The cover of one of BEST Life Media’s DVD’s, Dahn Yoga Essentials, was submitted by its photographer Bob Coates to the Arizona Professional Photographer’s Association (APPA) Print Competition. Bob won second place in the Masters Commercial Category for his warm portrayal of DVD instructor Dawn Quaresima.
In the photo, Dawn is surrounded by warm red and orange tones and a soft light highlights her gentle smile. Bob also won first place in the Masters Wedding Category for a picturesque outdoor wedding photograph he calls, “A Wee Bit Closer.” Overall, he was sixth in the APPA’s Top Ten Photographer’s of the Year.
The AZPPA Awards are presented for prints that meet particular criteria including Impact, Print Quality, Presentation, and Originality. The association says submitted prints are judged by a panel of experienced judges. A judging panel typically consists of five judges with one or two alternate judges. There are five categories in the Open and Masters Divisions with the top three scoring prints receiving awards.