Joan H Walker Photography | About

The Photographer
Joan H. Walker, M. Photog., CPP has been shooting professionally as a photojournalist for most of her career, dating back to her first nationally published photo in 1990. During Walker’s career, her work has garnered nearly 40 national nominations and awards, and her images have been published in scores of books, magazines and newspapers. In the past year alone, hundreds of images were purchased for publication, including cover photographs for international book publishers, and multiple full-page and two-page spreads for national magazines.

In additional to editorial work, Walker specializes in creating fine portraiture. Walker works individually with each client to create a unique, one-of-a-kind boutique photographic experience, resulting in individually styled wall art pieces. No two sessions will ever be the same but all will include Walker’s complete and individual attention to detail, styling and the creation of memorable pieces for your home.

Recent Awards


For more detailed information on each of the awards below, please see my blog post HERE (for North Carolina Awards) and HERE (for Virginia Awards).

Top 10 Photographer / Virginia Professional Photographers Association (VPPA)

Best of Show / VPPA

ASP State Elite Award / VPPA

National CPP Award /  VPPA

Best in Category ~ Bride / VPPA

Court of Honor ~ Photojournalism / VPPA

Portrait of a Woman ~ 1st & 3rd Place / PPNC

Photojournalism ~ 2nd Place, Court of Honor & (2) Honorable Mentions / PPNC

Portrait of a Man ~ Highest Scoring; Court of Honor / PPNC

Fine Art/Pictorial ~ 2nd & 3rd Place & (2) Court of Honors / PPNC

Bride and Groom Together ~ 3rd Place /PPNC

Pets & Animals ~ (2) Court of Honor / PPNC

Wildlife ~ 3rd Place / PPNC



Grand Imaging Award / Wedding, 3rd Place  The Grand Imaging Awards are awarded yearly at Imaging USA based on the results of the International Photographic Competition.The top images in six categories as selected by International Photographic Competition jurors are announced as well, with the top image from all categories earning the Grand Imaging Award.  My image, "Watching His Taillights Disappear," was awarded 3rd place in the Wedding category.

Team USA / World Photographic Cup  Walker once again has an image selected to represent Team USA in the 2016 World Photographic Cup competition. Walker's "Watching His Taillights Disappear" is representing the United States in the "Wedding" category.


Gold Medal / Photographer of the Year  With the results of International Photographic Competition in early August, Walker was awarded this honor by PPA for her 4/4 (all winning) case of images, with two awarded General Collection, and two receiving the highest honor of Loan Images, with the unanimous votes of all judges.

SEPPA / Wedding Image   In May 2015, Walker received the Southeastern Professional Photographer's Association (SEPPA) award for the top Wedding Image in the SEPPA District Image Competition. In addition, the image, "Watching His Taillights Disappear," was selected as the cover for SEPPA's May 2015 issue of Southern Exposure magazine.  

Feature Stock Photographer  Walker was also selected in May 2015 by the staff of the Berlin based stock photography company, PicsaStock, as one of the favorite image-makers among their thousands of contributors and was honored with the status of "Popular ♥ Photographer."   Walker's images, photography style was recently featured in August 2015 in a Back-To-School promotion HERE by the international stock image company.


Team USA / World Photographic Cup   In 2014, Walker was selected to be one of 18 photographers to represent Team USA in the World Photographic Cup competition. (USA took home the gold.) Walker's "Blue and Gold Forever" represented the United States in the "Reportage/Photojournalism" category.

10th High Score / SEPPA   Also in 2014, Walker scored 10th in the SE Division of the Professional Photographer's Association (PPA) Competition with a 93/100 score with the image, "Walk of Memories." Walker received three Sealed images at the District level competition, and at the International level competition, she attained three General Collection Merited images, as well as publication of one image in the PPA's select tome, "Showcase" of 200 selected images. The General Collection images for 2014 included: "Walk of Memories," "Palace Watch," and "Guardian of the Ancients."

Family Portrait Award Winner   Additionally, Walker's image "In Perfect Balance," was selected as the top Family Portrait in the national competition held by PPA Charities, also in the fall of 2014.


Loan Images / IPC   In 2013, two of Walker’s images, “Heavy Load to Bear” and “Blue and Gold Forever,” were accepted into the Professional Photographers Association’s (PPA) Loan Collection, an honor that is described by the PPA as “the best of the best” and an award that this year was bestowed “on less than 7% of all award winning images” from PPA’s annual International Photography Competition (IPC). Walker is the only photographer in the Hampton Roads area to receive these accolades in 2013.

Professional Memberships
Walker is a NIKON PRO, as well as a Certified Professional Photographer.  She is also  a professional member of the Professional Photographers Association (PPA), the National Press Photographer’s Association (NPPA), and the Virginia Professional Photographers' Association (VPPA). She serves as an Adobe Customer Adviser and has recently been named by Picsastock as an "Influential Photographer" in 2015.