Merits

Types of Merits
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 Master Artist category of PPA's International Photographic Competition with images 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 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
Get the details on how to earn each merit here:

Exhibition Merits
There are two ways to go about earning these merits.

  1. Start by entering the International Photographic Competition:
    • Earn one merit if image is accepted into the General Collection.
    • Earn one additional merit if 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 if image receives a Seal of Approval at the district level and you enter it in the next International Photographic Competition (it will automatically be accepted as part of the General Collection).
    • Earn one additional merit if image is then selected for the Loan Collection at the International Photographic Competition.

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.

Artist Exhibition Merits
There are two ways to go about earning these merits.

  1. Start by entering the International Master Artist category of PPA's International Photographic Competition:
    • Earn one merit if image is accepted into the General Collection.
    • Earn one additional merit if 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 image receives a Seal of Approval at the district level and you enter the "sealed" image in the Master Artist category of the next International Photographic Competition (it will automatically be accepted as part of the General Collection).
    • 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.

Speaking Merits
These merits can be earned through PPA and PPA Affiliates.

  1. PPA Level
    • 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 the PPA.com website.
    • Serve as the editor or webmaster for PPA Affiliate publications (including school publications and websites) and submit and have the publications accepted to the Affiliate Communications Competition, the annual editor’s achievement review.
  2. PPA Affiliate Level
    • Instruct a program (or serve on a program panel) during a PPA Affiliate convention, seminar or meeting.
    • Instruct at a PPA Affiliate School.

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

  1. PPA Level
    • Attend the full conference of Imaging USA.
    • Attend a pre-convention session of 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.
    • Achieve recertification as a Certified Professional Photographer.
    • Complete a year of attendance or or graduate as a full-time student or instructor at a PPA approved school of photography.
  2. PPA Affiliate Level
    • Serve as PPA Affiliate President.
    • Serve as 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 competion Chairperson.
  3. 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 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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