Wednesday, January 27, 2016
It was on September 28, 2015 that I was awarded the distinction of PPSA (Proficiency in Photography) by the then President of Photographic Society of America (PSA),Mr John Davis, in the inaugural function of PSA international conference held at hotel Holiday Inn, West Yellowstone. A galaxy of prominent photographers was present on the occasion.
Homage was paid to those eight PSA members, including Mr K.G.Maheshwari APSA of India, who passed away since last conference. A 2- minute silence was also observed to mourn their demise.It was a proud moment to see our National Flg among flags of many countries displayed there.
It was a rare moment of joy, not only because I was awarded, but more so because my brother Mr Brij M. Sapru and my wife Mrs Sunita Sapru were with me. I appreciate the gesture of the PSA as both my wife and brother were treated as guests.
Also,I got the opportunity to meet some of the senior members of the PSA with whom I had earlier been interacting only through emails.They included Ms Jean Timmermeister, FPSA, John Larson, Jr., APSA, MPSA. It was also pleasure to meet Kristina Erin Kaye FPSA,EPSA, Director, ROPA who had informed me about award of PPSA. It was nice to meet Mr Stan Bormann, APSA, EPSA, the incharge of the conference.
The then President of PSA, Mr John Davis APSA,PPSA was very friendly. He even tried to speak Hindi but admitted that he had tried to learn Gujarati.
All said and done, but I am deeply indebted to my brother Mr Brij M.Sapru who had, before I landed in the USA with my wife, made all arrangements not only to travel to PSA conference, in the other end of the USA and stay there but even for other places to see and enjoy the visit to the USA.
Tuesday, January 26, 2016
After about a fortnight of the judging of Ist TPAS International Salon of Photography-2015, I had another opportunity to judge the PJ Quarterly Contest of the Photojournalism Division Photographic Society of America (PSA). It was the initiative of Chairman, PJ Division of the PSA, Mr John Larson who had been persuading me to do it online while being in India and simultaneously he would manage things in USA. It was at the PSA Conference held in West Yellowstone in September, 2015 that when I received my PPSA distinction, Mr Larson was there and he again asked me if I shall do such a judging. I agreed to his proposal and then as per the rules, looked for two more experienced photographers here as one of them should be from a newspaper. My choice was Mr Deep Bhatia EFIAP, AIIPC and Principal Photojournalist of The Tribune, Mr S.Chandan.
As there is a considerable time difference between USA and India, we decided January 21, 2016 at 8:00 p.m. (our time) and Mr Larson had morning at his place. We judged 100 images on line through a software as Mr John Larson showed images one by one on computer screen, we three scored them and finally decided awards and ribbons. We appreciated the manner in which he conducted the judging as it was totally fair and transparent.