Friday, May 12, 2006

More Awards at WPPI, Las Vegas 2006

Ines's sister visited us from Germany and the two of them flew out to Las Vegas to watch the WPPI judging.
We entered several albums and 5 prints. I was photographing a wedding that Saturday, but flew out on Sunday morning to join them. We had a productive event including Accolades of Excellence for one of our January weddings and also for 4 of our 16x20 prints.
Each year the quality of work has been progressively better, and this year the judges were instructed to raise the quality required to prove superior quality.
On Monday the ladies went for a helicopter tour of the Grand Canyon while I attended the WPPI workshops.
In deference to our guest we headed out to Utah to tour Zion & Bryce National Parks. Mid week we than headed over to Death Valley and had the luck to photograph a rain and dust storm. The temperatures were low with a high of 98 but than we headed up to Mammoth Lakes in the California Sierra Nevada's.
The snow drifts were over the windows of our condo and it snowed that night.

It was a whirlwind trip with a chance to visit with friends from around the country and join our mentor and friend David Williams for dinner. David is from Australia, but makes frequent trips to the US to provide professional photography workshops. We were able to capture some awards, and capture some new images in the desert. We talked with Gerald & Edie Hardage about some of our upcoming workshops. You should visit their website to view some great images. We met Gerald & Edie at one of Rick Ferro's workshops 3 years ago.

I will provide more details about the jury process for judging professional photographs and wedding albums.

WPPI is Wedding & Portrait Photographers International. There trade journal is Rangefinder Magazine.

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