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  • 20 Feb 2019 9:24 AM | Beth Genengels (Administrator)


  • 18 Feb 2019 5:42 PM | Beth Genengels (Administrator)


    Feb 13, 2019     Digital Image Competition

          We had 198 entries from 29 makers. The breakdown is as follows:

    108 Portraits

                41 Illustrative

                15 Wedding

                16 Commercial

                16 Artist

                2 Albums

                21 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 61 that scored 80 or above (President’s Award) 61/198 or 31%. 

    We had 15 that scored 85 – 89, and 2 scored 90, 1 at 91 and 2 at 97.

    I want to thank my great print crew: John Tulipano, Alejandro Mimo, Beth Genengels and Michael Novo. 

    Thanks to the judges. They were Robert Hawkins (Jury Chair, Iowa), Lisa Dillon and Bryan Welsh from Oregon, Bert Behnke and Dan Thornton (Southern Illinois).

    Sincerely,

    Bruce Van Pelt, Chairman

    Awards

    Best Black & White

    “Between Heaven and Earth” by Kerri Weiss

    Best Artist

    “Among the Giants” by Megan Drane

    Runner’s Up

    “Beware the Looking Glass” by Megan Drane

    “Big Brother’s Summer Lessons” by Megan Drane

    Best Portrait

    “He’s Been Known to Cure Narcolepsy” by Travis Patenaude

    Runner’s Up

    “Shaggy” by Laura Dajoraite

    “Dancer’s Repose” by April Graves

    Best Illustrative

    “Between Heaven and Earth” by Kerri Weiss

    Runner’s Up

    “Fallen” by Maria Heineman

    “Exit Point” by Michael Lee

    “Gramps Garage” by Beth Genengles

    Best Wedding

    “Warm My Heart” by Carol DeAnda

    Runner’s Up

    “Timeless Quiet” by Carrie White

    Best Commercial

    “End of the Day” by Kathryn Northcott

    Runner’s Up

    “The Design Exponent” by Joseph Fenwick

    “Classic Packard” by Kathryn Northcott

    “His & Hers Toys” by Kathryn Northcott

    Best of Show

    “Between Heaven and Earth” by Kerri Weiss

    BVP 2/14/2019


    PPANI    February 13, 2019     All Day Print Competition

    Awards

    Best Black & White

    “Between Heaven and Earth” by Kerri Weiss

    Best Artist

    “Among the Giants” by Megan Drane

    Runner’s Up

    “Beware the Looking Glass” by Megan Drane

    “Big Brother’s Summer Lessons” by Megan Drane

    Best Portrait

    “He’s Been Known to Cure Narcolepsy” by Travis Patenaude

    Runner’s Up

    “Shaggy” by Laura Dajoraite

    “Dancer’s Repose” by April Graves

    Best Illustrative

    “Between Heaven and Earth” by Kerri Weiss

    Runner’s Up

    “Fallen” by Maria Heineman

    “Exit Point” by Michael Lee

    “Gramps Garage” by Beth Genengles

    Best Wedding

    “Warm My Heart” by Carol DeAnda

    Runner’s Up

    “Timeless Quiet” by Carrie White

    Best Commercial

    “End of the Day” by Kathryn Northcott

    Runner’s Up

    “The Design Exponent” by Joseph Fenwick

    “Classic Packard” by Kathryn Northcott

    “His & Hers Toys” by Kathryn Northcott

    Best of Show

    “Between Heaven and Earth” by Kerri Weiss

    BVP 2/14/2019

  • 15 Oct 2018 9:43 AM | Beth Genengels (Administrator)

    PPANI

    October 10, 2018      Digital Image Competition

          We had 60 entries from 11 makers. The breakdown is as follows:

    39 Portraits

    7 Illustrative

    6 Wedding

    5 Commercial

    3 Artist

    8 B&W from the above categories.

    We had 35 that scored 80 or above (President’s Award) 35/60 or 58%. 

    We had 8 that scored 85 – 89, and 3 scored above 90.

    I want to thank my great print crew: John Tulipano, Alejandro Mimo, Megan Drane, Beth Genengels and Michael Novo. Thanks to Bert Behnke for serving as Jury Foreman.

    Thanks to my fellow judges Pete Rezac and Peggy Sue Seehafer.

