Accolades

Accolades

In fall of 2009, Ben won his first award at the PPI (Professional Photographers of Iowa) convention. The competitive fire inside of him that burned so bright through all of his wrestling years was once again relit. It gave him the drive to not just win awards but to become the best at his craft.

Shirk Photography Award Winning Creative Photographer Portrait

DEGREES:

•   B.A. Art – University of Iowa
•   Master Photographer – PPA
•   Master Artist – PPA
•   Photographic Craftsman – PPA


PRESTIGIOUS AWARDS:
 

2011 PPI Top Iowa Photographer

2011 PPA  International Diamond Photographer of the Year – Electronic Imaging

2011 PPA  International Gold Photographer of the Year

2011 Top 3 – Grand Imaging Awards  – Electronic Imaging

 

2012 PPI Top Iowa Photographer

2012 PPA International Diamond Photographer of the Year – Photographic Open

2012 PPA International Platinum Photographer of the Year – Master Artist

2012 First Place Grand Imaging Awards – Illustrative

2012 First Place National Kodak Gallery Elite Award

 

2013 PPI Top Iowa Master Photographer

2013 PPA  International Diamond Photographer of the Year – Photographic Open

2013 PPA  International Platinum Master Artist of the Year –  Master Artist

2013 First Place National Kodak Gallery Elite Award

2013  Grand Imaging Awards 2nd Place Illustrative

2013  Grand Imaging Awards Top 3 Wedding

2013 World Photographic Cup: Top Ten Wedding

2013 World Photographic Cup: Top Three Illustrative

 

2014 WPPI Top 3 Commercial

2014 WPPI 2nd Place Illustrative

2014 Canon Par Excellence

2014 PPA  International Diamond Photographer of the Year – Master Artist

2014 PPA  International Diamond Photographer of the Year – Photographic Open

2014 Grand Imaging Awards  1st Place Wedding

2014 Grand Imaging Awards s 1st Place Senior Portraits

2014 Grand Imaging Awards  Top 10 in the Nation – Commercial

2014 Grand Imaging Awards s Top 10 in the Nation – Illustrative

2014 Canon Par Excellence Select

2014 World Photographic Cup: – Top Three Wedding

2014 World Photographic Cup: – Top Three Illustrative

2014 World Photographic Cup:p – Top Three Portrait

 

2015 WPPI 1st Place Illustrative

2015 WPPI 2nd Place Commercial

2015 WPPI 3rd Place Wedding

2015 WPPI 3rd Place Portraits


HONORS:

•   Society of XXV
•   PhotoVision Video:
         Featured Photographer
•   Professional Photographer Magazine:
         Featured Photographer

 

Award Winning Images: