May 15, 2017

May 15, 2017: Vancouver, BC – Greg Blue, manager of Langara Continuing Studies (CS) Creative and Applied Arts and instructor in the CS Photography Program, was awarded the Professional Photographers of Canada’s (PPOC) 2017 Commercial Photographer of the Year Award.

The veteran Vancouver-based photographer had four images selected for inclusion in the PPOC’s photo exhibition, the National Image Salon. He earned the award based on receiving the top scoring aggregate rating for his accepted photographs. His image, Buffalo Trace, in the Product Illustration class, won the prestigious Best in Class award, a Judge’s Choice Ribbon, and was selected for inclusion in the PPOC’s 2017 Loan Collection. And his image, Heart of New York, was also selected for inclusion in the Loan Collection. Langara students, staff, and instructors will recognize one of his selected photos as part of the series taken for the cover of the 2016 CS fall catalogue, featuring alumna and fellow photographer, Lanaya Flavelle.

“From all of Greg’s colleagues here at Langara Continuing Studies, I’d like to extend heartfelt congratulations, ” said Daniel Thorpe, Dean of Continuing Studies at Langara College. “Greg has inspired students in the Continuing Studies Photography Program since 1997. We’re all incredibly proud of him.”

A panel of master photographers judged the best works submitted by professional photographers from across Canada and only accepted outstanding images into the National Image Salon. The salon was exhibited during the International Photo Conference, the annual conference of the PPOC held this year in Ottawa, Ontario.

In addition to demonstrating the makers’ ability to make outstanding images for their clientele, inclusion into the salon earns the maker merits toward several designations offered to PPOC members, including the prestigious Craftsman of Photographic Arts and Master of Photographic Arts. The competition features entries from across Canada in 21 different classes including press, portrait, architecture, and fashion.

“Photographers must show extraordinary talent to win an award among such illustrious company,” said Charles van den Ouden, Chair of the National Exhibition Committee. “We were thrilled to see so many inspiring entries in the competition this year. The salon images clearly demonstrate the exceptional skill and quality that professionals bring to the medium of photography.”


This press release includes excerpts from a press release by the PPOC.

About The Professional Photographers of Canada
The Professional Photographers of Canada is a diversified group of creative artists dedicated to the highest standards in professional imaging.  We welcome photographers of all genres to join our community of dedicated professionals.

Tanya Thompson
PPOC Executive Director

About Langara
Located in beautiful Vancouver, B.C., Canada, Langara College provides University, Career, and Continuing Studies education to more than 21,000 students annually. With more than 1,700 courses and 130 programs, Langara’s expansive academic breadth and depth allows students of all ages, backgrounds, and life stages to choose their own educational path. Langara is also known as snəw̓eyəɬ leləm̓ (meaning ‘House of Teachings’), a name given to it by the Musqueam people on whose unceded traditional territory the College is located.

Rolf Savella
Communications Officer
Langara College

Photos courtesy of Greg Blue:

Greg Blue Commercial Photographer of the Year Award