The Arkansas Professional Photographers recently held its annual convention in Little Rock, and several awards were given to local photographers.

Brandy Strain-Dayer, chief photographer for Women’s Inc. magazine and lead photographer at Strain Photography, was named Children’s Photographer of the Year at the convention. This marked the second year in a row for her to receive this statewide award for the highest print total in Children’s photography.

Strain-Dayer’s electronic imaging entry, which was a group photo of the state champion Conway Christian girls basketball team, was titled "Refuse to Lose." The image was taken for an upcoming story in Women’s Inc. and earned the Kodak Gallery Award for photographic excellence in the Best Photographic Image of a Group category and Best Overall Electronic Image. 

Her portrait entry, a dalmatian photographed at a recent fundraiser for the Conway Animal Welfare Unit we titled "My Favorite Spot", received a score of 86 from the judges and earned the Kodak Gallery AWard for photographic excellence in portraiture and a distinguished print award. The image was also named Best Photographic Image of a Pet and earned a special judge’s choice award from Larry Lourcey of Plano, Texas.

Strain-Dayer’s portfolio entry was of Ellen Smith student Gracen Mahar and titled "America’s Next Top Model." It received the Best Portfolio Award. Strain-Dayer also received a judge’s award for her print "Mr. Mom" in the portrait category from Jackie Patterson of Oklahoma City, Okla. The image also earned a distinguished print award from the print jury.

Jackie Strain-Mahar, photographer at Strain Photography and the official photographer of Toad Suck Daze, also received award for several images.

Her event album entry captured the senior portrait of Mayflower High School senior Summer Hoggard. The album was titled "This Is Summer’s Time" and was also given Kodak Gallery awards for photographic excellence in portraiture. An individual image of Hoggard titled "My Secret Place" was also given a distinguished print award.

Strain-Mahar’s image titled "Remeber When" was a portrait of 82-year-old Conway resident and U.S. Army veteran J.C. Mahar. The photo was given the elores Shrader Award for best overall black-and-white image and was also given a judge’s award from Chris Rockefeller.

Strain-Mahar also submitted an image of 6-year-old Candence Macom titled "Wild Child". The image received a score of 86 points and was given an award for the Best Photographic Image of a Child and a distinguished print award. The image was also selected as Best of Show by the APPA members.

Strain-Maharr’s commercial image titled "Forever Young" was given a distinguished print award.

Strain Photography, located in downtown Conway, is celebrating 40 years of business this year. The business was founded by Gary Alan and Nancy Strain.