Apr 30, 2017 | By: Calgary Family Photographer, Alison Lapczuk
What is this all about? Why don't I let the words on the Professional Photographers of Canada website inform you:
One of the cornerstones of the Professional Photographers of Canada is the PPOC Annual Image Salon. This juried exhibition showcases the best of the best. Within this Salon Exhibition, you will find the most creative, the newest and most cutting edge, and the finest technically executed images produced by our members.
This inspirational collection of images displays the level of excellence Canadian photographers have achieved. Some of the best photographic talent in the world lives and works in Canada, and enters this PPOC image competition in the hopes of being selected for the Salon Exhibition.
Active/Accredited members of PPOC are invited to submit images annually to a juried exhibition. A group of highly qualified judges, all of whom have obtained their Craftsman of Photographic Arts or Master of Photographic Arts designation, and have been trained as jurors, assemble to review submissions. These jurors have the monumental task of viewing in excess of 800 images, setting aside any personal bias and judging objectively, to determine those images worthy of being accepted into the Salon Exhibition.
From those submitted images deemed worthy of inclusion in the final Salon Exhibition, those which stand above the rest are awarded scores of Merit, and the small number which are deemed to be truly exceptional images are awarded the prestigious score of Excellence. Top images from the PPOC image competition move on to the Canadian selection committee for the World Photographic Cup(WPC). It is very prestigious to represent Canada at this international competition and in the inaugural WPC our members secured 12 top ten finishes, including a Gold and a Bronze medal.
This was my second year entering images and I was taking a risk trying to get my documentary family work recognized, though there is not a category that fits this style exactly. I knew I'd be more likely to get my fine art work in, but I really wanted to improve THIS work. I'm glad to have taken the risk, as it's the best way to learn.