2014 Diamond Photographer of the Year Fill-In-The-Blank Press Release

Local Photographer Named Diamond Medalist at International Photographic Competition
(YOUR NAME) of (YOUR STUDIO) is honored by peers and jurors for high-quality photography.

(YOUR CITY, YOUR STATE)(YOUR NAME) of (YOUR STUDIO/BUSINESS) in (STUDIO CITY, STATE) was named a Diamond Medalist during Professional Photographers of America's 2014 International Photographic Competition. (LAST NAME'S) work will be on display at the Gaylord Opryland in Nashville, Tennessee, Feb. 1-3, 2015. This International Photographic Exhibition is held in conjunction with Imaging USA, an annual convention and expo for professional photographers and several photographic associations

A panel of 45 eminent jurors from across the United States selected the top photographs from nearly 5,000 total submitted entries at Gwinnett Technical College in Georgia. Judged against a standard of excellence, just over 1,800 images were selected for the General Collection and 918 (roughly 18 percent) were selected for the esteemed Loan Collection—the best of the best. The Loan Collection images will all be published in the much-anticipated "Loan Collection" book and over 200 selected General Collection images will be published in the "Showcase" book by Marathon Press.

The level of the award is determined by how many of those four images receive the highest possible honor: acceptance into the PPA Loan Collection, which is displayed at photographic exhibitions, conventions and other photography events. (YOUR LAST NAME) was named a Diamond Medalist, meaning that all four of (HIS/HER) merited images entered the PPA Loan Collection. In 2014, (HE/SHE) was one of only 26 Diamond photographers of the Year.

About PPA:
Professional Photographers of America (PPA) is the largest international non-profit association created by professional photographers, for professional photographers. Almost as long-lived as photography itself, PPA has roots that date back to 1869. It assists more than 27,000 members through protection, education and resources for their continued success. See how PPA helps photographers be more at ppa.com.

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