Photographer Greg Owens to serve as SAAC Viewfinder Competition judge

SAAC welcomes professional photographer Greg Owens as the judge for this year's "Viewfinder." The competition, sponsored by the El Dorado Insider and The Diamond Agency, will hang in the Price and Merkle Galleries from February 5-March 3, 2024 with an entry deadline of February 1, 2024.

In 2022 and 2023, Owens was awarded the Arkansas Professional Photographers Association (APPA) coveted title of "APPA Photographer of the Year." Additionally, he received the prestigious title of "APPA Wedding Photographer of the Year" in 2017, 2018, and 2019, a testament to his ability to capture the love and joy of special moments. His work has been featured in numerous local and national publications.

When asked about what he might look for in a winning piece, Owens stated, "In Professional Photography Association competitions there are 12 elements that images get judged on. The number one thing is impact, then technical excellence and creativity. These will be the top things I'm looking for. Other factors of importance will also be subject matter, composition, center of interest, and storytelling."

Owens has been the owner of Owens Image & Design since 2006 and has carved an illustrious career capturing the essence of life through his lens. Owens embarked on his photography journey with a focus on weddings and senior photography, crafting timeless moments for countless couples and graduates. Over the years, his artistic vision expanded, and today, he specializes in commercial, headshot, senior, and family photography. His portfolio showcases a diverse range of captivating images that reflect his mastery of the craft.

SAAC's Business Office Manager Sarah Hatley said of Owens, "I am thrilled that Greg is the judge for the competition this year. He did the photo shoot for my daughter's senior pictures, and he wasn't afraid to do anything to capture that perfect shot. He definitely has a photographer's eye."

Since 2015, Owens has been an active member of the APPA, and for the past five years, he has served on APPA's Board of Directors, currently holding the position of President. Greg's leadership has been instrumental in fostering collaboration and growth within the organization.

Outside the realm of photography, Owens enjoys spending time with his family. He is also an avid fan of all things Arkansas Razorbacks and loves to spend as much time on the golf course as possible.

For information on eligibility and how to enter the "Viewfinder" competition, visit SAAC's website at www.saac-arts.org. SAAC is located at 110 East Fifth Street, El Dorado, Arkansas.