Category Archives: Awards 2015 – 2016

Home From The Expo With Awards!

Just made it home from the KPPA 2016 Winter Shutter Expo! It was a great weekend with so much information packed into three days that my brain has turned to mush.  I looked through my notebook and counted the pages that I filled with  notes. 25! 25 pages of notes! That’s a lot of information to learn.

We kicked off the weekend with the Image Competition followed by a pizza party and lighting bays that lasted well into the night. Bright and early Saturday morning Dan Frievalt taught us all how to be crazy funky and creative and in the afternoon Mary Fisk-Taylor discussed creating a profitable, sustainable, and satisfying business with her keys to success. After sitting all day and writing pages of notes it’s nice to take a walk and we did just that as Dan lead us on a photo safari around the hotel. Saturday night ended with the annual awards banquet that included fellowship, food, memories, awards from newbie to  national, and a belly dancer. Yes; that’s going to be one to remember!

We were up and at it again early Sunday morning with John LaBarge‘s amazing sports posters, Leann Kucerik‘s always awesome Photoshop tips that even included a funny little easter egg, and ended the day with John Gladman‘s beautiful Bombshell and American Portraits.  If you haven’t seen the work of these amazing photographers you’ve really got to look them up!

A few days ago I shared with you the images that I took to this year’s competition in that Wish Me Luck post. Well your good thoughts paid off! I came home with two awards!!!

I Am King earned 3rd place in the General Exhibit Illustrative category and Summer Haze earned 2nd place in the same category!

Thank you so much to all the KPPA members who work so hard to put on these expos. Looking forward to the next one already!

I Am King
I Am King
Summer Haze
Summer Haze



And The Award Goes To….

What a great time I had at the Kansas Professional Photographers Association Spring Shutter Expo! I feel like my brain has turned to mush after trying to pack so much information into it in such a short time. I met lots of new people, made new friends, saw some of the most amazing images, took photos of a professional fashion model, learned how to “control the sun”, entered images into the competition, came home with page after page of notes and…..

Two awards! Oh yeah, I am just a little bit happy about that.

I’m sure you remember a while back when I showed you the images I had picked to enter into my first ever competition; well I am happy to say I did OK!

My white daisy macro, White Sun, earned a third place award and I also came home with a second really cool award, the 2015 Novice Award, for my over all scores. The Novice Award is a very cool award given to the highest scoring new member entering the competition for the first time; and I am happy to have received it.Kansas Professional Photographers Association Awards

Before I tell you what scores the judges gave my images let’s look at what the scores mean…

65-69 Below Exhibition Standards
70-74  Average
75-79 Above Average
80-84 Deserving of a Merit
85-89 Excellent
90-94 Superior
95-100 Exceptional

…and how did my images do?

White Sun
White Sun

White Sun received a score of 80

Lyin' Down
Lyin’ Down

Lyin’ Down also received a score of  80

Do You Want To Play?
Do You Want To Play?

Do You Want To Play received a score of   76

Faux Bounty
Faux Bounty

 and Faux Bounty received a score of  75

Not bad for my first time around. Maybe next time I’ll see some higher numbers!

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