Maryland's only Professional Trade Association Committed to the Artistic, Technical, Personal, and Business Success of the Professional Photographer

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Welcome to MDPPA

The Maryland Professional Photographers Association, the official Maryland state affiliate of the Professional Photographers of America (PPA), is committed to the artistic, technical, personal, and business success of the serious photographer. Whether you are a seasoned professional, just starting your photography career, or enjoy photography as a hobby, we are here for you! We provide relevant and current education in a wide variety of disciplines from the most skilled photographers and artists in the industry.  Join us for a meeting and let us help you to take your skills to the next level!

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Let's Get Together!

The Maryland Professional Photographers Association (MDPPA) is dedicated to encouraging growth through education, inspiration, and elevation of its members. We offer a variety of programs and events that help photographers learn new skills, stay inspired, and connect with other professionals in the industry.

Collaborative Work Days
Many of us work on our own, but working together once in a while is more fun! We invite you to join us for our monthly Collaborative Work Days (CWD), where we meet to catch up, exchange ideas, work side by side, share projects, present questions and answers, and feature tips and tricks! All are welcome, come for a bit or stay the whole time, every 2nd Monday of the month. Currently we are meeting by Zoom, but will be planning some in person CWD's ! 

Monthly Programming
Every month we offer workshops taught by experienced photographers who share their knowledge and expertise with our community. We 
welcome you to join us as we gather for these opportunities for meaningful enrichment and collaboration. 
Check out our YouTube channel to see what to expect!  Additional programs are added throughout the year, so check back often. Mark your calendars for our 2024 Annual Convention, April 11-13th in Columbia, MD! 

Image Competitions
We welcome you to join us for our image competitions three times a year! Whether entering your work, tuning in to see what others have entered, or both, our competitions include the opportunity to observe live judging via Zoom and inspire and elevate your work. Three times a year, members and guests can showcase their work and be judged by a panel of industry experts. Our Annual Competition takes place in
October. Quarterlies are held in March and July. Plus, join us each January for a new image competition educational program!

MDPPA is part of the Community Network of Professional Photographers of America (PPA).  We are a separate membership organization, yet we are mutually beneficial.  

There are many benefits to being a member of both MDPPA and PPA. Some of our programs offer Continuing Education Merits for PPA member attendees, and PPA Member Speakers for our programs are eligible to receive speaker merits from PPA. Our image competition program is in association with PPA guidelines. Many MDPPA members are also PPA members and will be happy to answer your questions about either organization. Our PPA Councilors for the state of Maryland, Steve Clark, Anne Looney, and George Singleton, would also be happy to talk with you. They can be reached through our membership directory. 

You will find that MDPPA offers a wonderful community of colleagues, who share camaraderie, collaboration, ideas and resources, education and experience. We look forward to welcoming you with our hospitality! 

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Links to the PPA website:
...Join PPA
...Information about PPA CPP
...Recertify your PPA CPP



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Maryland Professional Photographers Association, Inc. is a 501(c)6 non-profit organization. PO Box 266, Simpsonville, MD, 21150

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