Wow, wow, wow! What an incredible Florida Professional Photographers (FPP) Convention! Thanks to everyone who helped make it possible! It all led up to Tuesday evening, the night that degrees and many awards would be presented and where JPPG Members took home some of the most esteemed awards! Congratulations to all, but especially to the #1 Photographer of the Year, Olis Garber!

It was also where we said goodbye to the current FPP President and welcome in the new FPP President – our very own Donna Campiz!

Olis Garber Named 2011 Florida #1 Photographer of the Year

We are soooo incredibly proud of Olis! This was Olis’ first year competing at the State level and with his incredible HDR landscape and bird photography, this award is very well deserved. Please make sure to congratulate Olis next time you see him at our meetings!

Olis’ accomplishments included a perfect 100 score for his image, “Ice“, and the same image was awarded First Place in the Illustrative – Landscape category. He also received First Place in the Portrait of an Animal category for his image “Attitude“. And, his entire case of 6 images all merited! Congratulations, Olis!

Scroll down to the image gallery below to see Olis’ incredible work!

Susan Michal Named Top 10 Florida Photographer and Recipient of Other Esteemed Awards

Our own Susan Michal also took the Awards Banquet by storm! Susan was named a Top 10 Florida Photographer for 2011 (and well deserved, too!)

Susan was also presented with the PPA Certified Professional Photographer Award (recognized for the highest scoring Certified Professional Photographer (CPP) print, album, or electronic submission in their state print competition) and the Outstanding Service Award for the JPPG Section.

Susan’s print, “The Shopkeeper“, scored an incredible 97 and she, also, merited all 6 of her images. Scroll down to the image gallery below to see Susan’s “The Shopkeeper” image!

Other Print Awards

Several other JPPG Members also received awards for their images:

  • Patricia “Pat” Lowe was awarded First Place in the Commercial Advertising Illustrative category for her image “Shaken, with a Splash“.
  • Damon Fecitt was awarded a Distinguished Award in the Illustrative Open category for his image “9 Months to Hold You“.
  • Keely Deuschle was awarded a Distinguished Award in the Portrait of an Animal category for her image “Doggone Basket“.

Degrees Awarded

We are also proud of two of our Members who were presented with their new Florida Professional Photographer Degrees.

  • Pat Tankersley received his Florida Education Degree and his Florida Service Award.
  • Rick Bauer received his Florida Education Degree.

Both Ramfis Campiz and Michael Joseph received 20 point bars for their Florida Service Award, as well!

Steve Metz Presented with PPA National Award

Our favorite Burrell rep, Steve Metz, was presented with PPA’s National Award. This coveted honor is presented in recognition of outstanding service to professional photography performed by an individual. We know how much Steve gives back to our industry and this is very well deserved!

Congratulations to all of our Members on their well-deserved Awards and Degrees and to new FPP President, Donna Campiz!

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