2017 Internation Photographic Competition awards

Local Photographer’s Work Goes to International Exhibition
Portia Shao of Positive Vista Photography & Art is honored by peers and jurors for high-quality photography.


Santa Cruz, CA Sept 3, 2017— Titled “To Capture the Golden Hour” one photographic image created by Portia Shao of Positive Vista Photography & Art by Portia Shao in Santa Cruz have recently been accepted into the Loan Collection of Professional Photographers of America’s 2017 International Photographic Competition. Portia’s work will be on display at the International Photographic Exhibition at Imaging USA, held in the Gaylord Opryland Resort & Convention Center in Nashville, TN, Jan. 14-16, 2018.. This International Photographic Exhibition is held in conjunction with Imaging USA, an annual convention and expo for professional photographers.


A panel of 46 eminent jurors from across the United States selected the top photographs from nearly 5,700 total submitted entries at Gwinnett Technical College in Georgia. Judged against a standard of excellence, just over 2,428 images were selected for the General Collection and 1,007 were selected for the esteemed Loan Collection—the best of the best. The Loan Collection images will all be published in the much-anticipated “Loan Collection” book and over 200 selected General Collection images will be published in the “Showcase” book by Marathon Press.


Two other merit images by Portia Shao will be in the International Photographic Exhibition alongside other top photographic works from the competition and traveling and special invitational displays. These images constitute one of the world’s largest annual exhibits of professional photography gathered simultaneously under one roof.


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To capture the golden hour – Iceland


Not so far from civilization – on the ring road in Iceland


A view of Eystrahorn at sunset – Iceland