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NHPPA 2020 PHOTOGRAPHER OF THE YEAR

Christine O'Neill

 Thank you so much for the opportunity to be part of this fantastic organization. I am so grateful for   the opportunity to continue to learn and be in the midst of such amazing people and talent. 

 I have always enjoyed travelling, taking photos and doing anything and everything  creative.  After   college, I worked in the travel industry for 15 amazing years!  I absolutely loved it, but I wanted to   start creating again.  

 After my third child was born, I began searching for information on photography.  I attended a Canon  Explorer of Light event where I discovered Corel Painter. My world was changed right then!  I had to learn it.  Unfortunately, at the time, there were no classes locally or on the internet. I researched instructors and started travelling to study under the best teachers I could find.  I set out to learn everything I could on painting using the latest technology available to design and ultimately paint not only digitally but traditionally with oils as well. 

Simultaneously, I enrolled in a photography class at the NH Institute of Art and was  introduced to NHPPA!  I have been a member ever since. Despite being a member of this amazing organization for quite some time,  I never had the confidence to enter competition. I was so impressed, yet intimidated, by the amazing talent of its members.  I never thought I would see the day I would actually compete.  

Ironically, I met a very talented man and fellow NHPPA member while attending a painting course in South Carolina.  It was his constant encouragement that finally convinced me to enter competition. Thank you Yedi!  I am also grateful for the encouragement and support from my family, Lauri West, Nylora Bruleigh and Ella Carlson. 

Thank you NHPPA and PPA for the opportunity to learn and grow.  I am still in shock, but  incredibly honored and humbled to receive Photographer of the Year.  I absolutely love to paint and create fine art, and I'm excited to continue learning and improving my skills in the years to come!

Christine's  2020 image competition entries



New Hampshire Professional Photographers Association
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Manchester, NH 03108-4085

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