Maine Professional Photographers Association
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Award & Recognition Program

The MPPA has established a reward and recognition program to recognizes photographic excellence and service to the photographic community (and self) through volunteerism and education. It is our hope that these awards will serve to inspire new and current members to become and stay active in the professional community, to continue learning and improving through education and attendance at photographic events, and to recognize those individuals whose photographic excellence and service are exemplary.


1.   Any member in good standing with MPPA.
2.   Membership must be in consecutive years.  If a lapse in membership occurs, all previously accumulated points are not forfeited.  The member, upon renewal, must supply their own copy of their annual list of approved credits.  The Award and Recognition Committee cannot be held responsible for records of lapsed members.

Types of Awards

There are three types of awards that the MPPA can issue: the Maine Photographic Excellence Award, the Maine Fellowship Award, and the Distinguished Colleague Award. The first two can be achieved by members earning points (to be described herein), and the Distinguished Colleague Award is reserved for the MPPA to bestow upon individuals who have gone above and beyond expectations in their contribution to the organization and profession.

The awards can be achieved as follows:

Maine Photographic Excellence Award
Awarded for superior photographic competence through photographic competition, advanced education, and service to the profession. 25 Points earns this gold medallion with a green ribbon, with a bar earned for each additional 25 points. For each 25 points, 13 must be print points and the additional 12 can be from any point category.

Maine Fellowship Award
To recognize service, fellowship, and continuing education. 25 Points earns this silver medallion with a purple ribbon, with a bar earned for each additional 25 points. For each 25 points, 5 points must be Membership Points, 13 must be Education Points, and the remaining seven can be from any point category.

Maine Distinguished Colleague Award
This award is reserved for a member who has gone above and beyond in their service to MPPA and the photographic profession.  The person may have already received other awards, honors, and degrees.  This award is for an individual who is nominated from the membership or identified by the ARC or the Board, who deserves recognition for their continued exceptional service to MPPA, our membership and the photographic industry. It is not an award earned by accumulation of points like the other two, but is a special honor that the MPPA may bestow upon a deserving member. To nominate a member that you feel is deserving of this award, please complete the Maine Distinguished Colleague Award Nomination Form.

Lobster Pin Incentive
The Maine Photographic Excellence Award and Maine Fellowship Award are obviously accolades that will take considerable time and effort to achieve.  As an added incentive to work hard, be involved, learn a lot, and earn points, we are offering the “Lobster Pin incentive”.  Those members that accumulate 12 points in a calendar year (regardless of category) will be bestowed the Lobster Pin.  You can earn one every year, and it can be worn on your clothing or fastened to your Photographic Excellence or Distinguished Colleague ribbons.

Please take a few moments to fill out the form below and we look forward to recognizing YOU at an upcoming convention! View the official rules & complete form here. We welcome program comments and suggestions; the Awards Chairperson is Claudia Murray, and she can be contacted at 207-883-9646 or You can also contact Crystal Reynolds with any questions at 207-619-4227 or View a list of last year's events here. If you would like to become involved in the MPPA or the ARC, we would welcome your involvement … and would reward you with some points towards awards! Download this PERSONAL POINT REGISTER to keep track of your points earned throughout the year.

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