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  • 22 Jul 2021 9:22 AM | John Tulipano (Administrator)

    July 14, 2021      Digital Image Competition

          We had 99 entries from 16 makers. The breakdown is as follows:

    56 Portraits

                14 Illustrative

                9 Wedding

                10 Reportage

                1 Creative Open

                9 Artist

                14 B&W from the above categories.

    The judges discussed many of the images as Challenges. This was followed by a short critique of all images.

    We had 47 that scored 80 or above (President’s Award) 47%.

    We had 9 that scored 85 – 89.

    I want to thank John Tulipano for running the online session and to Michael Novo for helping with the sorting process.

    Thanks to the judges. They were Bob Coates (AZ), Kristi Steeves (OH), and Dan Thornton (IL).


    Bruce Van Pelt, Chairman



    Best of Show

    “A Sunday Ride” by Megan Drane


    Best Black & White

    “My Fathers End of Life Portrait” by Travis Patenaude

    Honorable Mention

    “My Three Boys” by Kerri Weiss

    “True to Form” by Jerry Alt

    Best Artist

    “A Sunday Ride” by Megan Drane

    Honorable Mention

    “Created by Man” by Sarah Johnston

    “Snowy Lift Off” by Peggy Sue Seehafer

    Best Portrait

    “Can't Take My Eyes Off You” by Travis Patenaude

    Honorable Mention

    “Fallen from Grace” by Scott Detweiler

    “I Will Always Be Here For You” by Travis Patenaude

    Best Illustrative

    “Purple Coneflower’s Attraction” by Peggy Sue Seehafer

    Honorable Mention

    “Leader of the Pack” by Kerri Weiss

    “Perfectly Imperfect” by Sonya Gilbert

    “Family Formation” by Sarah Johnston

    Best Wedding

    “Endearing” by Carrie White

    Best Reportage

    “A Chinchilla's Best Friend” by John Tulipano

    AIM Award

    “Can't Take My Eyes Off You” by Travis Patenaude

  • 24 Feb 2021 8:57 AM | John Tulipano (Administrator)


    February 10, 2021      Digital Image Competition

          We had 123 entries from 17 makers. The breakdown is as follows:

    70 Portraits

                27 Illustrative

                7 Wedding

                10 Commercial

                2 Creative Open

                8 Artist

                12 B&W from the above categories.

    The judges discussed many of the images as Challenges. This is where we learn the most from the judges’ opinions.

    We had 38 that scored 80 or above (President’s Award) 31%.

    We had 4 that scored 85 – 89, and 3 scored 90 - 95.

    I want to thank John Tulipano, Julie Monacella and Brandi Orlando for running the online session and to Michael Novo for helping with the sorting process.

    Thanks to the judges. They were Robert Hawkins (Iowa), Carl Caylor (Wis), Ella Carlson (MA), Toni Harryman (Iowa) and Mark Sweeney (NY).


    Bruce Van Pelt, Chairman


    Best of Show

    “Pas De Deux” by Jerry Alt

    Best Black & White

    “Pas De Deux” by Jerry Alt

    Runner’s Up

    “The Two of Hearts” by Michael Novo

    “Sweeping Cirrus and Sand” by Michael Lee

    Best Artist

    “Angst in Acrylic” by Scott Detweiler

    Runner Up

    “The Changeling” by Kerri Weiss

    Best Portrait

    “Pas De Deux” by Jerry Alt

    Runner’s Up

    “Explosive” by Megan Drane

    “Face of an Angel, but not the Rest” by Scott Detweiler

    Best Illustrative

    “Jonathan Livingston” by Kerri Weiss

    Runners up

    “Sweeping Cirrus and Sand” by Michael Lee

    “The Devil’s other Tower” by Michael Lee

    Best Wedding

    “The Two of Hearts” by Michael Novo

    Runner’s Up

    “The Corn Cob” by Michael Novo

    “Amsterdam Wedding” by Michael Novo

    Judges Choice

    Carl Caylor

    “Explosive” by Megan Drane

    Ella Carlson

    “Angst in Acrylic” by Scott Detweiler

    Bob Hawkins

    “Jonathan Livingston” by Kerri Weiss

    Mark Sweeney

    “Bring it on” by Kerri Weiss

    Toni Harryman

    “Comfort” by Julie Monacella

    ASP Award

    “Jonathan Livingston” by Kerri Weiss

  • 28 Jan 2021 11:56 AM | John Tulipano (Administrator)

    Print State Photography Competitions.

