Jim Carpenter, owner of Gitchell's Studio, has won the title of "Photographer of theYear"from the Virginia Professional Photographers Association (VPPA) during theirannual convention in Roanoke, Virginia February 22-26, 2013. Jim, a PPA Master Photographer, was honored with the title after earning six blue ribbons along with threefirst place awards, one second place, highest score for a Certified Professional Photographer (CPP), highest score for an American Society of Photographers (ASP), anda first ever awarded from Polaroid the "Prestige Award for Best Wedding Portrait".
Jim's evening was topped with being awarded with the National Award fromProfessional Photographers of America for "Meritorious Contributions to Professional Photography". Carpenter, a native of Charlottesville, and a professional photographer inthe area for 45 years, was also Convention Chairman. 150 professional photographers inVirginia attended with speakers and judges from Michigan, New Jersey, North Carolina,Kentucky, Florida, and West Virginia participating in the event.
All 6 images received Blue Ribbons
Best Social Event Portrait for Wedding "Pillars of Love" image of a wedding couple
Best Photojournalism Photograph "Happy Feet" image of the shoe maker inWilliamsburg
Best Illustrative Photograph "Parallel Portals" image from Williamsburg
Court of Honor-Portrait of a Man "Smokin' Joe" a portrait of Kenny Staples (A Cvillenative Barber)
"Luscious Lily"-Blue Ribbon-A beautiful water lily from Jim's pond
"So God Made A Farmer"-Blue Ribbon-a beautiful farm scene (with local Irvin White on his tractor working the land)
Highest Score for a Certiñed Professional Photographer-CPP Award
Highest Score for an American Society of Photographers member-ASP State Elite Award
The very prominent "PPA National Award" for "Meritorious Contributions toProfessional Photography"
Polaroid Prestige Award for Best Wedding Portrait-(first time ever presented)
To achieve this status and this many awards is very unusual and would be worthy of aninterview or announcement. Please Contact Jim or Joan Carpenter, Gitchell's Studio, Inc., 618-A Forest Street, Charlottesville, VA 22903, 434-296-7558, firstname.lastname@example.org.