American Society of Media Photographers South Florida


The " Light of Florida" Project travels to China: Exhibition and Award.

Hi everyone!!

It is with great pleasure that we can announce to our membership and the entire photo community that our project called " The Light of Florida" ( LOF) is moving full speed ahead, and we have great news just arriving from China.

This time, thanks to our contacts with the Chinese photographic organizations, fostered and fully developed by our Board Member Tom Salyer, and our General Member Nancy Brown, we were invited to participate in one of the biggest Chinese Photo Festivals, called "Quinghai Three Rivers Photo Festival", Quinghai Province, Xining, China, and for the occasion, we chose to submit the images that our South Florida members ( and some Central Florida members) submitted for the LOF project.

The pics here, sent by Tom directly from China of the opening ceremony, the premises and Exhibition Halls, speak for themselves. However, the Juror Panel of the Festival picked the Light of Florida Exhibit as the winner for " Best Thematic Show", amongst thousands of images from all over the world, so our sincere congratulations go to all ASMP South Florida Members, as we all can proudly showcase this award as a group effort, which we must continue to push forward. Our extended congrats to ASMP Central Chapter too!

The poster in the image above is the announcement of the ASMP Light of Florida Exhibition and below you see Nancy Brown picking up the award on behalf of the Chapter.

As you may recall, our first attempts to fulfill our plan to have a printed "Light of Florida" book during all of 2009, encountered the financial problems we all are aware of, putting the entire project on hold.

It was the decision of the Board in full to not stop and fight adversity, as to finally manage to fulfill our goals, and even though we are still on the process to make it happen, we feel we are getting closer and closer, and the South Florida ASMP Chapter will eventually have it's LOF Book.

To that effect, and in order to offer an opportunity to all members who did not participate in the first round of images, and to all the many new members of the Chapter, we will issue a call for action to submit more images soon, so stay tuned to your email account, as you will receive an official note of this invite, with the details.

For the moments, let's enjoy the images and the great news Tom and Nancy are sending us from China, and feel free to spread the voice about this fine award the ASMP South Florida Chapter and all it's members have just received!! Below you will see Tom and Nancy with a translator, during a walk through the exhibit.


Jorge Parra
ASMP South Florida