    Why should I compete?

    Hi PPANI - I miss our in person meetings and am looking forward to the day we can be together and encourage each other to learn and grow. I just want to reach out and encourage all of us to compete in Print Competition in 2021.

    First I want to apologize for letting myself get lazy and not entering print competition (note to self)

    Ok, let’s move on. A little bit about me: I joined PPANI in 2007 but didn’t enter print competition until 2012. I heard over and over it would make me a better photographer. One day I woke up and said to myself ‘oh my gracious Kerri, you're not going to die - just do it’ lol. Since then I’ve failed and succeeded.

    Always learning.

    I’ve enjoyed earning Bronze, Silver, Gold & Diamond awards at PPA’s International Print Competition. I’ve been the recipient of a Fuji Masterpiece Award & nominated for a GIA.

    None of this would have happened if I would not have put myself out there. I’m not special just persistent.

    Last year I didn’t compete at all and so this year I know that I need to get back in the saddle and to help others grow and be encouraged.

    To make a long story short - knowing the 12 elements of a merit print helps me in all of my photography. It helps me focus and see things in a way I might not have seen before. It helps me take risks. It helps me desire to grow and learn. It keeps me humble.

    One of the best pieces of advice I was given was: “don’t go for merit, go for 100” Let’s make this February the best PPANI print competition ever. And this year we have the ASP award for the highest scoring print for those of you are a an ASP member. 

    Kerri Weiss Master Photog., Craftsman, CPP

    12 Elements of a Merit/Loan Print

    What does it take to get your photograph into the prestigious Loan Collection? Images in PPA’s International Photographic Competition are judged on 12 criteria. Master these and you win not only PPA merits but a spot in the Loan Collection exhibit.

    1. Impact Viewing an image for the first time always evokes some kind of feeling. Sometimes they can make us sad, happy or angry. Sometimes they force us to look inward at ourselves. That’s called an impact, and the more powerful the image, the more powerful the emotional response of the viewer.

    2. Technical Excellence This is the print quality of the actual image itself as it’s presented for viewing. There are a lot of aspects that speak to the qualities of the physical print. These can include: • Retouching • Manipulation • Sharpness • Exposure • Printing • Mounting • Color correction

    3. Creativity Your point of view is exactly that– yours. And it’s unlike anyone else’s. This element speaks directly to that perspective. It shows your imagination and how you used the medium to convey an idea, a message or a thought to the viewer. This is how you differentiate yourself from others.

    4. Style There are many, many ways to apply this element to your work. Maybe you use light in a specific way on a subject, or maybe you make a technical decision for the express purpose of underscoring desired impact. When subject matter and style come together in an appropriate manner, the effects on an image can be spectacular. But remember, when subject matter and style don’t work together, the results can be, well, less-than-spectacular.

    5. Composition When all the visual elements of an image come together to express intent, that’s when the magic of composition happens. Good composition captures a viewer’s attention and directs it where you, the artist, want it to be. Depending on your intent, you can make something that pleases the viewer– or disturbs them.

    6. Presentation 12 Elements of a Merit/Loan Print How you showcase an image is just as important as how you compose it. Everything in the presentation should work to enhance your image and not distract from it. Keep this in mind when choosing mats, borders and everything in between.

    7. Color Balance Proper color balance can bring a sense of harmony to an image. When the tones all work together to support an image, the emotional appeal is that much greater. But color balance doesn’t have to be used to bring harmony to an image. You can use color balance to evoke any number of feelings from a viewer. The choice in how to take advantage is entirely up to you, but no matter what, be sure your choice enhances rather than distracts.

