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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Fredericksburg Texas Art: Touring the First Friday Art Walk, Art Galleries, shopping in downtown Fbg Tx

I love art.
While photography has been my business, heart & soul for 13 years, I also LOVE oil paintings!  I am constantly studying paintings, old ‘Master’ style and new modern forms … maybe its the play of colors, technique, or the light.  Probably a combination of everything actually.

My daughter Ashley and I took some time off to visit our favorite galleries last Friday, which was part of Fredericksburg’s First Friday Art Walk!   Loved it!  We greatly enjoyed the art, the mingling, and the feeling of warm relaxation!  Its like chicken soup for my soul.

The first gallery we toured was the wonderful RS Hanna Gallery …  What a FINE establishment!  The quality is amazing, and atmosphere was so fun!  Thank you so much for you wonderful display, drinks, and great memories!

We took a couple quick snapshots with our handy iphones.




Next we went to Whistle Pik  …

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Then we went to Fbg’s East side and walked Main Street…
I also found a couple new spots (off Main) that would be fun for photo locations … always the photographer!

We finished this night at Insight Art Gallery

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What a great evening!

Gotta go… there is a blank canvas calling out to me! 🙂


Legion Creek Sunrise – Texas Hill Country Bluebonnets – near Fredericksburg Tx

Title: Legion Creek Sunrise
Original Fine Art Print

This was such a wonderful morning!  My daughter and I left the house way before dawn and drove to the Willow City Loop area on Hwy 16 North of Fredericksburg Tx.  I was hoping to get some good bluebonnet sunrise shots, but I didn’t expect to see this wonderful steam rising up from Legion Creek!  With the sun just barely rising from behind the hill, the light began to flow across the scene.  Within just a few short minutes, the warm light was gone.

It reminds me of Ansel Adam’s quote, “Sometimes I do get to places just when God’s ready to have somebody click the shutter.”

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