In Phoenix Arizona, Merle was awarded the Master of Photography Degree from Professional Photographers of America (PPA). The degree was presented to Somerville by PPA president, Ralph J. Romaguera, at the Association’s Annual Convention, Imaging USA, last January.
The Master of Photography Degree is not merely a piece of paper. It means that Somerville has met the standards of excellence set by PPA. He has been awarded this degree in recognition of his superior photographic competence demonstrated through photographic competition, advanced education and service to the profession.
The American Master of Photography Degree—and all the expertise it requires— illustrates his accomplishments and talent as one of a select few in Canada.
Somerville says, ”It was an honor after 30 years, to be awarded my American Master of Photography. It has been on my “Bucket List” since receiving my Canadian Masters Degree several years ago. The ceremony was made more special, having Kenny Rogers present, seeing and hearing about his photography, and receive an Honorary Master of Photography Degree at the same time.”
Merle Somerville is honored by peers and jurors for high-quality photography.
Oliver, British Columbia, Canada, August 2013—McIntyre Bluff and Old Church created by Fine Art Photographer, Merle Somerville have recently been accepted into the General Collection of Professional Photographers of Americaʼs 2013 International Photographic Competition.
Somervilleʼs work was on display at the Phoenix Convention Center January 12-14, 2014, in Phoenix, Ariz. This International Photographic Exhibition is held in conjunction with Imaging USA, an annual convention and expo for professional photographers and several photographic associations.
A panel of 43 eminent jurors from across the United States selected the top photographs from nearly 5,000 total submitted entries at Gwinnett Technical College in Georgia. Judged against a standard of excellence, just over 1,800 images were selected for the General Collection.
“McIntyre Bluff,” and “Old Church” photographs will be in the International Photographic Exhibition alongside other top photographic works from the competition and traveling plus special invitational displays. These images constitute one of the worldʼs largest annual exhibits of professional photography gathered simultaneously under one roof.
About PPA: Professional Photographers of America (PPA) is the largest international non-profit association created by professional photographers, for professional photographers. Almost as long-lived as photography itself, PPA has roots back to 1869. It has never stopped growing and looking for new ways to assist its now 26,000 members through protection, education and resources for their continued success in the industry.
Huge crowds showed up this year for the Fall Art Show and the Festival of the Grape (#FOG). Merle’s “Old Church” captures the attention of the audience and wins “Best in Show”. “Old Church” was photographed in a little Ghost Town called “Dorothy” which never grew beyond 100 residents. It’s not too far from Drumheller or Calgary, Alberta. Thank you to everyone who attended the Show and to the volunteers for their hard work!
Digital Art Okanagan is an online group of photographer-artists, who use digital photography, drawing and painting with software to create a new form of visual art.
Little Straw Vineyards is putting on an exhibit for 9 of the members, and it is available for viewing daily, from Oct 2nd to Nov. 29th.
There is a large variety of works on display, and they are printed on different mediums, such as paper, metal, canvas, and wood.
The art ranges from realism to abstract, and everything in between!
Enjoy the beautiful view, while tasting wine, surrounded by art!