    8. Center of Interest This is where an image’s creator wants a viewer’s attention focused. Sometimes there can be a primary and a secondary center of interest. Sometimes everything in an image will work together to create that center of interest.

    9. Lighting The use and control of light has an effect on every aspect of an image. It informs dimensions and shape, it sets tone and mood, and, like every other technique, proper lighting can be used to enhance your image while improper lighting can detract from it.

    10. Subject Matter Even though it lacks words, your image is still telling a story, and your subject matter is central to that. So make sure that your subject matter is right for the story that you’re trying to tell.

    11. Technique How you choose to execute your image is key. It’s also a holistic decision. Technique informs everything in the creation of your image. From lighting and posing to printing and presentation, it all works to show off the techniques that you’ve mastered and applied to your craft.

    12. Story Telling What does your image evoke in a viewer’s imagination? What do you want your image to evoke in a viewer’s imagination? Keep in mind: You are creating art. And while the act of creating is a personal thing, so too is the act of viewing. Your image is a story, and the one it tells your viewer may be one you never knew you were telling

  • 6 Sep 2020 8:49 AM | Beth Genengels

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    Chicagoland area photograph restoration studio has an immediate opening for an Experienced Photograph Restoration Artist. MUST be proficient in Photoshop, have drawing skills that include human features, objects, backgrounds, foregrounds, and buildings to work on restoring old damaged photographs. Working remotely is an option. Please feel free to forward this listing to anyone you feel is qualified and interested. Applicants: email sample of work or link & resume to

  • 13 Aug 2020 8:08 AM | Beth Genengels

    Creating a Community in a Covid Era

    by Beth Genengels, M.Photog, CR, CPP

    When I sat down to write this article, the intention was to clarify the degree program offered through the Professional Photographers of Northern Illinois. Our degree program consists of several degrees offered that honor our members for their service to Northern. Points are gained by performing various duties and getting involved in our organization. (A full list of how to get involved is listed under member resources on the website.) Some of the easiest and most fun points to obtain are gained simply by attending our monthly meetings, or volunteering to help out in print comp. Wow, have times changed. If you’d like to know more about this program, I would be happy to talk to you on the side.

    A great advantage of “Northern,” is our community. Being forced to separate for a bit has sure been tough, and we miss you! In coping with the lack of a physical community, here are 5 ways to be part of the Covid Era community at PPANI:

    Lunch With Northern 

    We have opened up a Monday Lunch hour. All are welcomed to join us (even if you aren’t currently a member of PPANI.) It has been a great opportunity to reconnect a bit and feel that sense of community again. Topics have included anything from well being checks to bonus items and outsourcing. Being a part of a PPA affiliate has always had its unique advantages. Sure, there is online learning all over the place, but we want to be here here for our members. Monday Lunch hours have been a support group of sorts, to vent, research and just be friendly with our fellow photographers.

    Write an Article fo our Hi-lites Blog

    Have you noticed the articles being posted since the beginning of this year? You can catch up on them here.The Professional Photographers of Northern Illinois have a long and rich history. We have boxes of articles written by our past members. In recent years, those publications have fallen off. 

    Mainly due to technology, we no longer have a print newsletter, however there certainly is no shortage of talent among our members. We hope you take the time to read some (including this one) of these articles, but we also invite you to write an article on something you might want to share, or are passionate about. Some great ideas would be, “How I found my Photography Niche,” or “How to run Successful Mini Sessions” (Julie Mettler, I’m looking at you.) Maybe you’d like to share a pullback and description of a shot you took. You will earn the gratitude of a wonderful group of people for your efforts and receive points towards your degree.

    Jump in on a Zoom Class

    While we can’t actually meet up in person, we have had a wonderful set of speakers quickly adapt and offer exceptional online programs for PPANI. Join us for one of these classes while the state has restrictions in place. As a bonus, all of the classes are being recorded, so if you can’t join us the day of, you will receive a link to the recording and you can watch it at your leisure or revisit it whenever you’d like a refresh! 

