The results are in from the International Photographic Competition, which took place in August 2015. This event takes place annually, and this is my first time ever submitting for any kind of Photographic competition. Nothing like starting at the top…LOL. You can only submit 4 images each year, and while I would have liked all four to have been awarded Merit status, it is also true that having any selected is an honor - especially for a first time entrant. This image will be displayed at an International Conference in January 2016 along with the other images that received this recognition of excellence — so I won’t get it back until after that is over.
I elected to pay for personal critiques for each image, and I’ve certainly learned from the feedback I received. I will always keep learning - I can’t help it… My husband describes me as an “insatiable learner” and I’m not entirely certain he meant it as a compliment!
This image is very special to me as it was my first trip to Paris, and after climbing up to the top of the Basilique du Sacre-Coeur in the Montmartre area, we had this glorious view with the Eiffel Tower rising well above the rest of the city. Did you know that the Eiffel Tower had been built as a temporary feature for the 1889 World’s Fair, and the plan had been to tear it down afterwards? I didn’t, and I remain amazed that was the plan…
I hadn’t been thrilled with the clouds that day, but wow — did they make this image just pop…
In 2016, I am delighted to share that two of my images were entered into the Loan collection - this is the highest level of approval offered in International Print Competition. Only a small fraction of the images submitted earn this honor, and I'm rebellious enough that it is even more meaningful since both of these images break the rules. I hope you enjoy them as much as I do.
When I enter Print Competition, I purchase a personal critique from a judge for each image so that I can continue to learn and grow. When I listened to the critiques for Powerful Serenity and Gypsy Dancer I was amazed. The judge who provided the critique for Powerful Serenity just blew me away. She said she doesn't even like horses, but she wants to hang this image in her home. The judges view over 5000 images during the competition, and she stunned me when she said this was her favorite image of the entire week. Wow. As I write this, I'm touched all over again...She said that she wanted to see more of my work and is looking forward to meeting me in person at Imaging USA when all the images are displayed. The judge who critiqued Gypsy Dancer was actually one of the judges in the room who scored the image, and his comments rocked me as well. He said he wants to meet me...hopes to find me at Imaging USA...love your work...admire it...adore it...
Art is so very personal and we are all drawn to different work...yet I will say it is very heartwarming to be on the receiving end of these comments.
These images, and more, are available for sale in the Fine Art section of my site. Contact me so we can discuss which ones are calling your name...
Powerful Serenity and Gypsy Dancer will be on display at the International Photographic Exhibition at Imaging USA, held in the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center in San Antonio, TX. This International Photographic Exhibit is held in conjunction with Imaging USA, an annual convention and expo for professional photographers and several photographic associations.
A panel of 46 eminent jurors from across the United States selected the top photographs from nearly 5,700 total submitted entries. Judged against a standard of excellence, just under 2,500 images were selected for the General Collection and 1,030 (roughly 18 percent) were selected for the esteemed Loan Collection—the best of the best. The Loan Collection images will all be published in the much-anticipated "Loan Collection" book and over 200 selected General Collection images will be published in the "Showcase" book by Marathon Press.
This is the most prestigious competition of its kind, where images are judged based on a standard of artistic excellence, not against each other.
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