PPOC National Print Competition - Barrie Photographer
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Thursday, March 27, 2014
By Liisa
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Last year I made the decision to join the Professional Photographers of Canada (PPOC) - a group of artists dedicated to the highest standards in professional imaging.  I joined because I wanted to learn from industry leaders. I wanted to put my work out there to be critiqued and judged.  I saw it as an opportunity to really grow as a photographer.

In order for my membership to go beyond that of an "Observer" I had to become accredited.  To read more on the accreditation process, click here.  Essentially, accreditation is achieved by submitting samples of work to a PPOC Board of Review.  The judges consider various criteria when reviewing a submission: Impact, Creativity, Style, Composition, Colour Balance, Centre of Interest, Lighting, Subject Matter, Technique etc.  I'm happy to say that I was awarded with accreditation in two catagories:  Child & Infant Portrait, and Newborn.  To see my submissions, click here for my Child & Infant Portrait Accreditation, and click here for my Newborn Accreditation.

This year, I decided to enter the PPOC National Print Competition or Annual Image Salon.  It's described as "literally, the best of the best".  Submitted images are judged by a group of highly qualified judges.  There are three levels of acceptance into the National Salon: 1) "Accepted" means the image is of a high enough level to warrant being displayed in a prestigious national display of photography by the members of PPOC. 2) "Merit" indicates a clear step above the first level of Accepted. 3) "Excellence" means the image belongs to a very small and elite group of images that have risen to the top.  All of this was very new to me, and somewhat overwhelming.  The main reason I entered the print competition was for the audio critique. I was thrilled when they accepted two of my images:

 "My eyes" received a Merit score.

 "Shy Dancer" received an Accepted score.


There are so many reasons for a photographer to become accredited with the Professional Photographers of Canada.  For my photography friends, it's a fantastic resource for learning through local chapter meetings, print competitions, keynote speakers, national and provincial conventions, trade shows... and the list goes on.  I have only just started to take advantage of what this group has to offer.

There are also so many reasons to hire an accredited photographer.  I'll quote the simplest reason from the PPOC website.  "Great photography is not about the camera, but about the person wielding it.  A camera is simply a tool, but when it is combined with the talent, technique and artistry of an accredited professional photographer, the result is truly great photography".  

Please let me know if you have any questions about the PPOC. There are accredited photographers in the Barrie area with years of experience who would be happy to point you in the right direction.

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