At this year's Imaging USA in Nashville, Ben Shirk took home the ultimate prize at the Grand Imaging Awards for his portrait image, "Till Death Do Us Part".
Shirk has spent years developing and honing his recognizable style. Today he runs a successful photo business in a 3,300-square-foot studio in Wilton, Iowa. He's been featured on ESPN, NBC News, and in USA Today as an authority on high school athletic portraits.
"I definitely gear a lot of what I do toward athletes," Shirk says, "and I think others are realizing there's potential in photographing athletes. ... The digital side is definitely helping photographers realize the sky's the limit."
Learn more about Ben and his big win here on Professional Photographer magazine.