Melissa Woodward

PPOC's 2017 Photographic Artist of the Year

2018 Project 365 – week 3 #GLASS

2018 Project 365 – week 3 #GLASS


This week’s theme will be #LIGHT, follow along on my Instagram page!

Week 2 – #SHADOW
Week 1 – #TIME

2018 Project 365 – week 2 #SHADOW

2018 Project 365 – week 2 #SHADOW

This week’s theme will be #GLASS, follow along on my Instagram page!

Week 1 – #TIME

2018 Project 365 – week 1 #TIME

New 2018 Project 365 challenge!
This year I’m sticking with black and white images using my Nikon D750 camera and Lensbaby Spark lens and also giving myself weekly themes to stick to.

Last weeks theme was #TIME


This week’s theme will be #SHADOW, follow along on my Instagram page!

PPOC Image Manipulation Accreditation | Melissa Woodward Photographic Arist

I am happy to announce that I have earned my 5th accreditation with the Professional Photographers of Canada! This one only took me four tries and three and half years to finally get 😉

From the PPOC website:

Image Manipulation: Ten before and ten after examples of computer scanned and output images that have been manipulated and enhanced. Samples should demonstrate the potential of computer manipulation. Examples should include at least five of the following:

1. Removing people, objects or color from a photograph
2. Adding people, objects or color to an image
3. Major restoration of damaged images
4. Combining several elements from more than two images
5. Moving objects within a photograph
6. Cloning objects.

The final image should be realistic and follow normal conventions of light, shading, commercial or general areas.

2017 PPOC Ontario Image Salon

Earlier this month I submitted images into the Professional Photographers Of Canada’s Ontario Provincial Image Salon competition. My four, along with 170 other images from some of the greatest photographers in the province, were reviewed by a panel of judges a couple of days ago. The results were emailed out to us last night and I am happy to say that 3 of my images were accepted into the salon this year!

Canada Day Fireworks – Kirkland Lake Photographer

This year we headed out to Charlton again for the Canada Day fireworks. I loved the display they put on last year, and they did not disappoint this year either!
I played around a little with my camera settings, trying to get some fun effects and designs.


Garden Snail | Kirkland Lake Nature Photography

Not much to say here, I was just playing around in my garden with my new slimy snail friend 🙂

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Firstly, I am very thankful that the Artist of the Year award was up first and I didn’t feel obligated to give a speech like other award winners did. I am not a speech person or a get-up-in-front-of-other-people person at all (as anyone who was at the awards banquet could probably tell 😉 )

I am greatly humbled and honoured to be the Professional Photographers of Canada‘s 2017 Photographic Artist of the Year and to have two of my images accepted into this year’s Loan Collection. I would like to offer my sincerest gratitude to the PPOC and this year’s esteemed judging panel for this honour.

la grenouille
Melissa Woodward CPA
08 Animals, Merit

I have wanted to be an artist of some sort for as long as I can remember. I aced art class all through high school, but once I graduated I went on a little academic detour that ended me up with a liberal arts diploma and a degree in psychology. It wasn’t until I was  26 that I decided to try my hand at a career in the art world again, and started working towards my diploma in Graphic Design. In college, I took a class in Photoshop where the world of image manipulation and digital art was opened up to me. Having learned all the rules and elements of good design I was then able to break those rules and get to the heart of my creativity.

Melissa Woodward CPA
09 Experimental/Unclassified, Accepted

Needless to say, I have had, and continue to have, a lot of support from various family and friends. Brad, my husband of 10 years, and my son, Isaac, have always been there to support, encourage, and put up with some of my crazy requests. For example, standing in front of a window and prying their eyes open so I’d have a decent eye to work with for my image HypnotEYEze. Or driving around aimlessly on a rainy/sunny/snowy afternoon; only to then come home and ignore them both for hours while I play with the images on my computer.  I’ve also had wonderful support from members of the PPOC, and I sincerely thank everyone in the photography and art world whose paths I’ve crossed along my creative journey so far.

Dancing Arrowheads
Melissa Woodward CPA
10 Fine Art, Merit

The images I submitted into this years PPOC Image Salon are a culmination of me and what I have learned as an artist and photographer. Some of the images follow all the rules, while other break them beautifully. I’m going to take this great accomplishment and push myself to learn more, discover more about who I am as an artist, and try to win it again.

