Designations and Association Awards

PPOC members can invest time and effort to earn many special distinctions. These awards, titles, and designations are achieved through participation in the PPOC association, development of personal photographic ability and improving the profession of professional photography. Working towards an Accreditation, Designation or Fellowship requires time, effort and continued professional development. These distinctions are a great accomplishment and offer members an opportunity to improve their credentials and help establish photographic industry standards.  

 


Designations

CPA (Craftsman of Photographic Arts)

A Craftsman of Photographic Arts designation is achieved by accumulating a required number of image and service merits.  PPOC members can earn merits in a variety of ways such as: image acceptance in the PPOC national image salon, accreditations, volunteering for the national association or its regions, attending photographic educational events, and by promoting professional photography.  PPOC Observers can accumulate service merits right away and once upgraded to Accredited will be eligilble for a Craftsman of Photographic Arts designation.  This designation is a trademark of PPOC and once earned a member in good standing can use the letters CPA after their name.  Returning something to the profession, which provides their livelihood, is part of the responsibility of holders of the CPA title.  

MPA (Master of Photographic Arts)

A Master of Photographic Arts designation is achieved by accumulating a required number of image and service merits.  PPOC members can earn merits in a variety of ways such as: image acceptance in the PPOC national image salon, accreditations, volunteering for the national association or its regions, attending photographic educational events, and by promoting professional photography.  In addition to the required merit points  PPOC members must have a minimum of two accreditations to be eligible for a Master of Photographic Arts designation.  This designation is a trademark of PPOC and once earned a member in good standing can use the letters MPA after their name.  Returning something to the profession, which provides their livelihood, is part of the responsibility of holders of the MPA title.

Master of Photographic Arts members can earn MPA Bars by accumulating a required number of additional merits.  These MPA Bars are placed on the ribbon of their MPA medal.

SPA (Service of Photographic Arts)

A Service of Photographic Arts designation is achieved by accumulating a required number of service merits.  PPOC members can earn service merits by volunteering for the national association or its regions, attending photographic educational events, and by promoting professional photography.  This designation is a trademark of PPOC and once earned a member in good standing can use the letters SPA after their name.  Returning something to the profession, which provides their livelihood, is part of the responsibility of holders of the SPA title.

Service of Photographic Arts members can earn SPA Bars by accumulating a required number of additional merits.  These SPA Bars are placed on the ribbon of their SPA medal.


Honourary Designations

Hon.MPA (Honourary Master of Photographic Arts)

An Honourary Master of Photographic Arts designation may be presented to an individual who, over a number of years, has rendered outstanding photographic ability and service to the advancement of professional photography.  Names of nominees are submitted to the Awards Committee, along with a documented resume of their work.  Past recipients include the 20th century master, Yousef Karsh.

Hon.SPA (Honourary Service of Photographic Arts)

An Honourary Service of Photographic Arts designation may be presented to a company or an individual who, over a number of years, has rendered outstanding service to the advancement of professional photography. Names of nominees are submitted to the Awards Committee, along with a documented resume of their service to photography.  Past recipients include Commander Chris Hadfield.

HLM (Honourary Life Time Member)

Beside a number of member listings throughout the PPOC directory, you will notice the designation HLM. This indicates that the photographer is a PPOC Honourary Life Member. The HLM honour is a means of recognizing members who have contributed significantly to the operation and development of the Professional Photographers of Canada. This membership category, bestowed upon a member for services to the Association, has all benefits of Accredited membership.


Association Awards

F/PPOC (Fellowship)

The highest honour which can be bestowed upon a member of PPOC is that of Fellowship.  To become a Fellow, the member must submit images displaying superior photographic ability, as well as a 7,000 word thesis of a technical, specialized or general photographic nature. 

Returning something to the profession, which provides their livelihood, is part of the responsibility of holders of the F/PPOC title.

 

Yousuf Karsh Lifetime Achievement Award

The Yousuf Karsh Lifetime Achievement Award recognizes photographic excellence amongst PPOC members. The award was established by the Professional Photographers of Canada in 2002 and first awarded in 2003 to commemorate the legacy of Canadian Photographer, the late Yousuf Karsh. 

The Yousuf Karsh Award is presented annually to the member with the highest number of print merits in excess of 4000.  Members of the Professional Photographers of Canada are able to earn "print merits" by demonstrating outstanding photographic ability through the annual national image competition and accreditation.  The Yousuf Karsh Lifetime Achievement Award is one of the greatest achievements that can be earned by a member of the Professional Photographers of Canada and speaks directly to the outstanding photographic talent of the recipient. The award can be received only once in a career.

National Citation

The National Citation of Service expresses sincere appreciation for services generously given to the Association and to the profession.  This award may be presented to a company or an individual who, over a number of years, has rendered outstanding service to PPOC for the advancement of professional photography. Names of nominees are submitted to the Awards Committee, along with a documented resume listing the services rendered. Only one National Citation for Service may be given to any company or individual.

In addition to the National Award, each region may annually present a Regional Citation for Service to one of its local members for outstanding service to that region. Names of nominees are submitted to the national Awards Committee, along with a documented resume listing the services rendered. Only one Regional Citation for Service may be given to any company or individual.


Judges

 

Accreditation Judges

Each year during its Annual Convention, PPOC hosts a judging clinic which is open to members who are Masters or Craftsmen of Photographic Arts. Members may attend as many clinics as they wish and learn what to look for when assessing an image, the PPOC scoring system, and how to critique effectively.  

The Accreditation judging panel consists of a minimum of three qualified judges.  Accreditation judges have attended one or more PPOC judging clinics and have kept their status current by judging or entering national or regional competition during the past seven years.

Competition Judges

Each year during its Annual Convention, PPOC hosts a judging clinic which is open to members who are Masters or Craftsmen of Photographic Arts. Members may attend as many clinics as they wish and learn what to look for when assessing an image, the PPOC scoring system, and how to critique effectively

The PPOC Salon judging panels consist of twelve qualified judges, representing a variety of photographic specialties. National judges are MPA's and have attended one or more PPOC judging clinics and have kept their status current by judging or entering national or regional competitions during the past seven years.  Two of the twelve judges may be CPA's, one on each panel.

For information about the PPOC Judging Clinic, judges, or conduct of the image competition, contact the PPOC Office at info@ppoc.com