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By Chris Homer

Are you excited about Team USA's participtation in the World Photographic Cup?! This May,
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 30 countries are competing in the highly-anticipated world-wide event co-founded by PPA, the World Photographic Cup. 

The national teams, including two-time winner Team USA, will be vying to take the cup from two-time, reigning champ Portugal. This year's list of registered countries spans from the U.S. to Pakistan, Singapore to Spain. For all-things WPC including galleries of competing images, visit WorldPhotographicCup.org. 

Today we'd like to shine the spotlight on a Team USA member and creator of the images to the right in the portrait and wedding categories: Francie Baltazar Stonestreet,  M.Photog.Cr. , CPP.

A life-long photographer, Francie earned her CPP credential (Certified Professional
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 Photographer) with PPA  in 2009 and has been advocating and supporting others to achieve their CPP ever since. She is a full-time working professional photographer specializing in weddings, engagements and bridal sessions, and continues to use the information gained through the CPP program every day.  

Francie has a great passion for the CPP program and believes it is the gold standard in the industry.  In 2012, Francie and her team of CPP Mentors assisted 30 photographers in passing their image submissions and supported 25 of those through the testing process so that they could receive their CPP.

She has been featured in Houston Brides and Houston Luxury Weddings magazines. Francie is also a published author and has been featured in the Dallas Business Journal, Houston Press and New York Times. Her inspirational essays have been published in Chicken Soup for the Soul at Work, Stories That Warm the Heart as well as on many blogs and newsletters. She has also worked with Wiley Publishing as one of their Photographer Technical Editors.

Francie's notable accolades, awards, and achievements:

  • Master Photographer
  • Photographic Craftsman
  • Certified Professional Photographer
  • 2018 World Photographic Cup Team USA Member
  • Top 10 in the 2018 World Photographic Cup Wedding and Portrait Categories
  • 2018 PPA Diamond Photographer of the Year
  • Canon Par Excellence Select
  • Grand Imaging Award Nominee 2018
  • 2017 Kodak Elite Award
  • 2016 Kodak Gallery Award
  • Texas Professional Photographers Association: 2017 Platinum Photographer of the Year, 2016 Texas Photographer of the Year, 2015 Four for Four Print Case, 2015 Distinguished Portrait, 2014 Best Wedding Image in Exhibit, 2013 Best Portrait
  • 2016 Texas Professional Photographer Association: Presidents Award for Highest Print Case Score, Best Bridal Image, Best Wedding Album by a Master Photographer, Best Photographic Open Portrait, Best Portrait of a Man
  • PPA International Photographic Competition: 2016 Platinum Photographer of the Year, 2015 Silver Photographer of the Year
  • Southwest Professional Photographers Association: 2017 Best Bridal Portrait, 2015 Best Wedding Album
  • Professional Photographers Guild of Houston: 2015, 2012 Photographer of the Year, 2012 - 2015 Best Portrait of a Bride, 2013 - 2015 Best Wedding Album

CONGRATULATIONS, FRANCIE! WE'RE SO PROUD OF YOU & THE REST OF TEAM USA! 

The winner of the World Photographic Cup will be announced at the World Photographic Cup's Awards Ceremony at Sea World, Gold Coast in Queensland, Australia, on May 5, 2018! For more information on this amazing event, and to view the finalist images from around the world, visit WorldPhotographicCup.org.


ch_headshot_100x100.jpgAbout the author:
Chris Homer is PPA's SEO & Web Specialist, which basically makes Google Analytics his best friend. A graduate of the University of Georgia, Chris cheers passionately (and obnoxiously) for the Bulldogs in all things from football to checkers. When he's not hard at work on PPA's websites, you'll find Chris at auto racing events around the southeast, where he's known as a master architect of tent villages.

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By Bethany Clark

It's our favorite time of year, and we're not talking about springtime. We're talking about District Photographic Competitions with PPA! Every year, hundreds of photographers from across the country submit their images in hopes of earning a merit, and you can watch the judging LIVE! 

You can stream the judging of the Western District Photographic Competition that takes place February 22-23, 2018 at Stream.theIPC.org. (Anyone can watch the judging; you don't have to be a PPA member in order to watch. Just create a free account and start viewing!)

If you've entered the Western District Competition, this is your chance to see how you did. Even if you didn't enter the competition, watching the judging is a great way to take a peek at what judges are looking for during the Photographic Open or Artistic competition. 

You can also learn more about PPA's 12 Elements of a Merit Image, and we invite you to tune in and get inspired. It's a great way to prepare for the International Photographic Competition, which begins this summer! 

