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February All Day Print Comp Report

PPANI

February 8, 2017      All Day Print Competition

We had 191 entries from 38 makers. The breakdown is as follows:

104 Portraits

47 Illustrative

8 Wedding

7 Commercial

24 Artist

1 Albums   –   1 Digital, 0 Books

37 B&W from the above categories.

We had no physical entries and 191 digital entries. We had the most entries ever and much of that came from out-of-state participants.

The judges discussed many of the images as Challenges. This is where we learn the most from the judges’ opinions.

We had 79 that scored 80 or above (President’s Award) 79/191 or 41%.

We had 13 that scored 85 – 89, and 2 scored above 90.

I want to thank my great print crew: Peter Yu, Megan Drane, Beth Genengels and John Tulipano. Thanks to Peter Yu for running the new print handling and scoring system.

Thanks to the Judges who traveled far to help us. They are:

Robert Hawkins (Jury Chair).

Judges –  Amy Feick, Pete Rezac, Toni Harryman, Karen Butts, Dan Thornton and Kristy Steeves all from different states.

Sincerely,

Bruce Van Pelt, Chairman

October Print Comp Report

PPANI   October 13, 2016

We had 72 entries from 10 makers. The breakdown is as follows:

41 Portraits

18 Illustrative

5 Wedding

3 Commercial

5 Artist

No count for B&W from the above categories.

We had no physical entries and 72 digital entries.

We had 54 that scored 80 or above (President’s Award) 54/72 or 75%(Highest ever).

I want to thank my great print crew: Michael Novo Megan Drane and Beth Genengels.  Thanks to the Judges: Peter Yu, Sabina Cavalli, Kathryn Northcott

Awards

Best Black & White

“Strength and Grace” by Sabina Cavalli

Best Artist

“Crested” by Peggy Sue Seehafer

Best Portrait

“Strength and Grace” by Sabina Cavalli

Best Illustrative

“Italian Spinone” by Peggy Sue Seehafer

Best Wedding

“Accent Pieces” by Michael Novo

Best Commercial

“New Horse Power” by Kerri Weiss

Best of Show

“Strength and Grace” by Sabina Cavalli

Sincerely, Bruce Van Pelt, Print Chairman

 

Letter From the President – June

A Letter from the President
Hello Northern!

What an amazing first half of the year! It was great to see many of you at our last two workshops with Jessica Edwards and Emily Andrews.

We also had a great time watching print competition in May and sharing a drink during our “cocktail hour”. Thank you PROCAM for allowing us to have our cocktail hour during our print competition. Sabina Cavalli also served as one of our jurors and did an amazing job!

It was great to see many of our long-standing members, such as Marie and Matt Kane as well as Kathryn Northcott. They have been such integral members of Northern and we look forward to seeing many more of you for the remainder of the 2016 workshops.

Serving our members has and always will be a core value statement by building the highest quality education for professional photographers.

The Board would like to welcome the following new members that have joined our great Northern family this year:

Luranne Beck
Tim Somers
Sabina Cavalli
Scott McDougall
Jean Jung-McBride
Ben Urbina
Nicole Waite
Paul Stankiewicz
Julie Kaplan
Brandi Orlando
Laura Dajoraite
Kim Ayars
Rebecca Campbell
We look forward to many more years of friendship as we help each other elevate our art and craft as professional photographers!

As many of you know, I am a firm believer in honest dialogue as we build friendships. I must share a short story with you that I had with one of our members which was both a bit “funny” but also very revealing about perceptions. During our dialogue it was mentioned that Northern was “perceived” as a “prestigious” and “hoity-toity” bunch. As I probed deeper into trying to understand we had a great laugh because as it turns out we are not “hoity-toity” based on her personal experience and interaction with our membership…and we are actually a “down to earth” and “fun” group to belong to (I guess the secret is out!).

I did, however, mention that being “prestigious” is not necessarily a bad thing…in fact it is a good thing as long as we balance that with a sense of humility. I believe that Northern has always had some level of prestige because of our constant desire to strive for excellence and the highest quality of education we bring to our membership.

