Photographic Competition: Why Enter?

Michael Timmons M.Photog.M.Artist.Cr., CPP, F-ASP

Photographic competitions aren’t just about the trophies; they’re not just about the publicity; they’re not just about gaining more clients; they’re not just about setting and accomplishing goals. Photographic competitions are about all of this and more!

In this class, Michael Timmons shares all the reasons why photographic competitions are good for you and your career.

  • Personal Growth: Learn how competing –against yourself and others – brings out your best and gives you a free, impartial opinion from judges who know what they’re doing.
  • Rewards and Recognition: We all love to be rewarded for a job well done. And, the more you do, the more people hear and the stronger your reputation will become.
  • Personal Portfolio Builder: Nothing improves and increases your portfolio like involvement in photographic competitions. You not only get to work on your standard portraiture; competition encourages you to branch out into areas like landscapes, scenic and other genres.

Michael Timmons is a voice of experience – come listen as he shares the education, the experiences and the accomplishments that come with competition.

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Michael Timmons Bio

Michael E. Timmons owns and operates Gallery 143 and the Portrait Gallery in Vassar, Michigan. The Gallery clients includes NASCAR Teams, Hendricks Motor Sports, Drury Inns, and McDonalds Restaurants, in addition to banks, hotels, businesses, doctors' offices, and private collectors. The Portrait Gallery is an all inclusive portrait studio photographing portraits, high school seniors, children, families, commercial and underclass.

Michael Timmons is a published poet, writer, artist, and photographer. He has been involved in the arts for over 38 years. Michael has lectured around the world and at local, state and regional conventions. He has presented programs several times at the Professional Photographers of America International Convention.  Michael is also an approved PPA International Juror and a PPA Jury Chairman.

Michael has received his Master of Photography, Master Artist and Photographic Craftsman degrees from Professional Photographers of America, in addition to receiving the Imaging Excellence award.  Michael also was awarded the Fellowship degree from the American Society of Photographers. He is also a Certified Professional Photographer. 

Michael is a past president of the Arkansas Professional Photographers Association, has served on the Portrait Group for Professional Photographers of America, including Chairman of the committee, and has also served PPA as a member of the Photographic Exhibitions Committee, including Vice Chairman, and several years as a PPA councilor.  Michael is currently serving on the Professional Photographers of America Board of Directors as Vice President for 2014 - 2015. Michael has also served on the board of directors of the Professional Photographers of the Ozarks. Michael has received the Arkansas Distinguished Service Award, the Michigan Service Award, and the American Society of Photographers Service Award. Michael also received the coveted “National Award,” from the Professional Photographers of America.