"The apprentice sees the subject. The journeyman sees the composition. The master sees the light." - Author Unknown 

About the APS Master Photographer Program

The Atlanta Photographic Society's new Master Photographer Designation recognizes outstanding long-term photographic excellence by APS photographers. Our Master Photographers are determined by cumulative competition points encompassing all years of APS membership. This includes Regular & Masters Competitions and Presentations. Beginning during 2019, the APS Master Photographers (at all levels) will act as mentors for new members. 

Master Photographer Page

Check out all the APS Master Photographers on our Master Photographers Page.

Master Photographer Designations:

  • Distinguished Master - 2000 points (equivalent to ~100 1st place ribbons): Master Photographer marked by rare eminence, excellence and distinction.
  • Master  - 1000 points (~50 1st place ribbons): Photographic artist of consummate, superlative and authoritative skill.
  • Artist  - 500 points (~25 1st place ribbons): A person highly skilled in the fine art of photography.
  • Craftsperson - 250 points   (~12 1st place ribbons + 2 HM's): One who creates photographs with skill and dexterity.

APS Master Photographers Inducted for 2018

Distinguished Master: Mario DiGirolamo, Enrique Duprat

Master: Jim Harrison, Al McLeod, Mike Shaefer, Janerio Morgan, Marc McElhaney, Chris Handley and Stan Greenberg.

Artist: Ru Britton, Darryl Neill and Jack Martin.

Craftsperson: Don Stephens, Rohit Kamboj, Brandon Ward, Brad Bartee and Sekar Narayanan. 

Follow the links above to learn more about each of our "Master Photographers" and explore galleries of their favorite images. More pages for all the inductees will be added soon, as our highly skilled photographers finish agonizing over picking their favorite images.

Enrique Duprat

Goals and Objectives

The goals of the APS Master Photographer Designation are to: identify outstanding long-term photographic accomplishments by APS photographers, recognize accumulated long-term photographic successes, celebrate members’ important contributions to the quality and strength of APS, and reward cumulative photographic achievements over many years by APS photographers.

Additional objectives of the designation are to: provide incentives for members to stick with the club, encourage & reward members who stay with the club long term, and provide formal recognition for sustained photographic excellence.

Janerio Morgan


Beginning during 2019, new APS members will have the opportunity to take advantage of the expertise of our Master Photographers (at all levels). Our highly skilled APS Master Photographers (Distinguished, Master, Artist and Craftsperson) will be offering their time and experience to act as mentors for new members. 

New members can use the valuable "coupons" in their New Member Booklet for: image/portfolio reviews with our Masters, help with preparing their images for competitions, or assistance/mentoring on any aspect or their photographic journey - capturing images, composition, post-processing, etc. 

Ru Britton

These continuing interactions between our Master Photographers and new members will begin long-term mentoring relationships that will benefit everyone. The mentoring process will help all new members to be comfortable with image critiques and our competitions. And we are sure that the help, encouragement and recommendations our Masters provide to new members will point them toward success with their own photographic visions and styles.

We are excited to begin this mentoring path with all our new members starting in 2019 (those who joined during 2018 are also included!) If you're new, just ask any club officer (or handy Master Photographer), to hook you up with with one or more of our Master Photographers.

Rohit Kamboj