From March 3-6th I was busy having a great time and learning lots at Image Quest (our local BC convention) at RiverRock Casino. On the 3rd I volunteered to take notes for the judging at the PPOC BC’s annual Salon Judging event. I learned so much watching the judging and hearing the conversations about all the different images that were entered. It was especially interesting to see my own work judged and critiqued and gave me a lot of good ideas for future entries! I am also very excited to share that 2 of my images got merits there and 2 were accepted. This meant that I was in the running with 12 others for Photographer of the year! I was totally shocked and excited! The following two days there were some incredible lectures to see and people to meet as well as hanging out with my friend and business partner for my other brand (Perfect Blend Photography) Trina Letawsky. The last night was the awards gala and it was so great to see everyone all gussied up (even if it DID mean I had to shave my legs hahaha!). I did not go home with the Photographer of the year title, but I did win Best in Class for my image, “Solo” in the Portrait of a Man category and I got an honourable mention for my image “Thoughtful Paws” in the Animals category. When they called my name for my award I looked like such a geek because I was just so shocked I had won I didn’t know what I was supposed to do hahaha! After a delicious dinner, my husband and I headed out to leave through the casino and I decided to put $20 into the slot machine. Keeping in mind we are not gamblers at ALL, we were shocked when my $20 got us a $700 win! That was just my night I suppose! Thank you to everyone who has helped me come this far. One of the goals I had written out for myself for this year was to win an award. Any award. I didn’t care what I just wanted to prove to myself I could do it and now that I’ve got that step down I can’t wait to set some new goals and dreams for the rest of the year! Here are some photos of me from that night taken by Paul Wright accepting my award and then some from after the dinner…

Here is the image that won in the category Portrait of a Man:

And here is the one that received Honourable Mention in the Animal Portrait category:

Here’s me with no clue what I’m supposed to do with the trophy or where I’m supposed to look…

PPOC_BC Awards GALA, River Rock Casino, Richmond, BC, 20120306

Here’s how I look when I know the camera is on me. You don’t have to say it…I know I am oozing grace as usual. HAHA!

PPOC_BC Awards GALA, River Rock Casino, Richmond, BC, 20120306

And a nice one

PPOC_BC Awards GALA, River Rock Casino, Richmond, BC, 20120306

And finally (excuse the crappy iphone photo), but here is me after the slot machine win! I was pretty excited because that all went towards a down payment on a camera upgrade that will be coming soon!



  • Tauran - Congrats! Love the size of Canadian money!ReplyCancel

  • lyssa - wow congrats girl so well deserved :)!!ReplyCancel

  • Bandele Zuberi - Congratulations Ashleigh! I LOVE your graceful growling face, lol!ReplyCancel

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