What Are PPA Merits?

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There are four different types of merits:

Exhibition Merits

Earned by competing in PPA's International Photographic Competition. (At least 13 required for the Master of Photography degree.)

Artist Exhibition Merits

Earned by competing in the more technical Master Artist category of PPA's International Photographic Competition. These images are evaluated for computer-applied techniques and proficiency. (At least 13 required for the Master Artist degree.)

Speaking Merits

Earned by instructing or contributing to the PPA and PPA Affiliate photographic community. Sharing your knowledge and experience is important in moving this industry forward, and PPA wants to reward you for contributing to that effort. (At least 13 required for the Photographic Craftsman degree.)

Service Merits

Earned through PPA and PPA Affiliate volunteer service and learning opportunities. (Can be part of the 12 extra merits needed for every degree's 25-merit total.)

Tracking Merits

Do you know how close you are to a degree? You might actually be well on your way without even knowing it! You can check out your Merit Record at PPA.com:

  • Log on to www.ppa.com.
  • Click the My PPA tab on the left.
  • Click on the My Merits link in the upper left-hand box.

Steps to Earn Merits

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There are two ways to earn these merits:

1. Start by entering the International Photographic Competition (IPC):

  • Earn one merit for each image that is accepted into the General Collection.
  • Earn one additional merit if an image is then selected for the Loan Collection (the best of the best, chosen during a second round of judging).

2. Or start by entering your PPA District Photographic Competition:

  • Earn one merit for each image that receives a Seal of Approval at the district level. It will automatically be accepted as part of the General Collection in the next IPC.
  • Earn one additional merit if an image is then selected for the Loan Collection at the IPC.

Please note: You can submit four images to the International Photographic Competition per year. This means that if all four of those images make Loan Collection, then the maximum number of exhibition merits you can earn per year is eight.

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There are two ways to earn these merits: 

1. Start by entering the International Master Artist category of PPA's International Photographic Competition:

  • Earn one merit for each image that is accepted into the General Collection.
  • Earn one additional merit if an image is then selected for the Loan Collection (the best of the best, chosen during a second round of judging).

2. Or start by entering the PPA District Master Artist Competition (held during the Southeast District Photographic Competition):

  • Earn one merit if an image receives a Seal of Approval at the district level. The image will automatically be accepted as part of the General Collection in the Master Artist category of the next IPC.
  • Earn one additional merit if the "sealed" image is then selected for the Loan Collection.

Please note: You can submit four images in the Master Artist category of the International Photographic Competition per year. This means that if all four of those images make Loan Collection, then the maximum number of electronic imaging merits you can earn per year is eight.

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These merits can be earned through PPA and PPA Affiliates. There are several ways to earn these merits through each route. 

Through PPA:

  • Instruct a class or serve on a program panel at Imaging USA.
  • Host a Super Monday class as an instructor.
  • Publish an article in Professional Photographer magazine, a PPA publication or on PPA.com.
  • Serve as the editor or webmaster for PPA Affiliate publications, including school publications and websites

Through a PPA Affiliate:

  • Instruct a program or serve on a program panel during a PPA Affiliate convention, seminar or meeting.
  • Instruct at a PPA Affiliate School.

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These merits can be earned through PPA, PPA Affiliates, and the Photographic Exhibitions Committee (PEC). 

Through PPA:

  • Attend the full Imaging USA conference.
  • Attend a pre-convention session at Imaging USA.
  • Participate in Super Monday as a paid attendee.
  • Serve as a Certification Liaison.
  • Serve as a PPA Committee member or chairperson.
  • Serve as a PPA Councilor.
  • Serve as a proxy for a PPA Councilor at the PPA Council meeting.
  • Serve as a PPA Board Member.
  • Serve as a Volunteer or Volunteer Coordinator at Imaging USA.
  • Have your image selected for publication in Professional Photographer magazine.
  • Attend or teach a PPA-approved continuing education seminar.
  • Complete a year of attendance or graduate as a full-time student or instructor at a PPA-approved school of photography.

Through a PPA Affiliate:

  • Serve as a PPA Affiliate President.
  • Serve as a PPA State, Regional, National or International Affiliate Convention chairperson or co-chair.
  • Attend a PPA Affiliate School as a two-day or full-week paid attendee.
  • Serve as a PPA Affiliate School trustee or assistant instructor.
  • Act as a juror for a PPA Affiliate photographic competition.
  • Serve as a PPA state, regional, national or international affiliate jury chairperson or photographic competition chairperson.

PEC Level

  • Serve as jury chair, co-chair or jury chairperson-in-training.
  • Serve as print juror.
  • Serve as a PEC volunteer for a district or the International Photographic Competition.

Please note: Once merits are applied to a degree, they are considered void for future application and may not be used again. If you want to be awarded two degrees in one calendar year, you must accumulate a total of 50 or more appropriate merits for those two degrees (and so on).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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