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    Default How many print merits?

    Does anyone know if you have to have a certain number of print merits vs. education merits or is just 25 total to get your masters??

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    Join Date
    Aug 2005
    Petaluma, CA


    You need 13 print merits an 12 service merits.
    Michael Gan,M.Photog.Cr. CPP,
    Meritage House of Photography

    If your business depends on you, you don't own a business-you have a job. And it's the worst job in the world because you're working for a lunatic... You can't close it when you want to, because if it's closed you don't get paid. You can't leave it when you want to, because if you leave there's nobody there to do the work. You can't sell it when you want to, because who wants to buy a job?
    —Michael Gerber

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Aug 2005
    Palmyra, Pennsylvania

    Default Or ...

    Hi Karen;

    Michael is correct but I will add a but ... if you are really good you can use 25 print merits for it. The requirements state that you need a minimum of 13 print merits ... bur you can use more than 13 print merits.

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    so it's possible to get all 25 as print merits (eventually?) What is a service merit? Is that what going to IUSA falls under?
    "If nothing ever changed, there'd be no butterflies..."

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    Join Date
    Aug 2005


    A service merit is one that is not....

    1. Exhibition Merit - Merit images in a PPA Print comp
    2. Speaker Merit - giving a speaking program, writing for PPA magazine, etc

    Service merits are given for attending an Affiliate educational event, judging, etc.
    M.Photog., Cr., CPP, D.C.Ph.

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    Thanks for clearing that up, Don!
    "If nothing ever changed, there'd be no butterflies..."

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    I know I remember seeing the 13 - 12 thing but I don't see it now, it just says 25 total. I have 15 print merits but only 5 education merits (sad, I know) so I can apply the two extra print merits toward the 25 total?

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    Yes you can. Get out there and take or give a super monday or something!!!
    Jeff Dachowski M.Photog Cr.CPP
    PPA Approved Juror
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    Avatar by 2008 Diamond photographer of the year-Don Chick

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    Join Date
    Jan 2007
    New Orleans, LA.


    There are lots of ways to get those few additional service merits for your Masters. I can suggest a way that you can get a couple more - just volunteer to help as a print handler at the PPA International Print Judging in June in Atlanta. Spend a few days spinning prints and listening to the best of the best judge the best from the best and you even get a couple of service merits for your time - how can you loose??? Volunteer, and you're a winner all around !!!
    The best way to gain for yourself is to give OF yourself.
    - - - So get out there and volunteer for something ...

    Rick Massarini, M. Photog., Cr., CPP., F-PPLA
    PPA Affiliate Juror; 97th Recipient PPA Directors Award
    ASP Governor, SW District Rep. & Convention Booth Chair
    PPLA Past President & Fellow

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    Join Date
    Sep 2005
    San Diego, Calif

    Default well...

    "2. Speaker Merit - giving a speaking program, writing for PPA magazine, etc"

    When did that change? Back in the day, speaking merits counted toward a masters....

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