Glad we were able to clarify that confusion…so we have one more “happy” Northern member… Whew! ☺

As many of you know, PPA’s IPC print competition registration has been open and I hope that each of you register your cases soon. Early registration is June 22nd and late registration is July 7th. IPC judging happens August 1st – 4th.

Good luck to everyone…
On the subject of print competition…congrats to everyone that entered our competition in May. Here are some of the highlights:

Congratulations to all of our award winners!

Best Black & White

“Intensity” by Kerri Weiss

Best Artist

“Days Gone By” by Michael Novo

Best Portrait

“Sabina” by Maria Heineman

Best Illustrative

“Just Hanging Around” by Kerri Weiss

Best Wedding

“A Moment” by Michael Novo

Best Commercial

“Gulp” by Michael Novo

Best of Show

“Sabina” by Maria Heineman

Here is quick summary from Bruce VanPelt, PPANI Print Comp Chairman:

We had 68 entries from 12 makers. The breakdown is as follows:

35 Portraits
14 Illustrative
4 Wedding
6 Commercial
9 Artist
No count for B&W from the above categories.

We had no physical entries and 68 digital entries.

We had 49 that scored 80 or above (President’s Award) 49/68 or 72%.

I want to thank my great print crew: Michael Novo and John Tulipano. Thanks to Michael Novo for running the new print handling and scoring system.

Thanks to the Judges: Peter Yu, Sabina Cavelli, Jessica Edwards

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Finally, just to let everyone know Northern takes July and August off and will return to our regular programming on September 14th where we will welcome Barbara Breitsameter with her amazing pet photography workshop…the buzz is already in the air on this one so I would register early…

Here is the lineup for the September and October meetings.

September 14: Barbara Breitsameter – “Dog Photography with a BARK of Sophistication” – PROCAM, 4300 Westbrook, Aurora, IL

October 12: Peggy Sue Seehafer – “Fine Art with Photography” – PROCAM, 4300 Westbrook, Aurora, IL

Visit our website at www.ppani.org and register TODAY!

Until next time, my friends,

Peter Yu
PPANI President 2016
M.Photog. Cr., CPP, F-PPANI, F-APPI
onsight_photography_studio@yahoo.com

June Meeting, Emily Andrews

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May Meeting, Jessica Edwards and Print Competition Results

PPANI   May 11, 2016

We had 68 entries from 12 makers. The breakdown is as follows:

35 Portraits

14 Illustrative

4 Wedding

6 Commercial

9 Artist

No count for B&W from the above categories.

We had no physical entries and 68 digital entries.

We had 49 that scored 80 or above (President’s Award) 49/68 or 72%.

I want to thank my great print crew: Michael Novo and John Tulipano. Thanks to Michael Novo for running the new print handling and scoring system.

Thanks to the Judges: Peter Yu, Sabina Cavelli, Jessica Edwards

Awards

Best Black & White

“Intensity” by Kerri Weiss

Best Artist

“Days Gone By” by Michael Novo

Best Portrait

“Sabina” by Maria Heineman

Best Illustrative

“Just Hanging Around” by Kerri Weiss

Best Wedding

“A Moment” by Michael Novo

Best Commercial

“Gulp” by Michael Novo

Best of Show

“Sabina” by Maria Heineman

Sincerely, Bruce Van Pelt, Print Chairman

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President’s Message and Highlights – April 2016

A Letter from the President
Hello Northern,

Well, by all the images that were posted of me at our April workshop you would have thought that I was the only one having a blast…but that couldn’t be farther from the truth! We had another awesome workshop this month with Carl Caylor! Thank you so much WHCC for sponsoring Carl and allowing him to come and share his artistry and heart with us. He continues to be one of the best in the industry…simply amazing…

(Seriously…why was everyone pointing their camera at me…! LOL )

We had a great turnout and the “buzz” before, during and after the workshop at our cocktail hour was so fun.

