Every year the Illinois Press Photographers Association hosts its annual convention and contest around this time and this year's happened last weekend on the campus of Northwestern University in Evanston.
Photographers from around the state submit their best photos from the previous year in individual categories as well as a portfolio category to be judged for the Photographer of the Year honors.
If your a photographer or like photography of any kind consider joining the IPPA as the entire weekend was filled with knowledge and inspiration from renowned photographers and editors eager to share their expertise.
Find out more at Ippaonline.com
This year I was incredibly honored to have placed 3rd in the Photographer of the year judging on Friday. Below is the portfolio that was entered.
If you follow the link above you can see the complete results from the other categories as well as the work from the other photographers.