Part of being a member of the Professional Photographers of America is our annual print competition. This is our Superbowl, where the best of the best send images in to be judged by an independent panel of expert jurors. There are two categories, Photographic Open where the artist must have made the original image that is presented and Master Artist where the artist is judged on their ability to create a piece of artwork.
There are several levels of award, the first is the General Collection. Between 35 and 50% of all images submitted will end up in that level.
All General Collection images are judged again for the Loan Collection. Between 10 and 30% of the General Collection will be promoted to the Loan Collection.
If a juror on the panel strongly feels an image should be in the Loan Collection but cannot convince his fellow jurors, then that juror can use one of a number (this year it was 7) options to put it in a secondary, General Book. There are about 250 images each year that end up in that collection out of 6000.
Loan Collection images are also eligible for nomination to the Grand Imaging Awards which are announced at Imaging USA in January. There are less than 100 images that make it that far.
So that said, I am thrilled to announce that in the Open category, I had 3 of 4 images accepted into the General Collection with one of those images going to the Loan Collection. In addition, I had 2 of 4 images from the Artist category put into the General Collection with one of those images going to the General Book. These are fantastic results and I am quite pleased.
Here are the images that went into the collections.