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The Best Photographer in Missouri - 2017
Maplewood, MO
08/31/2017 10:45 AM

Shana Watkins of Shana Watkins Photography is honored by peers and jurors for outstanding photography at the Missouri Professional Photographers Conference, August 28, 2017


Watkins was awarded the following:

Missouri Photographer of the Year 2017

Missouri Top Ten Photographer

1st Place Portrait

1st Place Family/Group Portrait

2nd Place Family/Group Portrait

Juror’s Choice Award

Print Case 4 for 4 Award


Known for her timeless, storytelling portraits, Watkins is one of four photographers in St. Louis to earn the esteemed Certified Professional Photographer designation from PPA.


Her work has also recently been accepted into the Loan Collection of Professional Photographers of America's 2017 International Photographic Competition. Watkins’s work will be on display at the Gaylord Opryland Convention Center in Nashville, Tennessee, Jan. 14-16, 2018. This International Photographic Exhibition is held in conjunction with Imaging USA, an annual convention and expo for professional photographers.


A panel of 33 eminent jurors from across the United States selected the top photographs from nearly 5,800 total submitted entries at Gwinnett Technical College in Georgia. Judged against a standard of excellence, 2,660 images were selected for the General Collection and 644 (roughly 11 percent) were selected for the esteemed Loan Collection—the best of the best. The Loan Collection images will all be published in the much-anticipated "Loan Collection" book.

Titled "I’ll Never Leave Your Side," Watkins’s photograph will be in the International Photographic Exhibition alongside other top photographic works from the competition. These images constitute one of the world's largest annual exhibits of professional photography gathered simultaneously under one roof.



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