President’s Message

President’s Mes­sage for  Feb­ru­ary 2014

Dear NCPP,FP201103
Ah, Feb­ru­ary, the month of love. NCPP sure shared the love. First, with the awe­some Night with the Mas­ters, orches­trated by Laura Cot­tril, where old friends and new got together to share their inspi­ra­tion for our won­der­ful art. Scott’s Seafood Restau­rant Gar­den was the per­fect set­ting for over 50 mem­bers and mas­ters to hear Ted Talk speaker, Der­ick Tsai, talk about the rein­ven­tion that every artist needs.

Con­tin­u­ing in the same theme we had our first Image Cri­tique Night on the 25th. For those of you who missed it, Michael McNa­mara, M.Photog. CPP, Michael van Auken, and Laura Cot­tril, CPP, reviewed, cri­tiqued, and gen­er­ally schooled us. Lots of dis­cus­sion on pos­ing, tech­ni­cal aspects, and pre­sen­ta­tion that would make each image stronger. Two hours of free expert advice on our own images pre­sented with love.

March brings March Mad­ness* and just screams com­pe­ti­tion. So, bring it on!! Thurs­day, 13 March, sees us back on our reg­u­lar meet­ing night at our reg­u­lar venue, the Con­cord Hilton. It is our first All Evening Image Com­pe­ti­tion. You can enter up to 4 images to be judged by our panel of judges includ­ing Paul Tsang, M.Photog. and PPA pho­tog­ra­pher of the Year, and Mary Small, M. Photog.

If you are get­ting ready for Pro­fes­sional Pho­tog­ra­phers of Cal­i­for­nia Image Com­pe­ti­tion in April, select­ing images for Pro­fes­sional Pho­tog­ra­phers of Amer­ica Inter­na­tional Print Com­pe­ti­tion in June or just look­ing to improve your pho­tog­ra­phy this is the per­fect oppor­tu­nity to get the feed­back to make your images soar. And, it is a com­pe­ti­tion, so there will be win­ners in each cat­e­gory and one over­all win­ner for the night. Awards and brag­ging rights included.

Your pres­i­dent,
Ann S. Gor­don
Pho­tog. Cr., CPP

*March Mad­ness is the NCAA Divi­sion 1 Men’s and Woman’s Bas­ket­ball Tour­na­ments and the year-end NITs.