WPPI 2013 Second Half Online Competition Awards & Canon Pixma My Favorite People and Places Contest

November 1, 2013 in Portrait

2nd Place - WPPI 2013 Second Half Online Competition

I’ve been extremely humbled to be awarded by the WPPI 2013 Second Half Online Competition and Canon Pixma My Favorite People and Places Contest – what an amazing two weeks!  In 2011 and 2012, I submitted photo entries to the US Army Digital Photo Contest and performed fairly well at the local and Army-wide levels.  I never had a desire to enter any other contest until I caught wind of the Canon-Pixma My Favorite People and Places photo contest in September this year.  I still can’t explain why, but I had an overwhelming itch to enter and I submitted a few of my photos.  

Fast-forward four weeks and I found myself exchanging emails with the organizers – first, to clarify whether I was a student (I had mistakenly entered a landscape photo as a student – which had placed in the student category!  Disqualified!  Oops!), and then further emails requesting a more descriptive caption outlining the process behind Maia’s photo.  

I was looking forward to seeing my 3rd or 2nd place photo (at best) published in the December issue of Rangefinder magazine.  Soooo… I woke up on October 22, nonchalantly checked the contest website and was blown away.  Grand Prize.  No freaking way.  Jolted Frances awake.  Pandemonium ensues.  

Onto 1 Nov… I don’t usually get all jazzed up about ‘almost-winners’, but a WPPI competition is… different.  In a WPPI competition, you are judged by a panel, scored against a standardized point system, and provided with feedback by photographic gurus within the industry.  I’ve been present during the live judging at the print competition and the feedback received is unequivocally valuable and educational for anyone looking to advance their craft.  Caveat: judging is very subjective and opinions vary greatly, so you never know how your favorite photo will fare against your own throwaway photos!  

I have been photographing people for just about a year, so I was naturally hesitant when it came time to select and submit my first entries to the revered 2013 WPPI Second Half Online Competition.  As of this writing, I am just coming down from the high and am excited to have Mitchell’s portrait selected as 2nd Place within the High School Senior category, with Accolades of Excellence for my portraits of Ruth and ZAHS football players.  

Best of all, and perhaps most importantly, I now have an adjusted azimuth for where I want to take my photos.  Back to work!

 

Canon Pixma My Favorite People and Places Contest

Accolade of Excellence - WPPI 2013 Second Half Online Competition

Accolade of Excellence - WPPI 2013 Second Half Online Competition