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Monday , 23 May 2022
Susie's image 'Gilded Descent' in the Figure Study class won the prestigious Best in Class award at the Professional Photographers of Canada’s 2022 annual competition. Image credit: Susie O'Connor.

Cold Lake photographer wins Best in Class Award at national exhibition

Photographer Susie O’Connor MPA had four images selected for exhibition in a national salon celebrating the best of Canadian professional photography in late April. 

O’Connor’s image ‘Gilded Descent’ in the Figure Study class won the prestigious Best in Class award at the Professional Photographers of Canada’s 2022 annual competition, which is a national exhibition celebrating the best of Canadian professional photography.

It also was selected for inclusion in the Professional Photographers of Canada’s 2022 Loan Collection, as well as for a Judge’s Choice award.

Only three images in the Portrait/Wedding category received a score of five Excellences across the board from all five judges and 2 of the 3 were O’Connor’s images.

O’Connor runs Images Studios in Cold Lake.

A panel of master photographers judged the best works submitted by professional photographers from across Canada and accepted a selection of outstanding images for exhibition as the 2022 National Image Salon of the Professional Photographers of Canada (PPOC).

The salon was revealed on April 23, 2022, online and live on the Professional Photographers of Canada Facebook page.

In addition to demonstrating the makers’ ability to create outstanding images for their clientele, inclusion into the salon earns the maker merits toward several designations offered to PPOC members, including the prestigious Craftsman of Photographic Arts and Master of Photographic Arts. The competition features entries from across Canada in 22 different classes, including commercial, portrait, fine art and wedding. 

“Photographers must show extraordinary talent to win an award among such illustrious company,” said Tina Weltz MPA, SPA, Chair of the National Exhibition Committee, in a press release.

“We were thrilled to see so many inspiring entries in the competition this year. The salon images clearly demonstrate the exceptional skill and quality that professionals bring to the medium of photography.” 

About Michael Menzies

Menzies is the editor-at-large for Connected Media Inc. Born and raised in Vermilion, he started in May 2018 during his NAIT Radio and Television practicum and reports on local politics, sports, and community issues. He became the Bonnyville Pontiacs play-by-play voice during the 2019-20 season. He also comments on provincial and national issues. Menzies hosts Connected! Evening Monday-Thursday at 5 o’clock. He also likes to buy books and read some of them.