Manitoba Photographer of the Year winner....again!
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November 12, 2019
By Impact Photographic Design
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I'm thrilled to announce I've won the title of 2019 Manitoba "Photographer of the Year!"

This is the 4th time I've won this award and the 11th time I've been nominated a finalist for it.  This award is presented by the Manitoba Region of the Professional Photographers of Canada (PPOC).

Besides the POY Award, I won four other awards from my 4 image submission.  

I also won:

  • Best Portrait Award for "The Truck That Peter Buiit"
  • Best Nature Award (animals are included in that trophy classification) for "I'm Too Sexy For This Crate"
  • Two Judges choice awards  for "The Truck That Peter Built" & "Down and Out In Beverly Hills"

My other entry was of a chuck wagon race entitled "YEE HAW!

Besides the quality of the images, showing diversity in your submission is also a key component when it comes down to deciding between the finalists. Each photographer is allowed to enter 4 images, and I made sure my images were in 4 different classes to prove my diversity and ability to handle different type of work. 

Along side of the Manitoba POY competition, there is a "Master Photographer's" competition as well.  Those that have achieved the title of Master Photographer (actually I have 7 Bars on top of my Masters) are entitled to enter a separate competition being judged also.  My portrait of a woman in the purple scarf entitled "Dignified Till The End" would have won the Masters Competition as well, except the judges felt I should have done more artwork to lessen the wrinkles on the woman. For a client I usually would have smoothed them out more, but seeing this woman is nearing 100 years old and the title I chose for it, I purposely chose to not do additional artwork to lessen the wrinkles. It was an artistic decision on my part.   As a national level judge myself, I understand their decision to not award a trophy in that class after all, but knowing I was close to winning BOTH competitions is something I take additional pride in.

I have my sites sets on some huge photographic goals in spring and am looking forward to trying to defend my Manitoba Photographer of the Year title next fall.  If I do so i will tie two other photographers who have won it 5 times ....the most in Manitoba history.  I'm hoping to be the third.

Above are the 4 images that won me the title of 2019 Manitoba Photographer of The Year.

Below is my Masters Competition entry that scored well, but was decided to not be given the trophy.

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