In January I attended the Professional Photographers of America (PPA) conference Imaging USA in San Antonio to learn more about my craft. Like many other professional organizations, professional photographers also have continuing education. One of my big take aways from the convention was how to better present my work in competition.
Last night I went to Austin’s PPA monthly meeting and took a print of this image to enter in the monthly competition. Looks like the tips I picked up for entering images in competition worked as I walked away with the Speaker’s Choice ribbon for this one. And last night’s speaker was none other than Steve Kozak, a director in PPA and the executive director of Texas PPA. Steve is also a PPA Master Photographer, one of the top honors in PPA.
For me, getting this recognition for my work was HUGE. It wasn’t a merit, which is an award presented for outstanding photos by PPA, but it helped me know that I am producing images that photographers I respect believe I am doing nice work. Who knows, maybe I’ll enter this in a competition that awards merits to see how it will do. ;-)
In the mean time, if you’d like a 16”x20” Steve Coyle original, message me and let’s talk.