Awards and Accolades

California Photographer of the Year!

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Team USA World Photographic Cup!

Long Beach Woman Makes Team USA for the 2018 World Photographic Cup.
 30 countries are participating in the highly anticipated international event co-founded by Professional Photographers of America
Long Beach, CA– Long Beach photographer, Kristi Sutton Elias, recently won a spot on Team USA at the 2018 World Photographic Cup, to be held in Queensland, Australia.
Elias’s image, “The Goddess Athena” was selected to be part of Team USA by a national association composed of professional photographers. The team was officially announced at the Imaging USA 2018 in Nashville, Tennessee.

Team USA went on to win the World Photographic Cup!

California Photographer of the Year

2022 Awards
  • Platinum Medalist - PPA
  • California Photographer of the Year - PPC
  • Illustration Photographer of the Year - PPC
  • 10 Merit Awards - PPC
  • Four Judges choice awards - PPC
  • Third place award - ASP
  • Photographer of the Year - PPA
  • Four Imaging Excellence Award - PPA
  • ASP State elite Award
  • Sunset Print Award, best print in competition - Professional Photographers of California
  • Tripple Master of WPPI
  • 5 Honors of Excellence Awards - WPPI
2020 - 2021 Awards

Tripple Master of WPPI

  • Tripple Master of WPPI
  • 5 Honors of Excellence Awards for WPPI's International print competition - 2021
  • 6 Honors of Excellence Awards for WPPI's International print competition
  • 10 Merit Awards for PPC 
  • California Photographer of the Year - PPC
  • Illustration Photographer of the Year - PPC
  • Four Judges choice awards - PPC
  • First and second place award - ASP
  • Diamond Photographer of the Year - PPA
  • Four Imaging Excellence Award - PPA
  • ASP State elite Award
  • Sunset Print Award - PPC
2019 Awards

ASP Fellowship

  • ASP Fellowship Award - American Society of Photographers
  • 3rd Place - WPPI's portrait contemporary
  • 4 Honors of Excellence Awards - WPPI's
  • 10 Merit Awards - PPC
  • 5 Honors of Excellence Awards - WPPI
  • 6 Honors of Excellence Awards - WPPI
  • Diamond Photographer of the Year - PPA
  • Imaging Excellence Award - PPA
  • Gold Photographer of the Year for Master Artist- Professional Photographers of America IPC
  • Sunset Print Award - PPC
  • Senior Portrait Photographer of the Year PPC
  • Top 10 Photographers of California - PPC
  • Orange County Photographer of the year for Portrait Photography
  • Orange County Photographer of the Year
2018 Awards

Professional Photographers of America Photographer of the Year

  • Diamond Photographer of the Year - PPA
  • Gold Photographer of the Year for Master Artist- Professional Photographers of America IPC
  • 14 merit awards - PPA
  • Orange County Photographer of the Year
  • 1st Place in Creative Portraiture - WPPI
  • 3rd Place in Illustration - WPPI
  • 6 Honors of Excellence Awards - WPPI
  • 3rd place award Maternity portrait category - WPPI
  • 7 Honors of Excellence Awards - WPPI
  • Print competition Judge - WPPI
  • Received my Double Masters from WPPI Wedding and Portrait Photographers International
  • Four Merit Awards - PPA
  • Sunset Print Award - PPC
  • California Photographic Artist of the Year Award
  • California Portrait Photographer of the Year Award
  • Judges Choice Award - PPC
  • Top 10 Photographers in California Award - PPC
  • Six Merit Awards - PPC
  • Orange County Photographer of the Year Award
  • Portrait Photographer of the Year Award - PPOC
  • Open Photographer of the Year Award - PPOC
  • Representing Team USA in the World Photographic Cup - PPA
Awards 2017

