Karie Hamilton of Lakewood, Wash., earned a Silver Level Photographer of the Year Award from Professional Photographers of America (PPA). Photographer of the Year presentations were made at PPA’s annual convention, Imaging USA, in January in San Antonio, TX.
2004 was the inaugural year for PPA’s Photographer of the Year Awards. They were developed as a way to encourage photographers to improve their artistic and technical skills and demonstrate their talent through competition, as well as a way for the public to
discern the best of the best.
“These awards are among the most prestigious in the industry,” confirms PPA Print Exhibition Committee Chairman Mark Garber. “The recipients of these awards have proven the quality of their work on a consistent basis in one of the highest quality image competitions in the world, PPA’s International Print Competition.”
A PPA member earns a Photographer of the Year Award by earning a merit for each of the four images included in their print case–an incredible accomplishment. All merited images enter PPA’s renowned General Collection.
The level of the award is determined by how many of those four images receive the highest possible honor: acceptance into the PPA Loan Collection. The Loan Collection travels the world for one year and is displayed at print exhibitions, conventions and other photography events.
Hamilton received a Silver Level Photographer of the Year Award, meaning that one of her four merited prints entered the PPA Loan Collection. In 2006 she was one of only 83 Silver Level Photographers of the Year.
PPA, a worldwide association, exists to assist its more than 16,000 members in achieving their professional, artistic and fraternal goals, promote public awareness of the profession and to advance the making of images in all of its disciplines as an art, a science and a visual recorder of history.