Dr. José E. Quintanilla,

Jose E. Quintanilla has risen through the ranks since he revealed his passion for photography at his fifteenth
years of age in his native Nicaragua. His first major accomplishment was earning the degree of Doctor in
Medicine and Surgery from the National Autonomous University of Nicaragua (Universidad Nacional
Autonoma de Nicaragua). The passion for good photography and the dedication to always learn something new
from different sources made him seek formal education in photography. He studied art and photography via
various schools, programs, and seminars; He graduated from Tri-Community School of Photography located in
Covina, CA.
Jose earned the Professional Photographers of America (PPA)'s coveted Master of Photography degree. Later he
earned the Photographic Craftsman degree from PPA. He also received the Master of Photography degree from
the Professional Photographers of California. He is part of the prestigious international group of Certified
Professional Photographers (CPP) from PPA. He became a CPP Liaison in 2015. He has won numerous local,
state, national, and international merits for his photography. As of now, nine of his images have been accepted
into the highly acclaimed PPA “Loan Collection” at the International Photographic Competition. One of his
images was also inducted into the prestigious California Prime Image Collection in 2017, from the Professional
Photographers of California (PPC). Another of his images was inducted into the highly acclaimed Honor
Collection (Coleccion de Honor in Spanish) at the Mexican Society of Professional Photographers (SMFP for
its acronym in English) in 2017.
The following are some of the distinctions he has received:
-People’s Choice Award from PPC in 2012.
-Photographer of the Year in the Open Category in 2013 from the Professional Photographers of Los Angeles
County (PPLAC).
-Recipient of the “Elmer and Vera Kingham Service Award” from the Inland Empire Professional
Photographers and Videographers (IEPPV) in 2013.
-Photographer of the Year in the Illustrative category from IEPPV in 2014.

-People’s Choice Award from IEPPV in 2014.
-Platinum Medalist from the PPA International Photographic Competition (IPC) in 2014 for having merited all
his case of four images and also having three of them inducted into the prestigious “Loan Collection”.
-Recognized as one of the Top 10 Photographers of the State of California by PPC in 2015.
-Gold Medalist from the Chinese-American Photographers Expo in China in 2015.
-Silver Medalist from the PPA IPC in 2015 for having merited all his case of four images and also having one
of them inducted into the prestigious “Loan Collection”.
-Received the prestigious Elite membership from PPA in 2016.
-Gold Medalist from the PPA IPC in 2016 for having merited all his case of four images and also having two of
them inducted into the prestigious “Loan Collection”.

-Photographer of the Year in the Commercial Category in 2016 from IEPPV.
-Photographer of the Year in the Illustrative Category in 2016 from IEPPV.
-Received the prestigious Elite Plus membership from PPA in 2017.
-Recognized as one of the Top 10 Photographers of the State of California by the Professional Photographers of
California (PPC) in 2017.
-One of his images received the Judge’s Choice Award at the State Photographic Competition in 2017 from
PPC.
-One of his images received the President’s Choice Award at the State Photographic Competition in 2017 from
PPC.
-Received the Evans-Kingham Award from PPC in 2017 for his contributions to the photographic industry.
-Silver Medalist from the PPA IPC in 2017 for having merited all his case of four images and also having one
of them inducted into the prestigious “Loan Collection”.
-Best Commercial Photograph at the International Convention of Professional Photographers from SMFP.
Jose has been one of the regular instructors at the Tri-Community School of Photography in Covina, CA for
several years. He also teaches at the California Photography Center in San Dimas, CA, and at the California
Center for Digital Arts in Santa Ana, CA.
For two consecutive years, June 2014, and June 2015, he has taught an advanced photography course at the
exclusive school for professional photographers, West Coast School, at the University of San Diego.
His business motto, “At the heart of your memories,” describes in depth how involved he is with his passion of
photography. He shares his knowledge with aspiring professional photographers and continues his
photographic studies in order to ensure his photography students and clients with new trends and techniques.