Local Photographer Wins “Best of Show”

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rp_narcissism.jpgNovi, Mich. – Local photographer Betsy Finn of Betsy’s Photography in Dexter, Mich., took home the award for “Best of Show” at the Annual Print Competition, held by the Detroit Professional Photographers Association on November 20th, 2007.

While Betsy has successfully entered print competitions at the Regional and National level, this was her first time participating in the competition held by DPPA. Of Betsy’s six entries, four received “Awards of Excellence,” one received an “Award of Merit,” and another received an “Award of Honor.”

Her print, titled “Narcissism,” also won an award for “Best of Category” (Unclassified), and ultimately was voted “Best of Show.” Another print, “Three vs. One,” was a runner up for “Best of Category” (Portrait). When asked about her accomplishment, Betsy said, “It’s a great honor to be recognized locally for my work. I’m thrilled to have won ‘Best of Show,’ especially since this was my first time entering DPPA’s competition. I am extremely happy my prints did so well.”

The print competition was held in Novi, Mich., on November, 20th, 2007. At the DPPA Print competition, photographers are allowed to enter 6 prints into the competition. Print entries are entered by category, such as “Wedding Candids,” “Portraits,” “Commercial,” and “Unclassified.” Each print is judged on its own merit against standards of excellence. The competition was juried by a panel of prestigious Michigan photographers.

The Detroit Professional Photographers Association is Michigan’s largest affiliate for the national organization, Professional Photographers of America. DPPA was established in 1915 to serve the professional photographic community by offering educational opportunities to help photographers grow their business and improve their artistic abilities.

Betsy Finn, owner of Betsy’s Photography, is a Certified Professional Photographer and award-winning photographic artist. Earlier this year, her work received national recognition, when two of her prints were selected to hang in the 117th International Exhibition of Professional Photography. Betsy’s Photography studio is located in Dexter, Mich., and provides wedding & portrait services to clients in Southeast Michigan. For more information, visit the studio website: bphotoart.com.

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Dexter Leader Features Photographer Betsy Finn

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Betsy Finn of Betsy’s Photography was featured in today’s issue of the Dexter Leader! Read on below for the whole article, which features Betsy Finn, her photographs, and discusses her photographic inspiration. Special thanks goes to the Dexter Leader for allowing Betsy’s Photography to post the article on our blog.

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Dexter Village photographer’s work honored in Florida

By Sean Dalton, staff writer, Dexter Leader

A Dexter photographer’s work is going to Tampa, Fla. in January along with thousands of other high quality works from around the world.
Betsy Finn’s two entries, “Fearless,” and “Uphill Battle,” were chosen by the Professional Photographers of America to be part of the display of 4,000 top photographs – the world’s largest annual exhibit of professional photography displayed under one roof.

The 117th International Exhibition of Professional Photography’s panel of 30 well-known professionals trims the winners from over 5,000 entries.

Finn, a wedding [&] portrait photographer for her company, Betsy’s Photography, has had photography in her life from a very early age.

“As is normal with most photographers, I have a previous interest in photography,” Finn said. “It goes back to my father, my uncle and my grandfather.”

To these men in Finn’s life, photography was just a hobby, but something sparked in Finn when she was given her first camera.

Her life wasn’t quite the same after the first time the shutter opened and closed.

Her father, Jeffrey L. Ash, gave Finn her first camera, a Nikon brand Nikkormat camera while she was in high school, during her freshman year in 1998 at Greenhills High School, in Ann Arbor. Prior to this she had toyed with cameras as a child, but her father’s gift started something, although it took some time to take hold of Finn’s life.

“It’s the first professional camera I remember using,” she said. “I enjoyed it, but I don’t think I had my heart set on doing photography professional at that point.”

For a third generation, photography took hold of a member of the Ash family’s heart, and for the first [time] it became a family business.
Major McKinley Ash, Finn’s grandfather and renowned University of Michigan dentist instigated the family tradition.

“(He was) pretty much as close to professional as an amateur photographer could be while still being able to maintain the hobby aspect of it, Finn said.

Her grandfather started getting into photography while traveling, to preserve the sights. He passed away on March 21 at the age of 85.

Finn’s professional journey began at Hope College, where she earned a degree in studio art with an emphasis on photography in 2005.

The emphasis on photography came after doing some portraits for friends, some of which turned into clients.

“I decided I enjoy doing this for my clients,” Finn said. “They enjoy my work, so it just makes sense for me to do this.”

Up until that point she took some courses at Michigan State University in continuing education and worked professional for almost five years, before moving out to Dexter to be near her new husband’s family and several mutual friends.

