Maine Professional Photographers Association
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71st Annual Maine

Photographic Convention

March 19th-21st 2021 ONLINE

Join us for 3 days of fun, education, and networking! Be sure to mark your calendar and register today! Our members enjoy a free convention pass. Join the MPPA and enjoy the many benefits of membership!

2021 CONVENTION BOOK coming soon!

See more class information and details here

Image Competition

Why participate? You’re good at what you do, and we know it. Don’t wait for others to realize it on their own - go for it!

Participating in MPPA’s annual image competition gives you the opportunity to show your work. It also provides an opportunity to get better at what you do. After all, the critiques that are given offer ways to improve your images. You’ll walk away filled with ideas and inspiration to fuel your creative soul. Below are some helpful links to help you get started.

The 2021 MPPA Photographic Image Competition is now open! Submit your images @
  • Any professional photographer may enter the competition for image judging and scoring.
  • Dues must be paid in full by Wednesday March 17th, 2021 11:59 PM EST to be considered for member awards.
  • Entries must be registered and uploaded NO LATER THAN Wednesday March 17th, 2021 11:59 PM EST
  • UNLIMITED entries are allowed per person. Albums count as one entry, allowed up to 2 albums. 
  • Entries for the Creative Challenge category are free for members and can be submitted by emailing them to with the subject “Creative Challenge 2021”. Entries are due by Sunday March 14th at 11:59pm. 

    Entry Fee's per image/album
    $12 members
    $15 non-member/out of state

Review the complete 2021 Rules here.


Registration Open!

    • March 19, 2021
    • 8:00 AM (EDT)
    • March 21, 2021
    • 7:00 PM (EDT)
    • ONLINE

    THREE DAYS of classes, giveaways, and an image competition that will inspire you in your own work!


    8am - Finish | Image Competition


    8am-9am | Juror Image Critique

    9:15am-12:15pm | Jeff Dachowski "Selling for Success"

    12:15pm-1:30pm | Lunch on your own

    1:30pm - 4:30pm | Ella Carlson "Let's Talk Compositing"

    5pm-6:30pm | Happy Hour Sponsored by Hunts "Woodland Photography" with Korey Hart


    8:30am-9:30am - Annual Member Meeting

    9:30am-12pm | Sarah Marino "Beyond the Grand Landscape"

    12pm-1pm | Lunch on your own
    1pm-4pm | Thom Rouse "Art & Photoshop"

    4:30pm-6pm | Nicole Chan "Secret Productivity Hacks to Accomplish More by Doing Less"

    6pm-7pm | Happy Hour

    • March 22, 2021
    • 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM (EDT)
    • Online Via ZOOM
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    The Essence of a Portrait:

    Watch how Mark interacts and connects with his clients to capture a genuine expression.  He will demonstrate during a live shoot how he is able to connect with his subject and draw out their emotion.  Also learn how he lights his clients to create the mood he is looking for in the final image.  He will share with you his lighting set up in the studio and will talk through other creative ways to get what you need in less than ideal situations.   Learn how he solves problems ‘on the fly’ when he has difficult clients or a very short amount of time to "get the shot".  Discover the key editing techniques that Mark uses to polish his unique and dramatic look.  We will end the session with a Q&A.  Join us for this exciting program - it is one you do NOT want to miss!

    For those who register, this program will be recorded and made available for a full 30 days after the program date!  If you cannot attend or if you do not want to take notes, no problem!  Watch it later!

    About Mark:

    Mark Mann is a celebrity and advertising photographer. He was born in Glasgow, where he lived until he went to study in the prestigious photographic program at Manchester Polytechnic. Before long, the recent graduate was assisting innovative fashion photographers Nick Knight and Miles Aldridge, learning the ropes and building his own body of work. Three years later, Mark started shooting on his own, relocating to New York City.

    Mark’s editorial work has appeared in Esquire, Men’s Health, Vibe, Spin, Fortune, Billboard, Parade and Complex, among others. He has shot countless celebrities, including Robert Redford, Michael Douglas, Iggy Pop, Jack Black, the Black Eyed Peas, Jerry Seinfeld, Dave Chappelle, Rihanna, Queen Latifah, Simon Baker, Stevie Wonder, Bradley Cooper, Willie Nelson, Sean Connery, John Hamm and Jennifer Hudson. Mark has amassed a sizable advertising portfolio, as well. His clients run the gamut: Reebok, Adidas, Hennessy, Bombay Sapphire, Pepsi, Gillette, Vitamin Water, NHL, Zumba, Ford, Chrysler and Svedka to name a few.

    Mark has just completed a yearlong project for Esquire Magazine, “The Life of Man”. He shot 80 American men ages 1 through 80, to celebrate 80 years of Esquire Magazine. This project took Mark to the White House where he was honored to shoot the sitting president, as well as former President Clinton. He also shot numerous other notable people and celebrities all across the country.

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