    Sincerely,

    Bruce Van Pelt, Chairman 10/12/18

    Awards

    Best of Show

    Best Portrait

    “On Pointe” - Jerry Alt

    Best Commercial

    Best Black & White

     “The Green Mill Chicago” - Michael Novo 

    Best Illustrative

    “Flowers are a Girl’s Best Friend” - Barbara Breitsameter 

    Best Artist

    “Beware the Looking Glass” - Megan Drane

    Best Wedding

    “Speakeasy Light Painting” - Michael Novo


  • 29 May 2018 8:38 PM | Beth Genengels (Administrator)

    Thank you to everyone who attended Sandra Pearce's class this past month, what an incredible artist and speaker. We were honored to have Sandra judge our May competition alongside Bruce Van Pelt, Kathryn Northcott and Michael Novo. Thank you to all of you as well as the print crew. Please see below for the Photographic Image Competition chair report, Congratulations to all who entered.


    PPANI

    May 9, 2018      Digital Image Competition

          We had 49 entries from 8 makers (6 members). The breakdown is as follows:

    28 Portraits

    11 Illustrative

    3 Wedding

    2 Commercial

    6 Artist

    11 B&W from the above categories.

    We had 30 that scored 80 or above (President’s Award) 30/49 or 60%. 

    We had 13 that scored 85 – 89, and 3 scored above 90.

    I want to thank my great print crew: John Tulipano, Pamela Cather, Megan Drane and Beth Genengels. Thanks to Michael Novo acting as Jury Foreman.

    Thanks to my fellow judges Sandra Pearce and Kathryn Northcott.

    Sincerely,

    Bruce Van Pelt, Chairman 5/13/18

    Awards

    Best Black & White

    Best Portrait

    Best of Show

    “The Ringer” by Beth Genengels


    Best Commercial

     “Molten Gold” by Megan Drane


    Best Illustrative

    “Fading to Extinction” by Peggy Sue Seehafer 


    Best Artist

    “Hooded Merganser” by Peggy Sue Seehafer 


  • 24 Feb 2018 4:13 PM | Megan Drane (Administrator)

    Thank you to everyone who participated and attended our February print competition to kick off the 2018 season!  With over 150 entries, there were many great images.  If you were new to competition (or even an old pro), we hope you learned something from watching and listening to the panel judges.

    Below is the print competition report, from Our Vice President and Print Competition Chair, Bruce Van Pelt.  Congratulations to everyone who participated.


    Feb 14, 2018      Digital Image Competition

          We had 153 entries from 21 makers. The breakdown is as follows:

    82 Portraits

    46 Illustrative

    4 Wedding

    5 Commercial

    12 Artist

    4 Albums

    39 B&W from the above categories.

    We no longer enter physical entries but had 153 digital entries. 

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

    We had 67 that scored 80 or above (President’s Award) 67/153 or 44%. 

    We had 14 that scored 85 – 89, and 1 scored 90.

    I want to thank my great print crew: John Tulipano, Maria Heineman, Megan Drane and Beth Genengels. Thanks to Peter Yu for running the print handling and scoring system.

    Thanks to my fellow judges. They are:

    Robert Hawkins (Jury Chair, Iowa), Kristy Steeves (Ohio), Toni Harryman (Iowa) and Dan Thornton (Southern  Illinois).

    Sincerely,

    Bruce Van Pelt, Chairman


    Awards

    Best Black & White

    “I can See That I Am Strong” by Janelle Pitula

    Best Artist

    “The Dog Walker” by Megan Drane

    Best Portrait

    “Uncertain” by Mary Katlin Davis

    Best Illustrative

    “Stepping Lightly” by Peggy Sue Seehafer 

    Best Wedding

    “Squeeze” by Michael Novo

    Best Album

    “My Secret Garden” by Peggy Sue Seehafer 

    Best Commercial

    “A Dog’s Best Friend” by John Tulipano

    Best of Show

    “My Secret Garden” by Peggy Sue Seehafer


    BVP 2/16/2018

  • 27 Oct 2017 12:53 PM | Beth Genengels (Administrator)

    A Vote was taken at our October meeting and  I'm happy to announce your 2018 board members.


    Chairman of the Board - Kathryn Northcott

    President - Beth Genengels

    Vice President  and Print Comp Chair- Bruce Van Pelt

    Secretary and Program Chair - Megan Drane

    Treasurer - John Tulipano

    Membership Chair - Julie Mettler

    Host Chair - Laura Dajoraite


    If anyone is interested in getting more involved, please reach out to one of your board members. We will be forming committees, and looking for volunteers!

