A Note from the President
Letter from the President
Well, IPC is over and Wyoming did not disappoint! What an amazing group we have!
I could not be more excited about the quality of work coming from this amazing group.
5,077 images were entered by 1,301 participants. There were 513 Loan images and 2,622 Merits earned.
I would like to recognize our Wyoming members and non member award winners.
2019 GRAND IMAGING AWARDS FINALISTS: ANIMAL PORTRAIT
FEELING A LITTLE COOPED UP
2019 GRAND IMAGING AWARDS FINALISTS: LANDSCAPE & NATURE MORNING AT THE PIER
Doug Bennett, M.Photog.Cr. - Diamond Photographer of the Year
Erica Harvey, CPP - Platinum Medalist
Dennis Hammon, M.Photog.Cr., CPP, F-ASP - Gold Medalist
Cheri Hammon, M.Photog.M.Artist.MEI.Cr., CPP - Gold Medalist
Rebecca Pickrel, CPP - Gold Medalist
Adilfa Ford, M.Photog.Cr., CPP - Bronze Medalist
Kimberly Pezeshki, M.Photog., CPP - Bronze Medalist
Russell Jensen, M.Photog., CPP - Bronze Artist Medalist
Ty Thompson - Bronze Medalist
Melissa Thompson, M.Photog., CPP - Bronze Medalist
All in Wyoming and WPPA Members produced approximately 35 merit images and 20 Loan images. Congratulations to all participants.
Now, I’d like to take a minute of your time to chat about our organization. WPPA has been striving to provide members with a wide variety of top-notch educational opportunities, while keeping membership affordable. The board works hard all year round to ensure our events have meaningful content presented by speakers from all over the country. We have added more opportunities to earn Merits for your Degrees thru PPA Continued Education Classes as well as new ways to earn recognition thru the WPPA Fellowship and Service programs.
I believe while on-line education has become a strong asset for photographers, there is a real need to the in-person connections and networking connections we can make every month. WPPA has been successfully making changes to grow member benefits, and thus membership. With a more robust membership, we increase the talent and knowledge available to the organization and each other. I believe we all have unique ways of looking at challenges and opportunities that we all face as small business owners, with the sharing of our experiences we all grow.
The strength of an organization is the membership, I encourage all members to let your voice be heard by getting more involved; join us for events, help out with events, help plan an event. When you share your unique skills and insights you help make WPPA even stronger. If you are looking for a more substantial challenge to give back to the industry consider joining the board. There is something special knowing that we are part of a group that is working to enhance photography. We strive to raise the level of photography for not only other photographers, but also for our clients and the health of the industry.
I am looking forward to the rest of my Presidential year ahead with all the opportunities and challenges it may present, knowing I am part of a great photography family, filled with so much talent and drive. And though I’ve been a member for a number of years, I have truly not experienced a greater satisfaction, sense of worth and confidence since becoming part of the Board. It’s a great team, a fun team, we strive to make this association the best. Just like all the boards who came before us, because we care. We care about our industry, we care about each other and we care about our clients, and the legacy they employ us to help preserve.
WPPA is about networking, friendships, hands-on learning, & finding a tribe you can fit into & truly Love!