This Amy K Dahlia won first place at the Dahlia Society of Tennessee (Chattanooga) in September 2009.

Awards & Honors
These two Great Egrets playing at the Brainerd Levee in Chattanooga was awarded second place at the Photographic Society of Chattanooga's annual photo contest in December 2008.
Sister Cities (Chattanooga and Wuxi, Jiangsu Province China) participated in an art exchange in September 2009.  The theme of the exhibit was the amazing Tennessee Valley scenery and the American culture.  About 350 photos were submitted by Chattanoogans for this exchange; about 75 were chosen for the Wuxi exhibit and five of these (above) were taken by Russell. All of these photos were in the new Wuxi Museum where over 100,000 visitors toured the exhibit. It is an honor to have Russell’s photos being viewed internationally to all of the visitors at the new Wuxi Museum.
Walking bridge over South Chickamauga Creek near the Tennessee River
Night photo of the IMAX Theater 
Tennessee River Gorge as seen atop Racoon Mountain
Night photo of  Broad Street and downtown Chattanooga
Night photo of the City Pier that highlights the 21st Century Waterfront
Inside Fairyland Caverns at Rock City. This photo was awarded Third Place in the Photographic Society of Chattanooga's quarterly contest in October 2009 with Rock City as the theme.
A special father and son playing. This photo received an Honorable Mention at the Photographic Society of Chattanooga's annual contest in December 2009.
Russell's photograph of a Bode Dahlia placed second in the American Dahlia Society National Show In September 2010 held at the Chattanooga Choo Choo.
Russell received the S.P.O.O.N. Award (Serving, Passionately, Obediently, Overcoming Negatives) from New Covenant Fellowship for his photography and other services in December 2009.
Russell’s night photo of the IMAX Theatre won 2nd Place in NewsChannel 9's Heroic Drive Photo Contest in December 2010.  He won a copy or their lavishly illustrated, oversized, hard-bound book, “Chattanooga's Heroic Drive - The History of a Renaissance!” 
Russell’s photo entitled Great Blue Heron With Dinner won the People’s Choice Award for prints at the Photographic Society of Chattanooga's annual contest in December 2010.  This photo also won an Honorable Mention as part of the contest.
This photo entitled White Egrets Performing won Third Place in the Photographic Society of Chattanooga first Quarterly Photo Contest (nature category) in March 2011.
These two photos received Honorable Mention awards  in the Photographic Society of Chattanooga third Quarterly Photo Contest (theme Looking Up) in Septmeber 2011.
Robins Flying Above
Dinner In Hand
This photo entitled "Ice Dendrites" received an Honorable Mention award at the Photographic Society of Chattanooga Quarterly Contest (theme: Water) on March 15, 2012.
"Raccoon Visitor"  received an Honorable Mention award at the Photographic Society of Chattanooga Quarterly Contest (theme: Black and White) on March 21, 2013.

"Determination" received an Honarable Mention award at the Photographic Society of Chattanooga Quarterly Contest (theme: Motion) on September 26, 2013.
"Glowing Golden Crown" received an Honorable Mention award at the Photographic Society of Chattanooga Annual Contest on December 19, 2013.
"King" received an Honarable Mention award at the Photographic Society of Chattanooga Quarterly Contest (Theme: Nature of the Beast) on March 20, 2014
"Hispaniola Green Anole Lizard" won Third Place in the print division in the Photographic Society of Chattanooga Annual Contest in December 2015.
 “Walking Along the Beach in Haiti” which won Third Place in the digital division in the Photographic Society of Chattanooga Annual Contest in December 2015.
“Remembering Our Heroes” received an Honorable Mention award during the March 2016 meeting of the Photographic Society of Chattanooga quarterly contest with Patterns as the theme.
“Chattanooga Riverfront” won Second Place in the digital division of the Photographic Society of Chattanooga Annual Contest in December 2016.  
“The Look of Wisdom“ won an Honorable Mention award (theme Portraits) in the Photographic Society of Chattanooga Quarterly Contest in March 2017.
“Great Horned Owl “, won an Honorable Mention award (theme Macro and Close-ups) in the Photographic Society of Chattanooga Quarterly Contest in September 2017.