But don't forget: what you'll see and hear watching this live judging pales in comparison to the prep you'll get when you request a critique (which are dedicated and focused comments on your image). Ordering a critique, just like entering competition, is a fantastic way to learn, grow, and become a better photographer. Enter a competition today!

By Chris Homer

You can now enter your images for the 2018 Southeast District Photographic Competition! Do
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 it by March 13, 2018 to take advantage of the early bird fee and avoid a surcharge.

Entering your local district competition is one of the best ways to push yourself to be more. You'll learn where you stand--how your photography matches up with your peers. You'll learn about the 12 elements of a merit image, and start incorporating them into your daily photography. You'll learn what it takes to create a merit image, and if you stick with it, work your way up to the Loan Collection.

If you're ready to enter and improve your skills, visit PPA.com/Districts to find out which competition you should enter. From there, you can find the entry deadlines, judging dates, and rules for each District competition. Be sure to read the rules carefully! 

If you're in the Southeast District, enter today! Below is the schedule for the remaining district competitions, which will be accepting entries throughout the winter and early spring of 2018; be sure to mark these dates on your calendar so you're ready when registration opens for your district!

2018 Judging Dates: March 22-23, 2018
Registration Opens: January 24, 2018
Early Deadline: February 14, 2018 by 5pm ET
Late Deadline (surcharge fee applies): March 1, 2018 by 5pm ET

2018 Judging Dates: April 5-6, 2018
Registration Opens: January 31, 2018
Early Deadline: February 28, 2018 by 5pm ET
Late Deadline (surcharge fee applies): March 15, 2018 by 5pm ET

2018 Judging Dates: April 17-19, 2018
Registration Opens: February 20, 2018
Early Deadline: March 13, 2018 by 5pm ET
Late Deadline (surcharge fee applies): March 27, 2018 by 5pm ET

If you really want to get the most from entering photographic competition, be sure to order a critique when registering! You'll get a recording of a PPA juror reviewing each element of your image and suggesting how you can improve. It's a great opportunity to grow your skills as a photographer! Check out these past critiques to see what you'll get. 

So find your district and start getting your images ready. It's time you take the plunge to improve as a photographer by entering your District Photographic Competition.

ch_headshot_100x100.jpgAbout the author:
Chris Homer is PPA's SEO & Web Specialist, which basically makes Google Analytics his best friend. A graduate of the University of Georgia, Chris cheers passionately (and obnoxiously) for the Bulldogs in all things from football to checkers. When he's not hard at work on PPA's websites, you'll find Chris at auto racing events around the southeast, where he's known as a master architect of tent villages.

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By Chris Homer

If you're a photographer in PPA's Northeast District, the last chance to enter your images for
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 district photo competition is February 15, by 5pm ET. The early registration already closed, so a late fee will be applied, yet what you'll get out of competing makes it worth the little extra money!

Participating in your local district photographic competition is one of the best ways to push yourself to be more. You'll learn where you stand--how your photography matches up with your peers. You'll learn about the 12 elements of a merit image, and start incorporating them into your daily photography. You'll learn what it takes to create a merit image, and if you stick with it, work your way up to the Loan Collection.

If you're ready to enter and improve your skills, visit PPA.com/Districts to find out which competition you should enter. From there, you can find the entry deadlines, judging dates, and rules for each District competition. Be sure to read the rules carefully!  

If you really want to get the most from entering photographic competition, be sure to order a critique when registering! You'll get a recording of a PPA juror reviewing each element of your image and suggesting how you can improve. It's a great opportunity to grow your skills as a photographer! Check out these past critiques to see what you'll get. 

And if you're in the Northeast District, remember that February 15 is your very last chance to enter. Don't miss out on the chance to improve your photography skills!

Ready to compete? Visit PPA.com/Districts to find your District Photographic Competition and details on how to enter!


ch_headshot_100x100.jpgAbout the author:
Chris Homer is PPA's SEO & Web Specialist, which basically makes Google Analytics his best friend. A graduate of the University of Georgia, Chris cheers passionately (and obnoxiously) for the Bulldogs in all things from football to checkers. When he's not hard at work on PPA's websites, you'll find Chris at auto racing events around the southeast, where he's known as a master architect of tent villages.

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If you are in the Northcentral District, procrastinate no further; February 14, 2018 is the last day to enter your local District Photo Competition without incurring additional fees!  So, enter today and save money!

