Katheryn Gordon Canada's Portrait Photographer of the Year!


Mont-Tremblant, QC - The 2010 National Image Competition of the Professional Photographers of Canada took place this week during Inspiration 2010, the Annual Convention of the PPOC, in Mont-Tremblant, QC.

Katheryn Gordon, MPA, a professional photographer from Sydney, NS, was awarded the Portrait Photographer of the Year Award. Katheryn also was awarded first place for the Fine Art class. Katheryn also received a Judge’s Choice award for the image titled “Legend of the Rhine Maiden” and had 4 images accepted and exhibited in the National Image Competition, judged prior to the Convention by a panel of Master Photographers from across Canada.

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Katheryn Gordon claims coveted prize for portrait photography

By Chris Shannon - The Cape Breton Post

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SYDNEY - Katheryn Gordon won the big prize at last weekends Professional Photographers' of Canada - Atlantic competition in Charlottetown, P.E.I.

Gordon, who's from Sydney River, captured the coveted portrait photographer of the year award.

"I was tickled pink," said Gordon, on her third win in the category.

It's a long and complex process to decide the winner in this top category, which had five nominees.

"The four images that I put in, two of them were excellent, one was merit and the other was accepted.

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Share the Passion a powerful and emotional event

By Dan MacDonald - The Cape Breton Post

sharepashionposter200I must say that Katheryn Gordon’s Share the Passion show Saturday night at CBU’s Boardmore Playhouse had to be one of the most powerful and emotional musical events I’ve attended in a long time. The audience had to run the gamut from laughter to tears throughout the two-hour presentation that coupled Katheryn’s photos with music covering the range from Mozart to Mancini, Pachrlbel’s Canon to the Forest Gump Suite.

The musicians, (Kim Lantz, Richard MacAulay, Shawn MacDonald, Stewart MacDonald and Katheryn Gordon herself), are all considered some of the best around and together they gave a very polished and well-rehearsed presentation designed and co-ordinated to give maximum impact to the photographic work being displayed behind them.

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Warren Gordon featured in "The Backgrounder" magazine

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Reprinted from "The Backgrounder" May 2006 issue, a publication of Virtual Backgrounds, San Marcos, Texas.

FEATURED PHOTOGRAPHER: Warren Gordon, Gordon Photographic

Success—Right From the Start!

Warren Gordon MPA Cape Breton Island (Canada) is known as one of the most beautiful islands in the world and Warren Gordon, MPA photographs it all. Visit any bookstore/tourist shop on the island and you’ll see his work.

He has sold over 200,000 hard cover “coffee table” photo books about his island and tons of picturesque calendars. For 30 years he has operated a full-service studio. Warren first heard about Virtual Backgrounds some years ago, thought it was a great idea, but didn’t acquire a system because he heard that some photographers had trouble.

In April 2005, Warren attended the Professional Photographers of Canada (PPOC) National Convention in Calgary and watched Trevon Baker get great results with a Scene Machine even though he was working in a very small trade show booth. He also attended Joseph and Louise Simone’s PPOC presentation and decided the time had come for him to acquire a system.

He started using the system in January 2006. Warren reports, “I was expecting to have to spend at least several days learning to use it, but I was very pleasantly surprised that my very first exposures were salable. I didn’t think it would be so easy, and I didn’t expect the impressive results I was getting.” From that point on, he has continued to use the system for every studio photograph he captures.

“I already had a collection of backgrounds on a motorized roller system. I have a lot of different canvas backgrounds, muslins, and even imitation book case backgrounds. But now, I am putting these old backgrounds up for sale because I don’t need them anymore.”

However, because some customers want exactly the same backgrounds they had in photographs taken years earlier, Warren is photographing his old backgrounds and turning them into background slides before he sells them. Warren explains, “Sometimes a family has an array of photographs on the wall of each child’s graduation and they all have the same background. So now, I will just project the old background along with new ones that I will also use, but I won’t have all those different backgrounds cluttering up my studio.”

Warren has been using a spare D70 camera on the system but now is going to permanently mount a new D200.

Warren’s wife, Katheryn was the featured speaker for the 2006 PPOC Halifax convention in May. Katheryn, PPOC Atlantic Photographer of the Year ’04 & ’05, is also an accomplished artist and will be creating a variety of art backgrounds for use with the Scene Machine. Both Gordon and Kathryn’s work can be seen at

Reprinted courtesy of Virtual Backgrounds - Copyright © 2006. All rights Reserved.