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Members of WPPA are committed to improving both our skills and those of our fellow photographers. Through local education opportunities taught by industry leaders, an annual print competition, and extensive member networking, we work to elevate the photography industry as a whole. 

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A Note from the President

Letter from the President

Hello,

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.

Kimberly Pezeshki 

WPPA is about networking, friendships, hands-on learning,  & finding a tribe you can fit into & truly Love!


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