"Lily of the Incas," the above image, was one of my entries in the 2016 Professional Photographers of America International Photographic Competition. Forty-three accredited jurors judged about 5,700 images! The images are judged first to receive a PPA merit, and then those which are awarded are judged AGAIN for the distinction of being included in the esteemed PPA Loan Collection. The Loan Collection is published each year by Marathon Press. I entered two cases of 4 images (only 4 are allowed in a case) and I am very honored to have 3 of my 4 images in my artist case receive merit status, with 1 accepted into the Loan Collection; and, all 4 of my images in my photographic case received merit status and 2 of them went into the Loan Collection, giving me the honor of being a 2016 Gold Medalist. The images will be on display January 8-10, 2017 In San Antonio.
The art piece began as an image of an Alstroemeria blossom. (Commonly available in your grocery store florist area.) I had some fun playing with it in Photoshop and then added a few additional images to create the background texture. Lily of the Incas is another name I found for an Alstroemeria, so I thought it made an appropriate title for this piece. The colors make me smile!