I stepped into the Professional Photographers Print Competition world in 2018. As a portrait artist I am pursing my Professional Photographers Certification and print competition is a large part of the process.
In 2017, I told myself I was going to compete, but my personal life and failing marriage gave me every excuse to not do it. In 2018, I was struggling with the grief of my divorce. My mentor told me I needed to get behind the camera and create a self portrait. The print competition deadline came and went I had not created the self portrait but stopped making excuses and submitted a case. Much to my surprise my image titled "Sour Flower" took 3rd place in the children's division at the Kansas Professional Photographer's Association Print Competition. It also received a Judge's Choice Award. I had missed an important part of print competition and had not submitted the image with "presentation".
With the initial fear of print competition behind me and the continued pushing of my mentor I finally decided to get into my studio and create a the self portrait that they kept pushing me to do.
Facing depression as Christmas of 2018 was coming the realization of the first Christmas break without my kids was getting the best of me. Through a lot of tears I pushed myself to create. What came out surprised me, in many ways it set me free. However I didn't see it as anything more than a personal project. As an active member in a professional photographers facebook group I finally shared the image. Much to my surprise, the image resonates with a lot of artists. More than 1,000 people took the time to encourage me, share their stories and pour into my artist soul. I joined my local chapter of Professional Photographers Association of Greater Kansas City and decided during their print competition I would enter my art.
"Let Him Go" was awarded First Place in the non-masters Creative Division.
"Sour Flower" was awarded another Judge's Choice Award
I so proud of these small accomplishments of 2019 and look forward to learning and pushing myself even more in the 2020 print competition season!
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