Katheryn Gordon claims coveted prize for portrait photography

By Chris Shannon - The Cape Breton Post

Katheryn Gordon
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SYDNEY - Katheryn Gordon won the big prize at last weekends Professional Photographers' of Canada - Atlantic competition in Charlottetown, P.E.I.

Gordon, who's from Sydney River, captured the coveted portrait photographer of the year award.

"I was tickled pink," said Gordon, on her third win in the category.

It's a long and complex process to decide the winner in this top category, which had five nominees.

"The four images that I put in, two of them were excellent, one was merit and the other was accepted.


"Then they look at that collection as a body of work to see whether or not that was a good representation of the photographer's work and to sort of show what these five judges feel is ‘the best work in the show for 2008'.

Gordon also tied for best fine art print - a religious photograph titled, One Man's Journey - and she received one of five judges' ribbons that are given out during he competition.

"When you get one of those it's pretty nice."

She admits judging photography is a subjective business but the judges do have guidelines such as technical requirements, impact and print quality to lean on for assistance.

"I was tickled pink," said Gordon, on her third win in the category.

The judges and audience members watch a screen as glossy images appear one by one without the name of its creator. The dim lighting in the room allows the audience to focus on that one object.

Her husband, Warren Gordon, also walked away with awards of merit for two images and another accepted to the salon.

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