Stories from behind the lens

With every press of the shutter button, there's a story, a plan, an impulse and a feeling behind the image it produces. I love to get out and shoot, whether it captures award-winners or not, just getting out into the world to take in the beauty all around before pulling the Nikon out of my bag is a pure and gratifying pleasure. These are the stories of the how, when, where and why behind the photos, and the inspirations behind the photographer.

2024 PPOC National Best in Class Pictorial Image
2024 PPOC National Best in Class Pictorial Image

Exciting announcement! On the evening of April 7, 2024, I was honoured to receive the Best in Class Pictorial/Floral award from the Professional Photographers of Canada for my work "Sunrise on La Pan Tan" during the 2024 Canadian Imaging Awards Gala in Victoria, BC. This year's competition saw a significant increase in Pictorial Class images vying for top honours with more than four times the number of eligible finalists compared to 2023, and showcasing 17 of this year’s most exceptional images from some of Canada's finest photographers.

About "Sunrise on La Pan Tan": Ascending steep mountain roads on motorcycle taxis in the pre-dawn darkness, we reached the enchanting peaks of what locals call 'Raspberry Hill' in Mu Cang Chai, Vietnam. Here, under the first light, we marvelled at the breathtaking terraced rice fields, especially captivating in late September when the rice ripens. Nestled in Han Chong village, La Pan Tan commune, these hills, whimsically named for their rounded terraces that might remind one of raspberries, attract tourists from around the world to the beauty of Mu Cang Chai. We were fortunate to enjoy the solitude until the sun climbed high, signalling it was time to pack up my gear.

Along with a trophy and digital ribbon recognizing this photo's Best-in-Class achievement, I also earned a spot in the PPOC National Image Loan Collection as well as this press release to commemorate this achievement:

Press Release



April 7, 2024: Victoria British Columbia - The Professional Photographers of Canada is delighted to announce that Toronto photographer Dee Potter has had 4 images selected for its annual national Salon recognizing and celebrating the best of Canadian professional photography.

After an intensive judging process and review of hundreds of submissions from talented photographers nationwide, Dee has been awarded the prestigious title of Best in Class (Pictorial/Floral) for his outstanding photograph titled 'Sunrise on La Pan Tan'. It also was selected for inclusion in the Professional Photographers of Canada’s 2024 Loan Collection.

Receiving the Best in Class Award from Professional Photographers of Canada National Chair, Jennifer Gilbert in Victoria, BC

The Professional Photographers of Canada Image Competition aims to recognize and celebrate exceptional talent in the field of photography, providing a platform for photographers to showcase their creativity and vision. With submissions spanning various genres and themes, the competition highlights the diverse perspectives and artistic expressions of photographers from different cultures and backgrounds. The exhibition was revealed on April 7th, 2024, at Canadian Imaging, the annual conference of the PPOC held this year in Victoria, British Columbia.

The PPOC expresses gratitude to the esteemed panel of judges who dedicated their time and expertise to the meticulous evaluation of entries, ensuring a fair and rigorous selection process. For more information about the PPOC Image Competition and upcoming events, visit

“We extend our heartfelt congratulations to Dee for a remarkable achievement," said Tina Weltz, MPA, SPA, Chair of the National Exhibition Committee. "We are immensely grateful to all participants who shared their creativity and passion with us, making this year's competition a resounding success. For those seeking to elevate their visual storytelling and make a lasting impression, professional photographers are not just an option – they're a necessity."

Note for Editors:

For more information please call Tanya Thompson, PPOC Executive Director: (519) 537-2555 or email her at:

To arrange an interview with the photographer, please contact:

Dee Potter
Toronto, ON
(416) 451-3182

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