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FPP Awards and Degrees
What's Up with the BLING?
The FPP recognizes its members for their achievements and contributions to the industry. The medallions you see some of them wearing are not worn to "show off" their photographic prowess, but instead are worn with humility as a servant of the association and to signify their desire to give back and to mentor our other members.
Each color ribbon represents their achievements in different areas.
These four degrees are earned through a 'merit' or 'point' system. Merits are earned by volunteering, speaking, and judging, others are earned through competition. Points are earned through attendance at various functions. Below is a more in-depth description of these awards and how each are earned.
Florida Service Award (FSA)
The FDPE is a degree earned primarily through the FPP's annual Photographic Open image competition. A total of thirty (30) merits are required, with a minimum of 16 earned through the Photographic Open competition (scoring 80 or higher). The remaining 14 merits may be service merits or any competition merits.
The FDAE is a degree earned primarily through the FPP’s annual Electronic Artist competition. A total of thirty (30) merits are required, with a minimum of 16 earned through the Electronic Artist competition (scoring 80 or higher). The remaining 14 merits may be either service merits or any competition merits.
The "Twenty Merit Bars"
Two Merits: Affiliate Delegate Chairman; FPP Platform Speaker (Convention or Seminar); Committee Chairman for Convention/School/Seminar; FOCUS Webmaster; 4th year Salon Committee worker; Illustrated article published in a recognized photographic publication (minimum 500 words - limit of 4 merits a year for articles).
Five Merits: FPP Vice President; FPP Secretary/Treasurer; Florida Photography Workshops Director; Competition Manager
One Point: Florida Photography Workshops (2 days attendance); FPP Fall or Spring Seminar; Attendance with FPP approved Mentor; Attendance at PPA Convention; Attendance at PPA PEC.
Two Points: FOCUS, FPP Convention (2 day minimum attendance)