As a growing photographer, I'm always looking for new ways to expand my knowledge and skillset, and one of the best places I've found to do that is through the Professional Photographers of Canada (PPOC). I may be slightly biased as I grew up around the PPOC, due to my mom working as BC's executive secretary, but it really is awesome. I've loved entering competitions through my years as a member, earning accreditations, and attending conferences.
Last weekend, at our annual (and this year, virtual) Canadian Imaging Conference and awards gala, I was presented with a new level of designation in professional photography: A Craftsman of Photographic Arts (CPA).
Achieving this is a process that involves banking volunteer hours with the PPOC as well as accreditations and salon/image competition entries. I accumulated merit points over the past few years, and after this year's Image Salon, I got a notification that I had earned enough Merits to apply. Of course, I sent in my application right away, and was approved!
So now I get to display this impressive plaque in the background of my Zoom calls, wear my CPA medal at PPOC events, put "CPA" after my name in emails, and start working towards the next level, which is Master of Photographic Arts.
I really missed being able to walk across the stage and celebrate with my friends and colleagues in person, but I am truly honoured to be included in such an amazing group of people and proud to have earned this designation.
Even Frankie came along to congratulate me, though was not a fan of the lights!