Sedona's Bob Coates awarded at Arizona convention

Bob Coates

Bob Coates

Arizona Professional Photographers Association held their annual Convention and Imaging Competition and Sedona photographer Bob Coates was named to the AZPPA Top Ten Photographers for the 13th time in 14 years.

Coates was able to accomplish this by his images winning First place in the Masters Portrait category along with First and Second Place in the Masters Illustrative category. Coates also received the American Society of Photographers Award for the highest scoring image submitted by an ASP member.

Dallas, Texas, photographer Steve Kozak, Professional Photographers of America board member and one of the judges in the competition commented on Bob's entries, "The photographic artistry of Bob Coates is as diverse as it is excellent.  His work spans the gamut from gritty character studies to scenic landscape images and from fine art still life images to real life essays. To capture such a broad range of imagery is rare, but to do this with unprecedented craftsmanship is surreal...but that is exactly what you get from a Bob Coates image. "

Outgoing AZPPA President Bob Zimmerlich said, "I have always been extremely impressed with the depth of creativity exhibited by Bob's body of work. He constantly re-invents his artistry and has the ability to take the viewer on a captivating journey into the world of his images. One of Bob's award winning prints, 'Art Of Saxophone', is a continuation of a series of musical representations that I have watched Bob develop over the last few years. It emotes bluesy overtones that transports you to a smoke filled jazz club." Zimmerlich continued, "One of my favorite landscapes displayed at the AZPPA State Image Competition, was 'Guardsman's Pass Utah'. It invokes the beauty of the untouched West as cowboys and explorers may have experienced it during the 19th century. Bob continues to show his mastery of story telling with his photographic and artistic skills."

"I am always humbled when fellow professional image makers speak highly of my work," said Coates. "I am extremely proud of the good fortune that is in my life. The fact that I earn my living creating artistic images through photography makes me truly thankful. I look forward to each imaging competition to get feedback and further my skills to make better images for my clients and collectors."

The purpose of the AZPPA is to advance photography in all its branches, both as an art and as a profession; to promote, foster and maintain cordial relations, cooperation, interchange thought and opinion freely among its members. To educate its general membership as to the many benefits to be derived from competitors helping each other improve their work.

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