January 2012 International Image Competition – Opens Today!


January 2012 International Image Competition – Opens Today!

Today, the January 2012 NAPCP International Image Competition opens at 8:00AM EST and will close at 11:59PM EST February 12th, 2012. The purpose of NAPCP’s Image Competitions is to recognize the accomplishments and creative excellence of our members, rewarding their talent with medallions, priority listing on our directory, vendor endorsements, member points, titles and professional recognition. Members each receive a total of 2 Competition Credits per Competition with their Membership. Details are online!
They say a picture is worth a thousand words … and yours may be featured in our next press release. For the past two International Image Competitions, the winners announcement highlighted the names of the competition winners and received great exposure – collecting thousands of views, postings to other websites, and search index hits. Wouldn’t you like to see your name and photo sent over the wire too?
Members, start submitting your best images here!
Good luck!
The NAPCP Team
Above photo credits clockwise from top left: Stephanie Buckman, “Cuddle” • Natacha Silber,
“Swept Away ” • Stephanie Pasutto, “Sunday Mornin ” • Arielle Langhorne “En Couronne”

Karen Carey
Karen Carey began her career over 15 years ago and has developed a distinctive style that honors her passion for artistry and excellence in her work. She is nationally noted for creating exceptionally moving images that celebrate childhood in a way that is pure and authentic. Combining an eye for strong, yet simple composition with exquisite mastery of light, Karen creates fine art portraits of children that are intimate and honest, bearing witness to the same passion, humor and sensitivity that she exudes in her own spirited personality. Her award winning artwork is hanging in fine homes and in fine galleries across the country, and can be seen on countless magazine covers and national advertising campaigns. In 2007, Karen began sharing her wisdom and creative approach with photographers at all stages of their careers through workshops, lectures and private mentoring. Learn more about Karen and view her online portfolio here. Professional photographers can find out more about upcoming workshops and engagements at here!
Jen Hudson
Jennifer Hudson is one of the modern generation’s visualists creating beguiling images that are both artistically stylized and meticulously crafted. She has an uncanny eye for high fashion, finding beauty, understanding the physique and the intricacies of the human body, the manner in which light will play in a scene and upon a subject, the delicate balance and rhythm of composition, and most importantly, how to powerfully portray human emotion.

Founder of one of Fort Worth, Texas’, premier wedding studios and Olive Avonlea Couture Photography, located in Boston, MA, Jennifer is a savvy and energetic image-maker and entrepreneur. Achieving sufficient merits with her PPA Masters and Craftsman degrees in just three years, along with a host of trophies and awards in every category including ten Kodak Gallery Awards, ten Fuji Masterpiece Awards, and five WPPI grand awards, she is a celebrated talent in the PPA and WPPI ranks, and has exhibited work in fine art galleries throughout the country. Jennifer’s work has been published in many esteemed print and online as well as a host of regional professional photography publications.
Jennifer is a dynamic and emotional illustrator of the human heart. With an innate ability to plumb the antique, the work is soulful; seeking the use of the forgotten or discarded, mechanical in nature, eerie and quiet. With a classical music and orchestral background, she breathes life into her inventions with an air of subtly that only inspired thought and a delicate, intent hand can achieve. Jennifer is currently working in Boston, Massachusetts. She is an international speaker and lecturer whose programs are sought after year after year by many professional public and private photographic organizations. She has just completed her latest major body of work entitled ʻBaptismʼ, a narrative series exploring a young womanʼs spiritual re-incarnation, and is currently working on her series entitled ‘Medic’ which explores the breadth of human relationships during illness and recovery. Jennifer’s work is currently exhibited and collected in many outstanding photography galleries and private collections throughout the country.

Dana Pugh
Dana Pugh has been documenting families since 2007 through her company Short and Sweet Photography. Her work has been featured in many publications and blogs, as well as on local television. She is a multi-award wining, charter member of the NAPCP. Last year, she was named their Child Photographer of the Year. Her award winning image was displayed in Time’s Square in New York City. Included amongst her clients are professional athletes, local celebrities and other photographers. Dana has had the opportunity to mentor other photographers from across North America and, this year, is offering workshops across Canada.

Dana lives in Okotoks, AB with her unbelievably supportive husband and two beautiful children. The work that most makes her heart sing is her work documenting their life together.
Additional Details

The National Association of Professional Child Photographers (NAPCP) recognizes the accomplishments and creative excellence of its child photographer members. Image competitions reward talent with medallions, priority listing on our directory, vendor endorsements, member points, titles and professional recognition.
The January 2012 NAPCP International Image Competition will open 8:00AM EST January 16th, 2012 and close 11:59PM EST February 12th, 2012.
Members will receive a total of 2 Competition Credits per Competition with their Membership. Additional Competition Credits can be purchased for $25 each. Competition Credits can be used in any single competition, and can not roll over to the following competition.
Instructions/Disclaimer: Images for each category can range from maternity, family, newborn, child-specific events, sibling, etc. Category submissions are open to interpretation based on the Photographer’s perception. Categories are subject to change in future Image Competitions.

  1. Maternity
  2. Newborn
  3. Baby
  4. Child
  5. Sibling
  6. Seniors & Tweens
  7. Family


  1. Impact (40%) – the sense one gets upon viewing an image for the first time. Compelling images evoke laughter, sadness, anger, pride, wonder or another intense emotion. Story Telling also plays a part in overall Impact. This refers to the image’s ability to evoke imagination. What message does the viewer read, and what story does the image depict?
  2. Technical Merit (30%) – the quality of the image itself as it is presented for viewing. Retouching, manipulation, focus, appropriate depth of field, sharpness, exposure, and correct color are some items that speak to the qualities of the images.
  3. Composition & Creativity (30%) – important to the design of an image, bringing all of the visual elements together in concert to express the purpose of the image. Proper composition holds the viewer in the image and prompts the viewer to look where the creator intends. Creativity is the original, fresh, and external expression of the imagination of the maker by using the medium to convey an idea, message or thought.

Eligibility: NAPCP’s International Image Competition is held twice yearly and is open to all current and active members.

  1. Competition entries must be the Entrant’s unassisted original work. This includes staging, capture, processing, and finish.
  2. Entries can not be a result of a workshop or a class assignment.
  3. Entries can only be entered once. Entering the image more than once will disqualify the Entrant.
  4. A maximum of 3 entries can be entered per Category.
  5. No where on the Image submission can the entrant’s name, logo or signature appear.
  6. Competition Entry should be labeled as follows: LastName_FirstName_YearA_Title

Entrants agree that any entered photograph may be used by the National Association of Professional Child Photographers (NAPCP), in any of its publications, printed materials or electronic media, such as but not limited to any of its web sites or its affiliates’ web sites. Model releases must be available for all recognizable individuals in submitted photos. Do not submit these releases unless requested.
Winning entries may be used in connection with the Competition and NAPCP for promotion in the future. Thus, winners grant a non-exclusive, royalty-free, perpetual, limited license to use, publish, reproduce, display, distribute, use for promotional purposes and cross-promotional purposes. Photographer retains all copyright for the images.

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