Fellowship Awards Program

Fellowship Awards Program: Service, Educational and Photographic Degree

The merit system and degree program are designed to encourage, recognize and reward those who demonstrate outstanding imaging skills and provide service and education to the profession. The program helps affiliate organizations attract program talent and encourages the individual to learn and achieve. Only PPC members will be awarded merits, and only specified merits can be applied toward a degree.

In January, 1999, the PPC Board of Directors adopted a new degree program. The degree program includes the following: Colorado Service Fellowship of Photography (S.F.) and Colorado Educational Fellowship of Photography (E.F.) and the Colorado Photographic Fellowship of Photography (P.F.). A review committee consisting of Fellowship chairperson(s) current and past Fellowship recipients has been established to review the Degree applications to help with merits toward Fellowships.

If you have any questions, please refer to Sections I – VI of the Rules and Information for Fellowship Degree call Coleen Graybill, Fellowship Chairperson at (719) 338-4747; or email Coleen@mtnspiritphoto.com

Section I: Award Rules and Information/Merits

1. Service Fellowship of Photography S.F. ……………………..30 Merits

2. Educational Fellowship of Photography E.F. …………………30 Merits

3. Photographic Fellowship of Photography P.F…………………30 Merits

4. Gold Bar of Ribbon Service, Educational or Photographic……..25 Merits

5. Past President’s and Fellowship Degree………………………Ribbon

Section II: Who is Eligible?

A. All paid-up Active, Associate, Student, Sustaining and Honorary Life Members of Professional Photographer’s of Colorado in good standing for thirty-six (36) or more consecutive months prior to making application for the degree.

Section III: Rules

Please read and follow these rules exactly. To not do so, may cause loss of Merits. If instructions and rules are not followed, the PPC may have no choice but to disallow the Merits. All decisions on eligibility for Merits will be made by the Fellowship Committee.

A. Merits are earned in a calendar year and are presented at the Annual Holiday Party. Please turn your merit application EVERY year into the Fellowship Chairperson, Coleen Graybill.

B. Proof of Service, Educational or Print Merit are on the honor system. If the committee has questions regarding your application, proof may be requested and must be supplied prior to the presentation at the Annual Holiday Party.

C. If requested, proof of Service, Education or Print Merits can be a copy of a Program, Newsletter, copy of PPA Award Merit, minutes of a Board Meeting, Chairperson’s notes, Print Chairperson’s records or Scores or Awards and Secretary of Treasurer records.

D. The Service Fellowship Degree Award requires Thirty (30) Merits, with a minimum of twenty (20) Service Merits to be earned through service to Professional Photographers of Colorado. The additional ten (10) merit awards may be for Educational or Photographic.

E. The Educational Fellowship Degree Award requires Thirty (30) Merits, with a minimum of twenty (20) Educational Merits to be earned through education to the Professional Photographers of Colorado. The additional ten (10) Merits may be for Service or Photographic.

F. The Photographic Fellowship Degree Award requires Thirty (30) Merits, with a minimum of twenty (20) Photographic Merits to be earned through State print competitions. The additional ten (10) Merits may be for Service or Education.

G. For those individuals who after receiving either Service, Education, or Photographic Degree Awards, may be awarded a gold Bar to be worn on the neck ribbon for each additional twenty five (25) Service, Educational or Print Merits or for those who earned all three degree awards, for any combination of the three totaling twenty five (25) Merits.

H. The presentation of Fellowship Degree Awards and the Gold Bar Award will be made at this Association’s Annual Holiday Party to those members who earned and have been notified of Award earned.

I. All members receiving a Service and/or Educational and/or Photographic Fellowship Degree Medal with ribbon are requested to wear the Award at ALL formal Photographic PPA functions and monthly meetings.

K. The Fellowship Committee have the right to change any of the Award Rules with a two thirds (2/3) vote.

L. Committee chairman will review a written report of merits earned by 15 days prior to Annual Holiday Party.

M. Chairperson merits are given with satisfactory completion of service and updating their job assignments in the SOP at the end of each year.

Section IV: Service Merits

  1. Treasurer (must attend 80% of all reg. & Board meetings) 3 Merits
  2. Secretary (must attend 80% of all reg. & Board meetings) 3 Merits
  3. Vice President (must attend 80% of all reg. & Board meetings) 3 Merits
  4. President (must attend 80% of all reg. & Board meetings) 4 Merits
  5. Board Member – (must attend 80% of all reg. & Board meetings) 2 Merits
  6. Chairperson (i.e., outside of the board) 2 Merits
  7. Print Chairperson 2 Merits
  8. Committee Member (i.e. Program/Convention) 1 Merit
  9. Editor Newsletter 3 Merits
  10. Past President’s (must attend 80% of all reg. & Board meetings) 1 Merit
  11. Article written or photograph printed in PPA magazine 1 Merit
  12. Blog post / article for website / newsletter 1 Merit
  13. Web Master 3 Merits

Section V: Educational Merits

  1. Speaker 1 to 2 hour PPA Sponsored Program…………………………. 1 Merits
  2. Speaker 2 1/2 to 4 hour PPA Sponsored Program……………………. 2 Merits
  3. Speaker 5 to 8 hour PPA Sponsored Program…………………………. 4 Merits
  4. Speaker – Super Monday………………………………………………………2 Merits
  5. 100% attendance of programs in PPC calendar year…………………. 1 Merit
  6. Attend PPC event 1-4 hours (merit for each attended) ………………0.5
  7. Attend PPC program 4 hours or longer …………………………..1 Merit
  8. Attend PPC Annual Convention …………………………………1 Merit
  9. Attend any PPA sponsored full date education………..1 Merit
  10. Attend 4-5 day PPA affiliated school…………………..2 Merits
  11. Attend PPA Imaging USA ……………………………………….1 Merit
  12. PPA Member………………………………………………..1 Merit
  13. PPA Craftsman’s…………………………………………..1 Merit
  14. Current Certified Professional Photographer …….…1 Merit

Section VI: Photographic Merits

  1. Four prints entered for critique………………………………………………. 1 Merit
  2. Print Merit at PPC Annual……………………………………………………… 1 Merit
  3. PPC 6 for 6…………………………………………………………………………1 Merit
  4. Photographer receiving PPC Photographer of the Year award…… 2 Merits
  5. Photographer receiving Judges choice award………………………….. 1 Merit
  6. PPC Court Of Honor ………………………………………………….. 1 Merit
  7. Print Merit at SWPPA…………………………………………………………… 1 Merit
  8. SWPPA 4 for 4…………………………………………………1 Merit
  9. Print Merit IPC……………………………………………………………………. 1 Merit
  10. Print accepted for PPA Loan Collection………………………………….. 2 Merit
  11. IPC 4 for 4………..……….……………………….…………………… 1 Merit
  12. IPC Grand Imaging Awards Top 10 …………………………….. 2 Merits
  13. PPA Master, Master Artist or Wedding Degree holder…… 1 Merit
  14. ASP Member………………………………………………………..1 Merit
  15. ASP Fellowship……………………………………………………..1 Merit

We have changed the form to an Excel spreadsheet. We hope that it makes it easier for you to fill out and send back to Coleen@mtnspiritphoto.com by Nov 25th. Late entries will NOT be accepted this year. If you don’t have Excel, simply print out the sheet, fill it in, scan it and send back to me.

If you are unfamiliar with the Fellowship Degree Award, be sure to read through the accompanying document.

If you have questions, contact Coleen Graybill at coleen@mtnspiritphoto.com or 719-338-4747.

Fellowship Merit Form 2019

2019 PPC Fellowship – revised 11-7-19