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 professional 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!

Our monthly meetings take place at Oliver's Carriage House in Columbia, Maryland typically on the 4th Wednesday of the month, but until further notice we are presenting programming virtually. Please refer to the Education tab for dates, times, fees and location changes if any:  https://mdppa.wildapricot.org/eventregistration. 


Members!  2021 Board of Directors Elections are here!

It is Nomination Season for the 2021 MDPPA Board of Directors! Please give serious consideration to nominating another MDDPA member or yourself. Of course, there are some requirements to consider. Briefly, to become a Board Member At Large, you must be an MDPPA member in good standing for a minimum of one year from the date of your nomination. To be part of the Executive Board, you must be a member in good standing and be or have been a Board Member At Large for a minimum of one year. You will be expected to attend monthly Board meetings and monthly membership meetings. Please feel free to speak with any of our current or former Board members for more information, ask them questions and see what's involved.  It's an honor and privilege to serve on this wonderful Board so please do yourself a favor….  consider volunteering! MDPPA is an amazing organization, and quite honestly, it wouldn't be so without the efforts of the Board and many of the volunteers that help throughout the year. They take time away from their families and businesses to be a part of this tremendous organization to help us all. 

For Members to NOMINATE an MDPPA Member for the 2021 Board, please use this poll which is open until October 27th. Additionally, on the evening of October 27th from 6:30-7pm we will meet before the evening seminar to catch up and the floor will be open for nominations as well.

The Election Ballot will become available electronically on October 30th and will be sent to all eligible voting members.

Election Ballots will be accepted from October 30 - November 18th 2020 and Election Results will be available shortly thereafter.  

Thank You!

Pam Long, Elections Chair

Upcoming MDPPA Events!

MDPPA Member Webinar Series
These are quick 45 minute programs with Q+A.  More programs will be scheduled in the series soon! To see recordings of the webinar series on YouTube, click here.

Collaborative Work Day
Monday, November 9, 12-1:30pm
We will meet virtually to catch up, exchange ideas, answer questions in this social distancing adaptation of working together. All are welcome!  Our upcoming Work Day will include a special feature - one or two five minute presentations! See more info here. When you register for the event you will receive the Zoom Link!

Monthly Seminar 
We will have THREE events this month with our Fall Fest and Print Competition!
Join us at 2pm on Tuesday, October 27th for our virtual Quarterly Print Competition, streamed live on FB or follow via print competition.com.  That same day from 7pm-9:30pm we are thrilled to offer a program on creativity by Joe Edelman! Sign in to ZOOM at 6:30 to catch up and the floor will be open for nominations for our 2021 Board of Directors. The next day, Wednesday, October 28th, from 9:30-5:30pm Ella Carlson will be presenting "A World of Possibility in Photoshop: How to Creatively Express Yourself" - A CE PPA Merit Class!  Register here for one or all three events and Zoom links will be emailed!

Quarterly Print Competition
Fall Fest
is coming up, and with that means a virtual October Print Competition is October 27th! The competition will begin at 2pm. Visit the print competition page for more information. See our Fall Fest event page for details on programing October 27th+28th!

MDPPA Members and Guests Town Hall
Just Scheduled!  Join MDPPA President Danny Douglas for IPC Happy Hour on Thursday, October 22nd 5pm via ZOOM as he opens up discussion to hear your thoughts on this year's PPA International Print Competition. When you register for the event you will receive the zoom link!


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

Association financial information is available by request.

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