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Congratulations to Garey Gomez - PFRE Photographer of the Year for 2019!

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Published: 19/12/2019

Congratulations to Garey Gomez from Atlanta, Georgia; PFRE Photographer of the Year for 2019! Garey finished third place in the 2018 Photographer of the Year contest with two POTM wins in June and August, last year. He then followed that up with a win in the "Master Bedroom" category in April 2019, leading to a monumental year for both his photography and his career.

Below are the top three photographers for 2019 based on the jury's voting:

  1. Garey Gomez - Decatur, GA
  2. Pierre Galant - Los Angeles, CA
  3. Matt Van Emmerik (Tied for 3rd) - Kelowna, BC
  4. Matt Davis (Tied for 3rd) - London, UK

Congratulations to all the nominees and thank you to everyone who participated in the contests throughout the year. 2019 was a historic year for PFRE and we look forward to another year of photography and videography contests, podcasts and of course, the second annual PFRE Conference in Las Vegas.

Special thanks to the jurors who take time out of their busy schedules to carefully critique these contests and offer feedback; I've said it before, and I'll say it again, you help photographers around the world improve their craft!

Here is what Garey had to say about the win:

Wow, what an honor! I'm not sure what to say, other than a huge, heartfelt thank you to the community. I've been working really hard on my photography, especially over the past 3 years, and the PFRE community has been a huge source of help and inspiration along the way.

I've had a truly exciting year in 2019... I’ve been growing my photography business in a direction that I'm passionate about; I made a few breakthroughs; I am shooting a lot more of what I want to be shooting; and I was given the opportunity to speak at the first ever PFRE Conference. These are all major highlights for me, and this award is an excellent way to close the year.

I'm grateful to this community, first and foremost, because it is responsible for influencing many of the good decisions I have made in my photography and in my business. I am grateful for all of the thoughtful feedback I have received here which has never failed to shape future decisions when shooting. This, in particular, is what inspires me to contribute to the blog at PFRE. I am grateful for the friendships that I have formed here, many of which were further solidified in person last month in Las Vegas. Thank you and congratulations to all of the contestants in the contest for doing incredible work so consistently. Last, but not least, I am grateful to the jurors who give their time to make this contest happen.

Congratulations to all of the photographers who enter into the contest.

Brandon Cooper

23 comments on “Congratulations to Garey Gomez - PFRE Photographer of the Year for 2019!”

  1. Congratulations Garey and thanks for the contributions you've made to our profession! Your talent and spirit of community support are the essence of what makes PFRE home for so many of us.

  2. I'm so happy for you and so proud of you, bud! Winning the POTY is a tremendous accomplishment -- an award that you richly deserve ... congratulations!!

  3. So wait? What does this mean??? Am I officially impeached?!?!? Well, it was fun while it lasted...

    Congratulations to the new sheriff in town. It couldn't happen to a nicer, or more deserving, guy! Your work is exceptional and speaks for itself. Your positive contributions to the community help so many. And above all, you're a class act!

    Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you and the family!

  4. A truly excellent choice for Photographer Of The Year - out of four great finalists.
    I’m sure that your involvement with the progression of the industry was no small part of this win. I appreciate the help. Good luck in the future.

  5. Congratulations to Garey Gomez! I had the pleasure of meeting you at the Las Vegas conference and it was a blast! You highly deserve this! Thank you also for everyone who voted for me, I am deeply honored and I promise to try even harder next year.

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