Apr 30, 2019 | By: Calgary Professional Photographer, Alison Lapczuk
Artists are always exploring, pushing forward and learning. I think that's why I love photography so much: it's a never-ending learning process and the limits will never be reached. There is always ground to be gained.
Much of my growth as a photographic artist can be credited to my participation in professional competition. Each year since becoming professionally accredited with the Professional Photographers of Canada (PPOC), I've submitted work to the National Image Salon, an annual juried exhibition put on by the PPOC.
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.
Image critique is a valuable educational tool (though it's tough on the ol' ego at times!). I wouldn't be as far along as I am without it.
For the PPOC National Image Salon, each qualifying entrant can submit up to 4 images.