At the competition, a panel of judges reviewed almost 5,000 entrants. Of those entrants, 1,800 were chosen for PPA’s General Collection and 918, the “best of the best” according to a report, were chosen for the Loan Collection.
Scott has a photograph in each collection. “Music Man” was chosen for the Loan Collection and “Neon Ride” was chosen for the General Collection.
Scott said this is the first time she has entered photographs in an international competition.
“I had two merit, which is really exciting for a first timer. It’s pretty cool,” Scott said.
She’s enjoyed photography since she was a child, and even took a class in high school.
It fell to the side for awhile until she rediscovered photography about 15 years ago when her husband bought her a film single-lens reflex camera.
Scott moved to Alaska in 2000 and began shooting friends and family before getting a business license and shooting professionally.
Scott primarly does portrait photography, but she also does fine art, including an extensive series titled “Down at the Docks” of various aspects of fishing, boats and the Coast Guard.
Since becoming a professional photographer, Scott has been working on developing her skills further by taking classes once or twice a year.
It was at one of these classes that Scott learned the digital sketching she used on both the images that placed in the competition.
“I took both of those photos in Texas, and they just seemed like they would do well with the sketch technique,” Scott said.
She said she took four to five hours on each of the photographs. The process involved editing each with three different pieces of software: Lightroom, Photoshop and finally Corel Painter.
Although the sketching takes time, Scott didn’t mind.
“It’s really fun though,” Scott said. “It’s really freeing and exciting to let your inner artist out.”
Scott is looking forward to more competitions in the future as she is in the process of becoming a PPA Certified Professional Photographer and getting the PPA’s Master of Photography Degree. The certification requires submitting a portfolio of work and an exam while the degree requires receiving merits through competitions.
“It’s a process, the more you compete, the more you learn what they’re looking for and the more you develop skills,” Scott said. “Photography is something I could never get bored with. There’s never a shortage of things to learn.”
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