Gold Medalist Knoxville Photographer

You might have heard of Simone Biles and Michael Phelps? Yeah, they’re gold medalists too. I won the gold at the the 2016 International Photographic Competition (IPC). Well…OK, maybe it isn’t the Olympics but it is the most prestigious professional photographers’ competition, sponsored by the largest and oldest professional trade organization in the world–Professional Photographers of America (PPA). The best of the best professional photographers around the world enter this competition. I am so pumped because this is the second-most prestigious award I have ever won in my entire career (the first being Top 10 Commercial Photographers at IPC in 2012).

I was one of only 102 gold medalists out of the nearly 5,700 entrants. A panel of 46 of the some of the most eminent professional photographers from across the United States judged the competition. To have the privilege of being a judge, they must have won numerous top awards, gone to judging school, volunteered at many competitions as well as judged at local, state, and district competitions. The reason I’m so proud of this achievement is that it was awarded by the best of my peers on the quality of my work. I am immensely appreciative of all the “Best Of” awards I receive where my clients and customers vote for me, but those awards also reflect the quality of my customer service. The gold medal award is based solely on the quality of my craft.

The four commercial entries I submitted included three architectural images (which I’m very well known for) as well as a food photography image (which is one of my favorite types of photography). All four received high awards but two of them received one of the highest possible honors: acceptance into the PPA Loan Collection. Only 1007 images received this honor. The Loan Collection images will be published in a special “Loan Collection” book and will be displayed at PPA’s 125th Annual Image Exhibition at their convention and expo, Imaging USA, which this year will be held in San Antonio, Texas.