Luke Photography earns a Merit in International Print Competition

Luke Photography earns a Merit in International Print Competition

In April, Patrick Luke of Luke Photography, a Rochester-based portrait photographer, submitted four prints in the 2010 International Print Competition through the Professional Photographers of America (PPA), and the results of the competition were just finalized.

“A Mischievous Mind” – selected for the 2010 PPA Showcase book
One of the prints, “A Mishchievous Mind”, not only earned a Merit, but was one of less than 150 images that were chosen from the thousands that were entered to be included in the 2010 PPA Showcase book. The PPA Showcase book is published by the PPA every year to present some of the finest images that have been accepted into the PPA’s General Collection.

From Patrick: The image was captured during a portrait session with the 18-month old son of a long-time friend. While I was able to capture so many great images during the entire session, this one captured a split-second look and expression that is timeless, and brought a smile and chuckle to almost all the judges who viewed it.

Judges view all submitted images against 12 elements: Impact, Creativity, Technical Expertise, Composition, Lighting, Style, Print Presentation, Center of Interest, Subject Matter, Color Balance, Technique, and Story Telling. Images that score well in all 12 categories earn print merits. I’m pretty sure that Impact was the highest scoring category for this print.

I was pleased that I was able to attain this honor in only my 2nd print competition. It’s not always easy or comfortable to bear one’s creativity to critique, especially in an international competition against the best photographers in the world. But with results like this, it ends up being very rewarding and enriching.

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