Award Winning Photographers | Buena Vista | Chaffee County

"Award Winning Photography" in our world is likely very different than most photographers. It's always fun, especially when you are new at any genre of photography, to enter and win community organization contests or a local magazine and then add this "award winning" title to your bio! Yippeee! Do it, you earned it! But when we say it, we mean it at a whole different level. 

We compete in those contest on occassion too, but most of our entries are to professional photography organizations such as the Professional Photographers of America (PPA), Professional Photographers of Colorado (PPC) and the Professional Photography Guild of Colorado Springs (PPGCS). The expectation of excellance and quality are quite different at these levels! Highly trained photographic judges score your images with such expertise, that it would make your head spin if I told you the details of it. So I will spare you the head spinning horror and just tell you that it is REALLY REALLY HARD and you have to have pretty thick skin to compete in these competitions. I have been competing for close to 20 years at some level, so I still get disappointed when an image I love doesn't do well, but I can move on pretty quickly. John on the other hand, is just starting to compete. He is still learning the ropes. Last year was his first year and did extremely well at our national competition. I'm so proud of him. 

I'll give you really simplied explaination of our "terms", to help you understand what they mean in our list of awards. 

*Merit = Above average professional image, Scoring 80+ on a scale of 1-100 - not that easy to get. State, 5 State District and National Competitions only

*Judges Choice = Each of 5 judges choose their favorite image in the competition. State level only.

*Master Photographer of the Year = Photographer with Masters Degree and highest total print scores in competition. State level only.

*Loan Collection = Top 10% or so of merited images, scores at least 85. - really hard to get. National level only. 

*Grand Imaging Awards = top 10 images in each category of the International Print Competition. National level only.

 

Now that you have the basic information, this is how we stack up against the competition!

 

John Graybill Award Winning:

2017 Silver Medalist - Professional Photographers of America, International Print Competition

2017 Loan Collection - Professional Photographers of America, International Print Competition

2017 Three General Collection - Professional Photographers of America, International Print Competition

2017  PPC 3rdPlace Commercial - Professional Photographers of Colorado

2017  PPGCS Honorable Mention Photographer of the Year – Professional Photographers Guild of CS

 

Coleen Graybill's Award Winning:

 

2018 SWPPA – 4 for 4 - Southwest District Professional Photographers of America

2018 SWPPA Scored a perfect 100 and a 99! -  Southwest District Professional Photographers of America

2018 SWPPA 1stPlace Landscape - Southwest District Professional Photographers of America

2018 SWPPA #3 in the Top 10 Print Case Scores - Southwest District Professional Photographers of America

2018 Cover Image of the Chaffee County Mountain Guide Newspaper

2018 Cover Image of the Buena Vista Visitor’s Guide

 

2017 Gold Medalist - Professional Photographers of America, International Print Competition

2017 Two Loan Collection - Professional Photographers of America, International Print Competition

2017 Two General Collection - Professional Photographers of America, International Print Competition

2017 PPC MASTER PHOTOGRAPHER OF THE YEAR! - Professional Photographers of Colorado

2017 PPC – 1st Place & 3rdPlace Master Illustrative - Professional Photographers of Colorado

2017 PPC – 1stPlace Master BW- Professional Photographers of Colorado

2017 PPC – Judges Choice Award - Professional Photographers of Colorado

2017 PPC – Court of Honor  - Top 10 Photographers - Professional Photographers of Colorado

2017 PPC 6 for 6 - Professional Photographers of Colorado

2017 PPC CPP Highest Scoring Print - Professional Photographers of Colorado

2017 PPC ASP Highest Scoring Print - Professional Photographers of Colorado

2017 PPC Best of Show - Professional Photographers of Colorado

2017 SWPPA – 4 for 4 - Southwest District Professional Photographers of America

 

2016 Silver Medalist - Professional Photographers of America, International Print Competition

2016 Loan Collection - Professional Photographers of America, International Print Competition

2016 Three General Collection - Professional Photographers of America, International Print Competition

2016 PPC – 1st Place Commercial - Professional Photographers of Colorado

2016 PPC – 3rd Place Portrait - Professional Photographers of Colorado

2016 PPC – Judges Choice Award - Professional Photographers of Colorado

2016 PPC – Court of Honor - Top 10 Photographers - Professional Photographers of Colorado

2016 SWPPA – 4 for 4 - Southwest District Professional Photographers of America

2016 Cover Image of Colorado Central Magazine

2016 Cover Image of MTNtown Magazine

 

2015 Loan Collection - Professional Photographers of America, International Print Competition

2015 Two General Collection - Professional Photographers of America, International Print Competition

2015 PPGCS – 1st Place Portrait - Professional Photographers Guild of Colorado Springs

2015 PPC – 1st Place Portrait - Professional Photographers of Colorado

2015 PPC – 1st Place Illustrative- Professional Photographers of Colorado

2015 PPC – 2nd Place Tie Portrait - Professional Photographers of Colorado

2015 PPC – 2nd Place Tie Portrait - Professional Photographers of Colorado

2015 PPC – Three Judges Choice Awards - Professional Photographers of Colorado

2015 PPC – Court of Honor - Top 10 Photographers - Professional Photographers of Colorado

2015 PPC – 6 for 6 - Professional Photographers of Colorado

2015 ArtPrize Exhibitor, Grand Rapids, MI

 

2014 Grand Imaging Awards – Top 3 in the nation – HS Seniors- Professional Photographers of America, International Print Competition!

2014 Loan Collection - Professional Photographers of America, International Print Competition

2014 General collection - Professional Photographers of America, International Print Competition

2014 PPC – 1stPlace Senior - Professional Photographers of Colorado

2014 PPC – 2ndPlace Wedding - Professional Photographers of Colorado

2014 PPC – Court of Honor - Top 10 Photographers - Professional Photographers of Colorado

2014 PPC – Judges Choice - Professional Photographers of Colorado

2014 PPGCS – 1stPlace Wedding - Professional Photographers Guild of Colorado Springs

 

2013 PPC – 1stPlace Wedding - Professional Photographers of Colorado

2013 PPC – 2nd Place Portrait - Professional Photographers of Colorado

2013 PPC – 2nd Place Black and White - Professional Photographers of Colorado

2013 PPC – Court of Honor - Top 10 Photographers - Professional Photographers of Colorado

 

2012 PPC – 1stPlace Wedding - Professional Photographers of Colorado

2012 PPC – 1stPlace Senior - Professional Photographers of Colorado

2012 PPC – Judges Choice - Professional Photographers of Colorado

2012 PPC – Court of Honor - Top 10 Photographers - Professional Photographers of Colorado

 

2011 and before…….

I can’t remember exactly but I have a whole stack of ribbons and trophies!