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Associate Professor Mark Zimmerman is an award-winning photographer who has worked in editorial and commercial photography for the past 25 years. He graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Photography, and received a Masters in Education, both from UCO. He received a Master of Fine Arts degree from the University of Oklahoma.

Professionally, he was chief photographer at the Edmond Sun, managing a staff of two full-time photojournalists. He has worked as a freelance photojournalist for the Associated Press, The Los Angeles Times, USA Today, Getty Images, and other publications.  One of his photographs was published as a double-truck in Newsweek Magazine.

He has recently exhibited work in Tulsa, at the SOHO Photo Gallery in New York City, and at UCO’s Melton Gallery.

Classes Taught

Basic Photography, Photojournalism, Darkroom, Conceptual Photography, Large Format Photography, Capstone Portfolio, Night Photography, Documentary, Landscape Photography, History of Photography to 1945

Honors and Awards

Vanderford Distinguished Teacher Award, 2018

College of Liberal Arts Outstanding Teaching, 2017

Outstanding Scholarly/Creative Activity Award, 2014-2015

Award for Outstanding Achievement in eLearning Design and Instruction, 2016

2012 DaVinci Fellow Award-The DaVinci Institute

Professional Staff Member of the Year, Liberal Arts College, 2005-2006

Numerous first place photography awards from the Associated Press (AP) One Contest

First place Best Photo CNHI National, 2002

NPPA second place national for Photo Illustration, 2001

Photo published as the “Thousand Words” double truck in Newsweek, 2001

Oklahoma Associated Press Photo of the Month, 2000

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