This week was a big week. Every January, the Professional Photographers of America (PPA) hold their big conference, Imaging USA. Imaging is an incredible conference bringing in around 10,000 photographers, among which are some of the best photographers in the world. During the conference, PPA honors their award winners for the year and presents the Grand Imaging Awards (GIAs) to the top photographers in each category of competition photography. This year, not only was I a silver medalist in print competition, but also a GIA finalist in the animal category for my piece titled 'Midday in the Garden'
I was walking amongst giants. The photographers picked as the finalists are of a level that I dream of reaching. I struggle a bit with imposter syndrome and, if I'm honest, I was sure they must have made a mistake in their announcement. I mean, the rest of the category were amazing pet portraits, and I had entered a big green spider! I might have managed to convince myself that people were secretly laughing at me. When instead, I received general excitement over the fact that a macro image had been included as one of the final images, I was thrilled!
In the end, it was so inspiring to be up with the top 100 images of the year. I loved every minute of it and was more than a little giddy to be up there with some of the biggest names in my business. I may not have been one of the GIA winners, but the men and women who won deserved every bit of it. A particular congratulations to Michelle Garcia for her first place in the animal category and to Ben Shirk for his amazing win. And if you, like me, enjoy peering at other people’s websites, I highly recommend heading over to their websites and checking them out.