    Find an Accountability Partner

    If sessions are slow use this time to work on your business and your marketing. Find an accountability partner in the group. You can use the Facebook page to ask for one! Having someone else to keep you on track makes progression easier. As an added bonus, you get to make a new friend.  

    Host a Live Video

    We love live feeds! Don’t be shy to pop up in the Facebook group and show us what you’re working on. I see some amazing things coming out of this group and I’m sure we would all love to know more. Some ideas for a live video would be a studio tour or a video from a great location you’re about to shoot in. Are you trying a new piece of equipment, or unboxing a new product? Hop on and share it with the group!

    Hopefully the world will seem a bit more normal in the future. Hopefully that day comes soon. Until then, friends, come take part in our virtual community!

  • 7 Jul 2020 3:28 PM | John Tulipano (Administrator)

    Riding the Merry Go Round

    Peggy Sue Seehafer  M.Photog., M.Artist., CPP

    When we picked a month to write something for our page, I wanted to use the analogy of summer fun and county fairs. Having restored carousel horses for many years and learning the history of more than a century of wooden art, I also see the similarities with our photographic organizations and the medium of photography. Both are often a fun ride with many ups and downs.

    Riding around in circles seems to be the norm of late. I have always loved riding a carousel, but sometimes it does not lead you to the destination you want. This year seems to feel like I fell off the Merry Go Round and jumped on a Roller Coaster! When I started to write this, I was thinking more in terms of software, new equipment, and all the things we need to do our job. Then came the pandemic and my perspective of where I am going with this career have changed.

    A look back-

    I was enrolled in an Arts program in college, where one of the required courses was photography. In that darkroom, I fell in love with the instant gratification of this art form. Since I have always had one foot in the fine arts, I then enrolled in the commercial side of photography at another college, getting two degrees with art and photography, I have always seen them as the same ride. I had a great job for eight years as a commercial photographer and honed my technical skills. Joining PPA  and Northern, expanded the love of photography to portraiture and provided greatly to the business learning curve. After renting a studio in downtown Saint Charles for a few years, I built a studio at my home.

    When digital entered our business, so did lots of innovations of equipment. A back for the medium format camera was $20,000. Investing in equipment was always a risk as many of the products went obsolete quickly. I was trained for archival products in the art world and commercial photography was very different. And since artists are often more frugal than photographers when it comes to equipment, looking for a different way to be creative can produce different looking results. And in my opinion, it has always been important to me to be inspired by others but not to try to replicate.

    Now looking forward-

    Now we are in a situation where money does not seem to flow in so freely, but there are still lots of tempting new photographic tools and better computers available in hopes of making us better photographers. Or maybe just easier to be a better photographer. Sure there are so many lenses and new bodies that lure us to shop. But I often have to ask myself how will this really improve what I am providing my clients? Will it eventually pay for itself?  And will I get a great deal of use out of it before it becomes just another next-generation past on the shelf? (yes, my shelves are filled with those!) 

    For me, this pause has forced me to take a better look at my client base and my desire to create. Marketing has become a big challenge and trying to create a fresh look and see if the buyers want it will continue to make this ride uncomfortable. But with discomfort comes growth. So I will continue to peruse the equipment, prop, and backdrop sections. But I will also work harder at my own vision of what has always excited me about this industry. Capturing a feeling, and presenting it so it hits the 12 elements we are taught. Critiques are a great way to get feedback. So enter, ask, and join groups that will give you input. Then learn to be the best critic of your own work!

    So while riding the Tilt A Whirl this year, I hope you able to find your own style. A look that is identifiable as yours. We have to be able to show our clients something they desire and that they cannot do themselves or get somewhere else.

     Enjoy the ride!

    Peggy Sue

  • 31 May 2020 1:29 PM | John Tulipano (Administrator)


    May 13, 2020      Digital Image Competition

          We had 100 entries from 15 makers. The breakdown is as follows:

    37 Portraits

                39 Illustrative

                5 Wedding

                3 Commercial

                3 Creative Open

                13 Artist

                7 B&W from the above categories.

    The judges discussed many of the images as Challenges. This is where we learn the most from the judges’ opinions.

