PPSC State Merit Program
Earning merits for your state Fellowship or Associate Fellowship shows your dedication to the photographic industry in our state, through a commitment to volunteer your time through service, entering print competitions, and speaking at educational events.
Earning merits towards your State Fellowship and Associate Fellowship is easy. Simply list your merits with the date earned using the form below. You can see a full list of merit earning activities below the Merit Request Form. Merits must be submitted by January 31, 2019 to be awarded at our Awards Banquet on February 16, 2019. Merits submitted after the annual deadline will be recognized at the following year's annual Awards Banquet. Your merit report will be updated prior to each years annual conference.
If you have performed merit earning services, educational speaking engagements, or print competition submission merits, please submit them using the form below.
Merit Request Form
Fill out the form below to request PPSC State Merits to be applied towards your state Fellowship or Associate Fellowship.
A NEW form must be submitted for each merit type. Please Note: while typically Print Competition Merits are automatically awarded, if you feel you are missing certain Print Comp Merits, you can use this form to claim those missing merits (subject to review).
State Merit Program
Associate Fellowship - 85 merits - must have at least 15 service merits, 15 print merits, and 15 education merits.
Full Fellowship - 170 merits - must have at least 30 service merits, 30 print merits, and 30 education merits.
Merits by Category
Service Merits (Per annum)
Chairman of the Board – 4
President – 8
Vice President – 5
Secretary – 5
Treasurer – 5
Executive Director – 5
District Chair – 4
Director at Large – 1
Website – 5
Newsletter – 5
Writing articles for newsletter - 1
Records – 4
PPA Councillors – 3
Conference Chair – 5
Assistant to the Conference Chair – 2
Committee Worker – 1
Hospitality Chair – 2
Ambassador Chair -1
Print salon Chair – 4
Print Salon Assistant Chair – 2
Print Salon Volunteer - 1
Lamarr School Director – 5
Lamarr School Assistant Director – 3
Lamarr School Volunteer (all week) – 2
Program Speaker -2
Program Host – 1
Volunteer – 1
Bringing in new member -1
Lamarr School attendee – 4
Other PPA affiliate schools – 3
Imaging – 4
Annual Convention/Conference – 2
Classes or workshops over 6 ½ hours - 1
Print Competition Merits - (awarded at The Annual State Print Competition)
Deserving of display (score of 70 or above) – 1
Merit Print (scoring 80 to 89) – 2
Merit Print (scoring 90 to 100) - 3
Court of Honor – 2
Distinguished – 3
1st place – 4
Photographer of the Year – 2
Lamarr School Scholarship Winner – 2
People’s Choice – 2
Best of Show - 2
Best Black and White - 2
Gallery, Masterpiece or ASP Award – 2
Participation in preliminary practice print competitions - 1
(maximum 1 point per quarterly competition)
All awards and degrees are conferred on members at the Annual Conference.
State merits are not interchangeable with degree earning merits from Professional Photographers of America (PPA). Merits are tallied annually and maintained by our PPSC president.
If you need assistance or have questions, please contact, Kris Copeland (PPSC President) at 803.238.2296.