I woke up to the best e-mail I have received in a long time. Months of preparing images, going back and forth with what to and what not to submit to the regional PPA competition. Then when the competition was being judged by international judges, you are competing against the best of the best in the West coast region. I was just hoping to get on to the score board. Then I read the e-mail: Congratulations Ian you have won best portrait of man. I had to read it three times just to see if i was reading it right, I went to look at the calendar to see if it was April the 1st. Then when I thought it could not get any better. I was contacted again and was told I won the RR Hutchinson trophy.
I then went to the the PPA web site just to confirm the percentage and to see how my other three images did.
It is such a thrill to get such scores, especially when the judging is so hard. I am humbled and honored to be judged along side such great professional photographers. Now its on to the nationals. :)