I just learned that my good friend Randy Van Duinen had a really great week. Randy is an architectural and landscape photographer in St. Petersburg, Florida. He and I have worked on The Digital Photo Workshops. Most recently, we were bitten by fire ants while photographing at the Air Stream Ranch.
Last week at the Florida Professional Photographers convention Randy took first place in both the landscape and architectural categories, along with the Best of Show in the commercial category. His greatest award came when it was announced that he was named Florida Professional Photographer of the Year. But, his week wasn’t finished as he received news from the Professional Photographers of America that three of his images merited and two of them had also been placed in the Loan Collection from the International Photographic Competition.
I asked Randy if he had any advice after achieving many awards in one week and he said that advice would be two things: First don’t be afraid to enter competition and if possible to listen to what the judges are saying and learn from those critiques. Second, join a photography organization, whether it is a professional group or a camera club. The information and feedback you receive from belonging to these kinds of groups is a great way to further your photographic development.
For more on Randy:
randy van duinen
1530 86th avenue north
st. petersburg, fl 33702
architectural website http://rvdphotography.com
photoshop & photography blog http://studiophotoshop.com
fine art photography website http://vanduinenphotography.com