The Professional Photographers of Ontario (PPO) held its annual provincial image competition this month. I entered four images, including the above. This is essentially page 12 of a 20-page boudoir album that I was commissioned to produce, with little changed other than the addition of a border. I titled this entry “Contemplation.”
This past weekend, the PPO held its annual convention. The awards banquet was last night. There we learned the results of the competition.
The judges gave “Contemplation” the highest rating possible, earning me an Award of Excellence. Only about 1% of the images entered in the competition scored this highly. Two of my other entries received Awards of Achievement.
One of the five judges singled out “Contemplation” for her Judge’s Choice Award. That judge was Storey Wilkins, one of Toronto's top wedding and family portrait photographers. Thank you Storey.
“Contemplation” was next recognized as the top image in its category, and I received the Figure Study Class Award, as I did in 2007.
Finally, “Contemplation” was honoured as the top image within all seven Portrait and Wedding classes of competition, earning the Portrait / Wedding Category award. This award was accompanied by a striking trophy and a generous gift certificate, made possible by the sponsorship of Artistic Album Designer.
Altogether, “Contemplation” received four major awards. If I am not mistaken, it received more awards than any other image in the competition. I walked up to the podium an embarrassing number of times last night!
I owe a great deal of thanks to the anonymous subject of this image. Thank you J for commissioning me to produce your boudoir album, and for being such a beautiful and inspiring subject. Whatever recognition that I receive for “Contemplation,” I owe to you.
“Contemplation” will move on the national image competition of the Professional Photographers of Canada, to be held in the spring of 2009 in Regina.