Art Cole is an award winning photographer. He lives in Woodbridge Virginia, USA and has been a life long Virginia resident. Judges in the Fairfax County Courier Photo Competitions from 1998-2006 have awarded Art multiple first, second, third and honorable mention ribbons. Ribbons have also been awarded to Art for his nature images taken at Huntley Meadows Wetland in Fairfax County, Virginia during their photo competitions in 2004-2005. A Best in Show award was given to Art in the 2005 Occoquan Wildlife Refuge Photo Competition for his photo of a Great Horned Owl. In the 2005 National Wildlife Refuge photo competition, 3 of his refuge nature images were judged into the semi-final round of 220 from the initial 2,200 entries. His photograph of a fall Monarch was judged a 5th place award winner and was published in the summer 2006 issue of Wildlife Refuge Magazine. Most recently he was awarded an Equal Merit Award, for his photo "Darkness to Light" at the first Regional Fine Art Exhibition organized by the Lorton Arts Foundation.
On the World Wide Web his images have been photos of the day at Bestfoto.com, DigitalPhotoContest.com, Outdooreyes.com, Photoblink.com and Steves-Digicams.com. Art has worked as a photographer for Alexandria Virginia's Tapestry Theatre Group. His photos of their productions have been published in the Alexandria Weekly section of Washington Post. In the last 6 years he has been exploring the digital photo medium, Art has been part of a fantastic traveling Digital Photography Exhibition organized by Digital Photography Internationale, a guild of highly acclaimed digital photographers. He and fellow Virginian, Brian Zimmerman, were the featured D.P.I members in an August 2003 group show at the Northern Virginia Community College, Woodbridge Campus Gallery. In 2005 Art contributed 6 of his images to a DPI fund raising project that supported relief for the December 2004 Tsunami survivors. DPI and Lulu.com, an on demand web based publisher, worked together to create a publication of awesome digital photographs called "Images to Brighten Our World".