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Kimberly Smith:

PPA Merit Class:

Why Competing with Yourself is the Best Way to Grow

"I am in competition

with no one.  I have no desire

to play the game of being better than anyone.

I am simply trying to be better than the

person I was yesterday."

Image competition is by far, one of the best tools available to make you a better photographer.  It forces you to look at things a little differently and stretch your creativity, to create something that really stands out.  Whether you enter your everyday work, or you shoot specifically for  competition, it is important to know the rules and what the judges are looking for.  Join us for a full day to learn the ins and outs of Photographic Competition. 

            We will be discussing...

            - the 12 elements and showing examples. 

            -How the scoring system works.

            -things that can hurt or help an image

            -Critique of your work


Sponsored by MOPPA


Kimberly's Bio:

Kimberly J. Smith began her professional photography career in 2001 in Muskogee, Oklahoma.  With no formal training, she stepped out on faith, purchased her professional equipment and began  taking classes.  Photography soon became a passion and she quickly learned that creating beautiful portraits and art was what she was meant to do. 

As a member of her local, state, regional and national Professional Photographer associations, she soon earned her Master of Photography degree and Photographic Craftsman degree and became a PPA Affiliated Juror.  In 2014 she became a Certified Professional Photographer.  In January of 2016, she  received  her Master Artist degree and Imaging Excellence.  She truly believes in lifelong learning and that every competition and every journey to a new degree has pushed her to become a better, more creative photographer.

Kimberly has earned the title of Professional Photographer of the year for Professional Photographers of Oklahoma, Ozarks, Southwest District and Professional Photographers of America.

Judging, competition and photography is her passion, and her family is her love.  With seven super loud but loving  children/teenagers, life can be a bit chaotic, but she wouldn't have it any other way.   She is blessed to have a job she truly loves.

Master Photographer . Master Artist . Photographic Craftsman

Certified Professional Photographer . PPA Approved Juror

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