SECOND HALF SUM-UP
With all this focus on the 30 Rising
Stars, I must also mention that we just
closed WPPI’s Second Half competition.
I want to thank all of you who entered and took the time to pour through
your work, edit and refine your images.
Of course, I thank our judges—Bambi
Cantrell, Danny Dong, Luke Edmonson,
Jerry Ghionis, Chris Lalonde, Alex Pan
and Jacqueline Tobin—because without
their service to WPPI, our competition
wouldn’t be where it is today. This year,
each of them sifted through more than
2,200 images within a ridiculously tight
deadline, and I cannot say thank you
As many of you know, we’ve recently
added feedback to every entry. This was
daunting and a lot to ask of our judges.
That said, you asked for it, we gave it
to you and—with a big smile on my
face as I write this—ironically, many of
you hated it! When you were faced with
honest feedback about scores lower than
80, you often didn’t like what we said.
Many of you asked for more clarification
or additional information. I discussed
this with the judges and we all agreed
the information we delivered in some
cases was short, but it was best to leave
it to the entrants to digest, think about
and reflect on. Isn’t it funny that sometimes what we ask for isn’t really what
we want? Deep down I had a feeling this
might happen, but don’t worry, I am
here to serve you guys, and will continue
to do so.
Here’s some good news: we’re looking
into the ability to add audio feedback
for next year. I pose this question to you:
Would you be willing to pay more for an
audio feedback from one judge? If so,
how much? Email me at jason.groupp@
emeraldexpo.com and tell me what you
think—I’d love to hear from you!
PREPARING FOR PRINT
Now that Second Half is over, we’re
gearing up for the granddaddy of them
all, the annual 16x20 Print, Album and
Filmmaking Competition! Unlike most
competitions, this one requires you to
submit an actual print. Start thinking
about which images you’ll be preparing
to have mounted and shipped to us in
New York City. Now is also a good time
to review the rules as we will be making
some small changes and posting them
on our Facebook group (called WPPI
16x20 Print, Album and Filmmaking
Competition). We’d love for you to join
us there, and it’s the best place for up-to-the minute news and discussions. It’s
also a great place to ask questions!
Before I forget, I want to thank Hillary
Becker (our membership maestro) and
Jodi Rosenblum (our conference guru)
for holding down the fort while I was
gone; without them, I’d never be able to
make these important trips. They have
proven to be such valuable assets to
both of our shows, PhotoPlus Expo and
from the cubicle
[Pooma’s] beautiful shots in serene locations give his
subjects a mysterious and cinematic quality, and he uses
light in a way that makes everything feel so soft and warm.
Above: Another one of my favorite Pooma
images. Far right: Second Half competition.