Carl had so many great things to say about our members and he REALLY LOVED our “cocktail hour” so much that he is going to do that with his group back in WI. There is no doubt that our “family” is growing in size, but more importantly in terms of the quality and professionalism that Northern continues to define.

Let’s keep this momentum going…

How can we continue the momentum you ask? The answer is two-fold…

First…we, as the Northern Board, promise to continue providing the best leadership and quality educational workshops where we can cultivate an environment where each of us can grow together and build friendships.

Secondly…we ask each of you, as Northern members, to continue to do your part in building Northern. I would like to challenge you not only make each Northern workshop a priority, but also BRING ONE FRIEND to our May workshop! It’s going to be incredible, especially if you have never seen Jessica Edwards share what has made her studio such a success; she is amazing. Remember…BRING ONE FRIEND…and let’s pack the house!

I know it’s been a while since PPA’s District Competition but we definitely need to give a shout out to all our members who did so well:

Top 10 District – PO

10th Peter Yu

Top 10 District – MA

3rd Peggy Sue Seehafer

4th Jim Pierce

Category Award

Non-Event Album

2nd Peggy Sue Seehafer

Top 10 Illinois

1st Audrey Wancket

2nd Christie Kline

3rd Daniel Thornton

*4th Peter Yu

5th Mark Woods

6th Lisa Francescon

*7th Jean Jung McBride

*8th Brian Morrison

9th Shelly Kraemer

10th Paul Rogers

*PPANI member

PPANI Member Results

Pam Cather – 4 for 4

Sabina Cavalli – 3 for 4

Rosemary Cooper – 2 for 8

Megan Drane – 3 for 4

Beth Genengels – 3 for 4

Maria Heineman – 4 for 4

Sarah Johnston – 3 for 4

Jean Jung-McBride – 3 for 4

Brian Morrison – 5 for 8

Michael Novo – 4 for 4

Jim Pierce – 7 for 8

Peggy Sue Seehafer – 6 for 8

Kelli Svancarek – 4 for 4

Richard Trummer – 2 for 4

John Tulipano – 1 for 4

Kerri Weiss – 4 for 8

Peter Yu – 4 for 4

While I am proud of all our members I am especially proud of those members that took a leap of faith and entered their first PPA affiliate photographic competition…each of them earning their first [soon to be] merits, or more specifically seal(s) toward their International Photographic Competition (IPC) exhibition merit!

Congratulations to Megan Drane, Beth Genengels, Jean Jung-McBride and John Tulipano…you are your way!

I would encourage every member that has not entered yet…talk to each of these members about whether you should enter or not…really ask them…! ☺ Our May meeting will also include a print competition, this would be the perfect opportunity to submit some of your images and get some feedback. Please see the detailed instructions regarding this print competition below.

Speaking of IPC, here are the dates to remember:

Registration opens: May 23, 2016

Early registration deadline: June 22, 2016

Late registration deadline: July 7, 2016 (with additional fee)

As I already mentioned Jessica Edwards is our next speaker in May 11th and you won’t want to miss her…if you haven’t been to a workshop this year ask other members that have attended our workshops…trust me…

I am pretty sure what they’ll say is…you’re missing out! Jessica is sooooo funny… and she is relevant…

Seriously…here are our next three amazing three speakers:

May 11: Jessica Edwards – Senior Photography: “Be the Trend” – PROCAM, 4300 Westbrook, Aurora, IL

June 8: Emily Andrews – Promotions, Sales and Marketing – PROCAM, 4300 Westbrook, Aurora, IL

September 8: Barbara Breitsameter – BARK of Sophistication – PROCAM, 4300 Westbrook, Aurora, IL

Visit our website at www.ppani.org and register TODAY!

Until next time my friends,

Peter Yu
PPANI President 2016
M.Photog. Cr., CPP, F-PPANI, F-APPI
onsight_photography_studio@yahoo.com

Letter From the President – March 2016

A Letter from the President
Hello my fellow Northern-ites,

Where can a photographer and artist, both new to the industry and experienced, learn first-hand by seeing the artistic process, understand the why and why not’s of using various fine paper for various type of images, see and hold the difference between dozens of fine art paper, talk with our speaker and ask questions first hand? It’s at our monthly Northern (PPANI) workshop!

