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Print Competition Month
Can it get any better?
Did you know that IPPA members had 33 general and 22 loan prints in the latest IPC International Competition in Atlanta? That's amazing for an organization of our size. At the awards ceremony in January we will have 8 Photographer of the Year Medalists! In honor of these outstanding accomplishments and to promote the spirit of competition and camaraderie we are giving you half price print competition and program for the upcoming event on August 21st and 22nd. Pay the $100 print competition fee and get the Monday program free or pay the $100 program registration and your print case is free. This offer is only valid for the next 7 days or until August 17th.
We have also heard that many of you have kids going back to school on Monday the 22nd so we will have a modified schedule to help accommodate those who need to be there for your children. Monday we will start with PPA President Lori Craft at 10:00am to 11:50am. See program description below. From 11:50 to noon we will have our annual business meeting and board elections. Noon to 1:00 lunch will be provided and then from 1:00pm to 3:00pm we will hear from SWPPA Photographer of the Year Kimberly Smith. You are welcome to leave at this point but if you can stay we will have an additional surprise activity from 3:30pm to 5:00pm. Make sure you all come back at6:00pm for the big event of the year, the IPPA Awards Banquet where we find out who gets all those beautiful trophies.
Good luck everybody and see you on August 21st at the Southtown Expo Center.
Dennis D. Craft, M. Photog, Cr, PPA Certified, F-ASP
Lori L. Craft, Craftsman
PPA President, 2016-2017
Operating an Intentional Portrait Studio
Dennis and Lori Craft have run a portrait studio in “small town America” since 1979. It didn’t just happen by accident. They been intentional in building their portrait studio from the very beginning.
What does it take to operate a successful, full scale portrait studio?
Three keys to a successful portrait studio:
The Craft’s have worked intentionally on all three of these key areas. You can’t have one, without the other! They will share some of their successes, and struggles with each of these three topics.
Dennis and Lori will share how they have worked together to keep growing their studio through all of the changes in the industry. As PPA President, Lori will also incorporate the benefits of being a member of PPA and how these benefits can help educate, grow your business, and create a network of photographers and community to push you to excellence.
Kimberly J. Smith, M. Photog, M. Artist, Cr, CPP
The Artist Within
I believe everyone has an artist inside them, waiting to come out. As photographers, we create art that is so meaningful and will touch the lives and hearts of so many for generations to come. Some photographers create their work very traditional, some are very modern, and some are very artistic. I believe the best works I have seen, contain a little of all three.
Mindset is the key. Sometimes we are so focused on the technical aspect, that we forget to add in the artistic, the personal, the emotion. Don't get me wrong... Technical is mandatory. We must know our craft and be confident in what we do so that we can be free to add in the rest.
Some of us, myself included, are off the charts right brained. We live in the creative, fun, fly by the seat of your pants mindset. While others are more left brained... you like rules, you read the camera manual, you are beyond organized and have to have a plan. Of course there are those of you who seem to have it all together and are a good mixture of both. One isn't necessarily better than the other, just different.
In this class we will discuss how to become more artistic, how to see things from a different view. We will learn different ways to get your creativity going and where to look for inspiration beyond photography.
Join me and learn how to bring to light, your artist within.
Why Should I Enter Print Competition?
Because you want to be more, don't you?
Participating in PPA's photographic competitions gives you the opportunity to:
Engage with the passionate and supportive photographic competition community
Improve upon your finest work (You can do that math, right? You'll get better!)
Earn recognition and admiration from your peers
As a result, improve your business
With most things, you get what you put into it, but with the IPC, it's what you do next that matters.
You'll leave with the motivation and inspiration to be more.
So what are you waiting for?
IT'S TIME TO ENTER SOUTHWEST!
Region- Southwest District Competition
Registration Opens: February 22, 2016
Registration Closes: March 24, 2016
Competition Dates: April 1-2, 2016
Entrant must have captured and created the original exposure.
Entrants do not need to be PPA members to compete in the Photographic Open Competition. Only PPA members who are entering within their home District are eligible to receive PPA Seals of Approval. Only PPA members can earn merits when PPA Seal of Approval images are entered in the PPA International Photographic Competition.
Any entry that has been reproduced from an existing photograph, portrait, graphic or any other artwork produced by another person is a violation of the competition rules and will not be judged, accepted or displayed. If an entry, in the good-faith opinion of the Photographic Exhibition Committee, violates copyright, trademark or any other applicable law, that entry shall be disqualified.
The entrant’s name must not be visible on the entry.
A maximum of four entries may be submitted per entrant.
Competition entry must be completed using the PPA/District online entry system prior to the online entry deadline. On-site entry is not possible, but print cases may be hand delivered (subject to District Rules) if the online entry was completed.
No entry will be eligible if it has been made under the supervision of an instructor or as a class assignment.
No two entries may be of the same subject.
Entries previously merited at any PPA International Competition are not eligible, including any image from a merited album.
Entries bearing the PPA Affiliated Exhibition Seal of Approval and submitted according to the rules of entry by makers from within their assigned District will be automatically accepted for exhibition only when submitted to the next PPA International Photographic Competition immediately following the District competition where awarded. (Out of District entries are not eligible for the Seal of Approval.)
Entry media includes prints, digital submissions, physical albums and digital albums.
If an image is awarded an exhibition merit in any category of PPA competition, it may not be entered again in any other category at any time by any entrant. No image that receives a merit may be entered more than once under any condition.