NAPCP’s International Image Competition is a globally acclaimed annual digital/online photography competition. The purpose of the International Image Competition is to certify and commend images from our Member Community that epitomize compelling impact, creativity and style, technical merit, and overall distinction. Critiques are available for the purpose of education and growth. Eight Best in Category Winners are featured in Inspired magazine; Placing Winners and Images of Merit from all categories are featured in the online International Image Competition Winning Galleries. Additionally, Image Competition rewards talent with medallions, priority listing in our directory, vendor endorsements, NAPCP Photographer of the Year points, press, and professional recognition.
After graduating from Westmont College and Brooks Institute of Photography, Michael Taylor took his first industry job with Skipworth Photography in Memphis, before founding Taylor Fine Portraiture in Pasadena, California. Known for capturing on location images, Michael mainly focused on family and children portraits and enjoyed a very successful studio for over 20 years there before relocating to the East Coast and establishing Sigmon Taylor Photography in Williamsburg, Virginia.
Michael is a past president of the Professional Photographers of America, and has given over 400 seminars including 30 international speaking engagements in Japan, Philippines, Korea, England, Canada, Mexico and Italy. His distinguished portfolio includes portraiture of Gerald Ford, Marlo Thomas, Carol Channing, Johnny Cash, and Jerry Lee Lewis. In addition to his portrait work at Sigmon Taylor Photography, Michael has established a wide body of work and diverse clientèle with their Commercial division, bringing personality and heart to imagery for companies across the country. Michael’s national clients include Eastman Kodak, Epson, Prophoto and Mamiya Cameras.
From East to West, Michael Taylor has used his talent and his penchant for portraiture to create profitable, sustainable studios. He is a popular speaker and still enjoys helping other photographers finesse their portraiture skills to create outstanding images and reach their true potential.
Tracy Sweeney, owner/photographer of Elan Studio in Bristol, Rhode Island and author of Kids: Photos to Brighten Your Day, is an international award winning child, family and commercial photographer whose work has been featured on the Hallmark Channel, People.Com, Today.com (Today Show), on packaging and signage at Buy Buy Baby and Target Stores and in various professional industry publications. Tracy loves capturing simple, candid moments, the indelible beauty of new beginnings and life. She is also an educator with a Masters Degree in Education and Doctoral work in Curriculum, Instruction and Technology. Each year, she teaches thousands of photographers through prestigious platforms such as KelbyOne and Click Photo School, as well as the industry’s leading conferences. Tracy lives and works by the sea with her husband and five children.
Artist and Photographer Heidi Hope Guerard is a former high school art and photography teacher who achieved international recognition with her whimsical and ethereal backdrops for children created out of her world renown family portrait studio in Cranston, RI. Heidi’s creative style of studio photography combined with her business and social media savvy helped the Heidi Hope Photography studio quickly grow to become one of the country’s most successful since opening in 2009. Often referred to as a “baby whisperer”, Heidi’s most celebrated work is creating artistic portraits of babies from their first days of life through their first days of school. Heidi is a multi-passionate entrepreneur founding Heidi Hope Photography®, Photographer Rising®, Heidi Hope Backdrops, and New England Photo Collective® while continuing public speaking and mentoring with a focus on education in the arts. Heidi currently photographs out of Rhode Island while hosting international photography workshops and public speaking to inspire and uplift creatives.