Master Photographer, Photographic Craftsman and Master Artist Degree

  • Third place for Illustration - WPPI
  • Three "Honors of Excellence Awards" - WPPI
  • Scored a perfect 100 - PPC
  • Gold Master Artist Photographer of the Year - Professional Photographers of America
  • Silver Photographer of the Year - PPA
  • Six Merit Awards - PPC
  • Second place in Illustration - WPPI
  • 5 Honors of Excellence Awards - WPPI
  • ASP State Elite Award
  • Sunset Print Award - PPC
  • Seven merit Awards - PPA
  • Canon Par Excellence Award for Master Artist
  • Eight "Honors of Excellence Awards" - WPPI
  • Six Merit Awards - PPC
  • Orange County Photographer of the Year
  • Orange County Portrait Photographer of the Year
  • Orange County Master Artist of the Year
  • Received Photographic Craftsman & Master Artist Degree - Professional Photographers of America 
Awards 2016

Canon Par Excellence Award

  • Diamond Photographer of the Year - PPA
  • Platinum Master Artist Photographer of the Year 
  • Second place in Illustration Division - WPPI
  • Five Honors of Excellence Awards - WPPI
  • First place in Commercial Division - WPPI
  • Seven Honors of Excellence Awards - WPPI
  • California Photographer of the Year - PPA
  • Canon Par Excellence Award Artist - PPA
  • ASP District Medallion
  • First place - highest scoring  print case - Professional Photographers of America's
  • Second place for highest scoring Master Artist print case - PPA
  • 2nd place in Illustrative/commercial - PPA
  • Four Merit Awards Master Artist -PPA
  • Four Merit Awards open print case - PPA
  • Peoples Choice Award - PPC
  • Prestigious ASP State Elite Award
  • LexJet-Sunset Award - PPC
  • Three Honorable Mention Awards - PPC
  • Top Ten Cases Award - PPC
  • California Master Photographer Degree - PPC
  • Third Place in Illustration - WPPI
  • Eight  "Honors of Excellence Awards" - WPPI
  • Best of Show - PPOC
  • 1st Place Award in Master Artist - PPOC
  • 1st Place Award in Portraiture - PPOC
  • 1st Place Award - WPPI
  • 3rd Place Award - WPPI
  • 3rd Place Award - WPPI
  • Eight Honors of Excellence Awards - WPPI
Awards 2015

American Society of Photographers State Elite Award

  • 1st Place Award for Artist - PPOC
  • 1st Place Award & Best in category PPOC
  • Four Merit Award for Portraiture - PPA
  • "Platinum Photographer of the Year" Award - PPA
  • "Gold Master Artist of the Year Award" - PPA
  • 5 Prestigious Loan Collections - PPA
  • Eight Merit Awards - PPA
  • 1st Place Award & Best in category artist - PPOC
  • 1st Place Award & Best in open category PPOC
  • Eight "Honors of Excellence Awards" - WPPI
  • Awarded Master of Photography - WPPI
  • PPA elected to serve the state of California as a PPA Councilor 2015-2018
  • "Best of Show" - PPOC
  • 1st Place Award for Portraiture - PPOC
  • 1st Place Award for Master Artist - PPOC
  • 1st Place Award & Best in category PPOC
  • Four Merit Award for Portraiture - PPOC
  • Studio Portrait Photographer of the Year  - PPC
  • Photographic Artist of the Year Award - PPC
  • Two Judges Choice Awards - PPC
  • LexJet-Sunset Award - PPC
  • Prestigious ASP State Elite Award - PPC
  • California Photographer of the Year - PPC
  • Presidents Award - PPOC
  • Awarded PPOC service medallion 2015
  • Nine "Honors of Excellence Awards" - WPPI
  • "Best of Show" - PPOC P
  • 1st Place Award & Best in category -PPOC
  • 1st Place Award & Best in category for -PPOC
  • Merit Award for Portraiture - PPOC
  • "Photographer of the Year Award" - PPLAC
  • "Portrait Photographer of the Year " - PPLAC
  • "Master Artist of the Year Award" - PPLAC
  • "Photographer of the Year Award" - PPOC
  • "Portrait Photographer of the Year Award" - PPOC
  • Awarded Master Photographer Degree PPA

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About Kristi Elias

I am an International Award winning Fine Art Portrait Photographer, specializing both in studio & Underwater maternity, Children, Personality Portraits & family portrait sessions. I have been creating one of a kind Masterpiece portraits for my clients for the past 25 years. Outside of photography, I love to travel, train Muay Thai, Sail and hang out with my character of a son.

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