Announcing The Pro’s Choice 2017 East Tennessee “Photographer of the Year”

Kathy Smith, 2017 "Pro's Choice" East Tennessee Photographer of the Year

Kathy Smith, 2017 “Pro’s Choice” East Tennessee Photographer of the Year

The Professional Photographers of East Tennessee is proud to announce the Pro’s Choice East Tennessee 2017 “Photographer of the Year”Kathy Smith of Kathy Smith Photography, LLC in Townsend, Tennessee.

By creating consistently excellent photographs over the course of the entire calendar year, Smith earns the highest annual photography honor awarded in East Tennessee: The Pro’s Choice East Tennessee “Photographer of the Year”.

Congratulations to Smith for earning this prestigious honor in 2017. The award is presented by the Professional Photographers of East Tennessee (PPETN), East Tennessee’s official trade association of professional photographers and the local affiliate for the Professional Photographers of America.

Smith’s award-winning images from 2017 (on display in the gallery below) were selected by votes cast from East Tennessee’s top professional photographers.

About The Award

The Pro’s Choice East Tennessee “Photographer of the Year” Award is determined by the results of PPETN’s Laughlin Print Photography Competitions.

The Laughlin Print Photography Competitions allow PPETN ‘Active’, ‘Studio’, and ‘Aspiring’ members to compete against the best Knoxville-area professional photographers and earn the title of Pro’s Choice East Tennessee “Photographer of the Month” (1st Place), 2nd Place, or 3rd Place. In addition to being “Photographer of the Month,” first place finishers typically win a door prize as well.

Participants submit up to four prints for judging by the top professional photographers in East Tennessee (only ‘Active’ and ‘Studio’ members are eligible to vote on the submissions). This competition is held on a monthly basis (in a select few months, this competition is not held due to event circumstances), and the entry fee for each print goes to funding PPETN’s Laughlin Photography Scholarship.

The Laughlin Print Photography Competition’s ultimate goal is to determine the best overall photographer of the year in East Tennessee, which requires a large body of consistently excellent work and the endorsement of that work by one’s professional peers. All award-winning images in our Laughlin Print Photography Competition are published in an annual gallery you can view here.

Points earned from the votes cast by professional photographers in each Laughlin Print Photography Competition are accumulated during the course of each year. The photographer who displays excellence in the art of photography with the most consistency (as determined by the largest point total at the end of the year) is awarded the prestigious Pro’s Choice East Tennessee “Photographer of the Year.”