Fade Away
Melissa Woodward CPA
10 Fine Art, Excellence

I want to again say how grateful I am to receive this award—especially knowing that the PPOC is full of photographers who are equally deserving.

Thank you,



May 1, 2017: Ottawa, Ontario – Kirkland Lake photographer Melissa Woodward, CPA , has had 4 images selected for inclusion in a national exhibition.

Melissa has won the coveted title of

Professional Photographers of Canada’s 2017
Photographic Artist of the Year

at the Professional Photographers of Canada’s 2017 annual competition; a national exhibition celebrating the best of Canadian professional photography.

As well, her images ‘La Grenouille’ and ‘Fade Away’ have been selected for inclusion in the Professional Photographers of Canada’s 2017 Loan Collection.

A panel of master photographers judged the best works submitted by professional photographers from across Canada and only accepted outstanding images into the 2017 National Image Salon of the Professional Photographers of Canada (PPOC). The salon was exhibited this week during the International Photo Conference, the annual conference of the PPOC held this year in Ottawa, Ontario.

In addition to demonstrating the makers’ ability to make outstanding images for their clientele, inclusion into the salon earns the maker merits toward several designations offered to PPOC members, including the prestigious Craftsman of Photographic Arts and Master of Photographic Arts. The competition features entries from across Canada in 21 different classes, including press, portrait, architecture and fashion.

“Photographers must show extraordinary talent to win an award among such illustrious company,” said Charles van den Ouden MPA, Chair of the National Exhibition Committee. “We were thrilled to see so many inspiring entries in the competition this year. The salon images clearly demonstrate the exceptional skill and quality that professionals bring to the medium of photography.”

Thank you to Sébastien Lavallée for these wonderful photos from the awards banquet.

Kirkland Lake Photographer Earns Prestigious Designation

When I joined the PPOC in 2012 I didn’t really know what I was getting into. Over the last 5 years, I have learned and grown so much as a photographer and as an artist. One of the perks of pushing myself has been obtaining my Craftsman of Photographic Arts designation. I was able to achieve this by receiving service merits by volunteering within the association at the local, provincial, and national levels; and by earning print merits by successfully becoming accredited in a number of disciplines and by creating photographic images that have been judged and accepted into the National Salon.

On May 1st the PPOC held it’s annual Awards Banquet at which I received my CPA medal and plaque.


As part of its continuing program of Honours & Awards, the Professional Photographers of Canada are pleased to announce that:


is a recipient of the coveted


This prestigious designation is bestowed by the PPOC upon its members whose images accepted into the annual PPOC Image Salon over a number of years are consistently of a high quality and in recognition of the contributions made by them to the Association and to photography in Canada. These photographers have proven their photographic abilities by participating in the Association’s National Image Competition and have confirmed their dedication to the profession by serving the Association.

The Professional Photographers of Canada is a not-for-profit organization representing portrait, wedding, commercial, and military photographers from across the country. The Association promotes photographic excellence through education and exploration of image artistry and establishes standards of professional performance.

The designation was presented to Melissa Woodward by PPOC Chair Tina Weltz MPA SPA, at the Association’s annual Awards Banquet held May 1st, 2017 in Ottawa, Ontario.

Thank you to Sébastien Lavallée for these wonderful photos from the awards banquet.


PPOC Photographic Artist of the Year Nominee

Not only did I receive my first “Excellence” during image judging, but I just found out today that I am also a nominee for Photographic Artist of the Year!

The Canadian Photographer of the Year Awards reflect the various disciplines within the field of photography and include national designations for Commercial Photographer of the Year, Portrait Photographer of the Year, Wedding Photographer of the Year and Photographic Artist of the Year. The winner of each designation is chosen from the top scoring entries based on aggregate rating of four accepted photographs in the appropriate categories. Photographer of the Year winners are selected by a panel of judges that bases its decision on overall impact, technical merit, composition, presentation and overall variety of skills exhibited. Winners receive a crystal trophy, wood plaque, and thanks to the generosity of sponsors, a cash award. Their work is also displayed on the PPOC website and they receive a feature article in the printed edition of Gallerie Magazine. –

This year the Professional Photographers of Canada (PPOC) annual convention will be taking place in Ottawa from April 28 to May 3, 2017.  The award winners will be announced at the banquet held on May 1st.

I just booked my hotel and banquet tickets… It’s going to be a looong wait 😉


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