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Participating in your local district competition is one of the best ways to push yourself to be more. You'll learn where you stand--how your photography matches up with your peers. You'll learn about the 12 elements of a merit image, and start incorporating them into your daily photography. You'll learn what it takes to create a merit image, and if you stick with it, work your way up to the Loan Collection.

To find out more about how to enter and improve your skills, visit PPA.com/Districts. From there, you can find the entry deadlines, rules, and judging dates for each District competition. Be sure to read the rules carefully!  

If you miss the deadline, you'll still be able to enter the competition until March 1 but an additional fee will be required, which can be avoided if you enter today


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PPA's District Photographic Competitions are currently accepting entries, and the International Photographic Competition (IPC) will start accepting entries on May 23. Entering your District Competition or the IPC is one of the best ways to improve your photography - especially when you choose to get your images critiqued by an official IPC juror. You'll get a recording of a judge going through each image you've entered in the photo competition, explaining how it stacks up against the 12 elements of a winning image, and what you could have done to take your image to the next level if you fell a little short!

To give you an idea of the types of things you can learn from a critique at IPC or your District Competition, check out this one from last year's competition. This is "Saint for a Day" by Joel Dyer, critiqued by Andrew Jenkins.


Having a judge take time to give you personal advice on how to improve a specific image is a priceless opportunity to take your images to the next level!

Visit PPA.com/Districts to learn how to enter your District Competition, and remember that entries open for the IPC on May 23! Start getting those images ready and remember to order a critique when entering!

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By Chris Homer

PPA's District Photographic Competitions are currently accepting entries, and the International Photographic Competition (IPC) will start accepting entries on May 23. Entering your District Competition or the IPC is one of the best ways to improve your photography - especially when you choose to get your images critiqued by an official IPC juror. You'll get a recording of a judge going through each image you've entered in the photo competition, explaining how it stacks up against the 12 elements of a winning image, and what you could have done to take your image to the next level if you fell a little short!

To give you an idea of the types of things you can learn from a critique at IPC or your District Competition, check out this one from last year's competition. This is "Secluded" by Suzanne Slider, critiqued by Sarah Johnston.


Having a judge take time to give you personal advice on how to improve a specific image is a priceless opportunity to take your images to the next level!

Visit PPA.com/Districts to learn how to enter your District Competition, and remember that entries open for the IPC on May 23! Start getting those images ready and remember to order a critique when entering!

ch_headshot_100x100.jpgAbout the author:
Chris Homer is PPA's SEO & Web Specialist, which basically makes Google Analytics his best friend. A graduate of the University of Georgia, Chris cheers passionately (and obnoxiously) for the Bulldogs in all things from football to checkers. When he's not hard at work on PPA's websites, you'll find Chris at auto racing events around the southeast, where he's known as a master architect of tent villages.

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You can now enter your images for the 2018 Southwest District Photographic Competition! Enter between now and February 28, 2018 to avoid a late fee! 

 

Entering your local district competition is one of the best ways to push yourself to be more. You'll learn where you stand--how your photography matches up with your peers. You'll learn about the 12 elements of a merit image, and start incorporating them into your daily photography. You'll learn what it takes to create a merit image, and if you stick with it, work your way up to the Loan Collection.

 

If you're ready to enter and improve your skills, visit PPA.com/Districts to find out which competition you should enter. From there, you can find the entry deadlines, judging dates, and rules for each District competition. Be sure to read the rules carefully!

 

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If you're in the Southwest District, enter today! Below is the schedule for the remaining district competitions, which will be accepting entries throughout the winter and early spring of 2018; be sure to mark these dates on your calendar so you're ready when registration opens for your district! 

 

Northeast District Photographic Competition

2018 Judging Dates: March 8-9, 2018

Registration Opens: January 3, 2018

Early Deadline: January 31, 2018 by 5pm ET

Late Deadline (Late Fee Required): February 15, 2018 by 5pm ET

 

Northcentral District Photographic Competition

2018 Judging Dates: March 22-23, 2018

Registration Opens: January 24, 2018

Early Deadline: February 14, 2018 by 5pm ET

Late Deadline (Late Fee Required): March 1, 2018 by 5pm ET

 

Southwest District Photographic Competition

2018 Judging Dates: April 5-6, 2018

Registration Opens: January 31, 2018

Early Deadline: February 28, 2018 by 5pm ET

Late Deadline (Late Fee Required): March 15, 2018 by 5pm ET

 

Southeast District Photographic Competition

2018 Judging Dates: April 17-19, 2018

Registration Opens: February 20, 2018

Early Deadline: March 13, 2018 by 5pm ET

Late Deadline (Late Fee Required): March 27, 2018 by 5pm ET

 

If you really want to get the most from entering photographic competition, be sure to order a critique when registering! You'll get a recording of a PPA juror reviewing each element of your image and suggesting how you can improve. It's a great opportunity to grow your skills as a photographer! Check out these past critiques to see what you'll get. 

