Prints That Win: Homestead

Veteran Michigan photographer, Kari Douma, has paid many visits to the winner’s circle at print competitions. Ever since her first competition in 2007, she has been capturing numerous show-stopping photographs that catch the judge’s eyes.

Her photograph, “Homestead,” is no exception. She won the Sunset Print Award at the PPA Northeast District in the spring, and was named the third-place winner at the National Sunset Print Awards in November. Coming across the scene captured in “Homestead” happened almost by chance.

An unseasonal spring snow in Montana inspired her to go for a ride in search of the perfect landscape. “We were driving on two track roads out in the middle of nowhere when I saw the scene and captured it,” she says. “I loved it so much that I wanted to come back at sunrise the next morning but I still liked the original one better from the day before.” After some slight editing in Photoshop, “Homestead” was primed to be a winner.

Congrats to the 2016 National Sunset Print Award Winners!

We are thrilled to announce the winners of the 2016 National Sunset Print Awards:

1st  place: Old Faithful by Christie Newell

2nd place: The Boxer by Ben Tanzer

3rd place: Homestead by Kari Douma

Our illustrious judges included jury chairman Carmen Schettino, Canon Explorer of Light Jane Conner Ziser, head of photograhy and digital imaging at Ringling College of Art and Design Thomas Carabasi and Master of Photography Scott Hime.

Top 26: The National Sunset Print Award Contenders

This week, LexJet will be hosting four prestigious judges in our Sarasota, Fla., headquarters for the third annual National Sunset Print Awards competition.

Each year, photographers and image makers compete at their local and regional print competitions where we offer Sunset Print Awards. The prints that win the Sunset award at those events have the opportunity to compete for the national award each November. Past winners have included Tammy Bevins and Kari Douma.

Video: National Sunset Print Award Recap and Why You Should Compete

Entering print competitions elevates your craft, providing valuable insight into what makes a great image. This year’s National Sunset Print Award judges brought years of experience entering and judging numerous print competitions.

Print CompetitionIn the video above, the judges share their perspectives on the importance of entering print competitions, what it has meant to them, and what it can mean to you.

Again, special thanks to the judges of the first annual National Sunset Print Award competition: Tom Carabasi of Ringling College of Art + Design; Julie Hughes, Abbey of London, Jensen Beach, Fla.; Rich Newell, Professional Photographers of America; Carmen Schettino, Carmen Schettino Photography, Sarasota; Jessica Vogel, Jessica Vogel Photography, Shelbyville, Ky.

For more about the winner of the National Sunset Print competition, click here. And, go to www.sunsetprint.com to find out how and where you can enter the 2015 Sunset Print Award competition.