Ken Sklute has been honored as one of Canon's Explorers of Light, a designation shared by only 48 top photographers worldwide. During his 35 year photographic career, Ken has been named Photographer of the Year a total of 27 times between Arizona, New York, and California. Ken has accomplished his Master of Photography and Photographic Craftsman degrees from the Professional Photographers of America; Accolade of Photographic Mastery, Accolade of Outstanding Photographic Achievement, Accolade of Exceptional Photographic Achievement, Accolade of Highest Photographic Achievement, and the Accolade of Lifetime Photographic Excellence. In 2009, Ken was awarded the Photographer of the Year from the Professional Photographers of California, as well as Illustrative Photographer of the Year. 2009 saw Ken receive his 15th Kodak Gallery Award. Recent years have Ken awarded Best in Show at the Western States Regional Print Competition, Photographer of the Year-Western States Regional Print Competition; Photographer of the Year-Silver Level from the Professional Photographers of America; The Year 2005 saw Ken receive the Drag Racing Photographer of the Year from CompetitionPlus.com., Wedding Photographer of the Year and Photojournalist of the Year from the Professional Photographers of California, as well as receiving the Heidi Mauracher Starlite award for Best Wedding Photograph. Ken as accomplished 14 Kodak Gallery awards and 15 Fuji Masterpiece Awards. Ken spends much of his time teaching and lecturing both Nationally and Internationally.