    We had 36 that scored 80 or above (President’s Award) 36%.

    We had 5 that scored 85 – 89, and 2 scored 90 - 95.

    I want to thank John Tulipano for running the whole online session and to Michael Novo for helping with the sorting process.

    Thanks to the judges. They were Robert Hawkins (Iowa), Thom Rouse and Michael Barton.


    Bruce Van Pelt, Chairman


    Best of Show

    “Shy” by Laura Dajoraite

    Best Black & White

    “What’s to Come” by Carrie White

    Best Artist

    “A Barred Owl” by Peggy Sue Seehafer

    Runner’s Up

    “The Lion King” by Peggy Sue Seehafer

    “Ancient Breed, Contemporary Companion” by Peggy Sue Seehafer

    Best Portrait

    “Shy” by Laura Dajoraite

    Runner’s Up

    “Best Friends” by Peggy Sue Seehafer

    “Mulan Rouge” by Scott Detweiler

    “Fallen Beauty” by Scott Detweiler

    Best Illustrative

    “Grace” by Sonya Gilbert

    Runner’s Up

    “Toy Antoinette” by Scott Detweiler

    “English Old Master Hunter” by Peggy Sue Seehafer

    Best Wedding

    “Iron Embrace” by Michael Novo

    Runner’s Up

    “What’s to Come” by Carrie White

    “Last Dance” by Michael Novo

    Best Commercial

    “Cloudgate” by Michael Novo

    Runner’s Up

    “Quiet Reflection” by Erica Watson

     Best Creative Open

    “Enchanted Twilight Ride” by Brandi Orlando

    BVP 5/13/2020

  • 15 May 2020 11:32 AM | John Tulipano (Administrator)

    How my lifelong hobby turned into a niche for my photography business.               By: John Tulipano

    Most of you know I have had a huge interest in the fire service since I was a young child. That interest has lead me to find paid photography jobs in this area.

    From color negative taken in 1984

    Image from color negative taken in 1984

      When I was about 10 years old there was a significant fire near my childhood home and all the older kids in my neighborhood walked to see the fire but wouldn't take me. Ever since then I have always wanted to know where the fire trucks were going. As I grew older I learned that my grandfather was a Chicago fireman. In high school I was introduced to a friend who was photographing fire trucks. We spent every Saturday taking static (posed) photos of fire trucks using my Kodak Instamatic camera. When I became a senior in high school I upgraded to the Pentax K1000. I joined the year book staff as a photographer and shot many assignments at school. We bulk loaded our own file, processed it after shooting and created contact sheets for the editors to choose the images they wanted for the page spreads. Then went back to the dark room to print the images for the spreads.

    I attended Triton college after high school following the associate degree in photography and taking some fire science classes as electives. I upgraded to the Canon F1 and a Sunpak 611 flash for shooting nighttime fires. The associate’s degree program was disbanded at the college and I never completed my degree.

    I continued fire scene and fire apparatus photography over many years. It slowed down as adult life started, children arrived and my corporate job took me away from the camera.

    Fast-forward to 2014 I was taking pictures at a fire with my Canon 20d, the shutter was not firing properly. It was time for an upgrade and a friend suggested a full frame sensor camera and to shoot in RAW format. I had no idea what he was talking about. I had recently lost my job with AT&T and was looking for a new career and wanting to be my own boss. After purchasing a Canon 6d I was hired by a friend to take photos of large cranes working at construction sites and was paid well for the work. This would be the start of my professional career.

    I began attending fires again, several firefighters asked about seeing my photos. So I would email the fire chiefs a handful of images after attending fires. I was asked to be the official photographer for the fire departments in my area and was given credentials and unfettered access at fire scenes. I could go anywhere I wanted on the fireground and with my years of experience attending fires I know where to go and still be safe.

    Note my shadow in lower portion of image, I was kneeling on the hose

    I attended a lighting workshop hosted by Michael Barton, who suggested joining PPA and PPANI to meet other local photographers. I joined both in 2016. After learning some lighting techniques I approached one of fire chiefs about portraits, they hired me to do portraits of firefighters in their dress uniforms and I provided them with 5x7 prints. I have been hired by 25 fire departments doing anything from simple 5x7 prints to large 60x40 wall collages or a combination of both my average price is about $3200 per department.

