me

I'm an internationally award-winning pet photographer, digital artist, and author. My chili has won a few trophies as well! I live in Grove City, Ohio with a multitude of pets and a very patient school teacher. I love meeting new people and am more than happy to chat about dogs and photography.

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Top 10 Ohio Photographer

PRESS RELEASE | Grove City, OH – March 15, 2017The Professional Photographers of Ohio (PPO) held their annual convention in Shelby, Ohio at the Kehoe Center, March 10th through 12th. Approximately 350 photographers attended lectures, a trade show, swapped stories with fellow professionals, and participated in an image competition.  The competition judging was completed on Saturday and awards were handed out that evening where Danica Barreau, of Pouka Fine Art Pet Portraits in Grove City, was awarded the Studio Pro Group Pictorial Award for one of her composite images in the Artist category and was named one of the Top Ten Photographers in Ohio.

OK, that’s the official story! I flew back from a business trip in Denver just in time to drive up to Shelby to attend Photo Blast, the spring convention for PPO. I’d been stressing out for a couple weeks because, in addition to participating in the state image competition, I was also taking the written portion of my Certified Professional Photographer (CPP) exam. That meant that I’d been memorizing formulas for bellows factors, guide numbers, and exposure compensation equations as well as learning about lighting ratios, color theory, equipment calibration, and software usage. Yeah, it’s intense. All while prepping images for the critiquing of judges.

I attended the judging in person for the first time and that was a lot of fun. And about as nerve-wracking as you might expect when your own images come up for review! You sit in a dark room, silently watching as five judges examine and score images as they roll around (the images, not the judges). The fun part is always the “Challenge!” when a judge disagrees with the final score and then all five judges get to talk about it, and then re-score. Although challenges are stressful because that initial score could go up or down, it’s very interesting hearing the judges’ thought processes and the things that you could fix on your image to make it better. Even if you sometimes disagree, you have to keep completely quiet!!

The final scores from the judging were not quite what I was expecting. I scored lower on some images that I thought would do quite well and higher on images that I put in at the last minute to fill my case. In the end, on my eleven submissions, I scored one “Excellent”, five “Deserving of Merit”, and five “Above Average”.  I was hoping for a few more “excellents” but those scores are solid and better than I’ve done in the past. Of course, I can’t share any images until after the International Competition later this summer, sorry.

I do want to send a shout-out to the organizers of “Photo Blast” as well as to the PPO chairs, the speakers, judges, and all my fellow photographers. It was a great convention – I learned a lot and spent a lot of money, too. And of course, it’s always nice to see familiar faces and ooh and ahh over spectacular artwork. A special shout-out to my friend Susan Gertz who was crowned THE top photographer in Ohio! I always like to see talent recognized but it makes it super sweet when it’s a fellow pet photographer!!

What comes next? I’m waiting on confirmation that I’ve passed the written CPP exam and then I have to start building a portfolio of 15 images for the last part of the certification process. I’m making edits to those images that were challenged during the state competition so that I can submit them to Districts in the next two weeks. And I have to do some triage as I can only have eight images in the District and International Competition so three of those labors of love will have to go.

In between all that, I’m still working on client artwork! I haven’t forgotten about you!!

About Me

I'm an internationally award-winning pet photographer, digital artist, and author. My chili has won a few trophies as well! I live in Grove City, Ohio with a multitude of pets and a very patient school teacher. I love meeting new people and am more than happy to chat about dogs and photography.

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Silver Medalist at 2016 IPC

PRESS RELEASE | Grove City, OH – Danica Barreau of Pouka Fine Art Pet Portraits in Grove City, Ohio was named a Silver Medalist during Professional Photographers of America’s 2016 International Photographic Competition. Barreau’s work will be on display at the International Photographic Exhibition at Imaging USA, held in the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center in San Antonio, TX from January 8-10, 2017. This International Photographic Exhibit is held in conjunction with Imaging USA, an annual convention and expo for professional photographers and several photographic associations.

 

A panel of 46 eminent jurors from across the United States selected the top photographs from nearly 5,700 total submitted entries. Judged against a standard of excellence, just under 2,500 images were selected for the General Collection and 1,030 (roughly 18 percent) were selected for the esteemed Loan Collection—the best of the best. The Loan Collection images will all be published in the much-anticipated “Loan Collection” book and over 200 selected General Collection images will be published in the “Showcase” book by Marathon Press. This is the most prestigious competition of its kind, where images are judged based on a standard of artistic excellence, not against each other.

The level of the award is determined by how many of the four submitted images receive the highest possible honor: acceptance into the PPA Loan Collection, which is displayed at photographic exhibitions, conventions and other photography events. Barreau was named a Silver Medalist, by earning a merit—a mark of quality and honor—for each of the four images included in her Master Artist entry case to the International Photographic Competition and that one of her four merited images entered the PPA Loan Collection.

In addition, a portrait photograph created by Barreau as part of a separate Photographic Open entry case was also accepted into the Loan Collection. Titled “The Sighs Have It,” Barreau’s photograph will be in the International Photographic Exhibition alongside her Master Artist entries as well as other top photographic works from the competition. These images constitute one of the world’s largest annual exhibits of professional photography gathered simultaneously under one roof and are part of traveling and special invitational displays.

Central Ohio residents can view some of Barreau’s work at the Grove City Area Chamber of Commerce’s “Arts In the Alley” Photography and Fine Art Shows in Grove City, Ohio on September 17 and 18th, 2016.

About PPA: Professional Photographers of America (PPA) is the largest international nonprofit association created by professional photographers, for professional photographers. Almost as long-lived as photography itself, PPA’s roots date back to 1869. It assists more than 28,000 members through protection, education and resources for their continued success. See how PPA helps photographers Be More at PPA.com.

About Me

I'm an internationally award-winning pet photographer, digital artist, and author. My chili has won a few trophies as well! I live in Grove City, Ohio with a multitude of pets and a very patient school teacher. I love meeting new people and am more than happy to chat about dogs and photography.

Contact Me

The Lisping What?

The Lisping What?

If you're curious as to how this blog got its name, check out the Model Spotlight post about Finch. He's The Lisping Dog!