2013 PPA Print Competition Winners

Its Official!

Three images have recently earned Print Merits at the 2013 Professional Photographer Assoc (PPA) International Print Competition and will be displayed at the huge PPA Imaging USA Conference, January 12-14 2014 in Phoenix Arizona.

A panel of 43 eminent jurors from across the United States selected the top images from nearly 5,000 total entries at the Gwinnett Technical College in Georgia.
Judged against a standard of excellence, the PPA uses 12 Elements as the “gold standard” to define a merit earning image.    Merits earned are applied to earning the prestigious Master Photographer Degree.

All of these prints are available for purchase at www.kathyweigand.com   Click on ‘The Weigand Collection’ & ‘Photographic Prints’

Here are this year’s winners …

Colorado Golden Mine

Title:  Colorado Golden Mine
This shot was taken near Ouray Colorado.  It looks like a warm day, but it was freezing cold – in the teens!

Italian Wine

Title:  Italian Wine

I admit I was nervous with this entry.  Since it is such a simple Still Life image reflecting the style of the Old Masters, would it have enough impact for the judges as soon as they first viewed it?   First impressions are so important, and now-a-days, it seems like the vast majority of print competition images are fantasy style images, heavily photoshopped, with deeply saturated colors, and tons of textured layers.  Photoshop brings out the imagination in us artists!

When I first envisioned this series of Still Life’s, I knew that the Old Masters only used natural light, and that is what I wanted to use… no flash, no big studio lights, just the simple sunlight.   I had to get up before dawn and have everything set up, ready for the first rays of light to shine in at that low angle.  If I would have waited until later in the day, the light would be different.  Very little Photoshop was applied.   I love how that one grape in front is less than perfect… but arn’t we all? lol!

Also, this particular image has a special meaning to me… the Italian vase belonged to my Grandmother and I miss her dearly.

I was so excited to learn that it too had scored a Merit!

Title: Storm Over the Homestead

Storm Over the Homestead

The first time I photographed this amazing scene it was a clear blue sky at sunset… not very interesting for me as a photographer.   So a year or so later, I stopped again at this old Homestead just outside Fredericksburg Texas and this time the clouds were rolling in fast!  Great lighting and drama in the sky!

My kids were in the car, bored, which is normal when I’m out with my camera.  But I was as happy as could be getting this shot with my tripod from the side of the road!

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New Native American Original Fine Art Print: Fredericksburg Texas, Gallery Pow-wow & abstract prints

Have I ever mentioned that I love Western Art?

Can’t help it… there is just something special about wild horses, cowboys, and of course… Native American!

Call it the Wild West, American West, or whatever you’d like, there is some magic here in these two newest prints… and great colors! 😉

Be sure to visit our main website & click on the ‘SHOP WESTERN GALLERIES’ to see more Native American, Western, Horses, Cowboys, etc…

“Native Spirit” – Abstract Series
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All artwork, photos, gallery prints are © 2013 Kathy Weigand.
Please do not re-use, copy, print, or  duplicate any images without written permission from the artist!

Christmas Cards … Bridger, Wild Horse Edition

Bridger is a BEAUTIFUL Wild Stallion near Cody Wyoming.



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‘Patterns in Nature’ + Fine Art Gallery Print + Fredericksburg Texas Art Galleries

For the last couple mornings, the Texas Hill Country around Fredericksburg, Harper, & Kerrville has had some wonderful foggy mornings!


As a professional photographer, I am always looking for interesting weather and ‘patterns’ in Nature when I’m out and about with my Canon cameras.   When I went roadtripping down some backroads, I drove around a curve, & I had to practically slam on my brakes as soon as I saw these cattle grazing… good thing no other cars were around for miles!!!

This image is so simple, peaceful, and the fog really sets the mood in this image!

The birds were chirping, and the shutter was flying!  I don’t think a cow ever noticied I was there, but that’s ok! 😉

These small internet files doesn’t do it justice… this print needs to be BIG and be a showcase artwork!

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Two Prints are heading to PPA’s International Photo Exhibition in Atlanta

Press Release

Local Photographer’s Work Goes to International Exhibition

Two images, titled ‘Coastal Sunrise’ & ‘Shiner’, created by local professional photographer Kathy Weigand, of Kathy Weigand Photography, have both recently been awarded PPA Print Competition Merits by a panel of eminent jurors from across the United States, and were accepted into the GeneralCollection of Professional Photographers of America’s 2012 International Photographic Competition.

The images will be on display at the Georgia World Congress Center, January 20-22, 2013, in Atlanta, Ga.

This International Photographic Exhibition is held in conjunction with Imaging USA, an annual convention and expo for professional photographers and several photographic associations.

Weigand’s two prints will be in the International Photographic Exhibition alongside other top photographic works from the competition, as well as traveling and other special invitational displays. These images constitute one of the world’s largest annual exhibits of professional photography gathered simultaneously under one roof.

The PPA Print Merits earned will be applied towards earning the prestigious PPA Master of Photography (M.Photog.) 
Degree, which is awarded for superior photographic skills—demonstrated through the PPA International Photographic Competition, advanced education, and service to the industry.

Kathy Weigand, owner of Hill Country Images tm, specializes in family & children portraits here in the Texas Hill Country, and also carries a selection of Texas Hill Country and Western style images for business décor, advertising, and marketing.

Images from Fredericksburg Texas… The Old Homestead

Yesterday, we just happened to be in the Fredericksburg area around sunset, and so I made a beeline back to this old farm out on Tivydale Rd.  Talk about character, this old farm has a ton of character!  I’ve admired it for a loooong time!

I’ve photographed this old farm a year or two ago, but I was hoping that this evening would produce a nice light with more dramatic clouds.

I had to wait until nearly dark hoping that the sun would peek through the large cloud cover.  It did – barely.  I smiled.

The clouds help to create mood.  Hope you like!!!

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2011 Wild Horses (first edition) Christmas Cards – benefitting Wild Horses!


Hi everyone!

As many of you already know I am a HUGE fan of America’s Wild Horses and over the years I have tried to help them out as I can.

This year, I’ve created new cards featuring BRIDGER, a beautiful Wild Stallion  who is living at the McCullough Peaks Wild Horse Range near Cody Wyoming.  Its one of my favorite places to visit along with the Pryor Mountain Wild Horses!
Check them out at www.westerngalleries.com 



2011 PPA Print Competition

I’m so happy that I’m sharing a little part of the Texas Hill Country with the PPA, Professional Photographers of America, International Print Competition – it scored a merit, so it should be on display in New Orleans!  woohoo!

Title:  The Way, Truth, & The Light
St Mary’s Church in downtown Fredericksburg Texas late on a foggy night! I actually took this in Dec 2010 after working at the studio until about 11pm! I had no idea that it was so foggy until I walked out to my car.  Of course I had  to go back to the studio and grab my camera (tripod is always in my car) after I saw the towers GLOWING in the fog!     The funniest part about that night was – it was so foggy that my mom saw ‘a photographer using a tripod’ that night at St Mary’s and wished it was me – it was me!  The fog was so thick she couldn’t tell who it was!  haha!

I LOVE moody images!  So cool!



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