FRAMINGHAM – Paula Ferazzi Swift owner of Paula Swift Photography, Inc located in Sudbury, was named a Bronze Medalist during Professional Photographers of America’s 2019 International Photographic Competition for the third time.
Swift’s work will be on display at the Gaylord Opryland Convention Center in Nashville, Tennessee, January 19-21, 2020.
This International Photographic Exhibit is held in conjunction with Imaging USA, an annual convention and expo for professional photographers.
A panel of 36 eminent jurors from across the United States selected the top photographs from over 5,200 total submitted entries at PPA headquarters in Atlanta. Judged against a standard of excellence, 2,654 images were selected for the General Collection and 625 (roughly 12 percent) were selected for the esteemed Loan Collection—the best of the best. The Loan Collection images will all be published in the much-anticipated “Loan Collection” book by Marathon Press.
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.
Swift was named a Bronze Medalist by earning a merit—a mark of quality and honor—for each of the four images included in their entry case to the International Photographic Competition. This is the most prestigious competition of its kind, where images are judged based on a standard of artistic excellence, not against each other.
In 2019, they were one of only 170 Bronze Medalists.
This is Swift’s third bronze medal. She also was a bronze medalist in 2018 and 2014.
Swift has been a professional photographer since 1995.
First as a staff photographer at the Worcester Telegram & Gazette in Worcester, Mass for 10 years. Was part of the staff photographers nomination for the Pulitzer in Feature Photography for their coverage of the Worcester Cold Storage fire that took the lives of 6 Worcester Firefighters in 1999.
Swift had three images in the finalist entry from the night of the fire and days following. The staff photographers were recognized as finalists in April 2000.
During that time she started her own portrait photography business in 2004.
Her first studio was in Framingham before moving to her current studio at 730 Boston Post Road in Sudbury, Mass in 2013.
Swift is a Master Photographer, Photographic Craftsman and Certified Professional photographer through the Professional Photographers of America (PPA). She also holds two college degrees in photography as well as teaches photography workshops on newborn and storytelling photography in her studio in Sudbury and throughout New England.
In May 2017, Swift published her first book titled Storytelling Portrait Photography – How to Document the Lives of Children and Families. Her book is available internationally on Amazon, in Barnes & Noble and in book stores throughout the United States. Swift resides in Framingham, with her husband and three sons.
Founded in 1868, Professional Photographers of America (PPA) is the largest and longest-standing nonprofit photography trade association. It currently helps 30,000+ pros elevate their craft and grow their business with resources, protection, and education, all under PPA’s core guiding principle of bridging the gap between photographers and consumers