We just returned from the winter Professional Photographers of Iowa conference (it lasted from Friday through today) and WOW did we have fun! Great speakers, great friends, great food. We got to teach a lighting class with our good friends from Gehman Photography and had a great turnout. Last night was a formal banquet concluding with an awards ceremony. Dan entered three prints and a wedding album in competition (a person can make up to four total entries) and we're blessed and humbled by the results. To give a little explanation to the process, this year there were over 400 entries all judged anonymously by a panel of nationally acclaimed photographers from other states. Entries are scored on a scale from 0-100. Scores are then tallied and awards are given to the top scoring entries from several categories (wedding, commercial, children, etc). Competition is intense and it's very exciting to see the culmination of everybody's best work from the previous year (the competition concludes with a gallery display of the entries)
Here's a rundown of our results:
–First Place Wedding Album (for the album we designed for Jill and John's wedding) –First Place for Commercial Photography (for an image from our shoot with Clarke University) –First Place for Illustrative Photography (for a brand new image entitled "Never Trust A Woman," see below) –3 Distinguished Print Awards (for Clarke, the wedding album and "Never Trust A Woman") –1 Honorable Mention (for a personal image of New York City - to be posted soon) –Judges Choice Award for best in show ("Never Trust A Woman" was the only entry from the entire competition to score a perfect 100) –The Don Knop Memorial Award presented in recognition of excellence in the art of wedding photography (for the wedding album) –Fuji Masterpiece Award (for the wedding album) –Kodak Gallery Award for Photographic Excellence (for "Never Trust A Woman") –Top 10 Photographer Award (given to the 10 photographers with highest 4-score totals)
Here's "Never Trust A Woman" (FYI – Alex came up with the title so don't be mad at Dan!):
We're very thankful to all of our friends, family and clients that helped make 2010 an amazing year for us! We honestly had no expectation of performing this well in competition and we couldn't have done it without you :)
If you're an Iowa Photographer reading this and you're not in PPI, join! Seriously. Right now. It's one the best things you'll ever do.