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Our organization thrives on the dedication of our volunteers, who play a pivotal role in four key committees: Membership, Programming, Image Competition and Awards, and Social.  Whether you can commit to regular involvement or prefer to assist at specific events, we welcome your contributions. Your passion and enthusiasm will make a lasting impact on our vibrant community of photographers. Help us shape the future of MDPPA, Join Our Amazing Team of Volunteers and Make a Difference!

The Membership Committee is responsible for member outreach with existing members, driving membership growth, and surveying the member's needs for development. They are one of the first contacts our new members will encounter, helping them quickly understand what our organization offers and helping us understand how we can help them connect and grow! They keep their finger on the pulse of our membership and provide critical feedback to the other parts of organization regarding our success or needs for change. If you are interested in learning more about the opportunities to help this committee, contact Erica Beck at

The Programming Committee is responsible for developing and offering educational programs to support members in their professional development. They are responsible for identifying the needs of our members regarding the appropriate types of educational programs that will elevate or inspire their photographic techniques or business practices. Determining which programs are best delivered in-person or remotely and collecting feedback on the programs success or learning lessons after they are delivered. This group is also responsible for assisting our Convention Chair in executing their vision for the Annual Convention. If you are interested in learning more about the opportunities to help this committee, contact Chris Marcinek at or for Convention contact Tommy Alexander at

The Image and Awards Committee is responsible for developing and offering opportunities for the membership to hone their skills through competition and judging. To acknowledge and bestow honors upon award recipients and share those works with the greater public. This group is focused on elevating the skills of our members through competition. Helping prepare our members for PPA degree pursuits like the Master of Photographer, Master Artist, or Master of Wedding Photography by challenging them to elevate their craft and push their limits. This team also tracks, acknowledges, and awards members for superior service to the organization via the Merits and Degrees Committee. Last but no least, they provide our members with exposure to a broader audience through securing opportunities for the Loan Collection to be shared publicly within the surrounding communities. If you are interested in learning more about the opportunities to help this committee, contact Lidia Miller at 

The Social Committee is responsible for social activities throughout the year to celebrate accomplishments and foster relationships and comradery. This group is responsible creating the festive atmosphere and activities that accompany our Convention Banquet, Annual Picnic, and Holiday Party/Awards Ceremony. They also provide support and hospitality for all the other in-person events throughout the year. If you are interested in learning more about the opportunities to help this committee, contact Laura Ames at

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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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