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March 12, 2018

Congrats to WPC Team USA Member… Kristi Sutton Elias!

Are you ready for the World Photographic Cup?! This May, 30 countries will compete in the highly-anticipated international 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  

Today we'd like to shine the spotlight on a Team USA member and creator of the above image in the Portrait category: Kristi Sutton Elias!

Master Artist, Craftsman, and Master Photographer Kristi Sutton Elias has been an artist all of her life. Earning her degree from Brooks Institute of Photography of Santa Barbara in 1998, she’s worked as a professional photographer and gallery-represented artist for the past 20 years. With an artist’s eye and a poetic soul, Kristi merges her artistic energy and creativity into fine art portraiture, creating pieces that showcase her unique style.  

From sketch to sculpture, Kristi’s passion for fine art photography has brought her to the forefront of the photography world, and she has been featured on NBC News, in museums, art galleries, billboards, storefront window displays, magazine covers, and ads, as well as in numerous industry magazines like Professional Photographer and Rangefinder Magazine.

Kristi notable accolades, awards, and achievements:

  • Multiple Photographer of the Year Medallions
  • California Photographer of the Year Awards
  • Canon Par Excellence awards
  • ASP State Elite and District Awards
  • PPA Loan Collection images
  • Selected on Team USA for the World Photographic Cup 
  • Over 90 WPPI Honors of Excellence Awards

Kristi owns a luxury-based fine art portrait studio, an underwater photography studio, and an art gallery, all located in Long Beach, California. 

She's extremely involved in her industry as a member of the American Society of Photographers, Professional Photographers of California, Wedding and Portrait Photographers International, and PPA, where she serves as a Council Member. Kristi believes in giving back and helping to grow the photography industry, achieving this through her roles as photographic mentor, teacher, author, and image competition judge. Kristi is now speaking and sharing her success with other photographers across the United States, giving back to the profession that has given her so much.


The winner of the World Photographic Cup will be announced at the WPC Awards Ceremony at Sea World, Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia, on May 5, 2018. For more information on the World Photographic Cup, and to view the finalist images from around the world, visit