Credentials / Elite Memberships

PPA has some pretty highly-decorated members. Photographers who have racked up multiple competition victories, who have gone above and beyond what it means to be a member of Professional Photographers of America.

To honor and recognize these members, PPA grants them the Elite and Elite Plus levels of membership. This status comes with benefits and perks reserved only for them!

You automatically qualify for Elite status when you meet all of the following requirements by September 30th of each year:

  • You’re a Certified Professional Photographer
  • You've already earned a Master of Photography, Master Artist or Master of Wedding Photography Degree
  • You are a bronze, silver, gold, platinum, or diamond medalist from the most recent IPC
  • You earned 2 non-exhibition merits that year
  • And you’re a PPA member in good standing 

While it takes hard work to become an Elite Member, once you become one, the benefits are well worth it. You’ll receive perks like:

  • Elite PPA Membership Certificate
  • FREE registration to pre-convention programming at Imaging USA!
  • NO renewal fee for your CPP!
  • Elite Member ribbon at Imaging USA
  • The prized Elite PPA membership Silver card
  • A special Elite lanyard for your badge at Imaging USA

To qualify for the PPA Elite Plus Membership, you’ll have to meet all the requirements by September 30th of each year:

  • You’re a Certified Professional Photographer
  • You've already earned a Master of Photography, Master Artist or Master of Wedding Photography Degree
  • You also have your Photographic Craftsman degree
  • You are a bronze, silver, gold, platinum, or diamond medalist from previous year's IPC
  • You have gotten 2 or more Loan Collection images from the same case from the most recent IPC (gold, platinum, or diamond)
  • You earned two non-exhibition merits that year
  • And you’re a PPA member in good standing 

Becoming an Elite Plus Member comes with some nice benefits and perks that celebrate with your unicorn status(!!). These include :

  • The prized Elite Plus PPA membership Gold card
  • Your Elite Plus PPA Membership Certificate
  • FREE registration to pre-convention programming at Imaging USA!
  • FREE registration to Imaging USA!
  • NO renewal fee for your CPP!
  • Elite Plus Member ribbon at Imaging USA
  • A special Elite Plus lanyard for your badge at Imaging USA