The National Association of Professional Child Photographers announces 2018 Photographer of the Year
The National Association of Professional Child Photographers proudly announces Tracy Sweeney, of Elan Studio, as the 2018 Photographer of the Year. This top honor was determined by total number of points scored from both of the organization's International Image Competitions. Recognized for attention to detail, artistic composition and imaginative perspective, Sweeney specializes in child, family and commercial photography and has work featured on the Hallmark Channel, The UK Daily News and People.com.
Sweeney was a guest speaker at the January NAPCP Summit and will have her second-place photo "Color Me Bold" featured in Times Square. Each year, she teaches thousands of photographers through distinguished platforms, such as KelbyOne and Click Photo School, as well as the industry's leading conferences.
The organization is also pleased to announce the winners from both 2018 NAPCP International Image Competitions. With eight featured categories in the digital competition – Maternity, Newborn, Baby, Child, Toddler, Senior, Sibling and Family, and three creative categories for the print competition – Color, Water and Explore – submissions are judged on composition, creativity, impact and technical merit by a panel of field experts. This year's competitions received more than 700 submissions from NAPCP members across the globe.
Each of the 11 winners from both the digital and print NAPCP International Image Competitions exemplify photography's transformation into an international language. In addition to professional recognition, winners capture priority listing in the NAPCP Member Directory, a medallion, vendor endorsements and NAPCP member points.
The complete list of first-place winners is as follows:
• Baby: Kristine Crow for "Not Quite One"
• Siblings: Melissa Zimmer for "Never Let Me Go"
• Children: Ricardo Silva for "The Journey Begins"
• Toddler: Tracy Sweeney for "Fall Whirl"
• Family: Suzanne Taylor for "So Many Memories"
• Color: Tamara Gonzalez for "Corn"
• Maternity: Brandy Inkelaar for "Creek Goddess Expecting Mother in Creek"
• Explore: Diogo Loureiro for "Clouds"
• Newborn: Saren Cassotto for "Forever Connected"
• Water: Heather Rodburg for "Reach"
• Senior: Megan Drane for "On Top of My Game"
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The National Association of Professional Child Photographers (NAPCP) is an association whose mission is to promote and support the artistry and integrity of professional child photographers. The NAPCP connects parents searching for child photographers in their area with its professional members by providing a comprehensive directory of photographers and informative articles on what to expect from their professional photography experience. Serving as a valuable resource for both photographers and parents, NAPCP continually strives to raise industry standards in child photography.