WPPI’s Awards of Excellence Now Accepting Entries

Wedding & Portrait Photographers International (WPPI) is now accepting submissions for its annual Awards of Excellence 16×20 Print and Album Competitions. In related news, professional photographer Ken Sklute has been appointed Consulting Director, WPPI Print and Album Competitions, and will oversee the competition rules, submissions, judging and the Awards of Excellence ceremony during the WPPI Conference and Expo.

Photography competitionKen Sklute has been honored as one of Canon’s Explorers of Light, a designation shared by only 60 top photographers worldwide. During his 38-year photographic career, Ken has been named Photographer of the Year a total of 32 times between Arizona, New York, and California. Ken spends much of his time teaching and lecturing, both nationally and internationally.

Photographers are welcome to submit their 16×20-inch Print entries for consideration in the following categories…

Wedding Division: Bride and Groom Together (Wedding Day), Bride and Groom Together (other than Wedding Day), Bride or Groom Alone (Wedding Day), Bride or Groom Alone (other than Wedding Day), Bridal Party; Engagement, and Wedding Details.

Portrait Division: Children, High School, Senior, Individual, Group, Animals/Pets, and Glamour/Boudoir.

Commercial Division: Scientific/Individual, Illustrative/Editorial, Advertising/Fashion, and Landscape/Nature.

Photojournalism Division: Wedding and Non-Wedding.

Composite Division: An entry comprised of multiple images or layers to create a single image.

For more information and to enter the WPPI 2013 Award of Excellence 16×20 Print Competition visit: www.wppi16x20.com.

Photographers are also encouraged to submit a series of digital images presented as a story for consideration in the WPPI Award of Excellence Album Competition. The categories include: Event/Informal Division, Engagement Division, Wedding – Multiple Photographers Division, Wedding – Single Photographers Division, and Videography Division.

For more information on the Album Competition visit: www.wppialbum.com.

The Grand Award for any given division of 16×20 Print and Album Competitions will receive a $2,000 cash prize (U.S. dollars), a complimentary Full Conference Pass for WPPI 2014 Conference and Expo, and complimentary entry into next year’s Awards of Excellence Print Competition (10 print maximum). Grand Award, First, Second and Third Place winners will receive custom-designed, engraved crystal awards.

Entry fees are $40 for WPPI Members and $60 for non-members. Return postage fees are separate and based on geographic location for the option of having prints returned. The deadline to register images online is Jan. 25, 2013. All prints and albums must be received at WPPI headquarters by Feb. 1, 2013. Judging will take place on March 9-10, 2013 and is open to all WPPI 2013 Full Conference attendees.

All WPPI 2013 classes, events and the expo will take place at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nev., from March 7-14, 2013. Registration (http://registration3.experientevent.com/ShowWPP131/?flowcode=ATT) for WPPI 2013 is open now.

The early bird registration rate for access to the WPPI 2013 Conference and Expo is $199 for WPPI members and $379 for non-members through Dec. 14. On Dec. 15 registration rates increase to regular prices online: $275 for WPPI members and $399 for non-members. These rates include one free guest, all Platform classes, special events and a three-day pass to the expo. For more information about WPPI 2013 and all of its workshops and events, visit: www.wppionline.com.

David Ziser Wins Sunset Award for Print on Sunset Photo eSatin

Award winning wedding photographyYou may know David Ziser from such pro photo educational venues as his popular Captured by the Light seminars and his DigitalProTalk.com blog. Ziser is also renowned, and originally renowned, for his just-right wedding and portrait photography.

At the recent PhotoPro Expo held on Super Bowl Sunday weekend in Covington, Ky., just across the river from Cincinnati, Ziser won the coveted LexJet Sunset Award, the first awarded this competition season, for his remarkable print on Sunset Photo eSatin Paper.

The image, from a recent wedding photo shoot, is entitled Can’t Take My Eyes off You. It’s an appropriate moniker for the shot, which makes the bride front and center.

As with all of Ziser’s photography, the award-winning ingredient is in the subtleties that make the photo so strong and rich. While the lighting on the bride is picture perfect, all lines point to her: the railings and fences converge naturally where the bride is posed.

While this may look fantastic digitally, the trick in competition is to translate the digital image to print. That’s why Ziser chooses Sunset Photo eSatin Paper. He says his studio uses it exclusively for all of their album printing.

“The heavier weight and wide color gamut of eSatin is exactly what I’m after in a print; I just love how that print medium presents,” says Ziser.

Look for your opportunity to win the LexJet Sunset Award at upcoming competitions across the country. We’ll preview most of those competition opportunities here at the LexJet Blog, and post follow-up stories on the winners.

The 50 Best Wedding Photos of 2011? You be the Judge

Best wedding photography of 2011The end of one year and the beginning of another ring in the compilations of various lists, whether it’s the best-of or worst-of, and everything in between for every subject imaginable. Photography is no exception.

