the portrait masters 2019 gold award winner is Alana Lee

The Golden Fish

In my universe this is about as big as it gets. For the past couple of years I have been working towards mastering my craft and earning accreditation through the Portrait Masters awards program, started by my mentor Sue Bryce. Her education platform is second to none, and I’ve grown so much – technically as a photographer, and personally through embracing self-love, confidence and courage to face my self-perceived faults and embrace my creativity. To rise above my physical and mental challenges and not only become my best self but to inspire and empower others through my craft.

During the most recent accreditation and awards I have received numerous bronze, a silver and that one thing I never dreamed I could achieve at this point in my career…a gold merit. Not only did I win the pet portrait category, but my image of Gus the Goldfish was awarded one of the only 6 gold merits ever awarded from the panel of international judges in the history of this accreditation and awards program. Being a category winner is rewarding in itself, but meriting gold with this image is so special for a few reasons.

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Gold seal for the Portrait Masters Awards and Accreditation program by Sue Bryce Education

Photography Awards and Accreditation

Why should photographers enter awards and competitions?

Why do photography awards matter? That is a question I have contemplated over the past few years. For me, entering photography competitions is an opportunity to have my images seen across the industry and within the photography community as well as featured in press and online. Entering competitions allows me to really engage myself in the creative process and push my limits with both creativity and technique. Some photography competitions offer cash prizes or gear to winners, which is always nice, but what I benefit most from is receiving valuable feedback about my submitted images that I can learn from and improve my craft.

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Port Hope photographer Alana Lee wins 3 honorable mentions in the 2018 Monochrome Black and White photography awards

2018 Monochrome Photography Awards

Port Hope Photographer wins honorable mentions in the 2018 International Monochrome Awards

As my photography journey continues I have set a goal to enter International Photography Awards. By participating in these competitions a photographer gains international exposure and recognition among their peers and within the photography industry. It is also an opportunity to gauge where I am among my peers and assess how I am progressing in my goal to master my craft.

Recently I entered four images into the 2018 Monocrhrome Awards and was delighted to learn that three of my entries placed with honorable mentions in the professional categories of Portrait, Fine Art, and Photomanipulation.

Monochrome Photography Awards conducts an annual international competition for professional and amateur photographers honoring black and white photography. Their mission is to celebrate monochrome visions and discover the most amazing photographers from around the world.

 

 Honorable mention:

Photomanipulation

 Honorable mention:

Fine Art

Honorable mention:

Portrait

 

You can read more about why I think photography awards and accreditation programs are important on my blog post “Why Photographers Should Enter Awards and Competitions

Alana Lee Photography: fantasy photography with girl wearing deer headpiece in forest using stella pro continuous LED lights

Photography Talk

Inspirational Photo of the Day: Photography Talk

My fantasy image of a young girl exploring the dark woods was recently featured by the online photography forum Photography Talk as the Inspirational Photo of the Day. Recently I’ve been exploring ways to tell stories with my images and it has been such a rewarding experience and enabled me to express so much more with my photography. Photography Talk is an amazing resource for photographers around the world that helps photographers tell amazing stories with their cameras. Followed by over 3 million photographers around the world, they are the “everything” resource for photographers and it is such an honor to be featured on their website.

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Alana Lee Photography: Rise 2018 Finalist award

Rise International Photography Awards

Port Hope photographer Alana Lee is Finalist at Rise International Photography Awards

Over the past year I’ve been continually challenging myself to learn and master my craft, so that I can always be providing the very best quality images and service to my clients and grow and challenge myself as an artist. Part of this process has involved entering my work in a variety of professional international photography competitions. Recently I submitted 5 entries into the Rise International Photography Awards, founded by world renowned photographer Kelly Brown. The Rise Photography Awards aims to raise the standard of newborn and child photography across the world, and to facilitate growth in photographers through critique of entries by internationally qualified judges.

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Alana Lee Photography: Inside the Alana Lee Photography studio in Port Hope Ontario

Your Unique Photoshoot Experience

Port Hope & Cobourg Photography Studio

Your photography experience with Alana Lee Photography studio, serving Port Hope, Cobourg and surrounding areas, begins with a complimentary consultation where we discuss how you would like to be photographed, who you would like to be photographed with, and other details like wardrobe & styling, hair & makeup, dietary preferences for snacks & beverages, how to prepare for your session, what to bring, what to expect during your session and all of the little details that go into creating the very best photo shoot that is customized just for you.

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