This week the International Photographic Competition was held by the Professional Photographers of America in Atlanta… I am VERY pleased to
brag announce that one of my entries was awarded “Loan” status! Loan prints are published in the PPA’s book of the ‘best of the best’ from the thousands [4920 to be exact] of images entered at this year’s competition! AND two of my other images were accepted into the “General Collection”.
“Speak Easy” was created from a session with one if my high school senior portrait subjects. No she doesn’t smoke. Yes I felt a little like a jerk making it look like she does… but then again… it went LOAN 😉
I submitted 3 other images into the “open” category and I’m pretty pleased with “Flying Lady” which was also accepted into the general collection of meritorious images. Captured during a model session, I love how Becca’s curls flow and the light does just the right thing.
“Cat Tails Three” which had been accepted in the PPA general collection of meritorious images at the district level a couple months ago. Driving past the dentist office a while back I noticed this large growth of cat tails and loved how they looked in the evening light. I stopped and cut a few, took them back to my studio and here you are looking at them 😉
My final image wasn’t so fortunate but 3 out of 4 and one as a LOAN is a fine way to end the summer 😉
“Hell Bent” is from another model session. Once I experienced my handcuffed model screaming and writhing I knew we were gonna have some exceptional images – no I’ve never done that before either 😉 Disappointed the judges weren’t moved by the image – I was given the suggestion that the image may have fared better in the master artist category.. so I may revisit this image again.
Here’s the PPA’s judging criteria if you’re still interested 😉
1) Impact is the sense one gets upon viewing an image for the first time. Compelling images evoke laughter, sadness, anger, pride, wonder or another intense emotion. There can be impact in any of these twelve elements.
2) Technical excellence is the print quality of the image itself as it is presented for viewing. Retouching, manipulation, sharpness, exposure, printing, mounting, and correct color are some items that speak to the qualities of the physical print.
3) Creativity is the original, fresh, and external expression of the imagination of the maker by using the medium to convey an idea, message or thought.
4) Style is defined in a number of ways as it applies to a creative image. It might be defined by a specific genre or simply be recognizable as the characteristics of how a specific artist applies light to a subject. It can impact an image in a positive manner when the subject matter and the style are appropriate for each other, or it can have a negative effect when they are at odds.
5) Composition is important to the design of an image, bringing all of the visual elements together in concert to express the purpose of the image. Proper composition holds the viewer in the image and prompts the viewer to look where the creator intends. Effective composition can be pleasing or disturbing, depending on the intent of the image maker.
6) Presentation affects an image by giving it a finished look. The mats and borders used, either physical or digital, should support and enhance the image, not distract from it.
7) Color Balance supplies harmony to an image. An image in which the tones work together, effectively supporting the image, can enhance its emotional appeal. Color balance is not always harmonious and can be used to evoke diverse feelings for effect.
8) Center of Interest is the point or points on the image where the maker wants the viewer to stop as they view the image. There can be primary and secondary centers of interest. Occasionally there will be no specific center of interest, when the entire scene collectively serves as the center of interest.
9) Lighting—the use and control of light—refers to how dimension, shape and roundness are defined in an image. Whether the light applied to an image is manmade or natural, proper use of it should enhance an image.
10) Subject Matter should always be appropriate to the story being told in an image.
11) Technique is the approach used to create the image. Printing, lighting, posing, capture, presentation media, and more are part of the technique applied to an image.
12) Story Telling refers to the image’s ability to evoke imagination. One beautiful thing about art is that each viewer might collect his own message or read her own story in an image.