     Thank you to everyone for volunteering your time to make our group what it is. 


  • 17 Oct 2017 4:12 PM | Beth Genengels (Administrator)

    Applications for the Jennifer Buckman scholarship are due by November 8th. Please send them to Beth Genengels, beth@bethgenengels.com or mail to:

    PPANI

    c/o Beth Genengels Photography

    4105 W. Crystal Lake Rd

    McHenry, IL 60050

    You can find the application under member resources, here. Remember, you must be logged into your account to view the member only resources.

    The scholarship awards up to $600 towards PPA or PPA Affiliate education.

    Bruce Van Pelt pulled the following from the December 2007 Hi-lites. We would like to share a little bit about the family who initiated the fund.

    -Beth Genengels


    On November 16, 2007 Jennifer Buckman, passed away from injuries sustained in a single car accident near Morton, IL.

    Jennifer’s parents, Bonnie and Rob, and her sister Jaimie were overwhelming supported by the love of a huge numbers of

    family and friends who came to the visitation and funeral. For those who attended the visitation, it took several hours waiting

    in a long line, outside in the rain and inside the funeral home, for many hundreds to offer condolences to Rob, Bonnie,

    and Jaimie.

    The next day, the church was again filled to capacity for the funeral service with more family and friends. We are all deeply

    saddened by Jennifer’s untimely passing. We offer our

    prayers for comfort and continued support to the

    Buckman’s.

    Jennifer was a 2002 graduate of Morton High School, where

    she was a member of the Madrigal Singers. She then graduated

    from Illinois Central College in December 2006, with an

    associate's degree in business. While at ICC, she was a

    member of the Vocal Jazz Ensemble and Timeless Voices.

    She was a junior at Bradley University in Peoria, where she

    was majoring in marketing and sales and was a member of

    the Alpha Chi Omega sorority.

    Jennifer worked with her father at Buckman Photography in

    Morton, where she was the office and sales manager.

    She was a member of the Professional Photographers of

    America; the Associated Photographers of Illinois; and the

    Professional Photographers of Northern Illinois.

    __________

    I worked with Jennifer on the print committees of APPI and PPANI for several years.

    She was always enthusiastic about doing the work of Print Comp. Her dad, Rob was an important part of Northern serving on the board and being past president.

    Bruce

  • 16 Oct 2017 3:22 PM | Beth Genengels (Administrator)

    Thank you to our Print Comp Chair, Bruce Van Pelt for compiling the following report and congratulations to all of the winners!


    PPANI

    October 11, 2017      Digital Image Competition

          We had 40 entries from 7 makers. The breakdown is as follows:

    22 Portraits     12 Illustrative 0 Wedding    2 Commercial      4 Artist

    3 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 23 that scored 80 or above (President’s Award) 23/40 or 58%. 

    We had 4 that scored 85 – 89, and 1 scored above 90.

    I want to thank my great print crew: Peter Yu, John Tulipano, Maria Heineman and Beth Genengels. Thanks to Peter Yu for running the new print handling and scoring system.

    Thanks to the Judges: Kathryn Northcott, Thom Rouse and Bruce Van Pelt.

    Sincerely,

    Bruce Van Pelt, Print Chairman

    Awards

    Best Commercial

    “A Dog’s Best Friend” by John Tulipano

    Best Artist

    “Whooping Crane” by Peggy Sue Seehafer 

    Best Portrait

    “Best Friends” by Peggy Sue Seehafer 

    Best Illustrative

    “Great Horned Owl” by Peggy Sue Seehafer

    Best of Show

    “Whooping Crane” by Peggy Sue Seehafer

    BVP 10/14/2017


  • 19 Sep 2017 11:12 AM | Beth Genengels (Administrator)

    We have so many members who merited images in the 2017 International Photographic Competition and several with Grand Imaging Awards, a Fuji award and medal recipients. 

    If you didn't realize before now how much amazing talent Northern has, take a look. I want to congratulate all of those earning the above accomplishments, but more so, I want to congratulate everyone who pushed themselves to enter! You are taking a huge step towards improving your imagery and you should be proud! 

    Keep going for the gold (ahem diamond) Northern!


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