Tom and Mario Jr. have earned a Platinum Photographer of the Year Award from Professional Photographers of America (PPA). They will be honored at PPA’s annual convention, Imaging USA, in January in San Antonio, Texas.

A PPA member earns a Photographer of the Year Award by earning a merit for each of the four images included in their case – an incredible accomplishment. All merited images enter PPA’s renowned General Collection.

The level of the award is determined by how many of those four images receive the highest possible honor: acceptance into the PPA Loan Collection. The Loan Collection travels the world for one year and is displayed at photographic exhibitions, conventions, and other photography events.

Tom and Mario Jr. received a Platinum Level Photographer of the Year Award, meaning that three of their four merited images entered the PPA Loan Collection. In 2010, they were two of only 22 Platinum Level Photographers of the Year.

2004 was the inaugural year for PPA’s Photographer of the Year Awards. They were developed as a way to encourage photographers to improve their artistic and technical skills and demonstrate their talent through competition, as well as a way for the public to discern the best of the best.

“Recipients of the Photographer of the Year Awards have achieved prestigious achievement,” states Dennis Craft, PPA Print Exhibition Committee Chairman. “These coveted awards honor the consistent quality of the photographer’s images in one of the world’s most celebrated image competition, PPA’s International Photographic Competition.”

Including Marceliano’s entries and Loan Album,  we were the highest award studio throughout the world this year!