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:
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.