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April 01, 2024

Council Elections: Get Involved & Give Back to Our Community!

As a nonprofit, PPA not only serves our members—we’re led by them. “For photographers by photographers” is more than a slogan; it’s our guiding principal. Your voice matters, and we want to hear it! There are several ways for you to get involved and give back to our community. Participating in Council Elections is one of the most important and rewarding.

Your participation, whether by voting, running for a councilor position, or nominating candidates, is vital. It ensures PPA remains responsive and supportive of its members in a dynamic world. 


PPA Council Overview

  • PPA Council represents photographers across the U.S., including all 50 states, Washington D.C., Canada, and U.S. Territories with over 30 members.
  • Comprised of 150 elected members acting as liaisons between their regions and PPA.
  • Councilors play a critical role, voting on by-law changes and overseeing Board of Directors elections
  • Past-presidents, Committee Chairs, and the Board of Directors also serve as non-elected Councilors.

It’s no small feat, but the result is that PPA serves its members in the best ways possible.


How to Get Involved

Participate in PPA's Council Elections in one of three ways:

  1. Run for a Councilor position
  2. Nominate a fellow member as Councilor
  3. Vote for Nominated Councilors

Timeline of 2024 Council Elections

How to Run for a Councilor Position

Council elections take place every three years. In April of these years, members interested in becoming a Councilor begin the nomination process. First, you need to be a Full, Additional, Associate, Retired, or Life member of PPA. If you’re reading this, you probably meet this requirement! Learn about joining our community here.   

Current members seeking election must also be a resident of, or have your business in, the state that they wish to represent as a Councilor. Once nominated, nominees complete an online candidate profile that is made available to all PPA members in their state.

How to Nominate a Fellow Member as Councilor

In order to run for a Councilor position, nominees have to be selected by PPA members in the state that the Councilor will represent. There are two ways that nominees are chosen:

  • 5 PPA members in that state or territory nominate the member
  • PPA Local or Community Networks nominate the member

If you’re interested in becoming a Councilor nominee, you can find five fellow PPA members in your area who know you, your work, and your dedication to our community. Ask them to nominate you for a spot on PPA Council in April of the year you wish to be elected. Find more information on nominating a PPA member here.

Voting for Nominated Councilors

Voting begins in May and will remain open for 30 days. All voting members of PPA are encouraged to participate in this step of the process! Keep your eye on your inbox for details about accessing the candidate’s online profile and casting your vote for your state’s Councilor(s). After voting ends, the votes are tallied, and the new PPA Council is announced! New Councilors take office July 1 of the election year. Learn about the full election schedule here

Your Voice Matters!

Contributing to the PPA Council not only helps steer the organization but also impacts the photography community and industry. Your involvement ensures PPA continues to serve its members effectively. Join the 2024 Council Elections and make a difference!