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Bob will be judging the Professional Photographers of America Western States District Photographic Competition February 22-24, 2013. Coates will be working with other PPA Affiliated Jurors - Helen Yancy, Barry Rankin, Rod Brown, Gabriel Alonso, Kalen Henderson, Audrey Wancket, Dennis Hammon. This group of photographers will be judging images based on a standard and images scoring 80 or better will be awarded a Seal of Approval. Photographers who attain a Seal can move that image on to the PPA National Photographic Competition to receive a Merit and the possibility of getting into the PPA Loan Collection. Bob states, "In addition to giving back to the industry, working at judging photographic prints at this level gives me the benefit of being exposed to new work being produced and an immersion in photography for days. I've always found that my work seems to take another step up after performing this service.