Maine Professional Photographers Association
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Annual Image Critique

  • February 15, 2024
  • 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
  • Online Via ZOOM
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  • May apply up to 3 program fees to membership dues if application submitted within same fiscal year.

Registration is closed

Program Description: 

Soon, our 2024 MPPA Image competition will be upon us!  Are you ready?  Would you like some feedback on your images?  Join us in our upcoming image critique night.  Send your own images or, if you prefer,  just listen and learn from other's images.  We'll have 4 judges - Rob Smith, Lauren DelVecchio, Heather Watt, and Stacy Knapp.  Moderated by Rod "Jax" Jackson.

Please email "" up to 4 images with the following naming convention and maximum dimensions by Sunday, February 11:

    • YourName-1-ImageTitle.jpg
    • YourName-2-ImageTitle.jpg
    • YourName-3-ImageTitle.jpg
    • YourName-4-ImageTitle.jpg
  • The #'s in the name denote which image is most critical to you for feedback.  This allows us to critique everyone's 1's, then the 2's and so on.  If we have time to critique all images, we will!  If we run out of time, the most critical to you will be critiqued.
  • Maximum dimension is 4000 pixels on the longest side saved with JPG quality of 10, which is consistent with our standard print competition rules.

The Critique will be recorded:  

For those who register, we will be recording the critiques and it will be made available for a full 30 days after the date of the critique. So, if you cannot attend 'in person' via Zoom, please register and you can watch it until March 15th.

About Rob Smith: What awards have Rob Smith not won? Rob has reached as high as Diamond Photographer Of The Year at IPC (plus platinum and bronze showings), Maine Photographer Of The Year, graced the cover of PPA magazine twice, and far too many more things to count. He will be moderating this evening of learning and image critique.  We will start off with a short presentation about the 12 elements of a merit image before getting into reviewing the submitted images. Please follow the guidelines as outlined in the graphic in order to participate! Some of our board will be acting as jurors with Rob moderating discussions about the images. Join us and learn from some of the best in print competition!

About Lauren DelVecchio: Lauren has been a photographer in Maine for over 15 years. She's earned the Master of Photography and Craftsman Degrees, and is a Certified Professional Photographer through the PPA.

She's traveled all over the world making beautiful, authentic photographs of people doing everything from getting married to graduating high school, to spending time with their family.

About Heather Watt: Heather is a Master Photographer and Certified Professional Photographer through the Professional Photographers of America (PPA). Over 12 years ago, Heather began her photographic journey working as advertising manager of the Daily Nebraskan, while she received her Bachelor of Journalism. During that time, she also began assisting at weddings for her now husband Brian! She and Brian are currently part of a husband and wife, two-photographer wedding photography team who create authentic, elegant, and timeless wedding galleries. Outside of weddings, Heather specializes in studio portraits and coaching other photographers on photo knowledge! She loves leading workshops and evening classes. While she has received photographic awards, Heather views her greatest accomplishment in photography as earning her Master of Photography while pregnant with her fourth child, all while homeschooling full time.

About Stacy Knapp:  Stacy is a national and international award-winning newborn and maternity photographer, winning honors for maternity, newborn, baby, child, and family portraits. She is a Master Photographer and Certified Professional Photographer with the Professional Photographers of America (PPA). Stacy was named MPPA’s 2023 Maine Portrait Photographer of the Year, and was a silver medalist in the portrait category of PPA's International Photography Competition last year.

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