Not to be confused with the PPA DEGREE PROGRAM…
Have you ever wondered about the ribbons decorated with special pins and fancy gold bars that many members proudly wear? Or why they have some extra letters after their names?
The Fellowship Program is a way to recognize PPN members not only for their loyal service to the organization, but also for their print competition achievements. The PPN fellowship levels track and promote your ongoing commitment to growing (and sharing) your skills. Receiving recognition anytime in our highly competitive field of professional photography impresses clients and could mean the difference between someone hiring YOU over another photographer. You want your clients to chose you because of your dedication to service, right?
‘MERITS’ are from Professional Photographers of America (PPA) and are accumulated for National degrees. Under some circumstances, you receive state credit for earning national merits. Click here to view more about PPA Merit and Degree Program.
‘CREDITS’ are given by Professional Photographers of Nebraska (PPN) and apply to your state fellowship degrees. Every time you volunteer, speak, or serve on a committee, the supervising board member will notify the PPN Fellowship Chairperson of your service and will keep track of your cumulative record. Print and Service credits are listed in your profile online and also printed in the annual edition of The Nebraska Photographer. In addition, you are awarded not only with a colored ribbon and medallion to indicate your degrees, but also with the right to include some initials behind your name.
PPN FELLOWSHIP DEGREES
ASSOCIATE FELLOW of PHOTOGRAPHY (A.F.Ph.)
- Designated by a red ribbon with a silver medallion awarded to those who have earned 15 service credits and 10 print credits.
FELLOW of PHOTOGRAPHY (F.Ph.)
- Designated by a blue ribbon with a gold medallion awarded to those who have earned an additional 30 service credits and 20 print credits.
HONORARY FELLOW of PHOTOGRAPHY (Hon.F.Ph.)
- Designated by a purple ribbon with a gold medallion bestowed upon members of the association or other persons meriting such honors as approved by the Board of Directors.
GOLD SERVICE DEGREE (G.S.D.)
- Designated by a yellow ribbon with a gold medallion awarded to those who have earned an additional 45 service credits (80 total)
SILVER SERVICE DEGREE (S.S.D.)
- Designated by a white ribbon with a silver medallion awarded to those who have earned 35 service credits.
DIAMOND SERVICE DEGREE (D.S.D.)
- Designated by a black ribbon with a gold medallion containing an implanted diamond and is earned by accumulating an additional 45 service credits. (125 total)
DIAMOND FELLOW of PHOTOGRAPHY (D.F.Ph.)
- Designated by a burgundy ribbon with a gold diamond-shaped medallion with a diamond placed in the state by the city where the recipient lives. You must earn 80 service credits and 35 print credits.