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The 2009 Juried Exhibition judging is complete and the winners are:

First Place ($750): Richard Garrod, Leaf Cluster, Hawaii.
Second Place ($450): Matthew Farris, Untitled 5.
Third Place ($300): Chester Ng, Whirling Dervishes.

Carmel Highlands-based artist Al Webber was invited to serve as juror for the 2009 Juried Exhibition’s selection process. Weber is a respected commercial and fine art photographer whose career spans six decades. His assignment and personal work runs the gamut from aerial and architectural photography to portraits, abstracts and powerful images of the American Southwest. Weber is equally revered as an educator whose students number more than 10,000 in programs and classrooms throughout the West, including the celebrated Ansel Adams Workshop series in Yosemite as well as Al and his wife Suzie’s own long-running Victor School photography program in Victor, Colorado.

Says Al Weber of the selection process for the CPA’s Juried Exhibition: “I have judged photographs for nearly fifty years. Every single CPA submission this year was about individual personal expression. It was impressive to see the variety, both in concept and craft. Three photographs were given top honors, but there could easily have been fifty winners. Something exciting is going on right now in photography, and I encourage everyone to take it all in by visiting this show.”

First Place photographer Richard Garrod has long made his home in Monterey on California’s Central Coast. The title of his silver gelatin image in the Juried Exhibition is Leaf Cluster, Hawaii. Born in Los Angeles, Garrod holds degrees from the University of California at Santa Barbara and Berkeley. He majored in photography at Pasadena City College and studied in private photography workshops with Brett Weston and Minor White. Garrod was a student in Ansel Adams’ first postwar workshop at Yosemite in 1955; he later taught for this renowned program plus dozens of others including his own. Garrod’s prints are primarily created through “straight” photography and wet darkroom techniques. Ranging from traditional to increasingly abstract subjects over the years, Richard Garrod’s photographs have been widely exhibited and published and are held in private and public collections around the world, including the Smithsonian Institute and the Oakland Museum of Art.

Second Place honors go to Matthew Farris for his digital pigment abstract called Untitled 5. Farris was born in Glendale, California in 1947 and has lived in the Los Angeles area most of his life. He graduated from the Pasadena Art Center College of Design in 1981 with a BFA in photography. Since then Farris has used his camera for commercial, editorial, annual report and fine art work. He currently teaches photography part-time in community colleges while pursuing personal photographic projects.

Chester Ng placed third in the CPA’s Juried Exhibition with his image capturing movement and color, Whirling Dervishes. Ng’s interest in photography began at an early age. Whether focusing on environmental portraiture, photojournalism or travel photography, Ng finds the making of pictures to be an intoxicating and rewarding combination of creativity and therapy.

Special Note: The day after the Juried Exhibition closes on Friday, December 4th, the entire contents of this show will be offered up for sale in an Auction. The Saturday, December 5th Auction is the CPA’s single largest annual event to raise funds for operations.