    Many of the fire scene images that I've taken over the years are now becoming decorative wall pieces at my local fire stations anywhere from 8x12 mounted prints to 16x24 metals. Fire departments are hiring me for events such as retirements and promotions.

    Two months ago I was contacted by a fire truck dealership who saw a large metal print on the wall at a fire department station he was selling a new fire truck to. We worked out a contract and I am providing them delivery photos of apparatus sold in the Chicago area. I created a 16x24 metal print that he presents as a gift to the department who purchases the new fire truck. That gave me the idea to reach out to several more fire truck dealers and suggest the same thing. We are in talks right now for providing something very similar.

    I would have never dreamed that a hobby I still enjoy today could be 60% of the revenue of my business. What's your hobby or interest outside of photography, how can your photography business help promote your hobby or enhance it for others?

  • 19 Feb 2020 12:54 PM | John Tulipano (Administrator)

    The following is presented to attempt to clarify the competition rules.

    To begin, the next section is the category descriptions for District Awards by PPA



    Images can portray a subject or subjects from all walks of life and should reflect the personality of the subject(s).

    • Children - This sub-category must contain a child or children from birth to age 16.
    • High School Senior - This sub-category portrays a male or female age 16 to 18.
    • Animal - This sub-category captures an animal(s) portrait using structured lighting in a studio or outdoor environment, where the owner or photographer control the animal.
    • General Portrait - This sub-category includes families, groups, couples, and adults (18 and older), relationships, models, and fashion portraits, in addition to tastefully artistic figure studies.


    Capturing the beauty of nature, wildlife, industry, and architectural areas are considered illustrative.

    • Landscape/Nature - This sub-category shares joy and adventures while expressing a sense of place. Wild animals in an uncontrolled lighting environment, zoo animals,  flowers, seascapes, cityscapes, urban landscapes, and sunsets with or without people can be placed here.
    • Illustrative/Commercial - This sub-category is used when images are created for a commercial client to advertise a product and promote a brand or company. This can be an interior or exterior of a structure or within an industrial environment. Illustrative can also be conceptual images that tell a story.
    • PO Album: consists of portrait and story-telling albums.

    Creative Open

    This category consists of images that have additional photographic elements not created by the maker. All the other PO rules still apply with the exception that an entrant may choose to use photographic elements in the image not created by the maker. These photographic elements must be shown in a guide image. The purpose of this category is to allow makers to enter everyday images that may contain digital backgrounds or other photographic elements not created by the entrant. All necessary releases are required. The jurors will evaluate the entire image, but the photographic elements that were created by the maker must still be merit worthy as well as the overall image.


    Images created at or in connection with a wedding.

    • WEDDING OPEN: Images can portray a subject or subjects from all aspects of a wedding including traditional portraits, candids or detail work.
    • SINGLE MAKER WEDDING ALBUM: Multiple images combined into a digital album collection exclusively showcasing a specific wedding.
    • MULTIMAKER WEDDING ALBUM: Images in the album must be the work of the two entrants, with a minimum of 20 images per entrant.  Each entrant must individually enter the competition and pay appropriate entry fees. Multimaker Wedding albums will be judged as one entry.


    A conceptual image altered or manipulated from its original condition. Creations can be a subtle application using post-processing techniques, or a dramatic combination of details to suggest a larger story. The artist is responsible for the idea behind the image and the work done to create the finished art piece.

    • Artist Open
    • Restoration

    PPANI awards Best of Categories for the following:

    Best Album (only in February)

    Best Artist                              Best Portrait

    Best Illustrative                     Best Commercial

    Best Wedding                       Best Creative Open

    Best Black & White (Monochrome) chosen from all of the other categories.The B&W checkbox must be checked on the entry form.

    Best of Show chosen from all the Best of Categories.

    PPANI is changing to judging all categories separately instead of mixing them all together in an attempt to avoid possible confusion during judging.

