My friend Russell and I, all dressed up for the awards!
Besides returning home from Australia (blog posts to come) I spent a week in Nashville for the 2018 PPA Imaging U.S.A Conference.
While at Imaging USA I was honored with not only being a Platinum Photographer of the Year for my International Print Competition (IPC) case, but I my image "Year of the Fox" was up for a Grand Imaging Award (GIA) in the landscape/nature category. I did not place but it was a huge honor to up on stage with so many amazing and talented people. It was only my second year entering so I feel quite honored in my accomplishments and cannot wait to see what next year brings!
Being able to attend a whole week of classes and mingle with thousands of photographers has given me the motivation I need to make 2018 the best year yet. While I was there I took my CPP (Certified Professional Photographer) test and passed with a 90% on my first try. A huge thanks to Chris Broughton for teaching me my basics at Brooks. I still got it! Also a HUGE thank you goes to Steve Kozak, who's study guide helped refresh my memory. I currently have submitted my image portfolio and have to wait a few more weeks for my results... ::fingers crossed::
Below you will find my print case which earned me my Platinum Photographer of the Year along with my GIA finalist image.
TOTAL CASE SCORE: 362
Before I entered the IPC last year, I entered my district's Photographic Open and was honored to have the highest case score in The North Central District, plus my fox placed 1st in the Landscape/Nature category.
SCORE: 98 2018 GIA Finalist
Everyone has a passion in life, mine is photography mixed with the great outdoors. Though such should come as no surprise since I grew up playing and getting lost in the woods of The Black Hills of South Dakota. Making it only natural that I feel most at home when I am surrounded by mountain peaks and the voices of the animals. I have always wanted to make a difference in this world, I just did not know how I could. I soon realized by documenting our planet I could share my joy with the rest of the world. It is my hope that with my nature photography I will instill the same passion and love that I have for Mother Nature into others. This world we live on is truly an amazing place, but with our personal lives filled with work and stress we often forget to stop and take in the beauty all around us.