2017 Year-End OPPA Awards

As 2017 winds down, I was recently honored with a couple awards at the annual banquet of the Oregon Professional Photographers Association. The main two OPPA awards I received were for an image that did well in our annual state image competition in November.

See the Forest for the Trees

See the Forest for the Trees started with an image captured near Denali National Park in Alaska, edited and presented as such. It received an award for the best Landscape/Pictorial image as well as a Judge’s Choice award. Here I am receiving the Best Landscape award with OPPA Vice President Lisa Dillon, and with the group of folks who all received Judge’s Choice awards.

OPPA Awards - Best Landscape 2017

OPPA Awards - Judges Choice Winners

This past year was also a notable one as I served as the President of OPPA, leading the state’s largest industry organization and overseeing a variety of events and competitions. While it was a great year overall, a few notable accomplishments stand out including the launching of a mentorship program, seeing many OPPA members go on to recognition at the PPA International Photographic Competition, and our group donating nearly $2000 to PPA Charities.

PPA President Rob Behm was in attendance, after I received my commemorative President’s plaque he also presented me with a couple other gifts.

OPPA Awards Banquet - Rob Behm and Aaron Hockley

It was a great evening wrapping up a solid year; I already have bigger plans for 2018 which just might include additional OPPA awards and more.

(OPPA Awards banquet photos by Andie Petkus Photography)

Third Place Commercial Image from PPA

I was surprised and honored last month to find out that I received a prestigious award from the Professional Photographers of America at the annual Grand Imaging Awards ceremony.

My image “The Future is Looking Up” (shown below) was selected as the third place image for 2014 in the Commercial category. Out of thousands of photos entered in PPA’s annual International Photographic Competition last August, the “best of the best” form the pool from which the Grand Imaging Awards winners are selected. I’m flattered that out of all of the commercial images submitted by professional photographers in the organization, mine was selected as the third place image.

I love creating commercial and illustrative photographs that tell a story and I look forward to continuing to develop my portfolio of work with various clients.

To learn more about the Grand Imaging Awards or view the rest of the winners, see this page on PPA’s website.

The Future is Looking Up

Aaron Hockley awarded the OPPA President’s Award

As we move into 2015, I’m pleased to announce something that happened at the end of 2014.

As many folks know, I’m on the board of directors for the Oregon Professional Photographers Association. In mid-December I was announced as the recipient of the President’s Award for 2014, one of the highest honors presented by the organization.

The OPPA President’s Award is presented annually to an active member of the organization whose dedication and service benefits the organization, while being of service to the community and a photographer ambassador to the public.

Oregon Professional Photographers Association President's Award
OPPA 2014 President Mark Fitzgerald with President’s Award recipient Aaron Hockley

In a region brimming with photographers, I’m honored to have been presented this award and I look forward to another year of living photography. The Oregon Professional Photographers Association is a fantastic group filled with smart, creative individuals, and I can’t wait to continue working with the OPPA membership to provide fellowship, education, and development for photographers in our area.

photo by Andie Petkus

Three Awards from the International Photographic Competition

Forgive me for a bit of self-congratulations, but I wanted to note that I recently had three images selected for exhibition in the PPA annual International Photographic Competition.

The image below, The Future is Looking Up, was selected as part of the prestigious Loan Collection, representing the “best of the best” of all images entered into competition. I’m flattered to have received this high honor.

The Future is Looking Up

The following two images, Summer Morning Friends and Seattle Cool, were chosen for the General Collection, earning competition award merits and being included in the annual International Photographic Exhibition to be held in early 2015.

Summer Morning Friends

Seattle Cool

All three images are available for purchase as fine are prints; please send me an email if interested.