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Zsuzsanna Luciano Photographer Named Silver Medalist at International Photographic Competition

Zsuzsanna Luciano of Luciano Photography is honored by peers and jurors for high-quality photography

Matawan, New Jersey – Zsuzsanna Luciano of Luciano Photography in Matawan, NJ was named a Silver Medalist during Professional Photographers of America’s 2022 International Photographic Competition.

Luciano’s work will be on display at the upcoming Imaging USA, held January 22-24, 2023 in Nashville, TN. Imaging USA is one of the largest annual conventions and expos for professional photographers.

A panel of 36 eminent jurors from across the United States selected the top photographs from over 5,000 total submitted entries at PPA headquarters in Atlanta. Judged against a standard of excellence, 1,926 images were selected for the Merit Collection and 1,225 (roughly 24 percent) were selected for the esteemed Imaging Excellence Collection—the best of the best. The Imaging Excellence Collection images will all be published in the much-anticipated ” Excellence Collection” 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. Luciano was named a Silver Medalist, meaning that one of their four merited images entered the PPA Loan Collection. In 2022, they were one of only 81 Silver Medalists.

About PPA:

Founded in 1868, Professional Photographers of America (PPA) is the largest and longest-standing nonprofit photography trade association. It currently helps 30,000 professionals elevate their craft and grow their business with resources, protection, and education, all under PPA’s core guiding principle of bridging the gap between photographers and consumers.

Zsuzsanna Luciano

“Dusk at Dawn”
“Ancient Wisdom”
“Silent Witness”

PPA Loan Collection 2015

Local Photographer’s Work goes to International Exhibition

Zsuzsanna Luciano of Luciano Photography is honored by peers and jurors for high-quality photography.

Matawan, NJ December 3, 2015— A photograph created by Zsuzsanna Luciano of Luciano Photography in Matawan has recently been accepted into the Loan Collection of Professional Photographers of America’s 2015 International Photographic Competition. Luciano’s work will be on display at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta, Georgia Jan. 10-12, 2016. This International Photographic Exhibition is held in conjunction with Imaging USA, an annual convention and expo for professional photographers and several photographic associations.

A panel of 43 eminent jurors from across the United States selected the top photographs from more than 5,000 total submitted entries at Gwinnett Technical College in Georgia. Judged against a standard of excellence, just over 2,100 images were selected for the General Collection and 1,085 (roughly 21 percent) 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.

Titled “Eternal Serenade” Luciano’s photograph will be in the International Photographic Exhibition alongside other top photographic works from the competition and traveling and special invitational displays. These images constitute one of the world’s largest annual exhibits of professional photography gathered simultaneously under one roof.


About PPA:
Professional Photographers of America (PPA) is the largest international non-profit association created by professional photographers, for professional photographers. Almost as long-lived as photography itself, PPA has roots that date back to 1869. It assists more than 28,000 members through protection, education and resources for their continued success. See how PPA helps photographers be more at


Pirate of the Treasure Coast

March 19th Treasure Coast of Florida

What happens when you take one of the best photographers in America and put her with one of the best actors/impersonators from the east coast and put them both on one of the best beaches in America with the most beautiful sunrises this writer has seen in a long long long time………..what do you get???? You get the most amazing photoshoot that only the best of the best can achieve…….the perfect combination, the most perfect conditions and the best artists I have seen in a very long time work together in perfect harmony.

The pictures speak for themselves, I don’t need to say much about them but what is important to elaborate on is how two perfect artists can come together under the florida sunrise to create magical images that will live forever.

On the morning of March 19th Zsuzsanna Luciano and Matt Kay met with myself and my son on an undisclosed beach on the East Coast of Florida or as some call it the Treasure Coast of Florida…..and what a perfect name for such a photoshoot. Ever hear of Johnny Depp? Ever hear of Pirates of The Caribbean…..well certainly, almost everyone has………..A true friend, who I have know for many years Matt Kay is the best ever Johnny Depp impersonator I have ever seen…..mannerism, language, facial expressions and personally, Matt Kay has it mastered to a fine science……he becomes the part he plays, he lives it, it is inside of him…..he is not only an actor but a true artist…..I don’t say this because he is a true friend, I say it because it is the truth…..Florida is lucky to have him, he should be in Hollywood…..NOW put such an individual on a beach in Florida and you have a movie in the making….NOW put him on the beach with the sunrise in front of an artist such an accomplished artist as Zsuzsanna Luciano, who by definition is a conservation photographer, and you have images that are not only breath taking but are true artistic works, works that not one person would not look at and say WOW, OMG, who shot that and who is that???!?!?!?!

