Congratulations to Michael Lefebvre from Barrington, Rhode Island. PFRE Photographer of the Year for 2018. Michael was the runner up for photographer of the year in 2017 and carried that momentum into 2018 with two photographer of the month wins in March and July.
Below are the top three photographers for 2018 based on the jury's voting:
Congratulations to all the nominees and thank you to everyone who participated in the contests throughout the year. 2018 was a great year and we look forward to another year of contests in 2019. Special thanks to the jurors who take time out of their busy schedules to carefully critique these contests and offer feedback; you help photographers around the world improve their craft!
Here is what Mike had to say about the win:
“For someone who was terrified to even enter one of these contests a few years ago, being named Photographer of the Year 2018 is a colossal honor for me. I’m humbled to be associated with the prestigious list of past POTY winners. The level of talent and enthusiasm in this community is mind-blowing, and I’m grateful to be included with such a passionate and dedicated group of creatives. Frankly, I’m kind of at a loss for words but if you know me, you know I’ll give it a shot (with the next ten paragraphs…)
It seems like it was just yesterday (it was actually late 2010) when I stumbled upon the Photography for Real Estate blog community. At the time, I was still a full-time real estate agent just starting to get bit by the photography bug. I saw a post where Scott, Malia, and Larry were running a contest for beginning real estate photographers. Up for grabs were copies of Scott’s new lighting ebook, copies of Larry’s ebooks, and a listing in the PFRE directory. At the time, I certainly qualified as a “beginner” and thought I’d take a stab at it. To my surprise, I was selected as one of a handful of winners and was awarded the books. Digging into the reading, I was overwhelmed for sure but that day, a fire was lit in my belly that continues to burn feverishly today. My “hobby” turned “obsession" turned “career" and I pinch myself every day because I get to do something I love so much for a living. It’s invigorating to continue to learn and grow with each new project!
Thanks to my friend Tony Colangelo, whose coaching and guidance was the turning point in my photography and business development. Working with Tony provided a quantum leap and breakthrough that I will forever be thankful for. My suggestion to people looking to advance their craft is get a coach, attend a workshop, chase the lessons, pour yourself into the education. Keep shooting relentlessly until the images you create start matching up better with the images you see in your mind. Wash, rinse, and repeat. Finally, please don’t waste your money on gear you don’t need when you’re just starting out!
Thank you to Larry and Brandon for providing and nurturing this forum that has been so instrumental in so many people’s growth and development, including mine. It’s truly a gift to be able to interact with and learn from an international pool of such talented professionals.
Thanks to everyone who has ever commented, critiqued, bashed, or praised my work in the Flickr group. For me, the feedback continues to be one of the most valuable aspects of the community.
Thanks to my loyal tribe of clients who value the blood, sweat, and tears I pour into every image to help make your gorgeous spaces stand out. Without your subject matter, I’ve got nothing to shoot!
And a special thank you to my beloved family, who puts up with Daddy’s sometimes frantic schedule and have supported and loved me every step of the way. You weirdos make it all worthwhile!
A big, hearty “Salud!” to everyone as we close the books on 2018 and start preparing to make 2019 even more remarkable!
"Stay gold, Ponyboy.”