The Professional Photographers of America has announced the results of its annual International Photographic Competition. Photographer Rick Berk, of Bath, Maine, has been awarded a Gold Medal for having all four of his entries in the Illustrative Category voted as merit images, and two of those also being judged into the Imaging Excellence Collection, which represents the best of the best.
Rick entered four images, including Tempest and Above the Fray (AKA High Tide at Sunset), both of which received merits. The other two entries, which received Imaging Excellence awards, move on to the Grand Imaging Awards, so they cannot yet be published online.
Entries are judged against the 12 Elements of a Merit Image. This year, 5021 total images were entered, with 2211 receiving merits, and 1013 of those achieving Imaging Excellence. These top images will be published in the Imaging Excellence Collection book, and selected merited images will be published in the Showcase book, both published by Marathon Press.
Images accepted into the Imaging Excellence and Merit Collections will also be on display at the Gaylord Opryland Resort & Convention Center in Nashville, TN, during Imaging USA, PPA's annual convention and expo for professional photographers.