The Winners Were……………….. (Manitoba Photographers)

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I haven’t blogged for a while because I’ve been working on other things; namely doing a big clean up and getting my books ready for my accountant. They are both things that need to be done, but I would much rather be taking pictures or editing, than doing either.

I love competing in photography competitions and being a member of The Professional Photographers of Canada allows me to do that at a high level. Competitions force me to closely examine my images and perfect them. It is a time-consuming task that involves finding the best of the best in my images and then editing them to perfection. It’s a chance to be introspective and analyze my work and make decisions on what I will do differently in the future.

Photo competitions are  not for the faint of heart. When you put your heart and soul into an image and then have it criticized or ignored, you can come away with a bruised ego. But it is a learning process and the learning is what counts. Bruised egos heal and the feedback that you get from entering is worth it.

This was my second year of entering in the Professional Photographers of Canada National Salon. Entrants to the Salon are allowed 4 images and they are scored by a panel of 5 judges. The scores are: Excellent, Merit, Accepted and not Accepted. Last year I only had one image that was accepted. This year I received a Merit, had 2 accepted, and one was not accepted. Of course, I would have loved to have had 4 Excellent scores, (which nobody actually attains) and will continue to strive for that, but I am happy that I did better than the year before.

Here are my winning images:

The Face in the Tatters won a Merit provincially in Sask and it got an Accepted Nationally.

Autumn Palette au Metal won all kinds of awards provincially. Nationally, it got accepted. Just goes to show that you never can tell how an image will do!

The Tree of Divination won a Merit Nationally.


You will notice that none of these are portraits, which is mainly what my business is about. I love doing portrait photography, but I  also enjoy fine art photography and playing with images. It expands my horizons and my thinking and that is all good!


And the winners were………… (Winnipeg Photographers)

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I love the thrill and challenge of competition. I love playing Scrabble and card games are right up my alley but I am not competitive in any sports. (I tried golfing for quite a few years and was terrible at it; certainly not competitive!)

Over the years I’ve entered a lot of competitions at The Manitoba Camera Club and have  learned a lot from listening to judges critique the entries; my own and other people’s.   Even though it has been often painful to hear someone tear my image apart, it also has helped me to grow as a photographer. When you put your work out there for someone else to judge, it really is like putting your heart and soul on the line. It takes courage. It takes patience and it takes a lot of hard work. You listen, you learn and you keep on trying until you get it (unless it’s golf!). I’m not where I want to be in photography but I’m on my way. And life is really about the journey and not the destination. Getting the affirmations that I got at the PPOC convention this past month have been huge.

As a member of PPOC (Professional Photographers of Canada) you are eligible to enter competitions both nationally and provincially. I entered a few images in both the Saskatchewan and Manitoba competitions.

The images are rated by a panel of 6 judges in the following categories: Not Accepted, Accepted, Merit and Excellence.

I received a Merit for The Face in the Tatters (seen below),  which I entered in the Saskatchewan salon.

I can’t remember where I found this image, but when I looked at it, I saw a face. I didn’t add anything to it. I just highlighted the eyes, nose, mouth and hair, did some dodging and burning and saturated the colours. And here is that mysterious face peeking out of the tatters!


I entered  Autumn Palette au Metal  (seen below) in the Manitoba competition and it did very well.  It won Most Creative Photograph for Manitoba, plus being the image that 3 judges choose for their favorite image! I feel very honoured that it was chosen by not one, or two, but three judges!

Autumn Palette au Metal is a composite. The original image was of a metal wall that I saw when I was in Barbados. As soon as I saw the wall, I imagined some fall trees in it. Once I got home, I looked through my files of fall trees and choose a couple to place on top of the image of the metal wall in Photoshop. I also added the leaves and the screws that are along the bottom. It was a process that I worked on over a period of time, always trying to step back and reassess the image.  I love the lines, the colours and the painterly look of it! What do you think?

Autumn's Palette au MetalChristina McWilliams 10 Fine Art,

Autumn’s Palette au MetalChristina McWilliams 10 Fine Art,


I want to send out a huge “Thank you” to Colleen Serban ( for taking pictures at our convention. She took the following photographs at the Awards Banquet on Oct. 29th.


This is the rep from Don’s Photo presenting me with the plaque for Most Creative Photograph! Thank you Don’s Photo! I am having this image printed on metal as a 48×36 at Don’s.




This is Pearl Angelini presenting me with the ribbons for the Judge’s Choice Awards!



Plaque and Ribbons and a Huge Smile!

Congratulations to the other awards winners:

Best Commercial Award:
Total Focus – J. Carey Lauder, CPA, F.Ph.  (
Sponsored by: Princess Auto

Best General Award:
Turner Landscape After the Storm – Ingeborg Skliros, MPA
Sponsored by: Harvard Western Insurance

Best Portrait Award:
After Dark – Paul Misseghers.   (
Sponsored by The Lab Works

Best Out of Province Award:
I pitty the fool – John Wills, CPA, LPPO
Sponsored by Aspire Studios

Best Album Award:
Venice – An Artistic Impression – Ingeborg Skliros, MPA
Sponsored by Impact Photographic Design

Judge’s Choice Awards:
Kent Wong, MPA, SPA (Jury Chair): Total Focus – J. Carey Lauder, CPA, F.Ph.  (
Lavonne Gorrill, MPA: Total Focus – J. Carey Lauder, CPA, F.Ph.  (
Mark Greschner, MPA, SPA: Turner Landscape After the Storm – Ingeborg Skliros, MPA
Walter Janzen, MPA, SPA, F.Ph., HLM: Lady in Red – Rodney Braun, MPA
Cyndie Knorr, CPA: Autumn’s Palette au Metal – Christina McWilliams
Kelsey Qualman, MPA: Autumn’s Palette au Metal – Christina McWilliams
Jay Terry, MPA.  ( : Autumn’s Palette au Metal – Christina McWilliams

Photographer of the Year: Bruce Hendricks, MPA, F.Ph., F/PPOC-BC, CPP.   (

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