Wednesday, August 22, 2018

Hamden CT Photographer Lisa Cuchara Named Bronze Medalist at International Photographic Competition

Hamden CT Photographer Lisa Cuchara Named Bronze Medalist at International Photographic Competition

Lisa Cuchara of is honored by peers and jurors for high-quality photography.

Lisa Cuchara was named a Bronze Medalist during Professional Photographers of America's 2018 International Photographic Competition. Lisa Cuchara's work will be on display at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta, Georgia, Jan. 20-22, 2019. This International Photographic Exhibit is held in conjunction with Imaging USA, an annual convention and expo for professional photographers.

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. Lisa Cuchara was named a Bronze Medalist by earning a merit—a mark of quality and honor—for each of the four images included in her entry case to the International Photographic Competition. This is the most prestigious competition of its kind, where images are judged based on a standard of artistic excellence, not against each other. In 2018, she was one of only 208 Bronze Medalists. A panel of 32 eminent jurors from across the United States selected the top photographs from nearly 5,073  total submitted entries at Gwinnett Technical College in Georgia. Judged against a standard of excellence, 2,622 images were selected for the General Collection.

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Tuesday, August 14, 2018

8/8 of my Images earned a Merit at IPC

All eight of my images merited this year at PPA's International Photographic Competition (IPC)!

One image "Froggie Yoga" scored an 88 and was considered for LOAN (but did not make it).

A panel of jurors from across the United States selects the top images from thousands of submitted entries each year. Judged against a standard of excellence comprising 12 elements, the highest scoring images are then selected to be part of PPA's General Collection and its esteemed Loan Collection—the best of the best.

One of the fun benefits of being a PPA member is being able to take part in PPA's quality photographic competitions. PPA members are a diverse and talented group of professional photographers. Competitions give YOU the chance to hone your craft. You are technically competing against other photographers, but many of us feel that it is more of a "compete against yourself".  No image competition is perfect, judging is judging, but participating in the IPC give you a chance to challenge yourself and watch yourself improve.

These merits also mean that I have earned my Master of Photography (M.Photog.): Awarded for superior photographic skills demonstrated through the Photographic Open category of PPA’s International Photographic Competition, advanced education, and service to the industry.

Master of Photography

I previously earned my Photographic Craftsman (Cr.Photog.) Awarded for service as a speaker, author or mentor, this degree shows that you have gone beyond the creation of images and dedicated your time to move the industry forward and encourage education. This degree is one of the highest recognitions for speaking, writing and/or mentoring in photography

Photographic Craftsman

 Image Artistry



Even if you do not compete, watching the IPC (it streams live) is an inspiration and an education.

2018 IPC Infographic