Photo Marketing Association Announces Photo Contest Winners

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PMA Leads Photo Imaging Community in Ongoing Celebration of Photography

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PMA is thrilled about the success of National Photo Month, and we’re excited to continue to advance the photography industry and increase awareness about the importance of photo imaging and why memories matter.

PMA is pleased to announce the winners of its Freeze a Frame in May! Photo Contest. The online contest was featured on the National Photo Month website and contestants shared their favorite photos and passion for photography on social media. Through the National Photo Month website, PMA provides tools to help the photo industry increase consumer knowledge and enthusiasm for photography products, services and equipment.

At the conclusion of the National Photo Month celebration, PMA will transition this campaign to a year-round effort at celebratephotos.com, highlighting on a regular basis tips and marketing solutions for its trade members, along with outreach to consumers to understand how to keep photography top of mind and capture and preserve their memories that they will want for years to come.

The professional level grand prize winner is Kellie Gann, who won an Apple iPhone 6 Plus, a Fujifilm X-T1 Mirrorless ILC, and a Focus Pyramid Autofocus Lens Calibration Tool. Gann is from Lufkin, Texas and owns her own photography business, Kellie Gann & Company. Gann’s winning photograph featured a couple posing during a fall engagement shoot.

The hobbyist level grand prize winner is Carol VanLaan, who won an Apple MacBook Pro 13" - Core i5, a 4GB RAM, 500GB HD Canon Rebel T6i DSLR, a Tamron 16-300mm f/3.5-6.3 Di II VC PZD Macro, and a 20x30 Canvas Certificate from MailPix.com. VanLaan is a hairstylist from Casnovia, Michigan, and her winning photograph captured over 20,000 sky lanterns during a festival in Grand Rapids, Michigan.

“Congratulations to Kellie, Carol and all of our winners,” said Georgia McCabe, PMA executive director and CEO. “PMA is thrilled about the success of National Photo Month, and we’re excited to continue to advance the photography industry and increase awareness about the importance of photo imaging and why memories matter.”

As photo imaging continues to evolve, PMA has grown to represent the diversity in imaging. PMA is committed to helping these segments increase their profitability and expand their consumer, commercial and industrial markets by providing knowledge, advocacy and industry guidelines.

This year’s photo contest was judged throughout June by talented and well-known leaders in professional photography: Suzette Allen, Darty Hines, Joseph Cristina, Dave Stock, Cliff Mautner and Kirk Voclain. Click here for more information about the judges.

Click here to view the contest’s runners-up, who received photography gear from generous contributors including Collages.net, Creative Live, Design Frames, Fujifilm, Fullerton Photo, GoPro, H&H Color Lab, Cristina Photography Tools, LumiQuest, Macphun, MailPix, Nationwide Studios, Nikon, Panasonic, Precision Camera, Sony, Sunpak, SYNC, Tamron, Teddy Bear Portraits, ToCAD and WinkFlash. ____________________________________________________________________________________    
About PMA: PMA represents members worldwide who actively contribute to the expanding imaging industry. As photo imaging continues to evolve, this association has grown to represent the diversity in imaging: photo retailers and processors, manufacturers, commercial imaging labs, sports and event photography, and custom picture frame shops. PMA is committed to helping these segments increase their profitability and expand their consumer, commercial and industrial markets. Visit http://www.pmai.org for more information.

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