World Photographic Cup - Bronze Medal Winner

To say my first year of competing in portrait photography salon's was exciting is just an under statement!

I entered (at the urging of image salon judge Jeff Dachowski's insistence) the PPA {Professional Photographers of America's} Annual Print Competition.  He mentored me and helped guide me through the technical waters of competing, rules and regulations.  I have always been a fly by my seat, don't follow any rules sort of gal.  That is not the way it is in competition.  There is a specific way to shoot, light, pose and edit.  

I submitted four images that I thought were good, but looking back now, not really any of them wowed me.  I was at a loss for selecting images for competition.  I went 4/4 first time out of the gate, which means that all of my submissions were accepted as merit images.  This is a pretty good achievement for a newb!  After that the images move along to the IPC in June, to be judged again, and deemed worthy or not to enter the Loan category, which is almost the highest honour.

I ended up with a gold medal for my first year competing, and I can say it lit a fire under my butt to do better.  I'm determined to do so much better this year!  I have started printing all my own client work now, on the most high end museum quality paper by Hahnemuehle, and the print for competing will look brilliant - I'm very excited to have full control over my workflow now.

In September I was approached by Andre Amoyt of Montreal, here in Canada to see if I would be interested in judging for the World Cup of Photography.  But when he looked at my portfolio he asked if I would consider competing instead.  UM, hell YEAH!  I had the bug now.

The images I selected were again, not my best work, and in all honesty, I am sort of sitting here wonder what possessed me to choose the one image under the portrait category.  Certainly NOT my best work at all.  But that is the image that made it all the way to the top ten finalists and then received a bronze medal!  Shocked me.  I hope to submit again for 2018 and actually like the image I submit, but then, maybe it won't even place?  Competition is so very subjective.  You have to do with and enjoy the process and the ride, and learn from it to get better all the time.  

Here is an article wrote about me by our local news source, it was sort of fun!!