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Competition Presentations Fellowship and Family
February 14, 2019 • Leave a Comment
Here we go again wrapping up another great KPPA event. This time it was the annual Winter Shutter Expo held in Manhattan, Ks with great speakers, image competition, education, networking, and fellowship.
I entered four images into the competition this year, Future Queen, The Gate Keeper, Cold Days, and Load 'Em Up. They did alright with the first two scoring 79 and second two scoring 80. The judges have no idea who created the images or what that person's skill level is, what other awards they may have earned, what their experience or educational backgrounds are. They could be looking at an image created by a Master Photographer or they could be looking at an image created by someone who has just picked up a camera for the very first time. Each image is judged on it's own based on the 12 Elements of a Merit Image. When an image earns 80 or above out of a possible score of 100 it is considered to be Deserving of a Merit and then goes on to a head to head type judging. Those images reaching 80 and above are separated into two levels, Masters and General Exhibit, and divided by the categories they were entered in such as wedding, children, or in the case of my four entries this year illustrative. The judges then look at those merit level images in each category and a first, second, and third place is decided.
The competition is only a part of the Kansas Professional Photographers Association's Winter Expo. It's a great opportunity to learn from amazing speakers too. The educational opportunities vary at KPPA events and this year's conference featured three very creative ladies. Patty Geist spoke about finding inspiration and finding your mojo. She included a couple of quotes in her presentation and my favorite is "Be weird. Be random. Be who you are.". I need to do that. Be whoever I am; and stop trying to create images that are "technically correct" and get to creating images that I enjoy more. Toni Harryman spoke about print competition and fine art photography. She creates some amazing images; a simple leaf becomes a beautiful work of art in her hands. I have the most random and crazy notes from Toni's presentation I jotted down things like; Feed The Artist Within, VISUALIZE, Big Ideas Grow From Little Things, Don't Be Scared To Be Different, Put Good In, and Go Further Than You Think You Should. Among my notes from that afternoon I also included the quote; "Even in literature and art, no man who bothers about originality will ever be original: whereas if you simply try to tell the truth (without caring twopence how often it has been told before) you will, nine times out of ten, become original without ever having noticed it." Yep; I need to work on creating more original art and get out of this rut I've been in. Our third creative speaker at this conference was Kristy Steeves who taught a class about portrait posing and her amazing lighting technique. Unfortunately when the bright strobes started to flash in the darkened room I had to leave the class when vertigo reared its ugly head.
In between the scheduled activities, lectures, and classes that KPPA has to offer at these events there is always time to network, hang out with friends, and learn even more about the art and business of photography while engaging in conversations with other members. Some of the best ideas come out of those friendly conversation; like the time a group of of us had a brainstorming session to help a member with some fresh marketing ideas and the time our print chair gave me an invaluable tip about editing the eyes on my animal images. There are those times whens this group of people seem like extended family.
Our new president recently said "...that is exactly what we are --family. We watch each other's back..." That family has grown and changed and changed again since its begging in 1939 and continues to grow and change today. If you are a Kansas photographer WE WANT YOU to become part of our family. Visit KPPA.org to learn how you can Join us at F-Stops, Join us at Expos, Join us today and gain this extended family and just see if we don't grow on you.
I look forward to seeing you at our next event!
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