First and foremost, thank you to Maria Bernal for your friendship and sacrificing so much to come to Northern in March. Anyone that knows her personally knows how much she misses her family, including her Tiny Human, during her travels to sacrifice and teach other industry professionals. In addition, I know most of you don’t know this, but she decided to forego the WPPI Awards Night to be with us instead of receiving one of their highest trophies…thank you…thank you…thank you…for sharing your creative process and knowledge! You are simply amazing!

During our lunch break, I had the privilege of handing out some great awards from our very competitive February All-Day Print Competition. It was a tremendous honor not only because of the gravity of the awards, but because it went to some of our newer members which I have grown to call friends:

Congrats John Tulipano for winning the Best of Black and White and Best of Commercial categories.
Congrats to Katherine Owen for winning Best Portrait category.
Congrats to Peggy Sue Seehafer for winning Best Artist and Best of Show categories.
I often get opportunities to speak and judge at other state conventions and meet some amazing talented photographers throughout the country. This past weekend I got to visit with friends at FotoChaos, Missouri’s state convention, and although it was an amazing privilege, it reminds me how thankful I am for my own Northern family back here at home. I know that many organizations want to grow their membership body, which it immensely important, but as for me and our [leadership] family my vision is to grow Northern not only in terms of quantity, but more importantly in quality of professionals with great character wanting to grow in their craft…this is reason “we do what we do”.

I am so excited for our state’s APPI convention, PhotoWorld, this weekend March 18-21. Not only will there be a proliferation of talent, but it is the host of PPA’s North Central District Print Competition and finally a whole lot of good times hanging out with friends…come and join us! All the details can be found at:

PhotoWorld Chicago

I can’t wait for our next month’s program on April 13, 2016 where good friend and amazing photographer will take us on a journey from initial capture using natural lighting techniques to a finished professional image. If you want to see this process…I wouldn’t miss it! Carl is an amazing teacher…pretty funny I might add… ☺

Here are our next three amazing three speakers:

April 13: Carl Caylor – Before, After, and How to Get There – Elwood House, 509 N. 1st St., DeKalb, IL

May 11: Jessica Edwards – Senior Photography: “Be the Trend” – PROCAM, 4300 Westbrook, Aurora, IL

June 8: Emily Andrews – Promotions, Sales and Marketing – PROCAM, 4300 Westbrook, Aurora, IL

Visit our website at www.ppani.org and register TODAY!

Finally, I would like to say thank you to ProCam and Bill Skinner for providing such amazing hospitality and professional partnership in hosting our March program. Many Northern members and Board members have shared with me how much they enjoyed having our workshops at ProCam…and we will continue to do so as frequently as possible moving forward.

God bless,

Peter Yu
PPANI President 2016
M.Photog. Cr., CPP, F-PPANI, F-APPI
onsight_photography_studio@yahoo.com

Letter From the President – February

A Letter from the President
February 17, 2015
Hello my fellow Northern-ites,

Well…our first Northern meeting was pretty much EPIC!!!!

Some of the amazing highlights include:

One of the highest entries in recent history…of 136 images judged!
The debut of PrintCompetition.com at Northern!! Huge thanks to Brian Morrison and Bruce Van Pelt!
Some amazing laughs and great conversations with friends on their way to great things…
One our new members entering her first print competition and almost winning best of show!!!
Siri making her [perfectly timed] debut as the 8th juror on our panel!!!! REALLY!!!! LOL
Although this was my first Northern All-Day Competition that I didn’t enter a case since becoming a member…I was nervously excited for other reasons. I am a firm believer in giving back and I couldn’t wait to see how many of my friends would do, especially some of our new members entering their first PPA affiliate competition. Well…I am proud to say that the results are in and you all did amazingly well…and learning was going on! Congrats especially to Julie Mettler and Megan Drane for rocking their first ever print comp images and for receiving several hard-earned merits by each of them! Also, kudos to one of our newer members, Jean Jung-McBride for almost winning Best of Show in her first showing! Next stop Districts…

Julie pretty much summed it up by saying “I don’t know why I waited so long to enter…”

…so if you are still not sure or nervous…just come and ask Julie or Megan if you should enter…!

