Portrait Photographer of the Year

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.

Illustrative Photographer of the Year

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.

The Minnesota Court of Honor

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.

The Dworshak Award

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.

The Ellertson Award

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.

The Haga Award

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

Album Awards

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.

The Student Photographer of the Year

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

Additional Awards

The Lundgren Scholarship

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.

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