Liaison News

April 2016

PPA's New Online Copyright Infringement Tool

Sometimes even mentors need guidance when it comes to the intricacies of handling copyright infringement. PPA just released a quick and easy self-assessment tool to help you understand your options if you feel your work may have been stolen. There is also a Copyright Kit available with downloadable resources such as DMCA Takedown Notices. Check it out at!

CPP Liaison Best Practices

The Certification program has been around for over 35 years, and we currently have over 2,200 CPPs within PPA's 29,000+ membership base. Remember that you are mentors who represent an elite group of photographers, each of whom had to go through a rigorous process in order to earn the designation.

As a CPP Liaison, candidates look to you as a leader within the Certification community. If a candidate reaches out to you with questions, please do your best to adhere to the following guidelines:

  • Respond in a timely manner. We know you are busy with clients, family life, etc., but 48 hours is recommended.
  • Check your facts. If you are not sure of the answer, please check our website at or reach out to us directly at
  • Stay positive! Members who are interested in the program can quickly be discouraged if a liaison speaks negatively about the program.

Congrats to the District Competition CPP Award Winners!

The ballots are in and we have several recipients to congratulate for the CPP Award at the District Photographic Competitions!

Southwest District:    
Kimberly Smith, M.Photog.M.Artist.Cr., CPP

Northcentral District:
Audrey Wancket, M.Photog.Cr., CPP
Ryan Brown, M.Photog.M.Artist.Cr., CPP

Western District:          
Carol Scott, CPP
Barbara-Brady Smith, M.Photog., CPP

Northeast District:      
Kari J Douma, M.Photog.Cr., CPP

Southeast District:       
Michelle Parsley, M.Photog.M.Artist.Cr., CPP
Randy McNeilly, M.Photog.MEI.Cr., CPP, API, F-ASP

The Certified Professional Photographer Award is used to enhance Affiliate State or Regional Competition. This award recognizes the highest scoring Certified Professional Photographer print, album, or electronic submission. You can order the award here: CPP Award Order Form

To see a list of the current CPP Award recipients for 2016, visit our CPP Award page!

Don't forget, registration for the International Photographic Competition opens on May 23rd! got a MAKEOVER!

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Share the Goods!
Have you done something noteworthy to promote, educate and/or encourage your peers about certification? Let us know! We are always looking for ways to help CPPs gain visibility, so please connect with Julia Boyd, director of certification at PPA to share your story. You can email Julia at or call 404.522.8600 ext. 254.

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