Professional photographers pick 2 photos by Landis for esteemed show

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 26 August 2013 at 12:00 am

ALBION – Two photographs by Bruce Landis have been accepted into the General Collection of Professional Photographers of America’s 2013 International Photographic Competition, with one additionally accepted into the Loan Collection.

Landis, an Albion photographer since 1974, took a photo of a Mandarin duck while on a nature walk in California.

“This male duck happened to be at the right place at the right time and I had my camera ready to go,” Landis said. “With wildlife photography, there is always a degree of planning, and a degree of luck. It is so exciting when everything goes together perfectly, especially when the window of opportunity is so short.”

The duck photo is now part of the Professional Photographers of America, international permanent loan collection.

The PPA also picked a photo that Landis took of an airplane for the PPA’s general collection. The airplane is a Fairchild PT – 26, owned by The Vintage Aircraft Group, a volunteer, not-for-profit organization that specializes in the restoration of World War II liaison and trainer aircraft. The group is based out of Pine Hill Airport in Barre.

This type of aircraft was used as a flight trainer during World War II, in the United States, Canada, Norway and other countries. Built in 1943, there are approximately 100 still able to fly. Tony Rubiano, a flight instructor, is in the front pilot seat and instructor pilot Gene Haines is in the back seat.

“We have been talking for years about doing an air-to-air photo session, and timing just never worked out until now,” Landis said.

The two photos – “Drake on the Rocks” and “The Old PT” – will be on display at the Phoenix Convention Center in Arizona from Jan. 12-14, 2014. This International Photographic Exhibition is held in conjunction with Imaging USA, an annual convention and expo for professional photographers and several photographic associations.

A panel of 43 eminent jurors from across the United States selected the top photographs from nearly 5,000 total submitted entries at Gwinnett Technical College in Georgia.

Judged against a standard of excellence, just over 1,800 images were selected for the General Collection and just 682 (about 7 percent) were selected for the esteemed Loan Collectionthe best of the best.

The Loan Collection images will all be published in the much-anticipated “Loan Collection” book, and more than 200 selected General Collection images will be published in the “Showcase” book by Marathon Press.

Landis started his photography career in 1974 and has been working out of a studio since 1978 at 13382 Ridge Rd.

Landis is currently taking many senior portraits and he said he took the photos of many of the seniors’ parents at their weddings and also for their senior portraits a generation ago.

“Preserving memories is our main mission and it is so rewarding to have clients remembering and sharing those with me after so many years,” Landis said.