David Koster named Silver Medalist at international photographic competition

Earns master's degree from Professional Photographers of America
At the Professional Photographers of America convention, Imaging USA,  are (l-r) Past President of the Delaware Professional Photographers John Shipman, who sponsored David Koster; Koster, owner of Portraits In The Sand in Rehoboth Beach; and President of the Professional Photographers of America Tim Walden, who presented the master of photography degree. SOURCE SUBMITTED
February 12, 2013

David Koster of Portraits In The Sand in Rehoboth Beach was named a Silver Medalist during Professional Photographers of America’s 2012 International Photographic Competition. He was honored by peers and jurors for high-quality photography and was recognized for superior image making with PPA’s master of photography degree while attending the Imaging USA convention in January during the Grand Imaging Awards and the Awards and Degrees Ceremony at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta, Ga.

PPA members receive medalist designations by earning a merit for each of the four images included in their entry to the International Photographic Competition. Images are judged based on a standard of artistic excellence, not against each other.

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, which is displayed at photographic exhibitions, conventions and other photography events. Koster was named a Silver Medalist, meaning that one of his four merited images also entered the PPA Loan Collection and is published in its book. His winning print is lent indefinitely to the collection. In 2012, he was one of about 60 Silver Medalists.

Koster is one of about 2,100 PPA photographers who have earned such a degree, only about 4 percent of the total membership. His master’s degree and all the expertise it requires illustrates his accomplishments and talent as one of a select few. He has been awarded the degree in recognition of his superior photographic competence demonstrated through success in photographic competition, advanced education and service to the profession, with more than 70 merits earned.

Koster was also invited into the American Society of Photographers, which is dedicated to fostering the ideals of professional photography as a science and an art. Membership is by invitation only to those with a master’s or craftsman photography degree.

The Imaging EXPO trade show highlighted hundreds of the industry’s leading vendors showcasing their products, and Koster was able to watch product demos and pick vendors’ brains for the best solutions. New things are always in store for clients of Portraits In The Sand after his attendance at Imaging USA.

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Koster is schooled in photography, and is the only experienced master and certified professional photographer at the beach in southern Delaware. His Portraits In The Sand serves Rehoboth Beach, Lewes, Dewey, Bethany and Fenwick Island. His subjects include families, children, seniors, individuals, couples, brides, engagements, pets, reunions, groups, events, boats and more. Call 302-226-9226 for reservations and information.