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Communication Arts Photography Annual 2014



I am so incredibly honored that “Merrik and the T-Street Shorebreak” was selected for an Award of Excellence in the Communication Arts Photography Annual 2014. This is something I dreamed about since I started shooting in college. I have always admired the work in Communication Arts magazine and even more excited is my husband who is a Creative Director at DGWB Advertising! He doesn’t always appreciate the fact that I am sending off framed artwork to be exhibited in a tiny gallery in small town USA!! He was the one that gushed over this image and helped me realize the power of it.

I am very proud that it is my own personal vision. After many years shooting for other people with their “vision” in mind, I finally gained the courage and confidence to develop my own vision that others could appreciate and tap into for their advertising or editorial projects. This image was selected by the creative team at Great Ocean Quarterly magazine to use as the cover image for Issue 1:1 which came out the beginning of this year. I am so grateful for Mick Sowry, Jock Serong and Mark Willett for their support and encouragement throughout the process. If you have not seen their publication, you absolutely must check it out and start a subscription! It is a stunning magazine with fantastic articles and photography.


2014 Photography Annual

This year’s photography competition saw a slight increase in entries (5,223) but a substantial increase in the number of projects selected by our jury (154). Categories with the strongest growth were advertising, books and editorial.

“This was a diverse collection of images, from highly technical to low-resolution,” juror Laurie Frankel said. “But a great idea comes through no matter what the execution may be.”

“I was really impressed with the editorial work,” said juror Jimmy Bonner. “Some of the photographs of human injustices and tragedies were difficult to look at, but they speak such truth about the world in which we live, they had to be included in the Annual.”

“I tended to respond to simpler, more daring approaches for the commercial work,” juror Tim Hartford said. “Photography can be a tool for carving out a unique, ownable brand vision and voice.”

“The end results were very impressive. In each category, from documentary to conceptual, I looked for images that would stand up years from now.”
— Jimmy Bonner
About the process: Photography Competition
Jury: 5
Days of Judging: 2
The judging process is a two-part system: screening and finals. In screening, the jurors are divided into multiple groups and each category is distributed equally amongst them. Judges are not permitted to vote on work they were directly involved in. In order to move to the final round an entry must get a majority vote of a screening group. Each juror views the entries independently. Print entries are spread out on rows of tables and digital media is projected on a large screen. For the final round the judges are brought back together as one group. Each judge votes “in” or “out” on each entry. After the judges make their selections, their votes are tallied. A simple majority is usually required for a finalist to be selected a winner.