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Welcome to photosbyrona! I'm Rona Schwarz, a fine-art photographer based in West Lafayette, Indiana. I've always had a strong interest in art and design, and a love of nature and the outdoors. Photography has allowed me to combine both passions: to express my creativity while connecting with the natural world.  


More recently, I have begun to practice street photography. What is street photography? At its core, street photography is any kind of photography taken in a public space. It is usually of ordinary people going about their everyday lives, yet it does not necessarily require people – evidence of people is just as valid. In both my nature and my street work, I am attracted to producing creative, abstract images. In particular, I like to use ICM (Intentional Camera Movement) or blurs/long exposures to showcase movement in an impressionistic style.


Although I've been a photographer most of my life, it hasn't been my full-time job until recently. I hold a Ph.D. and M.S. from Purdue University.  I was on the staff of Purdue  for over 25 years holding positions in both the financial and academic areas. Born and raised in Montreal, Canada, I retired from my position as a human development researcher and administrator in June, 2009.


I am a member of NANPA (North American Nature Photography Association), the National Audubon Society, IPPG (Indianapolis Professional Photographers Guild), PSA (Photographic Society of America)  and the Riviera Camera Club in Indianapolis. My work is represented by the Danita Delimont Stock Photography Agency.


Recent Achievements:

NANPA: 2019; 2018; 2014:  (Top 100 Images); 2018; 2017; 2016 (Top 250 Images); • Share the View International Nature Competition: 2017; 2014  (Top 250 Images)  •  Indiana State Fair 2018; 2015 (Top 10 Photographer); 2016 (Judge's Choice); 2015 (1st Color-Open; 2nd State Fair Theme; ;  • Honeywell Foundation Photography Competition: 2015 (3rd-Altered); 2014:(Best of Show); 2013,(1st, Color); • Images of Nature, 2018; 2016 (Best of Show) 2017 (1st Birds); 2016 ( 1st Creative; 2015 (1st -Creative); 2014 (Best of Show; 1st Place-Landscape, 1st Place-Birds); 2013: (1st-Eagle Creek; 2nd-Birds);  2012: (2nd-Birds); • In-Focus Photography Exhibition: 2018 (Best Animal/Wildlife); 2017 (Best Open); 2016 (Best Animal/Wildlife, Special Merit, Architecture; 2015: (Best Animal/Wildlife, Best Open);  Kokomo Photography Show:  2018 (1st-Digital; 3rd-B & W); 2017 (Best of Show;); 2014 (1st: Altered) •  Riviera Camera Club: (Outreach Photographer of the Year 2015)   10th Annual Black & White Spider Awards (Honorable Mention-Wildlife);

Publications: NANPA Expressions 2019; 2018, 2017; 2016, 2014; Indiana at 200 BiCentennial Book.



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