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Local photographer’s work goes to international exhibition
Richard Hayes photo contest
Photo by Richard Hayes.

Local photographer Richard Hayes has recently had two of his photographs accepted into an international photographic competition and will have his work on display in one of the largest annual conventions and expos for professional photographers.

Hayes owns Voyage Fine Art Photography in Dawsonville along with his wife, Jessica, and has been in the photo and video business for over 12 years. According to a recent press release, two of his photographs have recently been accepted into the Merit Collection of Professional Photographers of America’s (PPA’s) 2022 International Photographic Competition.

“A panel of 36 eminent jurors from across the United States selected the top photographs from over 5,000 total submitted entries at PPA headquarters in Atlanta,” the release said. “Judged against a standard of excellence, 2212 images were selected for the Merit Collection and 1013 images (roughly 20%) were selected for the esteemed Imaging Excellence Collection—the best of the best.”

The images in the Imaging Excellence Collection will all be published in the much-anticipated “Imaging Excellence Collection” book by Marathon Press. 

His photograph, titled “Traversing Contrast”, will be on display at the upcoming Imaging USA – Nashville, TN, which will be held January 22-24, 2023. Imaging USA is one of the largest annual conventions and expos for professional photographers.

“Hayes’ photograph will be in the International Photographic Exhibition alongside other top photographic works from the competition and traveling and special invitational displays,” the release said. “These images constitute one of the world’s largest annual exhibits of professional photography gathered simultaneously in one place.” 

In addition to taking senior photos, high end portraits and wedding photos through his photography business, Hayes teaches full time as the Audio Visual Technology and Film teacher at Dawson County High School, sharing his passion for the art form to his students in the classroom. He said that he is excited and honored to have his work selected for the honor and to have it displayed in the upcoming exhibition.

"The medium of photo and video has given me many amazing experiences for over a decade,” Hayes said. “I am truly grateful to have reached a level of mastery in which I am being recognized by my peers. My wife and I look forward to creating many more amazing photos and videos in the future.” 


PPA is the largest and longest-standing nonprofit photography trade association and currently helps 34,000 professionals to elevate their craft and grow their businesses.