Rucker receives first place in photo competition

Dianna Rucker, a local photographer, recently won a first-place award from PPI for a senior photo she submitted. Rucker attended the annual PPI convention in early February in Cedar Rapids. Presenting Rucker with her award is PPI President Michael Cravens. (Photos courtesy of Dianna Rucker)

Rucker won first place in the “Man Outdoor” category with a senior photo of MHS student Jon Mootz.
Staff report

     Local photographer Dianna Rucker, of Rucker Photography, recently received a first-place award for a senior photo she took of a Monticello student.

     Rucker attended the annual PPI (Professional Photographers of Iowa) winter convention in Cedar Rapids, Feb. 1-5. This was an opportunity for the PPI members like Rucker to learn from some of the top photographers around the world.

     As part of the event, they hold an awards banquet, which was held on Feb. 3.

     Rucker submitted four photos she took over the last couple of years, all high school seniors at the time.

     She took home first place for the category “Man Outdoor,” a senior photo of Jon Mootz of Monticello.

     This is the first time Rucker won first place at PPI. In the past, she submitted a wedding photo and received third place.

     Rucker’s photo of Mootz also merited. This means that the photo earned a score of at least 80, which is above average and eligible to go on to the next level of competition.

     Rucker said having her work compete against other photographers is a way to learn the 12 elements of an image: impact, creativity, style, composition, print presentation, center of interest, lighting, subject matter, color balance, technical excellence, technique, and story telling.

     The PPA (Professional Photographers of America) judges the photo submissions from PPI, based on those 12 elements to define merit.

     “Attending such events as the PPI winter convention and participating in the print competition improves my photography by incorporating the 12 elements of an image into my daily photography,” explained Rucker. “Entering my local district competition is a way to push myself to be more and to see how I stand with other photographers in the area.”



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