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Grand Imaging Awards 2012

 

PPA Grand Imaging Award 2012

 

Jose Luis Guardia Winner of the PPA Grand Imaging Award 2012

 

United States National Award

 Professional Photographers of America (PPA)

Jose Luis Guardia ganador del PPA Grand Imaging Award 2012

Winners of the 1st, 2sd & 3rd Place in Wedding at the USA National Award

Jose Luis Guardia Winner of the PPA Grand Imaging Award 2012

 Jose Luis Guardia Winner of the PPA Grand Imaging Award 2012

 

Every year the National American Association, Professional Photographer of America, PPA, one of the most influential and prestigious photographic association the planet, and the most important in the United States, celebrated its annual Grand National Prize, or as they refer to it, Grand Imaging Awards.

PPA is the association with the largest number of affiliates in the all the world, with more than 24,000 members of some 54 countries. There are members in Canada, Japan, China, Korea and Australia, and its educational model, has served as inspiration to other national photographic organizations.

 

Jose Luis Guardia winner PPA Grand Imaging Awards

Jose Luis Guardia Winner of the United States National Award of Photography in Wedding

 

This contest, is one of the largest as a count to participation in the world, as there is more than 5,000 photographs coming from a large sum of countries, all of which all participating photos in competition, only 500 earned the right to go through to the final, these automatically became to form part of the prestigious “Collection of Honor of PPA 2012”, the PPA Loan Collection. This selection of photographs, are to be published in a very inspiring annual book of all the photos of the world, as it serves as inspiration and creation of tendencies towards an image of the world.

 

Jose Luis Guardia Winner of the PPA Grand Imaging Award 2012

First Prize winning photograph in wedding, in the PPA Grand Imaging Award 2012

 

In the grand prize awards, this year celebrated in New Orleans, the  10 best photographs of the continent in each category were announced (wedding, commercial, portrait..) Jose Luis Guardia Peinado being one of the stars of the night, obtaining  two of the three big prizes, Jose Luis was the winner of the first and third place in the Wedding category, a triumph which had never happened in this world wide event. In the same ceremony he also received the Platinum Medal of the PPA,  as a recognition of his photographic class and quality. A great honor, of which very few photographers have obtained, and the only European to date that actually has it.

 

Jose Luis Guardia winner of PPA Grand Imaging Awards

Third Prize-winning photograph in Wedding, in the 2012 Grand Imaging Awards

 

The Grand Imaging Award of the PPA, is the United States National Prize, and is the most important prize on the American continent. But this isn´t the first time a man from Spain has one this prestigious award, as Jose Luis Guardia Vazquez was a winner in the past 2011 edition, winning second place in “Wedding”.

 

Jose Luis Guardia ganador del PPA Grand Imaging Awards

Second Prize winning photograph in Wedding, in the 2011 PPA Grand Imaging Awards

 

For the second consecutive year running the Xpression International studio, has been a winner in this important contest. With these triumphs, this studio converts itself to being the only one in the world to have won the first three positions in this amazing award.

 

JXpression International winner the PPA 2012 Grand Imaging Awards

First, second and third place, the PPA 2012 Grand Imaging Awards

This new and important success, reaffirms the previous winner of the WPPI Photographer of the Year, a award in the international path received in Las Vegas and the MPA International Photographer of the Year, Best international photographer of 2011”, won in the last “ Photography Oscars”. Without forgetting being recognized as the Photographer of the Year in England, Europe and the United States.

But without a doubt the best and largest of our acknowledgements is that in the name of Spain,  in first place in the world of photography at a global level

 

 

Jose Luis Guardia Winner of the PPA Grand Imaging Award 2012

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Kwintowski Photographyseptiembre 20, 2012 - 12:45 am

Beautiful Work – A Well Deserved Congratulations from Aus!

International Master Photographer of The Year

International Master Photographer of The Year

International Master Photographer of the Year

One of the seven times that Jose Luis Guardia Vazquez went up to collect his SEVEN "Oscars of photography in Europe".

 

Due to time , work, and Other reasons, we haven’ been able to post this huge announcement  in pour blog, not only is it important to us , but to all Spanish photography, since winning this prestigious international award, is something that no other Spanish photographer has achieved. The fact of winning  SEVEN of the most important awards at the contest, is something never achieved. A historic accomplishment in global photography. Slowly but surely we will recuperate this news which for us is very important and we want to share with you.

 

 

Jose Luis Guardia Vazquez, International Master Photographer of the Year

Jose Luis Guardia Vazquez International Master Photographer of the Year and overall winner MPA Awards 2011

 

 

International Master Photographer of the Year

 

We were invited to Master Photographer Association, MPA, one of the most prestigious photo associations in the world, to the “Awards Night Ceremony” which took place this year in the luxurious Hilton hotel in Newcastle ( United Kingdom). These awards, where considered by the  European photo industry as the “Oscar Awards of Photography”, because of the great show they offer, similar to the Oscar ceremony in Los Angeles, United States, but dedicated to the national photo industry. The award giving ceremony is performed in a grand gala dinner, which is followed by a grand reunion where the most important photographers of the category come together.

