Sedona photographer wins AZPPA Top Ten Photographer of the Year

Arizona Professional Photographers Association held their annual convention and photographic competition in Phoenix May 3-6, 2013 and Bob Coates Photography scored well.

Coates received the Top Ten Award in addition to two Masters first place categories, American Society of Photographers Award (ASP) and judges choice ribbon. The Top Ten Award is based on the cumulative total score for four images entered.

"I'm very excited as this is the 13th time in 14 years I've received this award. Once again I am humbled by the judges comments and accolades during the AZPPA photo competition," said Coates. "When top photographers recognize that the work you do is award worthy it's pretty exciting and the judges were flown in from around the country for their experience and to get unbiased eyes on the work of our state's photographers."

Bob's artistic journey in creating painterly images started about four years ago when he began to experiment with his technique dubbed "Photo-Synthesis."

"Flowers are a wonderful subject and one that I've worked with extensively and enjoy sharing with clients," said Bob. "I entered 'Iris' which is a very stylized painted portrait of the flower with lavender, blue and hints of gold tones. It received a score of ninety out of a possible hundred. This image won first place in the Master Photographers Illustrative category. Ralph Romaguera of New Orleans, LA, President of Professional Photographers of America, (PPA) was one of the jurors and said. "I enjoyed the diversity of Bob's work. It's always good when a photographer can show a variety of skills across many genres of photographic art. My favorite among his entries is the purple iris because of the strong feelings the image evokes. It's an art piece that you would expect to see in an art gallery or a prominent place in a home."

Ralph continued, "I thought this image was so strong I awarded it my Judges Choice Ribbon as my favorite image in the show." 'Iris' earned the Masters Illustrative Photographer of the Year Award for Coates.

PPA affiliated judge Michael Gan from Petaluma, California talked about the image 'Artist in Paris.' "Bob's work is very artistic and painterly... His photo skills are beyond what most photographers would be able to create let alone think of making." Tim Walden of Lexington, Kentucky, who is Chairman of the Board at PPA also enjoyed the image. Tim exclaimed, "I felt like I was looking at the most interesting man in the world when that portrait came up! Bob's work shows amazing artistry that is built on a platform of excellence. This causes his work to have immediate impact, which will also stand the test of time."

Hearing those comments, Bob replied, "I gotta' tell you I am honored that a photographer of Tim's stature and experience became excited by this Artist in Paris photo. During the competition Tim saw the artistic technique and how much work went into the creation of it and shared that with the other judges on the panel. That helped the photographic art portrait score a ninety out of a possible 100. The original capture of Artist in Paris was at Montmartre in Paris, France and earned the Bob the Masters Portrait Photographer of the Year Award and the ASP Award.

A black and white portrait of a cowboy titled 'Jim' earned a merit with a score of 83 and received second place in the Master Photographer Portrait category. "I photographed Jim in Albuquerque, New Mexico," said Coates. "Jim was posed in an area that had beautiful light but the background of the scene wasn't very attractive so I removed him from the image and created an entirely new background. Cary Garrison, a Certified Professional Photographer and juror for the past eight years came to judge from Edmond, Oklahoma. He shared, "Bob had some of my favorite images in the competition. His work was diversified with many different forms of image making. His body of work is well-rounded showing talent in many areas of photography."

If you would like to see more of Bob Coates Photography art images you can find them at

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