ASP State Elite Award: This award is sponsored by Millers Lab and is awarded to the highest scoring ASP member at each state's competition. The ASP (American Society of Photographers) is an honor to be a member of, and is by invitation only.
National CPP Award / VPPA: The Certified Professional Photographer Award is used to enhance Affiliate State or Regional Competition. This particular award recognized the highest scoring Certified Professional Photographer print, album, or electronic submission in the VPPA print competition. To learn more about being a CPP, click HERE.
Top 10 Photographer / VPPA: This award goes to the Top 10 photographers in the state, according to the combined score of the photographers' top six images.
Court of Honor ~ Photojournalism / VPPA: This award is given to the image that the judges select from the top scoring images in a category.
Best In Show / VPPA: From all the top scoring images in print competition, the judges select what they feel is the best image from the entire competition. It is an exceptional honor to win this, particularly in the state of Virginia, which is the oldest and often thought of as the most difficult state in which to compete.
Best Photographic Bride / VPPA: This award is given to the best image of a bride that is chosen by the judges from among the top scoring bride images. (Yes, I have a "human" side to my business! For Fine Portraiture for people, see Joan H Walker Photography.)
Grand Imaging Award / Wedding, 3rd Place The Grand Imaging Awards are awarded yearly at Imaging USA based on the results of the International Photographic Competition.The top images in six categories as selected by International Photographic Competition jurors are announced as well, with the top image from all categories earning the Grand Imaging Award. My image, "Watching His Taillights Disappear," was awarded 3rd place in the Wedding category.
Team USA / World Photographic Cup Walker once again has an image selected to represent Team USA in the 2016 World Photographic Cup competition. Walker's "Watching His Taillights Disappear" is representing the United States in the "Wedding" category.
Gold Medal / Photographer of the Year With the results of International Photographic Competition in early August, Walker was awarded this honor by PPA for her 4/4 (all winning) case of images, with two awarded General Collection, and two receiving the highest honor of Loan Images, with the unanimous votes of all judges.
SEPPA / Wedding Image In May 2015, Walker received the Southeastern Professional Photographer's Association (SEPPA) award for the top Wedding Image in the SEPPA District Image Competition. In addition, the image, "Watching His Taillights Disappear," was selected as the cover for SEPPA's May 2015 issue of Southern Exposure magazine.
Team USA / World Photographic Cup In 2014, Walker was selected to be one of 18 photographers to represent Team USA in the World Photographic Cup competition. (USA took home the gold.) Walker's "Blue and Gold Forever" represented the United States in the "Reportage/Photojournalism" category.
10th High Score / SEPPA Also in 2014, Walker scored 10th in the SE Division of the Professional Photographer's Association (PPA) Competition with a 93/100 score with the image, "Walk of Memories." Walker received three Sealed images at the District level competition, and at the International level competition, she attained three General Collection Merited images, as well as publication of one image in the PPA's select tome, "Showcase" of 200 selected images. The General Collection images for 2014 included: "Walk of Memories," "Palace Watch," and "Guardian of the Ancients."
Family Portrait Award Winner Additionally, Walker's image "In Perfect Balance," was selected as the top Family Portrait in the national competition held by PPA Charities, also in the fall of 2014.
Loan Images / IPC In 2013, two of Walker’s images, “Heavy Load to Bear” and “Blue and Gold Forever,” were accepted into the Professional Photographers Association’s (PPA) Loan Collection, an honor that is described by the PPA as “the best of the best” and an award that this year was bestowed “on less than 7% of all award winning images” from PPA’s annual International Photography Competition (IPC). Walker is the only photographer in the Hampton Roads area to receive these accolades in 2013.
Walker is a NIKON PRO, as well as a professional member of the American Society of Photographers (ASP), the Dog Writers Association of America (DWAA), the Professional Photographers Association (PPA), the National Press Photographer’s Association (NPPA), the Professional Photographers of North Carolina (PPNC), and the Virginia Professional Photographers Association (VPPA). She also serves as an Adobe Customer Adviser.
Certified Professional Photographer
PPA Charities SILVER Studio Member 2014 & 2015