Honors and Awards


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Joe Tessmer is a coauhor of The Early 21st Century Guide to Portraiture

Joseph Tessmer's work is expected to benefit thousands of photographers.

Within the guide, there are llighting diagrams and detailed instructions for use by photographers at any level of expertise. The guide of instructions and illustrations contains 14 different categories.

Tessmer of Fairfax receives 2014 Southeastern Award

The Southeastern Professional Photography Association Awards Joseph Tessmer theSoutheastern Award.

Joseph Tessmer a Master Photographer and Photographic Craftsman was prsented the Southeastern Award for "Outstanding Service and Siginificant Contributions to the Photographic Industry" by SEPPA president George Singleton.

August 2018 - Tessmer of Fairfax receives a 5 star rating on Google.

Gloogle 5 star rating


December 2017 - Joe Tessmer is awarded life membership in the Professional Photographers Society of Greater Washington


Expertise.com names Tessmer of Fairfax one of the "Best Wedding Photographers in Falls Church" for 2017.


2017 International Travel Photography Winner

Joseph Tessmer's photograph of a dancer in Parintins, Brazil won first place in the 2017 International Travel Photography contest. The photograph was made while he was photographing villages along the Amazon. The Parintins Folklore Festival (Festival Folclórico de Parintins) is an annual celebration held in Parintins, Amazonas. It is the second-largest annual festival in Brazil.

First Place winner International Travel Photography contest


Southeastern Award Winner

December 2014, Joseph Tessmer received the Southeastern Award for Outstanding Service and Significant Contributions to the Photographic Industry.

Southeastern Award

Southeastern madallion


Moon Over Manhattan wins Blue Ribbon

In the 2013 - 2014 photography competition for professional photographers in Washington, DC, Maryland and Virginia, Joe Tessmer's photograph Moon Over Manhattan won a blue ribbon.

moon over manhattan award image


Wins Best of Business Award in Alexandria, VA

October 2013, Tessmer of Fairfax receives the Best of Business Award for Alexandria in the Small Business Category.

Small Business Community Association Award


September of 2011 the editors of Southern Exposure, a magazine for professional photographers, selected Joe Tessmer's award winning print Green Prickles as an example of outstanding photography.

Southern Exposure Picks Green Prickles

Souhern Exposure Professional Photography Magazine


The winning image Green Prickles in Southern Exposure

International Competition Results 2011-2012

Three photographs created by master photographer Joseph Tessmer of Tessmer of Fairfax in Alexandria have recently won several accolades in the Professional Photographers of America's 2011 International Photographic Competition. His work will be on display at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center, January 15-17, 2012, in New Orleans, La. This exhibition is held in conjunction with Imaging USA, an annual convention of professional photographers and several photographic associations.

A panel of eminent jurors from across the United States selected Tessmer’s photographs from more than 4,000 total submitted entries. Judged against a standard of excellence, just over 600 (15 percent) were selected for the esteemed Loan Collection—the best of the best. The Loan Collection images will be published by Marathon Press in the much-anticipated “Loan Collection” book.

Tessmer’s loan collection photographs Light and Symmetry and Green Prickles along with his best of show photograph Sunset Sail will be at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center in New Orleans alongside other photographic works from PPA’s international photographic competition and special invitational displays. These images constitute one of the world’s largest annual exhibits of professional photography gathered simultaneously under one roof.

See the images below with the gold corner in the upper left.

Arts Council Chooses Concentric Angles

Concentric Angles a mulit-award winning image has been choosen by the Arts Council for the Dulles Airport Gateway exhibition. The photograph appears directly bleow.

Concentric Angles

2011-2012 SEPPA Competiton Results

At the 2011-2012 Southeastern Professional Photographers Association convention two of Joe Tessmer's prints were selected for the Print Salon CoGovernor's Award: Southeastern Professional Photograppers Associationurt of Honor - see the diagonal green ribbon on the prints below. In addition, Joe received the 2011 SEPPA Governor's award.

2010-2011 Competition results

In the 2010 - 2011 photography competition for professional photographers in Washington, DC, Maryland and Virginia, Joe Tessmer's photograph Sunset Sail won Best In Show. Two of his photographs tied for first place and his fourth photograph won a second place ribbon. See below:


Sunset Sail

Sunset Sail


Light and Symmetry



Green Prickles



The Great White Expanse




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VA's Social Event/Wedding Photography Award