Rise International Photography Awards 2019

Rise International Photography Awards

The Rise International Photography Awards celebrate photographers from across the world. Founded by Kelly Brown – Little Pieces Photography the awards aim to encourage photographers to strive for excellence, and provide them with feedback from qualified and experienced photography judges.

The 2019 results are in and I’m proud to have received 3 silvers and a bronze award. Even more valuable is the feedback I received on each of my submissions. I’ll learn from what the judges had to say and use this as a learning opportunity to grow and master my skills as a photographer.

Photography of Korean War Veteran puzzle

Missing Pieces

When a loved one passes away people celebrate and remember their lives in many different ways.This image represents the feeling that there is always something missing and a great void left behind once a person is gone.

Over the past few years I’ve been interested in entering photography competitions in order to challenge myself as an artist. One of the absolute best photography competitions in the world is the WPPI awards. In 2019 I entered into the WPPI awards for the first time and was shocked to be awarded a silver distinction merit for my image “Missing Pieces”. Not only did this image merit a score of 87 but it also ended up winning the illustrative category! To get a score over 85 is a BIG DEAL. To win a category is something I never imagined achieving! The standards are high in this photography competition and that keeps me motivated to continue creating and entering images.

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: Santa photos at the Canadian Fire Fighters Museum in Port Hope Ontario by Alana Lee Photography

CFFM Santa Photos 2018

For the past few years I’ve been volunteering to photograph Santa and his friends at the Canadian Fire Fighters Museum in Port Hope, Ontario. After enjoying the annual Santa Claus parade in downtown Port Hope everyone (including pets!) is invited to join Santa for hot chocolate, cookies and have a photo taken with Santa himself. This year the Santa meet and greet, and photos will be held at the former Canadian Tire building at 100 Henderson Street, just across from the end of the parade route. Donations to the Canadian Fire Fighters Museum are welcome.

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Alana Lee Photography: Bunny rabbit studio photo by Port Hope and Cobourg pet photographer Alana Lee

Don’t Use these Essential Oils Around Pets!

Essential oils are beneficial to humans, however, they can potentially be toxic to our beloved pets. What is safe for us might not be for them, so it is important to speak with your veterinarian before using essential oils either topically or in a diffuser when pets may be sharing your home or coming into contact with you when oils have been applied to your skin.

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Alana Lee Photography: Port Hope photographer Alana Lee receives two honorable mentions in the International CPC photography awards for childrens portraits

CPC Portrait Awards 2018

The CPC Portrait Awards are an international photography competition that recognizes the best in child portraiture throughout the world. This photo competition for child portrait photographers recognizes exceptional images based on a judging criteria that identifies the best quality in art. The judging panel scores entries based on technical quality, composition, artistic expression and overall impression.

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