The Portrait Photographer of the Year Award is given to the photographer having the highest total score for their top three prints in the Portrait category. A minimum score of 240 for the three prints is required. Both Masters and Non-Masters are eligible.

Winner: Rod Oman

The Illustrative Photographer of the Year Award is given to the photographer having the highest total score for their top three prints in the Illustrative category. A minimum score of 240 for the three prints is required. Both Masters and Non-Masters are eligible.

Winner: JuliAnne Jonker

The Minnesota Court of Honor includes the Portrait, Wedding and Illustrative Photographers of the Year and the Student of the Year. Additionally, the Court of Honor includes six more photographers…three Masters and three Non-Masters. These six will be selected on the bases of the next highest total print scores for all four entries, regardless of category.

Masters: Keri Michael

Masters: Michael Aulie

Masters: Curt Sanders

Non-Master: Brady Whitcomb

Non-Master: Elizabeth Morical

Non Master: Dan Grevas

The Dworshak Award, sponsored by the late Louis Dworshak of Duluth, is awarded to the finest portrait of the exhibit and selected by the judges on the basis of overall quality. It may or may not be the highest scoring portrait.

Winner: Laura Wagoner “Raw”

The Ellertson Award, named after the late Sal Ellertson, is presented to the best illustrative or commercial/industrial print of the show. Like the Dworshak Award, it is selected by the judges based on overall quality and may or may not be the highest scoring print.

Winner: JuliAnne Jonker “Solitary”

The Haga Wedding Award, sponsored by the late Gordon Haga, is given to the top scoring wedding album or print.

Winner: Stacy Milburn “Stairway Kisses”

Minnesota gives two Album Awards each year, one for event coverage and one for non-event. In the event of ties, the judges will select the winner.

Event Winner: Curt Sanders “Sonia & Mary”

Non-Event Winner: Curt Sanders “Coulson House Burn”

The Student of the Year Award is given to the student with highest total points for entries in the student category.

Winner: Shamara Hornick

Additional Awards

The Lundgren Scholarship is given to an individual who is new or just starting out in photography. Nominations are received and voted on by past presidents of the MNPPA.

Winner: Elizabeth Morical

Photographers who have achieved the status of Certified Professional Photographer are eligible to receive the CPP Award which is given to the photographer with the highest scoring print.

Winner: JuliAnne Jonker

Kodak has been presenting its prestigious Kodak Gallery Awards for excellence for several years. Judges select the winners from entries that have scored 80 or higher and have been printed on Kodak paper. This year, Kodak is presenting two awards, one to a MNPPA photographer and one to a TCPPA photographer.

MNPPA: Keri Michael “Sky Dancers”

The Lexjet Sunset Award is a new award this year and is given to an inkjet-printed entry that is selected by the judges and must have scored at least 80 points during PPA-style judging.

Winner: Keri Michael “Sky Dancers”

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