    The Creative Open category was just added for us and needs some clarification.

    We have discussed for years how much of an image must be photographed or otherwise made by the maker. Small elements can be used for any of the categories as long as the majority of the image is photographed and designed by the maker. This includes purchased backgrounds and props as long as they are Not Photographic.

    If the background is a photograph or a muslin or canvas made from a photograph, and looks real it can only be used in the Creative Open category and must be shown as a ”thumbnail” or “guide” image on the side of the main image in the final presentation. Things like “clipart” are allowed in all categories as long as they are minor elements in the makers design. These do not need to be thumbnails in the Creative Open images. Recently we had a Harley Davidson emblem shown as guide image. This was not necessary because it was not photographic. The following image will illustrate the Creative Open requirements.

    The entire background of this image is very realistic because it is from a photograph (NOT taken by the maker) which is properly shown as a thumbnail on the right.This image has only one, but if there were more they would be lined up above the one shown.

    The judges now can evaluate what work the maker did to accomplish this result.

    The following is an example which has a photographic background which was photographed and then manipulated by the maker. This should be entered in Photographic Open in the Portrait or maybe Illustrative categories. Creative Open is not appropriate for this. It doesn’t eed any thumbnail accompaniment. The same hold for the “Tempest in a Teacup” where all elements were photographed by the maker.


               The Artist Category is much different in that the final image is only part of what’s important. The maker must demonstrate all the elements that went into the creation. The thumbnails will include all elements (photographic or not) so the judges can mentally follow the creative process. The two images following demonstrate this.

    I hope this helps to clarify competition images.

    Bruce Van Pelt

  • 17 Feb 2020 7:15 AM | John Tulipano (Administrator)

    Feb 12, 2020      All Day Print Competition Results

    By: Bruce Van Pelt - Print Chair

          We had 185 entries from 28 makers. The breakdown is as follows:

    79 Portraits

                46 Illustrative

                18 Wedding

                9 Commercial

                18 Creative Open

                12 Artist

                3 Albums

                23 B&W from the above categories.

    The judges discussed many of the images as Challenges. This is where we learn the most from the judges’ opinions.

    We had 105 that scored 80 or above (President’s Award) 105/185 or 58%.

    We had 28 that scored 85 – 89, and 5 scored 90 - 95.

    I want to thank my great print crew: John Tulipano, Alejandro Mimo, Megan Drane, Carry White and Brandi Orlando.

    Thanks to the judges. They were Robert Hawkins (Jury Chair, Iowa), Chris Richman (NC), Gina Gardner (NV), Wayne Torr (VT), and Adam Carrol (MI).


    Best Black & White

    “Hand Drawn” by Peggy Sue Seehafer

    Best Artist

    “Beautiful Patriotic Symbol” by Peggy Sue Seehafer

    Runner’s Up

    “Leading Lines” by Scott Detweiler

    “I Bodypainted An Octopus Doll” by Scott Detweiler

    Best Portrait

    “Rocker Chic” by Michael Novo

    Runner’s Up

    “Uncaged” by Megan Drane

    “Temptress” by Scott Detweiler

    “Emerald” by Laura Dajoraite

    Best Illustrative

    “Industrial Attitude” by Scott Detweiler

    Runner’s Up

    “What a Strange Bird” by Maria Heineman

    “Elusive Muse” by Jim Pierce

    Best Wedding

    “Together at Last” by Carol DeAnda

    Runner’s Up

    “I'm Luuuvin' In the Rain” by Michael Novo

    “Christina” by Carol DeAnda

    “Taxi Men” by Michael Novo

    Best Commercial

    “Moonlight Harvest” by Kathryn Northcott

    Runner’s Up

    “Antique Elegance” by Kathryn Northcott

     “Back in the Good Old Days” by Kathryn Northcott

    Best Creative Open

    “Downtown Geisha” by Michael Novo

    Runner’s Up

    “Moonrise” by Jerry Alt

     “Dark Fairy” by Beth Genengels

    Best of Show

    “Industrial Attitude” by Scott Detweiler

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