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The Professional Photographers of America (PPA) created the Merits and Degree program in 1937. Those who choose to progress in their art and attain a degree show they have met PPA’s standards of excellence and service. Only about 4% of members have earned a degree. Working toward a PPA degree helps you grow as an artist and your work improves. To earn a degree you have to earn merits by advanced education, service to the industry, and excelling in photographic competition. Most photographers work toward a degree for numerous years. And they continue to work on improving their craft beyond earning their degree.
I am honored to finally have earned my Master of Photography Degree. The Master of Photography Degree is awarded in recognition of superior photographic quality. It is a rigorous process of submitting your images in international photographic competition and being awarded based on 12 elements of a merit image.
PPA President Tim Walden, M.Photog.Cr., F-ASP, describes photographic competition, “Competition is like exercise. You don’t jog to jog; you jog to get healthier and stronger.”
As I have gone through the process of earning my Master of Photography Degree, my images have become better. I continue to improve as an artist and that in turn benefits my wonderful clients. I love creating beautiful images for my clients and going through this processes has allowed me to give them only the best.
Thank you to all who have supported and encouraged me through this process. It is a long, hard process and I could not have done it without you. And especially thank you to my wonderful husband who has been there when I thought I wouldn’t ever achieve this goal and who always encourages and believes in me. It is wonderful to have you by my side.
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