I told myself that one of my New Year’s aspirations was to start blogging and utilize the cool website that my good friend Bob Randklev of Cyber Innovations helped create for me…well since this is my first Blog of 2010, I am off to a slow start, but at least I am getting started.
In this post is my first set of competition prints that I submitted to Professional Photographers of Iowa February 6th. I was awarded an honorable mention score of 82 (out of 100) on his photo entitled Anton Family, this photo was also designated by the judge’s first place in non master group’s outdoors category. I also scored another distinguished print ranking of 80 on his print Frosty Moon, a honorable mention of 78 on Winter Solitude ( photo with single tree in it) , and a 74 on Stop The Train, all of these prints scored high enough to be displayed at the convention. There were over 430 prints entered into this competition. I have submitted these prints again to the regional Professional Photographers of American competition in Wisconsin the weekend of February 27th. He also received special recognition for third place for his portrait of Michael Boone of Marion, IA in the Mr. Photogenic contest.
I feel very blessed to receive this recognition for my first entries, and has given me momentum toward a goal I set for myself about 2 years ago to work toward my “Master” photography degree which is reaching a combination of merits from print competition and continuing education or service merits. My first year’s goal was to become a Certified Professional Photography which I achieved by passing a test, and having my images judge by members of Professional Photographers of America. Only 3 % of photographers make the effort to become Certfifed Professionals. I will have reached half my goal by this time next year by having my service merits achieved by this time next year. I am also currently serving as the President of the NE Iowa Professional Photographers.