Hanson’s Commercial Photos
Earn Top Honors in North Dakota,
Minnesota and Regional Photo Competitions
Featured in Fuji Film’s ‘Professional Imaging
Russ Hanson’s evening
photograph of Fargo’s Ramada Plaza Suites is
featured in the current issue of Fujifilm’s
prestigious how-to magazine, Professional Imaging
The magazine cites
his mastery of light in the image, citing the
“technical skill and experience that he has
garnered over the past 25 years.”
The magazine quotes
Russ: “I never have the ideal lighting situation
for any photo, and usually I’m working on
limited time, so I have to be resourceful. ,,, My
goal was to capture the front of the hotel with
various levels of light in the background. I took
the picture at sunset and had two vehicles
traveling at various speeds to achieve the fast
photograph has won its share of awards in
professional competition, including the Fuji
Masterpiece Award and a number of honors in
region professional competitions. The
Ramada exterior was named the state’s and
region’s top commercial photo of 2000,
and helped earn Russ the “commercial photographer of the year” state and
regional titles. It was also displayed in
Professional Photographers of America’s national
juried print competition.
Ten commercial photographs by Russ Hanson of Hanson Photo Video
have won top national honors in the 1998, 1999 and 2000 print competitions sponsored by
Professional Photographers of America ... a distinction that only a handful of commercial
photographers can claim.
PPA represents more than 14,000 professional photographers across the United States. The
Northern Lights Region encompasses Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota and Manitoba.
Five of Hanson's merit prints including images of the A&W Drive-In in Fargo
and Borrowed Bucks Roadhouses in Bismarck and Grand Forks are currently displayed
in PPA’s traveling loan collection, the top honor accorded entries. Photographs are judged
by some of the nation's top photographic experts. He is one of the only photographers in
America to place three images in the top category in the 1998 contest and another two in
Photos of the A&W and Borrowed Bucks are also part of the American Society of
Photographers‘ national traveling exhibit. He is the only photographer to be represented
by more than one print in the prestigious juried selection.
Hanson chairs the board of PPA's Northern Light Region. He is a past president of
Professional Photographers of North Dakota.
Certified by PPA, Russ has earned its two top degrees, the Master of Photography and
Photographic Craftsman. He is a Certified Professional Photographer.