East Tennessee’s Highest Honor for Professional Photographers

Each year, the Professional Photographers of East Tennessee (PPETN) recognizes the best photographers in the region by providing many opportunities for professionals to compete against their peers and showcase their talent in the art of photography. Many awards are given out over the course of a year, and many photographers are recognized for their excellent work.

However, one photographer’s quality and consistency always rises above the rest each year. By displaying excellence over the course of the entire calendar year, this photographer earns the highest annual photography honor awarded in East Tennessee: The Pro’s Choice East Tennessee “Photographer of the Year.”

Pro’s Choice East Tennessee Photographer of the Year Winners

Current Award Winner
Kathy Smith, CPP

Kathy Smith, CPP

2017 Pro’s Choice East Tennessee "Photographer of the Year"
List of Winners

Earning This 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 members to submit 8″x10″ prints for judging by their peers in an attempt to earn Pro’s Choice East Tennessee “Photographer of the Month” (1st Place), 2nd Place, and 3rd Place. 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. It requires a large body of consistently excellent work and the endorsement of that work by one’s professional peers.

Points earned from the votes cast by professional photographers in the 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.”