As we wrap up the year, I'm honored to have served as OPPA's President for these past twelve months. Last night at our annual banquet we honored various individuals for their accomplishments and also highlighted some of the great things we've done as an organization in 2017.
While the various awards are too numerous to list here, I do want to give special recognition to our 2017 Photographer of the Year Sam Tarrel, our Member of the Year Mark Fitzgerald, and our President's Award recipient Julie Countryman. I was honored to present the PPA National Award to Bryan Welsh for his service to our organization and the photography industry.
I also want to recognize the numerous board members, committee chairs, and volunteers who have made OPPA happen. As an all-volunteer organization, every workshop, competition, and other program that we offer is only possible as a result of photographers who are willing to give back some of their time and energy to our group. On behalf of all of our members: thank you for your service to our group.
As Lisa Dillon moves into the role of President for 2018, you're in good hands. We have quite a few events on our 2018 calendar that are open for registration now, and I hope to see you in January.
Aaron Hockley, Cr.Photog., FP-OPPA