Marc Bailey slew the opposition at this year’s Professional Photographers of Canada (PPOC) convention. Entering for the first time in the “artist” category of the competition, the master photographer not only won in his category, but brought home the prestigious Yousuf Karsh award, making him the first Quebecois photographer to receive the honor. Running May 4 to 9, the 49th PPOC convention was held in Richmond, British Columbia. Bailey, who runs an expansive photography studio with his wife and daughter on Du Conseil Street in Sherbrooke, is a regular at the event. He had already brought home two awards in 2007 and 2014 as portrait photographer of the year. “It takes a lot of perseverance and very little ego. You have to get used to rejection,” laughed Bailey. “I participate in competitions because it forces you out of your comfort zone. It makes you do different things instead of just sitting comfortably in your everyday work.” The PPOC convention runs competitions every year. According to Bailey, you can submit photos in four different photography categories: portrait, wedding, commercial and artistic. The participant then selects four pictures to submit. All photos must pass before the jury in order to be eligible for the contest. “All your photos must be accepted by the judges. When they say accepted what they really mean is that the photo is superior to the rest, and therefore eligible,” explained Bailey. See full story in the Tuesday, June 5 edition of The Record.