2011 and 2014 Wyoming PPA State Convention speaker and State Print Competition panel judge in 2011, 2013, 2014, 2016. North Central Photography Conference Speaker in 2017. WPPA Board of Directors member 2018-2019.
Russell's artistic photography is in the homes of thousands of families across the region. His portraits have been honored by being selected as part of the 2011, 2014, 2015 and 2017 Professional Photographers of America's International Photographic Loan Collection. In 2016 he was awarded the South Dakota Photographer of the Year award as well as the CPP award for the highest scoring print case from the SDPPA.
In 2017 he was awarded the 1st place trophy for his image "Disintegration Dance" at the Northcentral District Print Competition in the Illustrative and Commercial Photography Category. That same image went on to be awarded one of the top 10 images in the Nation for the 2017 International Print Competition. In 2018 he entered for the first time in the Artist print category for the IPC and all 4 prints entered received a merit of excellence in photographic art earning him a bronze medal.
The awards are great recognition among his peers but the true reward is knowing that he is continually improving his work and his technical skill as a craftsman and a photographer. Raising the bar in photographic excellence and delivering the absolute best for his clientele has always been his goal whenever he looks through his lens to compose the next image.