I’m a big believer in creating goals. Goals not only help you to realize what you want to do, but if you write down your goals, you are more likely to pursue them. So, back in January after the holiday rush had died down, I set out to accomplish several goals.

1. Become a Certified Professional Photographer
2. Enter images into the 2011 International Print Competition hosted by PPA

After passing the CPP written exam and image submission to become a Certified Professional Photographer in February, I was on to the photographic competition. The International Print Competition put on by PPA each year is a world-renowned photographic competition, where entries are evaluated against a standard of excellence (not against each other).

This past Friday, the results were released. I was so nervous to see if any of my images merited, and I held my breath as I scrolled down to the H’s. I was thrilled to find out that 3 out of the 4 images I entered not only received merits for using the 12 elements as the “gold standard” to define a merit image, but one of the three was also awarded the “Loan” status which means the image scored high enough to secure a spot in the International Traveling Loan Collection, which travels to different exhibits and is published in a book.

Needless to say, I was ecstatic!!! Thank you to Barbara Breitsameter for advice and critiques. This process would have been much more difficult without you!

Below are the three images that merited. The image on the right, “Alfie”, is the image that was awarded “Loan” status. I hope you enjoy them!

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