Dawn entered four images in last week’s Southwest Professional Photographer Associations District Print Competition, a district that includes eight states, and brought home a few awards! Three of the four images scored high enough to be “Deserving of Merit” (merits become official when the images go through the PPA International Print Competition later this year), and one of those images, Chalk Up Another Win,” won a third place ribbon for Best High School Portrait, and another, “Pointe of Grace” won a Fuji Masterpiece Award – in the Portrait category (very hard to get) and the trophy for Best Portrait. The third merit worthy print, “Butterfly Heaven” didn’t win a ribbon or a crystal. The fourth print, “Rhapsody on Blue,” was one point below the merit category with a score of 79. Ironically, that same image scored the highest out of the four images at the state competition!?! Perhaps the panel of judges just wasn’t in the mood for blue flowers that day…
“Rhapsody on Blue” was a image of a bouquet of blue orchids that Dawn got from Uptown Floral. “Butterfly Heaven” was an image of our daughter Paige in a full length dress, with a print reminiscent of a monarch butterfly, laying in a field of yellow flowers. Personally, this image was my favorite, but they say I’m prejudiced! “Chalk Up Another Win” in an image of Enid High Class of 2014 graduate Luis Maciel pounding chalk off of his hands. The explosion of chalk dust and Luis’ expression make an extremely powerful impact on viewers. “Pointe of Grace” is a beautiful image of local dancer Sarah Harman. Sarah and Paige study dance together at Dance Works of Enid just down the block from our studio. We will have to let everyone know when we are able to get the prints put on display for everyone to view. Below I have copied the announcement I wrote up for the camera club we belong to. It tells a little more about the competition and list the other Oklahoma photography artists that won awards for their prints too.
Southwest PPA’s 2015 District Photography Competition was held January 8-9 in San Marcos, Texas. I couldn’t find the stats anywhere , but it looks like more than 650 entries this year. For those that don’t know, the SWPPA district consists of eight states; Arizona, Arkansas, Colorado, Louisiana, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Texas and Utah. Oklahoma artists did very well again this year, as they do every year! Here is a list of awards won by our fellow Oklahomans.
“Best Children’s Portrait“ – First Place Crystal – “Addy Rattles On” By Mary Waters
“Best Children’s Portrait“ – Second Place Ribbon – “Bashful” by Leslie Hoyt
“Best Portrait“ – First Place Crystal – “Pointe of Grace” By Dawn Muncy
Fuji Masterpiece Award Portrait – “Pointe of Grace” By Dawn Muncy
Canon Par Excellence Award, Master Artist – Ann Naugher
4 for 4 Pin Award Winners – Leslie Hoyt, Amanda Lundy, Ann Naugher, Kimberly Smith, Mary Waters
Oklahoma High Print Case District Award – Ann Naugher with 346 points
Also noteworthy, Rhonda Smith had two prints score “Worthy of Merit” which will seal and be sent to Nationals for her first print merits ever!
The next time you see them be sure to say Congratulations to all of the award winners!
The full list of print scores and winners can be found on SWPPA.com.
– Doug Muncy