I am thrilled to share a momentous achievement in my photography career – the honor of receiving the National Award from the Tennessee Professional Photographers Association (TNPPA). The recent awards banquet at the 72nd Annual Convention in Centerville, TN, where I was recognized for my contributions to the photographic profession, was a career highlight.

As the owner of Colby’s Photos and Videos in Knoxville, my commitment to excellence extends beyond capturing exceptional images; it encompasses a deep dedication to elevating the entire photography industry. The National Award, TNPPA’s highest recognition at the state level, acknowledges individuals who have made significant and lasting contributions to the field.

Karen Fox, Chairman of the Board of Directors at TNPPA, says, “TNPPA extends heartfelt congratulations to Colby McLemore for his well-deserved recognition with the National Award. His tireless dedication and service to the photographic profession have enriched the industry and inspired countless photographers. TNPPA looks forward to his continued leadership and contributions to the field.”

The National Award is an annual accolade given to those who have demonstrated outstanding dedication and service to the photographic profession. My involvement in volunteer work–including serving on the Professional Photographers of America council, as Professional Photographers of East Tennessee’s President, and on the TNPPA Board–was acknowledged during the award ceremony, as well as my educating and mentoring other photographers at conventions throughout the U.S. and internationally.

George Joell, a member of the national board of the Professional Photographers of America and the one who presented me with the National Award, said, “Colby McLemore is no stranger to volunteer work. He serves on the PPA council, PPETN President, and the TNPPA Board. He has served as an educator across the world and in Tennessee. He is the first to include a stranger and volunteer to serve where needed. He is fiercely fair and kind.”

Throughout my career, I have been passionate about sharing my expertise and contributing to the broader photographic community. This award is a personal achievement and a recognition of my collective efforts to elevate the industry. I am grateful for the opportunity to serve and contribute to the world of photography.