NATIONAL AWARDS


 WHAT ARE NATIONAL AWARDS? 

 

On this page are the NATIONAL AWARDS that I received from PROFESSIONAL PHOTOGRAPHERS OF AMERICA, which is the national trade organization for photographers.  PPA holds an annual international competition with several thousand submissions from across the globe.  

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NANCY BASMANN PHOTOGRAPHY

4816 Country Club Rd
with handicap ramp ,
Vestal, NY 13850
Phone: (607) 731-1626
Email: nancy@nancybasmann.com

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The words “international competition” are a misnomer.  There is no constraint on the number of awards.  Instead the selected images on the say of the judges satisfy twelve criteria.  Key criteria are: impact, technical excellence, lighting, composition, color balance, creativity,  subject matter, and story-telling.  You will see from the images below that my images tell a good story.  

GETTING PRINTS INTO BOOKS

Most of the images that receive awards enter the General Collection that exhibits at the annual PPA convention. A small proportion of the awards goes into the Loan Collection. Loans go into a fine-art volume published by Marathon Press and compose an exhibit that travels the world with the President of PPA. 

Recently PPA introduced a second fine-art book that houses the Showcase Collection. Showcase prints are those in the General Collection that the judges liked a lot but that did not loan.

A former academic, I am pleased particularly to see my work in fine-art books.  I have a total of nine prints in the books.* 

*Professional Photographers of America:
     Loan Collection Marathon Press, NE. Volume XVI, 2013-Volume XXI, 2018
     Showcase Collection, Marathon Press, NE. Volume XX, 2017.

National Awards

The Reporter Newsclip

The local paper makes a big deal of my awards. 

 

THE MASTER OF PHOTOGRAPHY

The way one gets the Degree of Master of Photography is to do well in International Competition.   The quickest one can become a Master of Photography is two years.   I got my degree in 2016, after just three years.  Not bad going!

AN AWARD FROM AMERICAN SOCIETY OF PHOTOGRAPHERS

PPA members who are PPA-Masters may join the American Society of Photographers. In January 2018 ASP gave me a Medallion Award because I received the highest score of any ASP member in the Northeast in the category of General Portrait.

National Awards

American Society of Photographers Medallion Award, 2018

The image is “Addict” that you see in the gallery below.

NATIONAL AWARDS AND ART

The PPA judging process is tough and the judges are highly experienced photographers who have judged for a long time.  There are at least 5 judges per panel. I always learn from the judging which anyone can watch live-streamed on their computers.

The judges are professional photographers.  The meat of their business is portraits.  As such, the taste of the judges is not avant garde, or abstract.  I for one feel comfortable with PPA’s conservative recognition of  what is art.  The focus of much of my work after all is with clients who want portraits or realistic pictures of their property.  My award-winning prints would past muster at many an art venue.  

MY MAIN SUBJECT-MATTER

Most of my art-work falls in the New York tradition of street photography.  As a teenager, I often visited the photography collection at Manhattan’s Museum of Modern Art.  The Museum was one of the first to recognize photography as an art-form.  Most of the early work was black-and-white street photography.  Most of my work I do in Manhattan.   It differs from classical street photography because I do formal portraits.  I check the light that falls on a potential subject.  For example, if the light is  flat on the faces, then I do not shoot.  Classical street photography is candid.  In contrast, most of my street portraits are done with the subject’s knowledge and consent.   

DOWN AND OUT

I had a show in 2018 at the Vestal Museum.  Most of  the portraits at the show were of down-and-outs. Some of the visitors turned their noses up at my choice of subjects.  That’s just it:  I take pictures of people whom others do not want to notice.  Indeed, my imagery has a social edge to it.  By circumstance the faces provide great character-studies.  Impact is what I go for.  And my portraits have the technical attributes that PPA requires of  formal portraits.  What a good combination!  

BUYING

Please scroll down to see the national photography awards. And contact me if you would like a print of any of the images.  The prints look good on fine-art paper or metal.   

 

 THE AWARD-WINNING IMAGES 

 

 

 

 

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