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What are the Photography Degrees?

Back in ???, we talked about what it meant to be a Certified Professional Photographer.  (CPP)  But just like with other degrees, there are higher levels in the photography industry as well.  

Professional Photographers of America offers three different degrees, representing different areas of expertise:

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.  To earn this degree, the photographer must have earned 13 speaking merits + 12 additional merits to be called a Photographic Craftsman.

Master of Photography (M.Photog.)
Awarded for superior photographic skills—demonstrated through the Photographic Open category of PPA International Photographic Competition, advanced education and service to the industry.  To earn this degree, the photographer must have earned 13 exhibition merits + 12 additional merits to be called a Master Photographer.

Master Artist (M.Artist) (formerly known as the Master of Electronic Imaging Degree)
Awarded for superior photographic skills—demonstrated through the Artist Exhibition category of the PPA International Photographic Competition (with images evaluated for computer-applied techniques and proficiency), advanced education and service to the industry.  To earn this degree, the photographer must have earned 13 artist exhibition merits + 12 additional merits to be called a Master Artist.

Photography is not a static industry; new techniques and technologies appear constantly. Chasing a degree can help keep a photographer in tune with the advancing industry.  Degrees also give photographers tangible and attainable goals to strive toward. Kind of like why we go to college, right?  Education is key so it's important the photographers keep up and adapt with the changes clients need and want for professional timeless portraiture.  After all...portraits live on for generations!

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by Teresa Peterson