Award Winning Photographer!

Yep, that would be me! Professional Photographer had a Cover Contest for 2008 and drew more than 50,000 entries from all around the world. I am pleased to announce that my image won 4th place!! Helen Yancy, a past PPA president (with a really long list of degrees), a PPA-approved photographic instuctor and a juror of the PPA International Print Competition was brought in to pick the winning images. You can read the magazine article and view the other winners along with my winning image here.

So, yeah I didn’t make the cover….but out of 50,000 entries, I’d say 4th is still pretty awesome! Helen Yancy described my image as “so fresh and vital.” She said, “I can’t see the subjects face, but I know she’s laughing. The sky is wonderfully exposed. There’s great resolution. It has almost everything we were looking for.” And this was her only criticism that kept it from the top spot: “There isn’t enough space at the top of the image for the masthead. That composition element is all that kept it out of the top spot. That said, I wouldn’t change the image. If there had been room at the top, the viewpoint of the subject wouldn’t have been above my head. That’s where she needs to be for this image to be effective. She needs to be above, flying high into the sky. So what works for a great image doesn’t always work for a cover.”

Well, thank you Helen Yancy for choosing my image as one of the winners. I am really grateful for the opportunity to appear in the Professional Photographer magazine. I also want to thank Miller’s for the $500 lab credit as my winning prize!

Here is my winning image…

This is a picture I had taken of my daughter last Fall on the Elementary school playground. I would hold my camera down low (without looking though the viewfinder) and aim it up towards my daughter as she swung upward. I would take the shot quickly before she swung back down. I had to pull my camera away every time she came back down or else I would get hit. She thought it was hilarious and loved what I was doing. The sky and light were perfect that day with just the right combination of blue sky and clouds. After uploading and editing the image I knew I had something I LOVED and would cherish forever. I was pretty proud of how it turned out. It is printed on canvas and is hanging in my daughter’s room. This image looks incredible on canvas, btw! I have it printed on photograph paper and the canvas does the image more justice. The colors are richer and the detail in the clouds is more defined on the canvas print.

So if you haven’t taken the time to follow the link over to the article I would suggest doing so. It was interesting to read what the criteria were for picking a good cover image. There were awards for 1st through 5th place and 18 other images received honorable mention. They are all great images! The talent out there is really impressive and inspiring. After seeing them and reading the article I felt honored to place 4th. So, thank you again Professional Photographer. This is definitely a big highlight in my photographic career.


  1. Kiana Griffin said . . .

    Woo Hoo! Way to go! It’s a stunning photo – I’m not surprised you did so well.

    Posted November 2, 2008 at 12:15 am | Permalink
  2. Katherine said . . .

    You are so freakin’ awesome!!! Go Jen! I can’t wait to show Bobby. We’re so proud of you! Fourth place. Amazing!!

    Posted November 7, 2008 at 3:55 pm | Permalink
  3. Bobby said . . .

    So I looked at the other images and read the aritcle and yours is the best by a mile. I know that I am slightly biased, but sincerely I think yours is the best and the honorable mention of the girl drinking out of the fountain gets second. Your prize: free subscription to (but only for 1 year)

    Posted November 7, 2008 at 4:26 pm | Permalink
  4. kristi said . . .

    this is a remarkable image! I did one similar to this for a family this spring, but with a fisheye lens, and a completely blow out sky! Wish I had had the foresight to do it this way! That sky is perfect

    Posted November 15, 2008 at 6:06 pm | Permalink
  5. gina said . . .

    CONGRATULATIONS!! that is a total honor…

    Posted May 25, 2009 at 11:16 am | Permalink

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