Jason Brown of Abbotsford has been named the Photographer of the Year by the Professional Photographers of Canada – BC (PPOC-BC).
Brown, a professional photographer at Revival Arts in Abbotsford, received the honour when his work was among that exhibited in the 2014 Provincial Image Salon at the Roundhouse in Vancouver.
He also won the Best in Class award and earned a Judges’ Choice ribbon for his image “Sultana of Style” in the fashion class, as well as the Jaan de Haas and the Langara Alumni award for his image “Preposterous Erection.”
Brown also received honourable mentions in the fine art class for “Preposterous Erection” and in the Illustration class for “Love Potion Number Nine.”
This year, there were 214 images entered in the Provincial Image Salon, with 56 per cent of those accepted into the National Image Salon.
There were 14 finalists for the Photographer of the Year award.
When assessing the submissions, the panel of master judges considered criteria such as impact, creativity, style, composition and technique.
“There were so many talented photographers who were finalists for the Photographer of the Year award that I was ecstatic to hear that I was chosen as the winner,” Brown said.
“Being a competing member of the Professional Photographers of Canada helps me to continue raising the bar for image creation. I love the challenge and look forward to what next year will bring.”
Brown is a second-generation artist and has been pursuing photography since he bought his first SLR camera from an ad in the “Buckpasser” in 1997 and studied commercial photography at Langara College in Vancouver.
He has used his photography skills to support many non-profit organizations locally and internationally such as Run for Water, the Crystal Gala, We Day, Matthew’s House and many more.
He has photographed celebrities including Nelly Furtado, Jennifer Hudson, Macklemore with Ryan Lewis, Selena Gomez and Nick Jonas for Free the Children’s We Day events.
Brown has previously won top provincial and national awards for his commercial and portrait photography and holds nine accreditations from the PPOC.
He regularly does commercial photography for a wide variety of North American companies and portrait photography for families throughout the Lower Mainland.