Invariably, all these end-of-year lists are controversial to one degree or another. Heck, I was Time Magazine’s Person of the Year in 2006 (but, then again, so were you). And so it goes, even with photography lists. Ultimately, such lists are incredibly subjective. What data can use to support the best artwork of 2011, be it photographic, painted or digital? You can’t, but that’s not the point.

Junebug Weddings, based in Seattle, recently compiled what it considers the top 50 wedding photos of 2011, based on almost 5,000 images submitted by 500 top wedding photographers. The 50-best collection includes the work of Jerry Ghionis, Ben Chrisman, Susan Stripling and Marcus Bell. It’s Junebug’s fourth annual collection of the best wedding photography of the year.

Click here to see what Junebug Wedding chose as the Best of the Best in 2011 wedding photography and see if you agree with the choices. And, give me a call at 800-453-9538 or email regan.dickinson@lexjet.com with your personal Best of the Best photography, whether it’s wedding, portrait, commercial, landscape, or anything else you shot that was noteworthy in 2011. It’s a bonus if you printed them on LexJet Sunset papers or canvas.

Bundle it up for Christmas: Sunset Pro Photo Albums and Sunset Photo Metallic

Photo albums make great gifts and promotional items and in the spirit of giving, LexJet has extended its Sunset Pro Photo Album and Sunset Photo Metallic Paper deal until Dec. 30: Save 50 percent on a 50-sheet pack of Sunset Photo Metallic Paper (8 1/2 x 11) when you buy a two-pack of Sunset Pro Photo Albums (8×10). Use Promo Code SPMBD when you order online or call in your order.

Photo albums for Christmas giftsPro photographer Scott Simon of Photographic Concepts in Peachtree City, Ga., says, “I like the Sunset Pro Photo Albums because they look more expensive than they are, and you can put a variety of pictures in it.”

Simon uses the smaller 5×7 photo albums as part of a photo print package for his clients. The smaller size works well for this since Simon photographs a lot of families and children. “Moms can just drop them in their purse,” he says. Simon prints album photos with Sunset Photo eSatin Paper. “Though the eSatin may be a little heavy for that use, the paper is beautiful and looks great in the albums,” he says.

Sunset Pro Photo Albums are made of a rich black leatherette material and each page features a peel-and-stick adhesive that makes album creation quick and easy. The do-it-yourself, professionally-crafted albums were designed to give you control of the photo album process. They are economical, easy to use and ideal for any type of photo album or photographic presentation, including graduates, high school senior sessions, weddings, family photos, portfolios and more.

Sunset Photo Metallic Paper produces stunning prints that previously could be output only in a darkroom. The metallic, high-gloss surface on this 10-mil, 255g photo paper results in prints that are sharp, vibrant, and exceptionally rich-looking. It’s perfect for stand-out portraits, wedding photography, commercial display and competition prints. 

Gary Haines, owner of Grizzly Creek Gallery in Georgetown, Colo., concurs: “When you print on the Metallic paper, it’s awesome. It has a real nice pearlescence to it that you can’t get with any other photo paper.”

Get noticed at WPPI NYC/PhotoPlus in the 16×20 Print Competition

Photo competition for wedding and portrait photographyWedding & Portrait Photographers International (WPPI) announced today that entries are now being accepted into the first WPPI NYC @ PhotoPlus 16 x 20 Print Competition. Entries will be accepted from now until Sept. 23. Categories include Wedding: Bride and Groom Together, Bride or Groom Alone and Wedding Party; and Portrait: Individual and Group.

The top-scoring prints will be displayed before 25,000 attendees at WPPI NYC @ PhotoPlus, Oct. 27 and 28 at the Javits Convention Center in New York City. Trophies will be awarded to first-place winners, who will also receive a one-year WPPI membership and a free registration with a guest to WPPI 2012.

Accolade points will be awarded to WPPI members for prints scoring 80 or above. A Wedding and Portrait Grand Award winner will be chosen and then recognized at the WPPI 2012 Convention and Trade Show taking place at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, NV, next February. 

Entry fees are $39 for each entry or four submissions for $100 for WPPI members, and $49 per entry or $150 for four submissions for non-members. There is no limit to the number of prints entered. For more information or to enter visit: www.wppinyc16x20.com

WPPI NYC is the first WPPI Expo to take place on the East Coast. Co-locating with PhotoPlus Expo this fall in a new exhibit space at the Javits Convention Center in New York City, WPPI NYC will host a full day of educational seminars for professional photographers on Wednesday, Oct. 26. A two-day Expo will follow Oct. 27-28 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day.

Attendees who register for WPPI NYC will also have full access to attend the PhotoPlus Expo. The pre-registration rate to attend all WPPI NYC seminars, WPPI NYC Expo and PhotoPlus Expo is $99. On-site registration will be $150. In addition, all registered attendees of the PhotoPlus Expo will have full access to WPPI NYC.