Neighbors at the Lake

Lake Wylie photographer wins at international competition

February 24, 2014 

Lake Wylie resident Linda Packard, owner of Linda Packard Photography, had all four images she submitted to the General Collection of Professional Photographers of America’s 2013 International Photographic Competition accepted and displayed at the exhibition last month.

One, “A Peach Among the Blossoms,” was selected for the esteemed Loan Collection – the category for entries considered the best of the best.

“I am humbled by this honor,” Linda said. “When submitting my entries, I couldn’t have imagined all four would be accepted and, even further, have one make the prestigious Loan Collection. It was completely unexpected.”

A panel of 43 jurors from across the United States selected the top photographs from nearly 5,000 submitted entries at Gwinnett Technical College in Georgia. About 1,800 images were selected for the General Collection and just 682 (about 7 percent) were selected for the Loan Collection.

“I have owned a camera since I was a young mother and have been happily snapping away for the last 25 years,” Linda said. “Although I miss film, the digital world has endless possibilities for creativity allowing for the artistry to move well beyond photo development.”

Linda’s Loan Collection winning photograph will be a part of the Loan Collection book and will also be a part of the International Photographic Exhibition alongside other top photographic works from the competition and traveling and special invitational displays.

In her spare time, she teaches workshops for the Charlotte Creative Photography Group of Charlotte and she is involved in Flashes of Hope, a nonprofit organization dedicated to creating powerful, uplifting portraits of children fighting cancer.

To view more of Linda’s work, visit

Wendy Dimitri is a freelance writer in Lake Wylie. Email Neighbors at the Lake column ideas to

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