The competition will be held Tuesday May 18th.
Jill A. Bochicchio, M. Photog., Cr.
Ranked among photographyâ€™s top professionals, Jill A. Bochicchio has crafted a reputation for creativity and excellence.Â The Maryland Professional Photographerâ€™s Association (MDPPA) named her Photographer of the Year for five consecutive years. Eastman-Kodak Corporation honored her with four Gallery Awards for Photographic Excellence.
Her outstanding fine art and commercial photographs have appeared in MDPPAâ€™s Traveling Loan Collection, the Professional Photographers of America (PPA) Loan Collection, Masters Loan Collection, and private art exhibits.Â Her portraits of individuals, children, families and business leaders throughout the region are widely recognized for their warmth and artistry.
Ms. Bochicchio has earned both the Master of Photography degree in 1986 and a Craftsman degree 1987 and PPA Certification in 1985.Â She served as President of the MPPA in 1988 and Chairman of the board in 1989.Â Her articles have appeared in several photography magazines and she is a popular speaker before amateur and professional photographic organizations.
Ms. Bochicchio has been the official photographer for the National Philharmonic Orchestra for the past 15 years.
Bochicchio Photography is located in Rockville, MD.
Kimberly Phillips-Simonetti, M. Photog., Cr.
Kimberly displayed a natural talent for painting while growing up in and around the suburbs of Baltimore, Maryland where she continues to live today.Â An artist, Kimberly dabbled in several mediums until high school, when her passion for photography began.Â Â She continued to study photography both inside and outside of the classroom while attending the University of Maryland, apprenticing with several local master photographers.
In 1984, Kimberly went out on her own and became a renowned wedding photographer in the Baltimore area.Â Her success enabled her to purchase and completely renovate a circa 1912 home and to open Kimberly Studioâ€™s in 1991.Â Her new studio specialized in portraiture where Kimberly was able to meld together her two great loves, art and photography, into her unique, highly stylized and very beautiful style of portraiture.
Kimberly has her Masters in Photography and an Associate Fellow in Photography from the Maryland Professional Photographers Association.Â She attends several conferences a year to continue developing herself both artistically and professionally, and as a result, her clientâ€™s portraits continue to be both innovative and beautiful, receiving all the benefits of the latest techniques in digital enhancement.
As a noted teacher/lecturer, Kimberly speaks at several professional photography conferences throughout the United States each year and has also served as judge for several different photography organizations.Â Sheâ€™s been published in several hard bound photography collection books and many magazines, including the Professional Photographerâ€™s Magazine where one of Kimberlyâ€™s prints was selected to become one of only fifty images being retained for the Professional Photographers of America (PPofA) archive for 1997.Â Sheâ€™s the recipient of many major awards, including several Fuji Masterpiece Awards, Marylandâ€™s Portrait Photographer of the Year for three years running, as well as, being twice recognized by a Maryland Senate Resolution for her achievements as an outstanding portrait photographer.
Having grown up in the area, Kimberly is very involved in her community, actively donating her services and contributing to many local charities, schools and hospitals.Â While her portraits may currently be found hanging at several premiere mall locations in the Baltimore area, Kimberly, her husband Dave, their dog Misty and two Siamese cats, Sunny and Stormy may usually be found enjoying their home/studio in Owings Mills, Maryland.
Robert McGee, M. Photog., Cr.
Graduated College 1966 Math Major Campbell University
Entered Naval Aviation Officer Candidate School August 1966
Commissioned Officer NovemberÂ 1966
Vietnam 1967 â€“ 1969Â Weapons Officer USS Carronade IFS-1
Responsible for all rocket launchers and weaponsÂ systems
Bell System November 1969Â Field Engineer
Resigned in May 1975Â Opened Lens-Art Studio
Master of Photography June 1986
Photographic Craftsman June 1992
Specializing in fine portraiture, the studio is located on one of Salisburyâ€™s thoughfares at:Â 717 Waverly Drive.Â Website is www.lens-art.com