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Welcome to the FocusNY 2018 Image Competition
Consider this your personal invitation to be a part of this year's Image Competition.
After all, the image is the thing, right?

We work every day to create images that tell a story, bring forth an emotion – maybe a tear, or portray an event or a situation that inspires awe in your viewer.
Every one of us has taken that photo that, for some reason, says “Magnificent!”.

Every one of us has wondered how our best work stacks up with everyone else’s best work.
We are using once again, whose platform makes the whole process easier for all of us. The cost is only $15 each for the first 4 images, and $10 each for up to 2 more. Details are in the rules.
Prizes will be awarded for the best.
Is yours the best? Ask Susan Knott who won Rookie of the Year at Focus 2017.
Does your image deserve a Court of Honor award? Ask Mark Kovner who won his first last year.
These winners are members just like you who took a chance and presented their best to see where they stacked up with their fellow members.
Competition entry is open from now until March 17.
I wouldn’t ask you to do anything I wouldn’t do myself. I’m entering 6 images, using all the training and knowledge I’ve learned at years of workshops, conventions and the monthly meetings.
USE that knowledge YOU have inside to create incredible images – or display those you have already created. Become the artist that inspires others to push their skills to the max.
I know how hard it can be to put the creations you create “out there” for the world to see and critique. Just remember that the judges and everyone who attends FocusNY is there to support you, and wants to help us all improve the level of our craft. You are among very good friends.
Competition will take place in the North room beginning at 9AM on Saturday March 24, and will continue until it’s finished. You can watch the competition as it happens there (very quietly) or go to the Tivoli Lounge to watch and discuss the competition, perhaps over a beverage or snack.
Join me and your fellow PPSNYS members to see exactly where you excel – and where you can improve! After all, this is an educational event. We can ALL learn something about how to make our product better!
And anyone who scores a 90 or above – I’ll buy you a drink! You will deserve it, and I’ll be proud to enjoy your company.
See you at FocusNY 2018, at the beautiful Villa Roma Resort in Callicoon, NY, March 24-26, 2018.
Here is an introduction by Barbara Bovat who is generously chairing the Image Competition:
Good Day!
I am Barbara Bovat and I have the privilege of being the Chairman for the upcoming Focus NY Image competition. I want to personally invite you to challenge yourself and participate in this exciting competition. The competition will be held on Saturday, March 24, 2018 at the Villa Roma Resort, in conjunction with our Focus NY Annual conference and Trade Show. We will begin the competition at 9:00 AM. I strongly encourage you to attend the competition and the conference. There is so much that can be learned from everything that has been planned.
 Just a few items worth mentioning:
 At the Villa Roma, you will have the option of viewing the judging live or via the internet in our famous Club 79. While the judging room is serious and quiet, Club 79 offers members the opportunity to view the judging in a more casual setting. Feel free to chat with others in Club 79 and enjoy refreshments while you watch the images being judged. If you are unable to attend the judging, you will be able to view it streaming live on, with an internet connection.   
PPSNYS will offering many awards. Among those are the Court of Honor, Rookie of the Year, Premiere Case, 320 Pins, the ASP Award and the CPP Award. (See print rules for details.) After the banquet on Monday evening, we will be honoring many of you with image awards as a result of the competition. We hope you are all able to join us for the festivities!
 We will be accepting only digital entries this year. Many of the industry awards that were once available to state competition are no longer available. As we have no place or means to display prints or albums, it has been decided that we will go completely digital. For those of you who are interested in entering physical prints or albums in competition and to qualify for industry awards, you should look into entering PPA Northeast District Competition or the PPA International Competition.
We are excited to add an additional category this year - Non-Event Albums. This could be a storytelling or portrait album.
 If you are entering in the PPA Northeast District competition this year, please be aware that any image that scores 80 or above in that competition is not eligible to be entered in the Focus NY competition. Please see rule #8 under Eligibility.
Everyone on the Convention Committee looks forward to seeing you at Focus NY and we all wish you luck in the competition! Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions.