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Friday, June 18, 2021


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Submitted by Violet Aubertin.  As a recent recruit to PPOC I am very pleased to announce my first successful accreditation in Ornithology / Bird Photography. After retiring from a career in health care in 2018 I made the decision to pursue my long time passion for photography by letting it guide me to my destination. My photographic interests are many allowing me to explore several techniques and genres, but one that has kept me active through all seasons has always been Ornithology / Bird Photography making it the best choice for my first accreditation.

Sunday, May 16, 2021

Accreditation: My Personal Journey Through The Highs And Lows

Story by Terry Tinkess. I guess I would have to lay blame at the feet of photographer Joe McNally for being the reason photography became more of a pursuit than an interest for me. It’s not like he came to me and said, “You’re good kid,” although he did say something similar, years later after I had stopped being a kid, and as part of a paid workshop/critique session.

Saturday, February 13, 2021


(Article submitted by Chelsea Jones).

Monday, February 1, 2021

Photography: The Art And Science Of Racial Oppression

(Submitted by Chelsea Jones). Since the invention of the camera, the images we created and the photographic industry has been fraught with issues of inequality, inequity, and oppression that continue to this day. As with the industrial revolution and the current age of technology, with innovations come distinct benefits as well as consequences. Created and developed in the Victorian era by French and English inventors, the camera and the images it produced was as the intersection of art and science. 1 This development of photography took place when positivism was the dominant scientific ontology. 2 This led to a strong faith in machines, known as ‘machine objectivity’, since they were regarded as more objective than individual human perception. 2At that time there was little question that a photograph was an accurate and truthful representation of the subject.1 Photography, like any form of representation, was and is a social practice whose connotations were organized through cultural ideas and contracts, and is inherently problematic with roots in colonialism, government oppression, and racism especially towards the black community. 1

Thursday, November 26, 2020

Acknowledging Artistic Influence – Why Copying is in Bad Taste

Submitted by Tamara Taylor. Steal all you want. Borrow away. Tear delectable tidbits off other’s art and use them to add flavor and flair. Let your audience feast on a buffet of Rembrandt inspired delicacies. Garnish an image with a morsel of Lebovitz-esque lighting. Spice things up with posing nicked from Michelangelo.

Friday, October 16, 2020


(Submission by Heather Friar). I have had the pleasure of working for Shadow’s Gate Charity Haunt in Leduc Alberta for a few years now as their principle photographer. They raise money for the local food bank. Last year we brought several of the characters into my home studio to get some “wicked” shots using strobes. Anyone who has seen my art will know that type of image is right up my alley. I love taking literary characters and bringing them to life and have been heavily influenced by Rembrandt and Film Noir type lighting.

Tuesday, October 13, 2020

3 PPOC Members Capture Bronze At World Photographic Cup

A strong performance by Team Canada saw three PPOC photographers on the podium collecting bronze medals and another top performer placing 7th at the award ceremony that was held in Rome, Italy on September 28th, 2020.

Monday, August 17, 2020


It recently came to the attention of PPOC that the Canadian Taxpayers Federation (CTF) had published two blogs posts in July 2020, criticizing the Federal government’s use of and cost for professional photography services.

Monday, June 15, 2020


Story and Images by Charmaine Toews. I live on a country property
with a couple of acres. For the last two years we have had laying hens so we can enjoy the pleasure of gathering our own eggs from our free-range chickens. They sleep in a coop, but during the summer days they wander a huge area of our yard that also has a large natural pond. They are happy chickens, we like to think. Well, when we got a new batch of 20 chicks to increase our number of layers, it only seemed right to photograph them.

Wednesday, April 29, 2020


The Professional Photographers of Canada had big plans to celebrate their 50th Anniversary (1970-2020) along with their Awards Gala in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan April 24 - 27th. Unfortunately, those plans abruptly changed with the growing restrictions due to COVID-19. Instead of canceling the entire convention, it was decided to go ahead with the first (and hopefully last) Virtual Awards Gala that celebrates the successes and achievements of the dedicated service of their members as well as their photography skills. Many thanks to all those involved in producing this event.

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