Clayton Joe Young is the Program Director and Lead Instructor for the Photographic Technology program at Catawba Valley Community College in Hickory, NC. Young is an award-winning photographer whose work has been exhibited throughout the United States in solo and juried exhibitions. 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 resides in Davidson, NC, with his wife and two children.