FRAMINGHAM – Paula Ferazzi Swift resident of Framigham and the owner of Paula Swift Photography, Inc. in Sudbury was named a Bronze Medalist during Professional Photographers of America’s 2020 International Photographic Competition for the third year in a row.
Ferazzi Swift work will be on display at the upcoming Imaging USA, held virtually January 17-19, 2021. Imaging USA is one of the largest annual conventions and expos for professional photographers. This is Ferazzi Swift’s 4th bronze medal.
A panel of 36 eminent jurors from across the United States selected the top photographs from over 5,000 total submitted entries at PPA headquarters in Atlanta. Judged against a standard of excellence, 1,706 images were selected for the General Collection.
Ferazzi 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. Her four award-winning images were titled; “On Point Guard”, “Pretty Lax”, “Wish Maker” and “Baby Face”. “Baby Face” was also selected as one of the top 300 merited images and will be printed in the Showcase book published by Marathon Press in 2021.
Two of Ferazzi Swift award-winning entries were from her photography project called Strength and Beauty. During this ongoing project she photographed local Framingham girls to show how girls can be beautiful and strong through their multiple talents. “On Point Guard” shows a dancer and a basketball player. Her image titled “Pretty Lax” shows a dancer and a lacrosse player.
Founded in 1868, Professional Photographers of America (PPA) is the largest and longest-standing nonprofit photography trade association. It currently helps 30,000 professionals 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.
Ferazzi Swift has been a professional photographer since 1995. First as a staff photographer at the Worcester Telegram & Gazette in Worcester, Mass for 10 years. She 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. Ferazzi 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.
She started her own portrait photography business in 2004 after the birth of her first son. Her first photo studio was in Framingham at the Fountain Street Studios before moving to her current studio at 730 Boston Post Road in Sudbury, Mass in 2013.
Ferazzi 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. She is the current VP of Technology for the Professional Photographers Association of Massachusetts.
In May 2017, Ferazzi Swift published her first book titled Storytelling Portrait Photography – How to Document the Lives of Children and
Families. She resides in Framingham, with her husband and three sons.
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