Master Photographer Association, MPA is one of the most difficult and competitive contests that exist, with 3,600 photos proceeding from a large amount of countries worldwide from four continents.

The dinner of the awards couldn’t have started better , due to as soon as the gala started we were the winners of the important award: Landscape and Travel Photographer of the Year. An award that gives us a special pleasure due to landscape photography has became in one of our great passions, previously receiving important acknowledgements, such as the National Spanish Award, “Lux de Oro 2011”

 

International Master Photographer of the Year

In the  commercial section we were also finalist in various categories, with very high ratings, but our big surprise was when finalizing the categories that come in to this section, commercial, we were announced as OS Commercial Photographer of the Year. This Grand Award, is when picked out from all the highest placings in the Commercial section ( landscape, publicity, fashion).


International Master Photographer of the Year

 

At beginning of the Wedding section, it was incredible, with various photos classed as finalist and receiving the award Contemporary Wedding Photographer of the Year, one of the categories with the largest  participation and difficulty of the contest.

 

International Master Photographer of the Year

Closing all the Wedding categories (photojournalism, wedding album, wedding party, and classical wedding), we were also awarded with the OS Wedding Photographer of the Year , in other words , the Grand Award of the Wedding category, one of the most important Awards in the contest.

 

International Master Photographer of the Year

The night had already been amazing for us, our first participation and to big awards, but the best was yet to come… After a quick break , to the music of a famous British singer, came the moment to present the absolute winner of the contest, The Best Grand Awards.

Our winning photo of the Contemporary Wedding Photographer of the Year and the OS Wedding Photographer of the Year, won the OS Best Image of the Year , which awards the best international photo of the contest, of the 3,600 photos presented. For which we were awarded a double Grand Award.

 

International Master Photographer of the Year

But there was still more to come, after winning the award to the best international photo of the competition, we ago received the prestigious European Portfolio of the Year, one of the most awaited and important awards, due to it being rated for not one photo but for a grouping of them.

All of our photos from our portfolio  obtained more than 90 points!


International Master Photographer of the Year

International Master Photographer of the Year

Now, all that was left was to know who was to be the over-all winner of the competition. There was a few tense minutes, waiting for the presenter to say the name of who would officially be considered the Best Photographer of the Year 2011.

Finally the ceremony ended with one of the best moments of our lives,

WE WON !!!

 

International Master Photographer of the Year

 

Jose Luis Guardia Vazquez was chosen by unity as the International Master Photographer of the Year which means the overall winner of the competition and considered the best international photographer of 2011.

 

International Master Photographer of the Year

 

In this video you can see the emotion of the moment and the care of which our fellow photographer companions from other countries flattered us, even though we were the only Spanish  folk there, they made us feel as if at home… even though we were so far from it. But as logic speaks we all talk the same language, the one that unites us: Photography.

 

 

 

 

After the gala dinner , and the Award Ceremony, we celebrated a reunion where we reunited with dear friends, as well as grand professional photographers from England, Ireland, Europe and from Asia. The most recognized photographers from Great Britain  attended this event. It was an unforgettable night, where we lived great moments and could all do what we love the most : talk about photography.

Here we share some images with some companions which apart from being great masters of international photography, they are grand friends:

 

This great success in the world of photography, makes us think about the year we had last year in Las Vegas, we were  chosen PHOTOGRAPHERS OF THE YEAR, by WPPI, one of the most important acknowledgements, due to it being an award to a professional international path, not an award for a punctual photograph, something never accomplished by a Spanish photographer or anglo-saxon. Recently we have once again came to win big awards in Las Vegas , which we will soon blog on here, along with other important things we haven’t had the time to tell. We will also talk about great European photographic honors, such as the Master QEP and the Fellowship, of its importance, the sense and the meaning of this honor.

Being recognized as  the best international photographer in the United States as well as in Europe, is something that causes us deep joy in our hearts, but it is also a big responsibility, as the name of Spanish photography  in woven to our success, and to be the reason Spain is always at the top of its class, and having given the biggest and best prizes and triumphs in all the world, where we present our photographs is without doubt , the biggest award, a thing that fills us with pride as Spanish people.

 

International Master Photographer of the Year

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Wedding in Rome, Italy

Wedding in Rome, Italy

Wedding in Rome, Italy

Wedding in Rome, Italy

 

One of the most wonderful places where we photographed is surely Rome. In the “Eternal City” spent a fantastic day with Javier and Mati, a lovely couple of newlyweds, who has since become good friends with whom we have shared great moments.

