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Jim Lasala

Moab Master Named Platinum Medalist at International Photographic Competition


Jim LaSala is honored by peers and jurors for high-quality photography.
Flemington, NJ– Jim LaSala was named a Platinum Medalist during Professional Photographers of America's 2016 International Photographic Competition. LaSala's work will be on display at the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center in San Antonio, Texas, Jan. 8-10, 2017. This International Photographic Exhibit is held in conjunction with Imaging USA, an annual convention and expo for professional photographers. 

A panel of 46 eminent jurors from across the United States selected the top photographs from nearly 5,700 total submitted entries at Gwinnett Technical College in Georgia. Judged against a standard of excellence, just over 2,428 images were selected for the General Collection and 1,007 were selected for the esteemed Loan Collection—the best of the best. The Loan Collection images will all be published in the much-anticipated "Loan Collection" book and over 200 selected General Collection images will be published in the "Showcase" book by Marathon Press. 

The level of the award is determined by how many of those four images receive the highest possible honor: acceptance into the PPA Loan Collection, which is displayed at photographic exhibitions, conventions and other photography events. LaSala was named a Platinum Medalist, meaning that three of his merited images entered the PPA Loan Collection. In 2016, he was one of only 61 Platinum photographers of the Year.   

About PPA:  Professional Photographers of America (PPA) is the largest international nonprofit association created by professional photographers, for professional photographers. Almost as long-lived as photography itself, PPA's roots date back to 1869. It assists nearly 30,000 members through protection, education and resources for their continued success. See how PPA helps photographers Be More at 


The World Photographic Cup

The World Photographic Cup is a not-for-profit organization founded as a cooperative effort by the European Photographer (FEP) and the The Professional Photographers of America (PPA). Its singular goal is to unite photographers in a spirit of friendship and cooperation. The WPC governing committee is made up of photographers from across Australia, Belgium, Canada, Denmark, Japan, Slovakia and the United States.

Moab Paper would like to congratulate Moab Master, Jim LaSala, on his image “Eyes On Haiti”, that was selected to represent the United States.

"I was overwhelmed to learn my image was selected. My image was on it's way to Montpellier, France to compete with all of these other countries. After a few months the voting was over. The United States took top honors. My image reached the rank of Finalist in the category: reportage. "


Congratulations to all the World Photographic Cup winning images for 2015!

A Flavor of Cuba

Moab Master, Jim LaSala,  is thrilled to share an image from Trinidad, Cuba printed on Entrada Rag Bright. He took a trip to Cuba to both teach and shoot from May 10th to the 18th. Visit Jim LaSala's page for further information and upcoming events on "The Flavor of Cuba" workshop. His experience will blow you away. We look forward to seeing more of Jim's images from Cuba in the coming soon! 

Imaging USA (Booth #1540)



The Moab team is packing up the crates and traveling to Phoenix for the annual Imaging USA show.

The highlight in our booth will be focused on the new Slickrock Metallic Silver. If you have been interested in giving this paper a try, then swing by our booth #1540  to pick up your free sample.

Featured at the show, our very own Moab Master Jim Lasala, will be showcasing several of his breathtaking prints from his portfolio. Jim will also be giving away signed 8.5x11 images of selected pieces of his work.

In addition to our entire Moab line,we will also be showing the Museo range of fine art inkjet papers, including their 100% cotton Artist Cards.

 Hope to see you in Phoenix. 

Moab Team

PhotoPlus Day 1 Highlights

What a whirlwind of a day! The show was packed. Slickrock Metallic Silver almost stole the show, but it had some stiff competition with the Moab Master presentations at the far end of the booth. Large 40x60 prints on the Silver from Harold Davis and Jim LaSala truly showed the impressive caliber of this amazing paper.

And those who were able to see the five Moab Master presentations got a real treat with insights into NASA, Haiti, Cuba, African wildlife and fashion. Live Slickrock printing demos on the new Canon Pixma PRO-1 rounded out the day.

The line-up tomorrow is equally impressive:

11:00am Michael Zide Through A Photographer’s Eyes
12:00pm Jody Dole Renowned image maker and digital photographer pioneer
3:00pm Ryszard Horowitz Capturing nonexistent world

An evening with Jim LaSala

We're proud to annouce an upcoming seminar on June 20th featuring Jim LaSala, one of the premier Photoshop artists and photograhers in the country.

In this new "Capturing the Vision" program, Jim explains the visionary steps he takes to capture the essential elements of his award winning photography.

Jim will start with an introductory slideshow of recent work, then demonstrate how to prepare for candid photography.  Then he will show his post processing using 3rd party plugins (Topaz & Fluid Mask.)  This will give your images that unique look to separate your work from your competitors.  A final slideshow is planned that will touch your heart.

Door prizes:(2) Topaz plugins; Moab: Sample packs

Click here to register for the seminar

The Crowne Plaza Hotel, 700 Street Rd, Trevose, PA


Our new Moab Master: Jim LaSala

We're excited to announce the addition of Jim LaSala to the Moab Master program. 

Jim LaSala was born and raised in Brooklyn, NY. Lived in Staten Island for several years and currently resides in Flemington, New Jersey.  He opened "Strike A Pose Photography Studio” in 1990 specializing in Fine Art Photography, Portraiture and Electronic Imaging.

From (2010-present) Jim has been traveling to Haiti to help document their plight and raise donations for that country with his artwork. Jim is presently managing partner for "ArtisticEfex" in Hillsborough New Jersey.

View his Moab Master Gallery here.

Reflections on Print Competitions

We asked photographer Jim Lasala to comment on his experiences in the recent Annual State Print Competition in NJ, where he won top honors for his image, Forgotten.

"After taking a year off from print competitions because of some personal issues I was finally ready to get back to business. I was full of anticipation going into our Annual State Print Competition, at the Photo NorthEast convention that NJ shares with NY.  

There were approximately 400 images that were judged over a three day period by a panel of 6 jurors.  Print competitions provide exciting opportunities to listen and learn.  It's also a great way to keep your juices flowing and to continue to push for new ideas.

Well this year was a very special year for me. I decided that one of the images I submitted would be of my dad titled, Forgotten. It is a portrait of my dad which was taken while going through some rough times.  My parents had just lost their daughter (my sister Kathy), who I dedicate these awards to. Just after that loss, my dad suffered a heart attack and was brought back to life 3 times after his heart stopped beating. He survived and was recuperating at a Nursing Home in Staten Island, NY when this image was taken.

I 'm happy to say that my dad at (93) and my mom (94), who have been married for 71 years, are still together, living in a assisted living facility, and are doing well."

- Jim Lasala

The image Forgotten received a perfect score of 100 (the first image ever to score 100 in NJ).  

Here are the awards that were given to this image: 
- Best in Show Award (Fassbender Award)
- ASP Award
- Fuji Award
- (2) Courts of Honor