National award presented to Conway Photographer Mike Kemp

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Mike Kemp of Mike Kemp Photography received PPA National Award

Conway – The Arkansas Professional Photographers (APPA) recently presented Mike Kemp of Mike Kemp Photography in Conway with the PPA (Professional Photographers of America) National Award at its annual convention.

“Each year, PPA makes this prestigious award available to state, regional, national and international affiliates – who then present it to deserving individuals. The highest honor granted by a PPA Affiliate, it recognizes those whose support for photography goes far beyond any regular expectations or contributions,” PPA President Kira Derryberry said at the ceremony.

Mike Kemp photo
Mike Kemp

In addition to the PPA National Award, Kemp was awarded the Degree of APPA Fellow of Photography (F.Ph.) In order to receive the degree, Kemp completed 50 credits of work including print exhibition and achievement credits. He also received a Judge’s Choice Award for his photo entitled “Unbroken” and the Delores Shrader award for best black & white photograph in the APPA annual photographic competition.

Kemp spent 15 years as a photojournalist before turning his skills to focus on portrait and commercial photography. His background in photojournalism has led him to create portraits that are relaxed and natural. After leaving photojournalism, he spent time as the photographer for the University of Central Arkansas before opening Mike Kemp Photography in 2015. In addition to his studio, he serves as photo director for 501 Life magazine.

Specializing in headshot, commercial and portrait photography, Kemp earned his Certified Professional Photographer (CPP) designation from PPA in 2018. He has served on the board of directors for APPA, serving as president in 2019-2020.

Visit or call 501-472-0678 for booking information for Mike Kemp, CPP.

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