Announcing PPMT’s April Peers’ Choice Competition Winner-Dorma Tabisz

Professional Photographers of Middle Tennessee

is pleased to announce the winner of this month’s Peers’ Choice Competition: award-winning photographer from Franklin, TN, Dorma Tabisz. 

This month’s winning image was selected by votes cast by PPMT’s top professional photographers.

Congratulations to Dorma and thank you to all those who participated.  Our next Peers’ Choice Competition will be held at our May 9th monthly meeting.


In her own words, Dorma shares the story behind her winning image, “Ruffle My Feathers”…

“Ruffle My Feathers is an art piece created from an image taken at Brookgreen Gardens near Murrells Inlet, SC.  My original image is just the beginning of my process in which I used several Photoshop techniques to achieve my final look.  The background is from my texture collection.  The bird is processed using the oil paint filter in Photoshop.  Using masks and the mixture brush enabled me to clean up the birds edges and lengthen the feathers over the texture.  It was very important to diminish the harsh highlights from the afternoon sun and enhance the shadows around the body of the bird to give it dimension.

I have been a photographer for about 16 years now.  I chose to begin my business a few years after that.  I prefer the artsy side of photography, however I also photograph families, high school seniors, professional headshots, and am an assistant wedding photographer.  I have been a member of PPA for over 12 years now, and joined TNPPA 10 years ago this summer.  I have served as President of our PPMT organization and am a past president of TNPPA.  I was awarded my PPA Masters of Photography degree in 2015.  I wear that ribbon and my state degrees (Tennessee Certified Degree and Tennessee Service Degree) proudly.  I am most proud of achieving the 3rd place award in the International Kodak Award competition.  I never would have believed someone if they had told me that I would achieve any of these distinctions.  I could not have done it without the support of my local PPA affiliate (PPMT), my state PPA affiliate (TNPPA), and PPA.  The education received has been exemplary.  The friendships are priceless!!”

The Peers’ Choice Competition is presented by the Professional Photographers of Middle Tennessee (PPMT), Middle Tennessee’s official trade association of professional photographers and local affiliate for the Professional Photographers of America.

Click HERE to learn more about PPMT’s Peers’ Choice Competition.

To view all of this month’s Peers’ Choice Competition entries visit our online gallery 

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