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Diamond Photographer of the Year Article
Below is one of my international award winning portraits that recently appeared in Professional Photographer magazine.
This is the article that ran with it...
Each year, Professional Photographer shares a feature story
about the Diamond Photographers of the Year. These esteemed image creators have
earned the highest level of success in the PPA International Photographic
Competition (IPC) by landing four images in the prestigious PPA Loan Collection.
To appreciate the scope of this achievement fully, it helps to look at the
During the 2012 competition judged this summer, more
than 1,200 professional photographers submitted nearly 5,000 images for
consideration. This represents about a 20 percent increase in participation over
the previous year. Approximately 1,800 of those images earned a merit based on
12 elements defined as necessary for the success of an art piece or image. Of
those, only 476 were selected for the PPA Loan Collection. That's less than 10
percent of the total submission pool. And this isn't your typical collection of
photo submissions. This is the PPA International Photographic Competition, the
contest for professionals who have worked diligently to excel at their craft,
studying, composing and capturing thousands of images in the process. So the
submitted photographs already reflect a high standard of
To Land an image within the top 10 percent is
To land four images in this elite category is amazing.
Only eight photographers reached that level of accomplishment this year. These
Diamond Photographers of the Year are breathing rarified air, to be sure,
representing about 0.006 percent of the total contenders.
"The Diamond Photographers are setting the bar for
everyone else, says Dennis Craft, chairman of the PPA Print Exhibition
Committee. " We've seen a progressive improvement in the quality of images
submitted to the competition over the past few years, and those who have
competed over a period of time are really raising the standard. But what these
photographers understand better than anyone is that the IPC isn't just about
winning awards. It's also a way to determine how your images measure against
good, quality photography. It's a way to make yourself
It's also a vital component in earning the PPA Master of
Photography degree, which has become a credible differentiator in an
increasingly competitive field. For now, though, the Diamond Photographers of
the Year have no competition. They are on a level by themselves. And these are
their award-winning Images.
This is the image that appeared in Professional Photographers Magazine