Clayton Joe Young is the Director for the Photographic Technology program at Catawba Valley Community College in Hickory, NC. Young is an award-winning photographer with a background in photojournalism whose work has been exhibited throughout the United States in solo and juried exhibitions. While a photojournalist Young won numerous awards with the North Carolina Press Association and North Carolina Press Photographers Association. In 2011, Young won Best In Show at the Appalachian Mountain Photography Competition. In 2014, Young earned the Certified Professional Photographers (CPP) designation from Professional Photographers of America. In May 2015, Young earned a MFA in Photography from the Savannah College of Art and Design. Young currently resides in Huntersville, NC.