I believe it is important in this industry to always be learning and growing as an artist and as a person. Part of doing that is challenging yourself to be the best you can be. I have found that print competitions are a great way to continue learning and improving your craft. I started by competing in local PPA affiliate print competitions in 2011 and over the years I have grown considerably and now compete at the local, state, district, and international levels.
I have earned my Master of Photography (M.Photog.) degree and Certified Professional Photographer (CPP) designation with the Professional Photographers of America, as well as my Accredited Professional of Animal Imagery with Animal Image Makers (AIM).