2011 Platinum Photographer of the Year

This is pretty wild, but after double checking to verify that the judges didn't confuse me for somebody else named Dan I'm excited to share the news with you! If you're a regular on the blog, you might remember that back in February my entries in the Professional Photographers of Iowa print competition won every category that was submitted. After the state competition I sent my prints on to a regional competition, and then onto the Professional Photographer's of America's International Photographic Competition where my images competed against the best work from 22,000 photographers in 54 countries.  I'm very shocked (and a little giddy) to find out that I did rather well...I was named a 2011 Platinum Photographer of the Year. What the heck does that mean? Here's part of the press release from PPA: The level of the award is determined by how many of the photographer's four entries receive the highest possible honor: acceptance into the PPA Loan Collection, which is displayed at photographic exhibitions, conventions and other photography events. McClanahan was named a Platinum Medalist, meaning that three of his four merited images entered the PPA Loan Collection. In 2011 he was one of only 32 Platinum Medalists worldwide.

"These photographers have reached a prestigious achievement," states Dennis Craft, PPA's Photographic Exhibition Committee Chairman. 'The consistent quality required to earn the title of Platinum Medalist in one of the world's most celebrated photography competitions certainly bodes well for their clients, too!"

I must give a HUGE thanks to our clients and our friends that put up with our craziness and allow us to create images like these. What we do wouldn't be possible with out you and you truly are the reason we love our job!   My winning entries were as follows:

"Never Trust A Woman"- This image is a top 10 finisher and will duke it out for a 1st place Grand Imaging Award at Imaging USA in February. This print is also nominated for a Kodak Gallery Elite Award, which will also be announced at Imaging USA.

"Heidi & Neal" - engagement album selected for the Loan Collection. Here's one spread from the album:

"Jill& John" - wedding album selected for the Loan Collection. Here's one spread from the album:

"All American Slam" - merited image:   (GO STATE!)

-Dan

 

PPI 2011 Print Competiton

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.