So in January of this year, I decided to pursue WPPI’s 16×20 Print Competition. It happens to be one of the most renowned competitions in our industry. It’s judged by a panel of prestigious portrait photographer’s from all over the world. I don’t know if it’s the absolute biggest of all print competitions but I do know it’s the biggest one I know and I have been in this business for 10 years.
Well guess what? We won! We won first prize in the Glamour/Boudoir category and Grand Prize for the entire Portrait division! I am also so very elated to state that our print scored a perfect 100. From what I am told, there have been about 5 perfect 100 scores in the last 15 years of WPPI print competitions. That number is adjustable depending on who I ask so don’t take me to school on that.
Here is the winning print:
In making the decision to enter, I wanted to select just the right piece of work. I decided on this selection from a series that was created and inspired by an Ingres painting. My sister Ximena helped with the make up and styling for this particular series. I sent this image to my master print maker, Jonathan Penney. He created the beautiful magic that was needed to make this baby a winner. He selected the final appearance of this portrait, the right paper to display it on and matting which are all essential ingredients for a winning print.
All of this collaboration culminated in a winning print! I am so, so very honored in the most humbling way to be recognized by peers in my industry. Although I do not know who the judges where as of now, I am eternally grateful to them for this great honor.
Here is the wonderful message I received from WPPI:
Lastly, here are the awards proudly displayed in the studio!
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