I still remember it like yesterday, our photo shoot in Rome. To move around the city with greater speed, rent a Vespa, which was a real adventure, since Rome is a city with a lot of traffic and driving at high speed.

 The Vatican, the Plaza of Spain, the Colosseum, the Trevi Fountain … were obligatory stops for this story of Postboda, which was full of great moments and anecdotes. Some of the places we visited on this trip, are very difficult to photograph, as the influx of people is very large, such as the Trevi Fountain and the Vatican. We also wanted to emphasize the romance of Rome, photographing at night Javier and Mati. That makes our job harder, but certainly worth the result because it highlights even more the beauty of the place, creating environments full of contrasting colors, which provide a framework to show love and affection of the couple.

When shooting in a city, our goal is to get the essence of each site, showing its architecture and come to integrate our wedding couple with that location. Rome is a wonderful city, full of large monuments and history. Make a Postboda in a city, is something that will always remain in the memory of the couple, giving the couple more than just wedding photos, a wonderful memory that will accompany you throughout your life. This memory will be greater still if possible, if the pictures that make this story a wedding, they receive international awards reaffirm its quality, as is the case with most of the pictures that we show in this post.

We hope you like!

 

 

 

Wedding in Rome, Italy

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Wedding Photography in Granada, Spain

Wedding Photography in Granada, Spain

Wedding Photography in Granada, Spain

 

A section that we will incorporate the Blog is regularly post some pictures of our wedding we do. To begin this section we have chosen a wedding some time ago, but little by little we will be posting more wedding date.

Ramón and Maria José were married in Granada, Spain, although they live in another city. To prepare for the wedding, they chose two hotels looking for tranquility and elegance. Ramón chose the Palace of Ducks and Maria Jose, the Hotel Victoria, both very close to the Church of Santa Ana where they celebrated their wedding. The venue was the Garden of the Seal which also took the opportunity to do some photography for their exteriors.

Here you have some pictures of your wedding, hope you like!

 

 

 

Wedding Photography in Granada, Spain

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WPPI Photographer of the Year

WPPI Photographer of the Year

WPPI Photographer of the Year
 WPPI Photographer of the Year

 

Xpression International components, Jose Luis Guardia Peinado and Jose Luis Guardia Vazquez, have achieved one of the world’s largest photographic awards, being chosen by WPPI as PHOTOGRAPHERS OF THE YEAR 2011. Taking into account that WPPI Las Vegas 2011 will have gathered, the biggest names in contemporary photography, get this important recognition, is considered informally by the photographic industry, as the prize for best photographer in the world that year. It is very important to note that the title of Photographer of the Year, is not given by a photo or a set of them. This recognition is awarded for lifetime achievement and contribution to the global photography. It is the recognition of a job, and that makes it different from any other prize.

I can never describe the feeling we got up to see a whole room, where there were 2,000 people, to recognize this achievement. This makes us realize a dream, the dream of carrying Spanish photography to the highest that have ever been and to be, thanks to the consideration of our companions in the group of TOP PHOTOGRAPHERS.

 

You can watch the video of the award in the Award Ceremony

 

In addition to being elected by WPPI as PHOTOGRAPHERS OF THE YEARS 2011, we have also been winners this year of numerous awards in Las Vegas. Jose Luis Guardia Vazquez was the winner of the 1st and 3rd place in Architectural photography. We got a total of 55 Accolades of Excellence. We went for the fourth consecutive time, the photo studio and most awarded photographer of the event. Never a Spanish photographer, not even Latin or European had come to achieve this. Also got the highest score in the category of Bride and Groom toghether (Wedding), with 92 points (5 points more than the Grand Award Wedding), the highest score in the Landscape category with 93 points, and higher scores in Architecture with over 90 points photographs, ensuring also be among the 10 highest scores of open competition.

 

You can watch the video of the award to the winner of 1st Place in Architecture

 

The international association based in the USA, WPPI (Wedding & Portrait Professionals International), held annually in Las Vegas, United States, the International photography contest, which is regarded as the Oscars of the american photographic industry. This year the competition 2,171 pictures in 18 categories from photographers around the world. WPPI, is one of the largest photographic associations in the world and its International Convention in Las Vegas, is now a landmark and meeting place for all photographers in the world. With a turnout of over 16,000 photographers, this convention is the largest in the world. For that reason, it has been a great honor for us that the direction of WPPI invited us to be as speakers in the Convention. Be the first Spanish, giving a master class at WPPI Las Vegas is an experience we hope to repeat. Our conference, incidentally, was a great success.

The WPPI was awesome experience not only for the prizes or the success of our conference, but by how many good friends we have made and the great friendship we started.

That certainly is the most important!

 

Here you can see some photos of the awards:

 

WPPI Photographer of the Year

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