Accreditation

The OBSERVER Series - Part 1 - The Pre-accreditation Process


The OBSERVER Series – a series of articles for PPOC Observer Members

Part 1 – The Pre-Accreditation Process

About 4 years ago, BC Branch began a service they refer to as pre-accreditation. The idea is you submit 15 of your images that you feel are ready for accreditation in front of a group of regional judges, and they rate and comment on them.

This year, the process has been adopted at a...

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The OBSERVER Series - Part 2 - Journey to Accreditation


The OBSERVER Series – a series of articles for PPOC Observer Members

Part 2 – Journey to Accreditation

I wanted to write a series of articles that would help PPOC Observer members feel welcome, and help them get excited about moving on to the next level with confidence. My first article in this series (before it was a series) was called The Pre-Accreditation Review Process. Read it, it’s...

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Accreditation: Child/Infant Portraiture - Susie Crichton


Every accreditation portfolio submitted is returned to it's owner with a critique sheet that includes the judges comments, however, the best way to really learn through the accreditation process is to attend a judging and watch your images being judged! Member Susie Crichton from Prince George, BC was able to watch her recent successful accreditation in child/infant portrait being judged at our...

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Accreditation: What are Judges Looking for?


By Jen Alston, CPA

I have heard many photographers who say that getting their work assessed, or judged is “for the birds”, their clients love their work and judging doesn’t take into account their “style”, therefore the judging process is wrong.  My acerbic visceral thoughts are, “Really?”

I do admit that I’m from the perspective of doing anything I can to increase my photographic...

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Should you do it? Becoming an Accredited Professional Photographer


By Jen Alston, CPA Since we have an accreditation deadline coming up in July, I thought I would add my thoughts on the accreditation process. I have coached a number of people through their first time and I know there are certain emotions that come with it. I will also write a subsequent blog post about what the judges are looking for – stay tuned for that.

Pursuing your first Accreditation, can...

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So, you want to be a Salon or Accreditation Judge?


Attend the next judging clinic. In 2014 at the Canadian Imaging Conference in Winnipeg the judging clinic will be open to all attendees. You do not have be a CPA or MPA to attend. Learn the techniques taught to national judges in order to evaluate your own salon entries or just to understand the process of being a judge. The clinic will be open to everyone, even if you don’t yet have your...

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Why do you submit to accreditations?


Mark Laurie, MPA SPA F/PPOC FSWP PPOC
Member since 1994, 28 Accreditations

“If you are submitting for the first time, be bold, be comfortable with the idea it might not be accepted. Get someone to guide you, brag that you are submitting, and use it as a growing tool” Why do you submit accreditations?

For a variety of reasons:


It’s a big marketing tool for us
It got us to explore unique...

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Why do you submit to accreditations?


Walt Malone MPA, SPA, F/MPPA, F/SWPP PPOC
Member since 1996, 30 accreditations

Walt Malone MPA, SPA, F/MPPA, F/SWPP PPOC Member since 1996, 30 accreditations  “I have always thought that the accreditation process has been the best form of education available to our members. Like anything else we become better when we practice and listen to critique” Which accreditation has helped your...

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Animal Portrait Accreditation


Member Lesley Bailey from Anola, MB, successfully demonstrated her ability to produce a portrait of an animal, wild or domestic, that captured the animal's personality and character in her animal portrait accreditation. In her interview, Lesley also passes along advice for new members in the PPOC as well as offers her appreciation to her fellow PPOC members that helped her achieve her first...

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A new accreditation category / 75 Newborn


From Brian Lee, MPA HLM, accreditation chair: We are pleased to announce a new accreditation category called 75 Newborn To be considered a 'newborn' child must be under the age of 12 days, submit 10 images from 10 different newborn sessions, with 10 different newborns with both genders represented. Include a variety of poses along with usage of props such as blankets, baskets, wraps, hats and...

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