Professional Photographers of America Western District Judging

Here our results from the Western District Judging for 2016.

These are Ralph’s 4 images.

Steam Powered Steel

PPA  score 84

Professional Photographers of Washington: Best Industrial / Advertising Image

Steam Powered Steel

Nothing Runs Like a John Deere

PPA  score 82

PPW Best Industrial Image

Nothing Runs Like A Deere

Red Is My Color

PPA Score 81

PPW Best Portrait of a Woman and Best Portrait in the show

Red Is My Color

Wheat Field Oasis

PPA Score 79

Wheat Field Oasis

These are Mary Jo’s 4 images

PPW Commercial Photographer of the Year for the highest total combined score.

Room To Grow

First place in the Professional Photographers of America Western District Illustrative/Commercial

PPA Score 97  First Place in the Commercial/Illustrative category

PPW Best PictorialRoom To Grow

Peruvian Lillies

PPA score 86

Peruvian Lillies 3 smaller

Winter Barn

PPA score 91

Winter Barn

Sunrise at Multnomah Falls

PPA score 84

Sunrise at Multnomah Falls

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Mary Jo Allen

I've been a professional photographer for 30+ years. My degree is in microbiology and I did research work in that field for 3 years which sounds glamourous and exciting but in reality I found it to be repetitive and uninspiring. It does explain my interest in the tiny world and my desire to understand how things work. I've always said I could be a professional student as I love to learn new things and photography certainly does provide that opportunity. Even after all these years I continue to learn new things every day. I find photography to be the perfect blend of science and art. Most recently, some of my favorite work has been in the area of macro photography, especially the beautiful world of flowers. I'm looking for not only the documentary recording of what a flower looks like, but also taking a closer look and finding ways of expressing a more artistic and abstract view using color, curves, lines, lighting and softness to create interesting compositions. I love finding beauty in simplicity: just the edge of a rose petal, the sensuous curve hidden inside a flower, the way the morning dew clings and shimmers in the sunrise, a synthesis of color, light and softness, blending the magnificent with the minute; these are the things that make my soul sing a soaring melody of thanks to the Creator.

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