We’ve been honored by Professional Photographers of America

Wilmington Photographers Earn Master of Photography and Named Medalists at International Photographic Competition


Wilmington photographers
Mr. Jeffrey Poole and Mrs. Lori Unruh Poole
indigosilver studio

have been recognized for superior image-making and photographic service from Professional Photographers of America.

Master of Photography Degree

Mr. Poole has earned the Master of Photography degree from Professional Photographers of America (PPA). The degree was presented to Mr. Poole by PPA president Lori Craft, Cr.Photog., at the association’s annual convention, Imaging USA, held January 8-10, 2017 in San Antonio, Texas.

The master of photography degree is not merely a piece of paper. It means that Mr. Poole has met the standards of excellence set by PPA. Mr. Poole has been awarded this degree in recognition of his superior photographic competence demonstrated through photographic competition, advanced education and service to the profession. Mr. Poole’s degree — and all the expertise it requires — illustrates his accomplishments and talent as one of a select few.

Photo courtesy Professional Photographers of America


International Competition Medalists

Mr. Poole was also named a Gold Medalist during Professional Photographers of America’s 2016 International Photographic Competition, and was recognized for his achievement at Imaging USA during the Award & Degree Ceremony.

Mrs. Lori Unruh Poole was named a Silver Medalist during the same competition, and was likewise recognized for her achievement. Mr. and Mrs. Poole’s work was on display at the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center in San Antonio throughout the annual convention.


A panel of 46 eminent jurors from across the United States selected the top photographs from nearly 5,700 total submitted entries at Gwinnett Technical College in Georgia. Judged against a standard of
excellence, just over 2,428 images were selected for the General Collection and 1,007 were selected for the esteemed Loan Collection—the best of the best. The Loan Collection images will all be published in
the much-anticipated “Loan Collection” book by Marathon Press.

To receive a medal, a photographer must have all four of his/her images accepted into the General Collection. The level of the award is determined by whether and how many of those four images also receive the highest possible honor: acceptance into the PPA Loan Collection, which is displayed at photographic exhibitions, conventions and other photography events.

Mr. Poole was named a Gold Medalist, meaning that two of his four merited images entered the PPA
Loan Collection. In 2016, he was one of only 102 Gold Medalists.

Mrs. Poole was named a Silver Medalist, meaning that one of her four merited images entered the PPA Loan Collection. In 2016, she was one of only 139 Silver Medalists.

Together, these Wilmington photographers show their commitment to continued photographic excellence by participation in and pursuit of these accolade programs.

Photo courtesy Chris Brehmer

About PPA

Professional Photographers of America (PPA) is the largest international nonprofit association created by professional photographers, for professional photographers. Almost as long-lived as photography itself, PPA’s roots date back to 1869. The nonprofit assists nearly 30,000 members through protection, education and resources for their continued success. See how PPA helps photographers be more at PPA.com.


Jeff Poole and/or Lori Unruh Poole
(910) 399-6790


We’re jeff
& Lori

Carolina-based LUXURY BOUDOIR and WEDDING photographers

Our love of photography brought us together when we met at a photography conference over a decade ago. Today, Jeff is indigosilver’s lead wedding photographer, while Lori focuses on boudoir portraiture.

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