Monday, December 3, 2012

Tampa Wedding and Social Event Photographer of the Year

Last night was the holiday party for T.A.P.P.A. (Tampa Area Professional Photographers Association).  The great thing about holiday parties is that it gives everyone an excuse to dress up.  Also, there's a bar.

Every year, someone in the association is named "Photographer of the Year."  The criteria has changed a little over the years.  It used to be that the honor was based on who won the most ribbons in print competitions throughout the year but now they also award points for service to the guild.  It's a good system because you can't "win" just by winning print competitions and you can't "win" just by serving on the board or chairing a committee... you have to do both.  I like that it's given to photographers who win competitions but also give their time to servicing the guild.

This year we actually had a tie for 1st place so we had two "Photographers of the Year."  Great guys who well deserved the honor.

What came as a surprise was that they also gave out plaques for the most points in each individual category of print competition.  There are  five categories (Wedding and Events, Portraits, Electronic Imaging, Commercial and Uncategorized).  I didn't realize that they gave plaques for each category so it was a pleasant surprise when I won the "Event" category. :)

I got a little plaque and everything!

Booray Perry is a wedding photographer in Tampa Bay.  See his work here
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