Every year WPPI (Wedding & Portrait Photographer International) holds a print competition at their convention in Las Vegas. It is the biggest event for folks in this industry and this year it did not disappoint. After observing last year’s print competition and seeing how exciting it was to see your work get critiqued by panel of well-qualified judges, I finally conjured up some courage and decided to enter some of my prints this year.
All of my images were entered into the Premiere category – reserved for people entering the contest for their first time. Over 3300 prints were submitted from all over the world and I am pleased to announce that 5 out of 6 that I submitted received an Accolade of Excellence in that category. It is one thing to have your friends and family members tell you that your images are great. But to have international qualified judges recognize your work is definitely humbling and a honor. I learned so much from sitting in on the competition and look forward to submitting more images next year.
If you have not entered anything before, I highly encourage you to do so. Also here’s a secret. So much information and knowledge can be attained about photography just by sitting in on those critique sessions. I walked away with some great tips which I will apply this year. The best part is that these advice are all free! 🙂
They even wrote a press release for me – it makes it sound so official! Thank you WPPI for this award and opportunity! Here is the official press release and the images that won.
And finally, this is my sixth submission that did not win anything – yes this is probably my most favorite one out of the ones I submitted. I know the judges did not like the dark black area surrounding the image, this shot took much patience, planning and positioning to capture it. So I want to share this with you any ways. The final image is:
All in all it was a great experience and I look forward to participating it again next year. Thank you WPPI for the recognition and for putting on such a great competition.