 

So find your district and start getting your images ready. It's time you take the plunge to improve as a photographer by entering your District Photographic Competition.


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By Chris Homer

If you're in the Northeast District, be sure to enter your images for district competition by
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 January 31, by 5pm ET to avoid a late fee!

Participating in your local district competition is one of the best ways to push yourself to be more. You'll learn where you stand--how your photography matches up with your peers. You'll learn about the 12 elements of a merit image, and start incorporating them into your daily photography. You'll learn what it takes to create a merit image, and if you stick with it, work your way up to the Loan Collection.

If you're ready to enter and improve your skills, visit PPA.com/Districts to find out which competition you should enter. From there, you can find the entry deadlines, judging dates, and rules for each District competition. Be sure to read the rules carefully!  

If you really want to get the most from entering photographic competition, be sure to order a critique when registering! You'll get a recording of a PPA juror reviewing each element of your image and suggesting how you can improve. It's a great opportunity to grow your skills as a photographer! Check out these past critiques to see what you'll get. 

And if you're in the Northeast District, enter by January 31 to avoid the late fee! If you miss the deadline, you'll still be able to enter until February 15, but an additional fee will be required! 

Ready to compete? Visit PPA.com/Districts to find your District Photographic Competition and details on how to enter!

ch_headshot_100x100.jpgAbout the author:
Chris Homer is PPA's SEO & Web Specialist, which basically makes Google Analytics his best friend. A graduate of the University of Georgia, Chris cheers passionately (and obnoxiously) for the Bulldogs in all things from football to checkers. When he's not hard at work on PPA's websites, you'll find Chris at auto racing events around the southeast, where he's known as a master architect of tent villages.

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By Chris Homer

Enter the Northcentral District Photo Competition now through February 14, 2018 to avoid a
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 late fee! 

Participating into your local district competition is one of the best ways to push yourself to be more. You'll learn where you stand--how your photography matches up with your peers. You'll learn about the 12 elements of a merit image, and start incorporating them into your daily photography. You'll learn what it takes to create a merit image, and if you stick with it, work your way up to the Loan Collection.

If you're ready to enter and improve your skills, visit PPA.com/Districts to find out which competition you should enter. From there, you can find the entry deadlines, judging dates, and rules for each District competition. Be sure to read the rules carefully!  

If you're in the Northcentral District, enter now! Below is the schedule for the remaining district competitions, which will be accepting entries throughout the winter and early spring of 2018; be sure to mark these dates on your calendar so you're ready when registration opens for your district! 

2018 Judging Dates: March 22-23, 2018
Registration Opens: January 24, 2018
Early Deadline: February 14, 2018 by 5pm ET
Late Deadline (late fee applied): March 1, 2018 by 5pm ET

2018 Judging Dates: March 8-9, 2018
Registration Opens: January 3, 2018
Early Deadline: January 31, 2018 by 5pm ET
Late Deadline (late fee applied): February 15, 2018 by 5pm ET

2018 Judging Dates: April 5-6, 2018
Registration Opens: January 31, 2018
Early Deadline: February 28, 2018 by 5pm ET
Late Deadline (late fee applied): March 15, 2018 by 5pm ET

2018 Judging Dates: April 17-19, 2018
Registration Opens: February 20, 2018
Early Deadline: March 13, 2018 by 5pm ET
Late Deadline (late fee applied): March 27, 2018 by 5pm ET

If you really want to get the most from entering photographic competition, be sure to order a critique when registering! You'll get a recording of a PPA juror reviewing each element of your image and suggesting how you can improve. It's a great opportunity to grow your skills as a photographer! Check out these past critiques to see what you'll get. 

Ready to compete? Visit PPA.com/Districts to find your District Photographic Competition and details on how to enter!

ch_headshot_100x100.jpgAbout the author:
Chris Homer is PPA's SEO & Web Specialist, which basically makes Google Analytics his best friend. A graduate of the University of Georgia, Chris cheers passionately (and obnoxiously) for the Bulldogs in all things from football to checkers. When he's not hard at work on PPA's websites, you'll find Chris at auto racing events around the southeast, where he's known as a master architect of tent villages.

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