Zsuzsanna Luciano doesn’t take the shot she makes the shot and anyone who has worked with her can testify to this fact….her eye, her vision and her ability to see light in her pieces separates her from all the rest. As a conservation photographer Zsuzsanna is very used to using light, lenses and filters to capture a three dimensional images that needs no post processing. Zsuzsanna Luciano is the real deal, not an “ill take it now and fix it later in photoshop”……..her images are captured so perfectly that many times the use of enhancements only hurt her original images…..and so was the situation on this past March 19th……

I was privileged to be there that day to help out and be able to record the events as they happened…..I knew it would be great I never knew it would be unforgettable and one of the best creative experiences of my life. Matt Kay with Zsuzsanna Luciano arrived on site at roughly 6:45 just about 20 minutes before the sun broke through. Both ready to go but not really knowing how it would be to work with each other. Matt Kay has been in front of the camera more times than is possible to count and Zsuzsanna has been on more assignments then can be recorded in a full volume of encyclopedias. Well within seconds it was clear that this was a win win situation…….Zsuzsanna had an actor that jumped right up on the most dangerous coral with his back to the rolling waves and dangerous ocean and Matt had his perfect photographer that braves the elements no matter how challenging to get that perfect image……..both fully understanding each others art, both fully appreciating how hard the others job was and both knowing what to do even before it was asked!!

It is common knowledge not to put your back to the ocean and don’t climb on jagged coral in the crashing waves….well don’t tell that to Matt Kay……and don’t take your equipment in salt water, and don’t shoot into the sun and always safety first……well don’t tell that to Zsuzsanna…….to be there was to understand, for me to attempt to tell you about it is ok at best…..but to see the images……………it was never more true that a picture is worth a thousand words…….they are awesome, magical and awe inspiring…..capturing a day of times gone by, the times of the brave pirate, the romance of the sea and the power of mother nature……..all in one image, all in one day and all created by two of the most talented artists I have the honor of knowing!!!

By Michael John Luciano

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Invitation from the Big Cypress Gallery.


There are milestones in ones life and in ones career and it is a tremendously wonderful feeling when you are present in the moment enough to realize this. Today is one of those days. The art of Zsuzsanna Luciano will now grace the walls of the Clyde Butcher Gallery in the middle of the Florida Everglades. A man compared to the great Ansel Adams, a man whose goal is conservation and a man who truly understands the importance of family!!! It should go without saying that to have ones art next to the internationally respected Clyde Butcher is an honor to say the very least.
Zsuzsannas goal as well as her husband Mike Luciano, and son Michael Luciano has always been preservation through the use of Conservation Photography for the past decade. Her carear has spaned much of the globe and Zsuzsanna Luciano has had her works featured on the Disney Cruise Ship, is on display at the Blue Gallery in Delray Beach, Fort Lauderdale, and Las Olas Florida and is now proud to be welcomed into the Clyde Butcher Gallery, a true milestone in ones carear! We look foward to a wonderful relationship with a truly wonderful group of individuals. Thank you to the Butcher family and all the gifted and beautiful people who work there everyday to promote and educate the many visitors from all over the world in regards to saving this amazing planet we call home! Thank you from Zsuzsanna Luciano and the entire Luciano Family….May we save what God has created…..





A Day To Remember…The Clyde Butcher Studio

Art enthusiast, art collector or art connoisseur………What trip to Florida would be complete without a trip to the iconic and world renowned Clyde Butcher Studio and Gallery in Venice FL ?
This is what my family and I choose to do this past Monday.
I myself am a professional conservation photographer and I was absolutely overwhelmed at the breathtaking images that Clyde Butcher, along with the help of his family was and is able to achieve. A modern living legend, many times compared to the great Ansel Adams. My family and I were lucky enough to have a private tour and showing of Clyde Butchers darkroom, studio and gallery. If this wasn’t great enough our private showing was all conducted by the gracious Jacky Butcher-Obendorf, his lovely daughter.
It’s extremely hard to pinpoint the highlight of that Monday afternoon, was it the hospitality of Jacky, was it the outstanding images of mr Butcher or was it the fact that Jacky found “Orange Afternoon” – (which is in my body of work) – to be so special that she offered to exchange “Orange Afternoon” for her Dads limited edition collectors book, which is limited to an edition of only 150.
There have been many highlights in my carrier as an artist, Blue Gallery, David Schluss, Disney, my special relationships with our art festival promoters… Too many to name here. However our time this past Monday with Jacky at the Clyde Butcher Studio will be ranked as one of the top highlights in my carrier as a professional artist and photographer. Thank you Jacky and thank you Mr. Butcher for giving this world a special view of Florida and the many other places that you captured over the years. You guys are very very special and we are honored to know you!