Dennis Hammon

Pre-Convention Class – Print Competition

About Dennis

Dennis Hammon is a native of Idaho, growing up on a small farm, but had the itch to see the world and travel. Thanks National Geographic.  With degrees in biology and geology he added photography to his education and 45 years later he is still doing what he loves.

He has earned the Master of Photography and Photographic Craftsman from PPA. He was one of the first photographers in the country to become certified and later on served on the certification committee for PPA. He has been on PPA Council for most of 35 years, Affiliate Juror for over 30 years, served as President of ASP most recently as well as receiving the Fellow of Photography from ASP. Serving his local affiliates has been president of Idaho and Utah PPA’s and has received 2 National Awards for his service to the photographic industry.

What you'll learn

Professional Photographers of America has adopted the 12 elements of competition.  These elements were designed by Gerhard Bakker a working professional for competition, but if applied will improve your daily photographic work.

Dennis Hammon, M. Photog., Cr., CPP, F-PPI, F-IPPA, F-ASP and Cheri Hammon, M. Photog. Cr., M. Artist, MEI, CPP,  F-ASP are no strangers to the photographic competition world. With several hundred PPA print merits between them and numerous loan images, they use the 12 elements in their competition images as well as daily work.

During our time together in this workshop, we will discuss the 12 elements and how they apply to us and our work.  We will also discuss our responsibilities as those who enter print competition and how to make this process work for us.

Using the 12 elements of print competition is an exercise for each session we do, but how many times as we watch judging, we are ‘arm chair judges’ always second guessing the judges and their scores?  What did they see that brought the score down, or up? “Why can’t they see how difficult it was to do that session/photograph?” “Dang judges, if they only knew what I was going through when I photographed that session.”  Print competition is an exhausting process.  From mentally challenging to picking the images, culling them down to decide which ones we’ll use, retouching them and having them printed. Dennis and Cheri will share how they select and prepare images for competition.