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Norway photographer awarded Silver Medal for work
NORWAY — Self-taught photographer Trish Logan has been named a Silver Medal Winner by the Professional Photographers of America (PPA) for her high-quality work, the Oxford Hills Chamber of Commerce announced January 7.
Logan, of Norway, is the owner of Photography by Trish Logan, LLC, with a studio located in South Paris across from Oxford Hills Comprehensive High School.
She specializes in fine art portrait photography and, according to her, she is currently pursuing a Master's degree in photography through PPA. She has been a portrait photographer for about three years.
In addition, she also studied at the New England Institute of Professional Photography (NEIPP) in 2012 and has attended training and specialty workshops in photography nationwide, she said.
To win the medal, Logan's work was judged at the 2012 International Photographic Competition based on "technical, artistic and photographic excellence," OHCC reported.
"They [PPA] score people from all over the country and all over the world," Logan explained, of the competition.
"It's based on the quality of your work," she said.
Logan was one of 60 other photographers in the 2012 competition to earn the silver medal, she said. Other categories in the competition include Diamond Photographers of the Year; Diamond Photographers of the Year – Master Artist; Platinum Medalist; Gold Medalist; Gold Medalist – Master Artist; Silver Medalist – Master Artist; Bronze Medalist and Bronze Medalist – Master Artist.
Each of her four entries entered into the competition were deemed "worthy of professional merit" – one of them, entitled "Mandala in Midnight Blue," was even accepted into the 2012 PPA Loan Collection for exhibition and publication in this year's Loan Collection Book, Logan said.
"That book has the best photography in the world for the year," from photographers well-known in the industry, said Logan. "It's cool."
In 2011, Logan was named a top three finalist at the Photoshop World Guru Awards in the photography category.
According to Logan, she also has experience as a staff photographer for the Advertiser Democrat and as an adult education teacher in Adobe Photoshop and Digital Photography.
In fact, being a newspaper photographer was where she started her career in photography, she said.
"I have been trying for about seven years, part-time, to become a professional photographer full-time," Logan explained.
"These photographers have reached a prestigious achievement," stated PPA's Photographic Exhibition Committee Chairman Dennis Craft in a press release.
"The consistent quality required to earn the title of Silver Medalist in one of the world's most celebrated photography competitions certainly bodes well for their clients, too!" he said.
But for Logan, who received the designation for the first time, the competition is not just about earning a medal.
"It's more of a personal thing for me," she said. "I don't look at my competition work as competing against anybody else. It's pushing myself as far as I can ... to be as good as I can be."
Logan said she's always been interested in photography. "For me, it started as a hobby," she said.
"I've taught a lot of children's classes too. It's almost sad – as a generation we are losing our history, because we Facebook everything. We never print anything. If Facebook went away tomorrow, where would we be? Where would our family history be?"
"People have been telling stories through pictures since cave drawings," Logan said.
Logan has also been a member of multiple professional organizations, including PPA; Professional Photographers of New England; on the Board of Directors, Maine Professional Photographers Association; Business Networking International, a member of OHCC and is a trustee of NE Institute of Professional Photography.
She is also a member of the Bridgton Art Guild. According to Logan, her fine prints are currently being exhibited at Gallery 302 in Bridgton.
Logan was honored for her work at the Grand Imaging Awards in Atlanta, GA on January 21.