Mic Smith named ‘Photographer of the Year’ by Cooperative Communicators Association

CHARLESTON, SC – Mic Smith recently received national recognition from the Cooperative Communicators Association (CCA), which named him 2014 Photographer of the Year for his contributions to South Carolina Living magazine. Smith was also honored with three additional awards for entries capturing dragon boat racing, local shrimpers’ uncertain future and “the Crab Cake Lady” of Murrells Inlet.

Mic Smith Photography LLC is based in the Charleston area and provides corporate, portrait, wedding and editorial photography. Corporate clients include Trident Technical College, Roper St. Francis Healthcare and MWV. See galleries of Smith’s work atwww.micsmithphotography.com.

Smith previously worked for two decades as an award-winning photojournalist for South Carolina newspapers, including The Post and Courier in Charleston, and The Herald in Rock Hill. He frequently contributes to South Carolina Living magazine, the largest circulation magazine in the state. Published by The Electric Cooperatives of South Carolina, Inc., the monthly magazine covers the people and places of the Palmetto State and goes out to more than 490,000 homes and businesses, while also delivering content online at http://scliving.coop/.

The three-judge photography panel for the CCA Communications Contest complimented Smith for his consistent skills in lighting and framing images. “It is extremely difficult to shoot a nighttime concert with spotlights, but he has done it very well,” one judge noted in regard to a package of photos on the outdoor music venue Awendaw Green.

In addition to be named 2014 Photographer of the Year, Smith received the following awards:

  • Cover of the Year: Second Place with Sharri Harris Wolfgang and Auras Design for “Paddles Up: Dragon Boat Racing Builds Bodies, Confidence and Friendships.”
  • Photo Essay or Story: Third Place for “The Winds of Fortune” cover story on the struggles of South Carolina shrimpers.
  • Portrait: Third Place for photo of An Mathis Springs of Murells Inlet, founder of the Crab Cake Lady company.

An organization of 350 professionals who communicate for cooperatives, CCA promotes excellence in writing, photography, editing, video, layout and design.