For the last few years I've been entering the International Print Competition through the Professional Photographers of America Association. The goal is to use the feedback from the judges to improve my photography. Also along the way, you receive merits for prints that are deemed merit worthing and score an 80 or above. Once you earn enough merits you are eligible to receive a Master of Photography degree.
In this year's competition three things happen:
This year I finally earned enough merits to be eligible to receive my Master of Photography degree.
I also had my first "loan" image (Scruff in a Box). Once all the images are judged, those who score an above an 85 are then reviewed again and the best of the best are selected to be published in a Loan Collection book. This is a huge honor and the first time I've had an image selected.
It was also the first time that all 4 of my images scored 80 or above which earned me a Silver Medal. Here are my images from this past year.
Later this month I will attend Imaging USA, PPA's National Convention where I will officially receive my Master of Photography degree.