Maine Professional Photographers Association
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Affiliate Organizations

  • PPA (Professional Photographers of America)
  • PPANE (PPA New England)
  • NEIPP (New England Institute of Professional Photography)
  • CTPPA (Connecticut PPA)
  • NHPPA (New Hampshire PPA)
  • PPAM (Massachusetts PPA)
  • PPARI (Rhode Island PPA)
  • VTPPA (Vermont PPA)

PPA Degrees

Photographic Craftsman (Cr.Photog.)
Awarded for service as an orator, author or mentor. This degree shows that you have gone beyond the creation of images and dedicated your time to move the industry forward and encourage education.

Master of Photography (M.Photog.)
Awarded for superior photographic skills. Demonstrated through the PPA International Photographic Competition, advanced education and service to the industry.

Master Artist (M.Artist)
Awarded for superior photographic skills. Demonstrated through the Electronic Imaging category of the PPA International Photographic Competition (with images evaluated for computer-applied techniques and proficiency), advanced education and service to the industry.

*A PPA degree is not the completion of a university curriculum; it is a representation of the oldest and largest professional photography organization’s standards of excellence. Learn more about PPA Merits & Degrees here.

Certified Professional Photographer (CPP)

The certification of specialized skill-sets affirms a knowledge and experience base for practitioners in a particular field, their employers, and the public at large.  Certification represents a declaration of a particular individual’s professional competence.  In some professions certification is a requirement for employment or practice.  Doctors, mechanics, accountants, professional secretaries, surveyors and many others are all required to go through a certification process of some kind.

As the leading certifying agency for imaging professionals, the Professional Photographic Certification program is recognized throughout the industry. Those who have earned the Professional Photographic Certification have passed a comprehensive written exam measuring their technical expertise, and have successfully submitted their work to a panel of judges for review and approval.

If you are interested in becoming a Certified Professional Photographer and are looking for more information, including CPP Preparation Class dates, please contact:

Jeffrey Morris
Maine CPP Certification Liaison
14 Pleasant Street, Brunswick, ME  04011
207.725.7651 | photos@piercestudio.com

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