COMPETITION

Best in Class - Wedding Portrait: Michael Shandro


The 2011 Professional Photographer's of Canada's National Print Salon awards were given out at a gala in April at the PPOC's National Convention. The winner of Best in Class - Wedding Portrait was Michael Shandro from Edmonton, AB. The wedding portrait category is defined as a "portrait that must consist of an image of a bride and/or groom, or two people, one of whom is a bride/groom". We asked...

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Best in Class - Portrait: Kathy Walker, MPA


The Professional Photographer's of Canada offers to it's members, an annual photography print competition. There are numerous categories to enter, one of which is portrait. The portrait category description is: "A fine portrait presents an individual or couple in such a way as to reflect the personality of the subject, and also illustrate the personality, artistry, originality, creativity and...

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Best in Class - Feature Album: Maggie Habieda-Nowakowski


The feature album category in the Professional Photographer's of Canada's nation print competition is described as this: "A presentation of images depicting a subject or occasion. Album to be judged on image content as well as overall quality of design, flow, and emotional impact". Member Maggie Habieda-Nowakowski's album exceeded this qualification and earned her the Best in Class trophy at this...

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Best in Class - Fine Art: Margaret Hines


Margaret Hines won this year's Best in Class trophy for Fine Art, and also the 2011 Judge's Choice Award. This in itself is an amazing accomplishment, but she did it in her very first print competition! I want to encourage all of you, especially those just starting out in photography or those contemplating membership in the Professional Photographer's of Canada to read this post as Margaret gives...

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Best In Class - Press: James Hodgins, MPA


The 2011 Best in Class - Press at the Professional Photographer's of Canada national print competition is James Hodgins from Sudbury, ON. "I have been a photographer for over 17 years and joined PPOC in 2001. My photography started out self taught, but then I mentored under Robert Provencher for several years before opening up my studio in 2006 where I photography families, maternity, seniors and...

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Best In Class - Photojournalistic Wedding: Claude Brazeau, CPA


The 2011 Best in Class - Photojournalistic Wedding at the Professional Photographer's of Canada national print competition is Claude Brazeau from Ottawa, ON. "I’ve always been interested in photography. I actually took my first basic photography course in high school. I always had my camera with me and just loved shooting everything and anything. I did a lot of nature photography back then and...

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Best in Class - Animal/Wildlife: Corey Hochachka, CPA


The 2011 winner of Best In Class - Animal/Wildlife at the Professional Photographer's of Canada National Print Competition is Corey Hochachka from St. Albert, AB. "I had always dabbled in the fine arts - mostly with graphite and color pencils - photography was a component of my Industrial Arts program in junior high, but I didn't really start trying to learn the art of photography until 1990,...

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2011 Fellowship Recipient: Mark Laurie, MPA SPA F/PPOC


For the first time, in more than a decade, the Professional Photographer's of Canada has presented the designation of Fellow of the PPOC. In order to be considered for this designation, the member must submit a portfolio of 15 images, as well as a 7000 word thesis, which are reviewed by a qualified panel of judges. A present, the PPOC has only three other members who hold this designation. The...

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The 2011 Yousuf Karsh Lifetime Achievement Award - Craig Minielly, MPA SPA


The Professional Photographer's of Canada presents the Yousef Karsh Lifetime Achievement Award annually to the member with the highest number of print merits in excess of 4000. The Yousuf Karsh Lifetime Achievement Award is one of the greatest achievements that can be earned by a member of the Professional Photographers of Canada and speaks directly to the outstanding photographic talent of the...

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2011 PPOC Portrait Photographer of the Year - Gina Yesnik, MPA


We'd like to congratulation the PPOC's 2011 Portrait Photographer of the Year: Gina Yesnik from Saskatoon, SK "I am a self taught photographer who is obsessed with light and people.... forget the purse - bring the camera, really! When we were just in Banff, you could find me on the hill skiing with my D700 strapped around my neck taking images of my kids or the beautiful landscapes. I even talked...

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