General FAQs

PPA is a nonprofit photography organization that was created by photographers for photographers in order to help those who want to take photography and entrepreneurship to the next level and develop profitable and sustainable businesses.

When you become a member of PPA, you’re given the opportunity to elevate your photography career through:

  • theLoop: an online forum for the community of other like-minded photographers 
  • PPAedu: tons of online learning resources 
  • Insurance: PPA and its broker offer a host of insurance solutions designed to protect you and your business.
  • Events: PPA Photography Workshops, Imaging USA and more.

A free account only lets you scrape the surface of PPA. You’re able to experience: 

  • New video tutorials, each month
  • The Copyright Starter Kit
  • Model-Release White Paper 
  • A 3- Day Expo Pass for Imaging USA 
  • Drone Knowledge Center

When you decide to get a full membership, you’re able to access all of the pages on the PPA website which will lead you to a plethora of resources:

When you become a member of PPA, you are joining your new photography-tribe. You can up your game by becoming a certified professional photographer or obtaining your degree. You can lean on your photography family and community online as well as in face-to-face, in-person-learning workshops to improve your photography skills. All PPA education is provided by credible photographers with years of documented experience in the field. There's just so much more to PPA than YouTube videos. 

Becoming a certified photographer is the best way to stand out among your competitors because it helps boost your photography skills and confidence. On top of that, the program empowers photographers to be more knowledgeable, successful, and technically-equipped professionals in the industry which means you can charge more for your services.

If you want to enter a state/ local competition, check with your local affiliate to see what their competition rules are. To join the district and IPC photo competition, you have to be a PPA member. After you join PPA, head over to the IPC and district rules and these resources for the district level and/or at the international level. If you’re a PPA member, you can earn merit points toward your degree in photo competitions.

Once you join PPA, Find-a-Photographer  lets you create your online profile for the directory. This allows prospective customers to browse your name when searching for a photographer from PPA. It also makes it easy for customers to view samples of your images, understand what you’re capable of, and contact you for work. If you want a higher chance of drawing in clients to your profile, add a photo of yourself or studio.  People click on photos 10 times more than a blank image icon.

PPA could help you Bridge the Gap between you and your target audience. Here’s how:

  • PPAedu will give you access to all of the information from seasoned professionals on business, marketing, and client relationships that you need for your business to soar
  • theLoop will help you connect with over 30,000 other photographers who have experienced the same situation that you have. If you have a question, the answer is just a message away
  • Insurance will make it easier for you to grow your business after you’ve experienced an accident

Account Information

Whenever you (as a PPA member or Basic Access account holder) log in, you will be immediately taken to the My PPA section. Look under the MyProfile heading on this page. You can update your name under About Me and contact information under Contact Information.

When you click Login (button at the top right), the login widget has a link to help you here. There is a link for “Forgot your password?" You can submit the email that you login to your account with. The site will then email you your password and steps to change your password.

PPA accepts Visa, Mastercard, AMEX, Discover, and personal or business checks if you are paying for a membership in full. If you opt for the monthly installment plan, we only accept major credit cards.

Yes. Download the application.
Mail or fax the downloadable application to:
Professional Photographers of America
229 Peachtree St NE, Suite 2200
Atlanta, GA 30303 USA
Fax: 404.614.6400

Yes and no. You can opt out of receiving a printed copy of the magazine and only receive the digital copy. If you are a paid in full member, you will receive 2 paper invoices for your membership. You may also receive a mailed renewal kit each year in the mail.

Insurance/Protection FAQs

No. The only time you would need to opt in again to your PhotoCare is if your membership lapsed.

Call our insurance partner, Lockton Affinity at 1-888-202-1526.

The PhotoCare policy that comes with membership only covers the member, not the entire studio.

Proof of purchase can be a receipt, bank or credit card statement, or warranty.

The Indemnification Trust serves as a type of malpractice protection that protects PPA members in case something goes wrong that is generally considered your responsibility, such as equipment malfunction, data loss, an error, or unsatisfied clients. 

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You will be contacted by Meadows, Macie and Sutton, PPA's firm, within 48 business hours.  

No. We are a non-profit association that provides insurance as a benefit. We partner with Lockton Affinity for our insurance policies.

No. These insurances are only available for PPA members.

No. You can purchase General Liability through our equipment insurance partner, Lockton Affinity, for a negotiated member rate.

No. A general liability policy typically insures against claims of bodily or personal injury or property damage, while professional liability insurance, also known as errors and omissions or E & O insurance, covers negligence as it pertains to your professional services provided.

Contact Lockton Affinity for certificate at 1-888-202-1526 or visit insuranceforppa.com.

PPA offers a private healthcare exchange for members to utilize. Due to federal law, we cannot offer discounted health insurance.

Events/Classes FAQs

Yes. There are volunteer opportunities for PPA's International Photographic Competition. Also, PPA local, state, and regional Affiliates utilize volunteers.

Yes. PPA offers Super 1 Day classes, which are held throughout the country, twice a year. PPA also offers CPP Prep-Classes a few times a year at PPA headquarters and Imaging USA.

Become involved with your local, state, or regional Affiliate. Also, teach or attend Super 1 Day classes.

Merits are earned through PPA or PPA-affiliated events only, while CEUs can be earned similarly or through non-PPA events. Also, the accrual of merits is used for a PPA degree, while CEUs are for CPP recertification. For a list of CEU events, visit the Renew My Certification page.

No there is not a ceremony for earning your CPP, but you do receive a certificate.

A district competition is a photographic competition in which entrants enter based on geographic location. There are 5 districts in competition.

District results are released depending on the district competition dates each year. Visit the district page to learn more.

If you purchased critiques, you can find them under your 'My PPA' section once you have logged in to your account. Under the 'My Events > My Photo Competitions'

The loan collection book is generally published the first few months of each year.

Miscellaneous FAQs

Yes. Refer the person via the Member-2-Member program to earn rewards each year.

If the photo was published before 1923, it is in the public domain and you should be able to use the image without any worry of copyright violation. However, if the image was published after 1923 and you cannot locate the photographer, you may have to do research for next-of-kin and ask their permission (since copyright can transfer like property). If you cannot find anyone to contact, the image falls under the orphan works category, meaning it is a copyright-protected work where the creator or the owner of the copyright cannot be found or contacted and therefore cannot be used.

More questions?

  • Try us in the chat box (see it at the very bottom right of your screen?) or

  • Email us at csc@ppa.com

  • or better yet, CALL US between 9am and 5pm ET, Monday through Friday. We love to hear from you! The toll-free number is  800.786.6277


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