“I started my business after I got engaged, because after I changed my name I needed people to know my name and where my business is,” Finn said.

Finn mostly does weddings and portraits, although she dabbles in other things. Her most photographed subject in the village so far has been Gordon Hall. She has taken many family and senior portraits at the historical site since coming to the area.

A photo trip through the village is on her agenda.

“I really like the character of the town,” she said. “It’s got a lot of variety to photograph. Hopefully sometime soon I’ll have some time to take some personal project pictures.”

Finn was awarded the PPA Professional Photographers Certification last October, which is what let up to her submitting [4 images] for this year’s association exhibit.

She is looking forward to getting feedback on her two selected photos, which will be her first works displayed via the PPA. It was her first year entering.

“It’s really a big thing for photographers, I entered what I thought were my best entries,” Finn said.

The works will be on display at the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center from Jan 6 through 8.

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About the Dexter Leader:

The Dexter Leader newspaper covers the village of Dexter, and is published on Thursdays. The Dexter Leader was established in 1869. The publication includes news about local government, the schools, high school sports and crime, as well as feature stories about local people of interest, community events, births, engagements, weddings, obituaries and commentary. The Dexter Leader was named Newspaper of the Year by the Michigan Press Association in 2005. In addition, The Dexter Leader won three national awards for reporting from the Suburban Newspapers of America in 2004 and three in 2005, including Best Sports Section. For more information about the Dexter Leader, please visit their website, www.dexterleader.com.

About Sean Dalton:

Staff writer Sean Dalton has been with Heritage Newspapers since March 15, 2006. His articles are featured in the Dexter Leader, and he contributes regularly to community discussion on his blog, “Dexter on a Daily Basis.”

Article is copyrighted by the Dexter Leader, and reproduced with their permission

Photographer’s Work Selected for International Display

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Tampa, FL — Two prints, created by Betsy Finn, CPP of Betsy’s Photography in Dexter, Mich., have recently been accepted into the General Collection of the 117th International Exhibition of Professional Photography. Finn’s work will be on display at the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center January 6-8, 2008 in Tampa, FL. This exhibition is held in conjunction with Imaging USA, Professional Photographers of America’s annual convention.

Approximately 5,000 entries were submitted to PPA’s International Print Competition, from which a panel of more than 40 eminent photographers from across the United States selected the images that would comprise the 2007 General and Loan Collections. Titled “Fearless” & “Uphill Battle,” Finn’s entries will be shown in Tampa alongside approximately 4,000 other photographic works from not only PPA’s print competition, but also traveling and special invitational displays. Altogether these images will constitute the world’s largest annual exhibit of professional photography gathered simultaneously under one roof.

Fearless by Betsy Finn, Cr. Photog., CPP

Uphill Battle - Award-Winning Fine Art Photograph

In recognition of the achievement, PPA members receive one merit certificate for each entry into the General Collection and two merits for each entry into the Loan Collection. These merits can be applied toward degrees granted by the association.

The Professional Photographers of America, an international association, exists to assist its more than 18,000 members in achieving their professional, artistic and fraternal goals; to promote public awareness of the profession; and to advance the making of images in all of its disciplines as an art, a science, and a visual recorder of history.

Betsy Finn, CPP, owner of Betsy’s Photography, is a Certified Professional Photographer. Her studio is located in Dexter, Mich., and provides Wedding & Portrait services to clients in Southeast Michigan. For more information, visit the studio website: bphotoart.com.

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Betsy Finn’s Prints Receive Awards at Regionals

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It is my pleasure to tell you about the results of the 2007 Mid-East States Affiliated Print Competition and Exhibition, which I competed in this weekend. Over 200 photographers entered the six-state regional competition. Each photographer is permitted to enter four prints — all four of my entries won awards and were on display in Dayton, OH.

My print, “Fearless,” earned a blue ribbon with a score that earned it a “Merit Seal,” and three others received green ribbons and honorable mentions: “This Little Piggy” — “Aloha!!” — “Listen! They’re Home!”

Fearless by Betsy Finn, CPP

Over 800 prints were submitted for judging, of which a fraction were selected to be awarded Blue Ribbons from all categories. By earning a Blue Ribbon at the Mid East States Affiliated Print Competition, I will earn a Merit when the “Fearless” is submitted to the International Print Competition of the Professional Photographers of America, Inc (PPA).

After earning 25 Merits, a photographer may earn his/her “Master of Photography” degree from the PPA.

Professional photographers who hold a minimum of a Master of Photography degree judged the event. These judges arrived from throughout the United States for this regional competition. The competition consists of entries from Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan, Pennsylvania, West Virginia and Ohio, and is one of the largest print competitions in the country.

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