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PPSA Fellowship Degrees

PPSA is dedicated to the enrichment of our profession and serves as a benchmark for Professional Photographers.   

The PPSA Fellowship Program is designed as a means of rewarding those individuals who have given freely of their time and talents in service to their fellow members. It also serves as encouragement for members who have always volunteered in the past to continue to do so.

The Fellowship Degree is earned in two phases, an Associate Fellowship and a Full Fellowship.


HALF FELLOWSHIP

To earn the Associate Fellowship Degree, an individual must earn 50 achievement points be participating on committees and helping with various projects in the operations of PPSA each year. It is not necessary that any of these points be for hanging prints or that a person be active in the actual photo taking process. This makes it possible for all PPSA members to participate in the Fellowship program. This includes photographer’s spouses, assistants, lab personnel, etc. The only prerequisite is one’s willingness to work.

FULL FELLOWSHIP

The second part of the degree is the Full Fellowship degree. This is designed for the active member involved in the total photographic effort. The requirements for this part include earning an additional 50 points for a total of 100 points, at least 10 of which are points earned through monthly and year end print competitions, including the winning of trophies. All points earned by winning in monthly print competitions or through the winning of end-of year trophies become part of the ten points necessary to complete the Full Fellowship degree.

CONTINUED FELLOWSHIP

Additional fellowship points may be earned for continued support to our organization.  A Fellowship degree holder is awarded a "Continued Fellowship" pin for every additional 25 points, over 100.

HONORARY FELLOWSHIP

This degree may be presented to those individuals whose years of dedication and contribution to professional photography have reached far beyond the bounds of our association and made it incumbent on PPSA to bestow this honor.

FELLOWSHIP POINT SCHEDULE

1. CONTINUED PPSA MEMBERSHIP [1 POINT] - Must have active membership for the preceding twelve (12) months.

2. SERVING ON PPSA EXECUTIVE BOARD [2 POINTS] - Any member who has served as an Executive Director, Chairman of the Board, President, Vice-President, Director of Finance, Director of Exhibits, Director of Membership, Director of Records, Director of Communications, Director of Public Relations, or Assistant to Exhibits. This item is grandfathered back to the inception of PPSA.

3. SERVING AS PPSA PRESIDENT [5 POINTS] - Any member who has served as President of PPSA for their term in office. This item is grandfathered back to the inception of PPSA.

4. COMMITTEE CHAIRPERSON [2 POINTS] - Any member serving as a Chair of a Committee involved in the production of a program, function, or standing committee.

5. COMMITTEE WORKER [1 POINT] - Any member who services on a committee involved in the production of a program, function, or standing committee approved by the Board.

6. RECEIVE MASTER OF PHOTOGRAPHY [5 POINTS] - Any member who is awarded a Master of Photography degree by the Professional Photographers of America. This item may only be included for the year in which the degree is awarded.

7. RECEIVE PHOTOGRAPHIC CRAFTSMAN [5 POINTS] - Any member who is awarded a Photographic Craftsman degree by the Professional Photographers of America. This item may only be included for the year in which the degree is awarded.

8. ACHIEVE CERTIFIED PROFESSIONAL PHOTOGRAPHER [4 POINTS] - Any member who is awarded the Certified Professional Photographer designation by the Professional Photographers of America. This item may only be included for the year in which the degree is awarded.

9. CONTINUED CPP COMPLIANCE [1 POINT] - Any member who fulfills CPP compliance. This item may only be included for the year in which CPP certification is renewed. This item is grandfathered back to the inception of PPSA.

10. PRESENT PROGRAM FOR PPSA [2 POINTS] - Programs are a very important part of the education component of PPSA. Sharing your knowledge can be a very rewarding experience. Members earn two points for presenting a monthly program, mini-workshop, or round-table discussion for PPSA.

11. MONTHLY IMAGE COMPETITION WINNER [1 POINT] - Members who place at monthly or special PPSA image competitions.

12. MONTHLY IMAGE COMPETITION PARTICIPATION, LIMIT 3 PER CALENDAR YEAR [1 POINT] - Members participating, but not placing in monthly or special PPSA image competitions.

13. MONTHLY IMAGE COMPETITION JUDGE [1 POINT] - Members who hold a CPP designation or PPA degree and serve as a judge at a monthly or special PPSA image competition.

14. NON-PPSA IMAGE COMPETITION ENTRY, PER IMAGE [1 POINT] - Members are encouraged to enter Texas PPA, District, and PPA image competitions. Members who enter are awarded one (1) fellowship point per image, per competition.

15. PPSA SEMINAR ATTENDANCE [1 POINT] - Any member who attends a full-day PPSA sponsored program. "Full-day" program is any program longer than six (6) hours in length.

16. PRESIDENT OF TPPA or PPA [5 POINTS] - Any member who has served as President of TPPA or PPA. This item is grandfathered back to the inception of PPSA.

17. SERVING ON TPPA or PPA BOARD [2 POINTS] - Any member who has served on the TPPA or PPA Board of Directors. This item is grandfathered back to the inception of PPSA.

18. SCHOLARSHIP WINNER [2 POINTS] - Any member who wins a PPSA Scholarship to any TPPA or PPA convention or seminar such as Texas School or Imaging USA. To earn these points, the recipient must meet two requirements. The member must attend the entire event and then share his or her newfound knowledge with the Guild in the form of an article for the PPSA newsletter or website.

19. PUBLISHED ARTICLE FOR PPSA, TPPA, OR PPA [4 POINTS] - Any member who publishes an illustrated or non-illustrated article for PPSA, TPPA, PPA, or a nationally recognized magazine associated with PPA. Article must be at least one third of a page of text. Article must be of learning, upcoming events for PPSA functions, as well as PPSA news updates and special features. A maximum of eight (8) points per year may be awarded.

20. PARTICIPANT IN MENTOR PROGRAM, PER SESSION [2 POINTS] - Participation as a PPSA Mentor demonstrates a strong dedication to the organization as well as to the photography profession. Each mentoring session may be awarded two (2) points per session, provided documentation is presented. The mentoree is also eligible for two (2) points per session.

21. CONVENTION ATTENDANCE [1 POINT] - Any member who attends a TPPA or PPA sponsored convention.

22. CONVENTION VOLUNTEER [3 POINTS] - Participation as a volunteer at a TPPA or PPA sponsored convention is strongly encouraged and rewarding. Any member who volunteers their time may be award one (1) fellowship point for each day volunteered.

23. PHOTOGRAPHER OF THE YEAR [5 POINTS]

24. END OF YEAR COMPETITION WINNER [1 or 2 POINTS] - A panel of judges will select the images for year-end awards during the Annual Digital Image Competition. These images must be winners from the current calendar year. End of Year award winners will claim the points in the following year.

Best Image of the Year - 2 points
Best Album of the Year - 2 points
Highest Scoring Image by a CPP - 2 points
Portrait Image - 2 points
Best Portrait Image, runner-up - 1 point
Best Illustrative Image - 2 points
Best Illustrative Image, runner-up - 1 point
Best Scenic Image - 2 points
Best Scenic Image, runner-up - 1 point
Best Wedding Image - 2 points
Best Wedding Image, runner-up - 1 point
Best Digital Artist Image - 2 points
Best Digital Artist Image, runner-up - 1 points
Best Image of the Year by a Student - 2 points

"Professional Photographers of San Antonio, Inc." is a 501(c)6 non-profit organization.  San Antonio, TX 78260