Thu, May 23

Sedona's Bob Coates honored by peers and jurors for high-quality photography

Bob Coates

Bob Coates

Five photographs created by Bob Coates of Bob Coates Photography in Sedona have recently been accepted into the Loan Collection of Professional Photographers of America's 2014 International Photographic Competition.

An additional three images were accepted into the General Collection. Coates work will be on display at the Gaylord Opryland in Nashville Feb. 1-3, 2015. This International Photographic Exhibition is held in conjunction with Imaging USA, an annual convention and expo for professional photographers and several photographic associations.

A panel of 45 jurors from across the United States selected the top photographs from nearly 5,000 total submitted entries at Gwinnett Technical College in Georgia. Judged against a standard of excellence, 918 (roughly 18 percent) 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 by Marathon Press.

Images titled Nautilus, Horn in F, Thistle, Santa Fe Street Portrait, and Musical Instruments Museum and other images 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.

'Thistle' was a favorite of Juror Don Emmerich of Oklahoma City, and he commented, "I just loved this image. You've taken something well lit but quite ordinary and transformed it into a piece of art with the color saturation, background choice and made the image sing..."

Esteemed Juror and Master Artist Helen Yancy of Plymouth, MI upon seeing 'Horn in F' enthused, "It's an incredible image. Beautiful color harmony and assembly of all the different elements. I wish I had made this image! I'm not sure that I could..."

Nautilus was reviewed by International Juror, Tim Mathiesen of Laguna Nigel, CA. He said, "This is a beautiful image and I enjoy how Bob wove the images into the Nautilus shape. This was a unanimous selection by the judges on the Loan Panel. "

Pursuing success in imaging competitions is one way Coates works to keeps his skills at the forefront of photography. "Things are constantly changing with equipment, software and techniques and this is a way to stretch and make sure my skills are at their best for my clients."

"I'm kind of tingly and humbled right now," said Coates. "I've been fortunate to have done well in past competitions but the recognition and praise from this level of International jurors could go to my head. It's high praise indeed." Bob added with a laugh, "Luckily when I get a little too full of myself my wonderful wife Holly is there to keep my ego in check."

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