Some of you may be aware that I am a member of the Professional Photographer's of Canada (PPOC). I earned my first accreditation with them back in 2015 in "Environmental Portraiture". If you would like to see my accreditation submissions you can view them here. Once you become an accredited member of the PPOC you are then eligible to earn higher professional designations and enter their annual national print competition. So, this year I decided to be brave and enter!
I was allowed to enter four images and I entered them all in the "Portrait" category, which some say is one of the most difficult categories to score well in. Having been through the accreditation process I knew how high the standards were, so I felt that I would be very happy if even one of my images got accepted. Well, to my surprise, three of my images got accepted!
The judging was live streamed online so I was able to watch the judges pull up my images and critique them. It was a very hard thing to watch as the judges deliberated and argued over my images!! The judges have to come to a majority decision, so if one of the judges didn't like the image he had to try to convince the other judges to agree with him, or vice versa. It was painful to watch, but in the end I was really pleased with the results and I learned a TON of things that will help me improve and learn and grow as a photographer.
Here are the three images that were accepted.
Here's a little more information about the PPOC National Image Salon taken from their website.
"One of the cornerstones of the Professional Photographers of Canada is the PPOC Annual Image Salon. This juried exhibition showcases the best of the best. Within this Salon Exhibition, you will find the most creative, the newest and most cutting edge, and finest technically executed images produced by our members.
This inspirational collection of images displays the level of excellence Canadian photographers have achieved. Some of the best photographic talent in the world lives and works in Canada, and enters this PPOC image competition in the hopes of being selected for the Salon Exhibition.
Active/Accredited members of PPOC are invited to submit images annually to a juried exhibition. A group of highly qualified judges, all of whom have obtained their Craftsman of Photographic Arts or Master of Photographic Arts designation, and have been trained as jurors, assemble to review submissions. These jurors have the monumental task of viewing in excess of 800 images, setting aside any personal bias and judging objectively, to determine those images worthy of being accepted into the Salon Exhibition."