(BTW…for those that didn’t come you also missed Siri, as our unexpected 8th member of the panel, making her own comments during a live judging…YOU HAD TO BE THERE! EPIC!!)

So now that you have a good handle on your images…time to register for APPI’s PhotoWorld where Illinois has the privilege of hosting the PPA’s North Central District photographic competition during March 18-21, 2016! Whether you are entering or just coming to watch you need to be there! (Deadline for entry is March 10).

A shout out to Bert and Al Behnke who have put together an incredible all-star lineup including Sandy Puc, Russ Harrington, Bry Cox, Jeff Dachowski, etc… just to name a few…

PhotoWorld Chicago

Let’s represent Northern BIG TIME at PhotoWorld… a little Northern “cocktail hour” tradition may be in order…

Looking forward to our next month’s workshop we will be featuring one of the country’s most amazing fine art photographers and artist in Maria Bernal. Not only will you be inspired and learn a great deal you will earn a PPA merit as the Board has received approval to be a PPA Merit Class! Thank you to ProCam for being our amazing host; if you haven’t been to ProCam it is an amazing store with all of your needs with great customer service.

Thank you to our esteemed panel of jurors that did an amazing job: Maria Bernal, Dan Thornton, Audrey Wancket, Ken Meade, Shelly Kraemer, Ned Winn and their fearless and “somewhat” comical Jury Chair Bob Hawkins. ☺

…and last but not least I want to thank each and every Northern Board member who continues to selflessly volunteer their time to serve our “Northern” family in making our group the best there is…it should be every member’s aspiration to serve on the Northern Board to see what it takes to run a high-caliber organization…

THANK YOU FROM THE BOTTOM OF MY HEART!

I would like to end with one of the best [and unsolicited] quotes of all time…by one of our newest members and “cheerleader extraordinaire” Sabina Cavalli:

”this is crazy…where can you get this quality of education for $50”!?!?

True…so true…so renew your membership…ASAP…and I hope to see all of you in March!

Here are our next three amazing three speakers:

March 9: Maria Bernal – Portraiture Merit Class – PROCAM, 4300 Westbrook, Aurora, IL

April 13: Carl Caylor – Before, After, and How to Get There – Ellwood House, 509 N. 1st St., DeKalb, IL

May 11: Jessica Edwards – Senior Photography: “Be the Trend” – PROCAM, 4300 Westbrook, Aurora, IL

Visit our website at www.ppani.org and register TODAY!

Until we meet again,

Peter Yu

PPANI President 2016

M.Photog. Cr., CPP, F-PPANI, F-APPI
onsight_photography_studio@yahoo.com

2016 All-Day Photographic Image Competition

Best of Show
The Mane Event by Peggy Sue Seehafer
Sponsored by PPANI

Best Artist
The Mane Event by Peggy Sue Seehafer
Sponsored by Michel Company – Elizabeth Medina

Best Commercial
In the Thick of It by John Tulipano
Sponsored by Downtown Photo – Jim Pierce

Best B&W
In the Thick of It by John Tulipano
Sponsored by Burrell Imaging – Tim Bandura

Best Illustrative
A Softer Nature by Jean Jung-McBride
Sponsored by American Color Imaging – Pat Cahill

Best Portrait
Spare Change by Katherine Owen
Sponsored by Rick Trummer Consulting and Training

Best Wedding
This Perfect Day by Michael Novo
Sponsored by American Color Imaging – Pat Cahill

2016 PPANI Board Nominees

Kerri Weiss – Chairman of the Board
Peter Yu – President
Jim Pierce – Vice President
Missy Eversole – Secretary
John Tulipano – Treasurer
Pam Cather – Program Chair
Roger Kyler – Equipment Chair
Bruce Van Pelt – Print Chair
Wendy Veugeler – Host Chair


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