Awards & Press
by Michael Anthony
I have always believed that by putting myself out there for critique creates a better product for my clients by forcing me to be the absolute best that I can possibly be. While I have earned many awards and accolades, it has taken me many failures to get to this point.
I believe that by pushing myself and my team to be among the very best photographers in the world, we will be able to deliver a much better product and experience to our clients.
I encourage our team, and myself each year to enter their work into the most well-known, competitive image competitions in the world. Here are some of our recent accolades
World Photographic Cup
The World Photographic Cup has been one of my greatest achievements. The panel is made up of 32 different countries, and every image that is nominated is one of the top 10 in its respective country. After being nominated in 2019 for the second time to Team USA. Our wedding image “Reign,” taken in Iceland earned the gold medal, helping Team USA win second place overall.
In 2022 I was in attendance in person when we were awarded the Gold Medal in Rome, Italy for our image “Stairway to Eternity”
One Eyeland Global Competition
One Eyeland’s World Best Photographers image competition ranked me as the #2 wedding photographer in the world in 2018. It was an honor that I did not expect, and this image competition measures a photographers entire body of work for a single year, which to me was important because of the subjective nature of photography in general. Being honored by my industry peers was such an amazing feeling that I never take for granted.
Professional Photographer's of America
Professional Photographers of America (PPA) hosts an annual international photographic competition. The competition is widely considered to be one of the most competitive in the world. We were honored in 2019 with merits on all 4 of our entries, and further honored by being awarded the coveted “Diamond Photographer of the Year.”
We have earned a total of 16 merits in three years of entering, with 8 images being selected to the exclusive loan collection.
In addition, Michael has been honored to speak twice at the National Imaging USA conference in 2018 in Nashville and 2019 in Atlanta, as well as the 2021 conference in Washington DC teaching photographers on the subjects of lighting, posing, and the reason why they should enter image competitions across the country.
Wedding & Portrait Photographers International (WPPI)
Wedding and Portrait Photographers International was the first international competition that we have ever submitted to. WPPI is one of the largest, most respected image competitions in the world. The WPPI image competition is strictly print focused, and has been the reason that I have learned to print over the years. I believe that this competition has helped me to improve my skillset year after year.
Taking place in Las Vegas every year, I make it a point to travel to Las Vegas early in order to listen in on the live judging every single year.
In 2018 I was honored to be selected to speak at PDN in New York City, in 2019-2021, I was honored with the privilege of becoming a speaker at WPPI in Las Vegas.
Please note the gallery below is not complete, to see all of our awards in this competition, click here.
WPE Awards are a new competition for me. After taking 2 years off of entering competitions, I decided to start entering again this year. At the time of this writing, we are mid cycle in a 3 competition year, and we have currently earned over 35 awards, including with images never entered into competition before.
This competition is similar to One Eyeland in that they have an honors system that ranks you for a cumulative amount of images in a given year, where as most other competitions will rank you by your best images only.
I am excited to get back into image competitions.