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- Engage with the passionate and supportive photographic competition community
- Improve upon your finest work
- Earn recognition and admiration from your peers
- And improve your business!
- Local Competitions: Competing in competitions conducted by PPA-affiliated local guilds and associations are a great way to get started. You will receive a critique of your submission, to help improve your chances for the next level. Check theLoop for more advice on entering local competitions.
- State Competitions: Competition critiques at this level are often held live, providing insight into improving your work. It's the perfect place to start if you don't have access to a local guild or association. Check theLoop for more advice on entering state competitions.
- District Competitions: This is your chance to get your last critiques before your work hits the big stage. You're assigned a district based off where you live. Knock their socks off here, and you could earn a Seal of Approval.
- PPA's International Photographic Competition: Here's the big show. This competition is where your images earn merits and are judged for eligibility in PPA's Loan Collection. Participating in the IPC can help you earn your PPA degree: earn enough merits and you'll earn a Master of Photography degree in no time.
- In order to sit for the "Drone test", and be able to apply for the remote pilot certification, the applicant must be at least 16 years old, be fluent in English, be in good physical and mental condition to operate a drone, and take the test at an approved FAA knowledge testing center. Step by step guidelines are posted on the FAA website under requirements and process for becoming a pilot.
- Approved Testing Centers are listed here.
- All applicants need to take and pass the Drone Test in order to apply for their remote pilot certificate with a small UAS rating. The cost of taking the test is $150 and, once certified, the certification will be valid for two years. Taking the test and getting certified allows photographers to use drones during photo sessions in accordance with FAA guidelines. To ensure that everyone has the knowledge necessary to pass the drone test, the FAA has posted various study guides and sample test questions for applicants to study. These materials can be found under the FAA's suggested study materials.
- Once an applicant has passed the drone test, applied for and received their remote pilot certification, they MUST register their drone. The drone must be registered if it is over .55 pounds, up to a maximum weight of 55 pounds. The 55 pound limit includes any equipment you attach to the drone, such as your camera. Registration cost is only $5 and will be valid for three years. All drones need to be registered at https://RegisterMyUAS.FAA.gov/.
- Your drone must also undergo a pre-flight check to ensure it is in proper condition to be operated. This link has a .pdf of the FAA's pre-flight checklist.
By Autumn Rice
At PPA we love to help photographers save money on the products and services you use most! So, every day we find new ways to incorporate bigger and better savings into your photography business.
Through your PPA membership you not only have access to thousands of dollars in discounts from companies like Apple, Office Depot, and Zenfolio, but you also get access to amazing savings from PPA! The full membership, called Professional Active Membership, includes:
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- Magazine: you get your print and digital subscription to Professional Photographer magazine
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- Insurance: You get 15,000 worth of equipment insurance, as your main insurance or as a secondary one if you already have one! Plus you can add other kinds of insurances such as medical, dental, general liability, and others, at discounted prices!
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Keeping money in your pockets in a lot of ways is just one more thing PPA does to have your back and help you Be More Savvy!
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