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
Missouri Photographer of the Year 2017
Missouri Top Ten
1st Place Portrait
1st Place Family/Group
2nd Place Family/Group
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
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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professional photographers, for professional photographers. Almost as
long-lived as photography itself, PPA has roots that date back to 1869. It
assists 30,000 members through protection, education and resources for their
continued success. See how PPA helps photographers be more at ppa.com.