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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. 
The FSA (Florida Service Award) is green
The FED (Florida Education Degree) is red
The FDPE (Florida Degree of Photographic Excellence) is light blue 
The FDAE (Florida Degree of Artistic Excellence) is gold

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 FSA is earned with merits received while working on or chairing committees, writing articles for the newsletter, eblast or website, speaking, judging, or volunteering to assist the FPP with various duties and responsibilities. A total of thirty (30) FPP Service Merits are required to earn the FSA.

Florida Education Degree (FED) 
The FED is earned by the accumulation of points, not merits. Points are earned by attending the annual convention, school, and seminars hosted by the FPP, as well as the PPA convention. A total of 35 points are required to earn the FED.

Florida Degree of Photographic Excellence (FDPE) 

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.

Florida Degree of Artistic Excellence (FDAE)

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"
After an award or degree has been earned and presented, our members continue to compete and continue to serve. The Twenty Merit Bars are presented for every twenty merits one earns above and beyond their respective degrees.

Here's a breakdown of how you can earn merits towards the above degrees...

One Merit: FPP Committee worker for Convention/School/Seminar (limit 2 per convention); FPP Mentor (per student); FPP President appointed committee worker; Guest Speaker/Judge at an FPP accredited photographic/post-secondary school; Article published in a recognized photographic publication (minimum 500 words-limit 4 merits per year); Affiliate Speaker (limit 1 time per year at your own); Affiliate Judge (limit 1 per Affiliate per year; no merits for judging at your own); Affiliate Mini-Seminar instructor; Affiliate Officer (total of 5 people per Affiliate); Affiliate Outstanding Service Award Recipient; Affiliate Webmaster (may receive up to 2 merits); Affiliate Newsletter Editor (may receive up to 2 merits); Affiliate Delegate (must attend 1 meeting, can’t combine 2 Affiliates;  Seminar Event Manager/Talent Manager (1 merit each per Seminar); PPA Super Monday instructor; PPA Councilor attending PPA Nat’l Council meetings.

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).

Three Merits: Affiliate President; Florida Photography Workshops Director Assistant; Florida Photography Workshops instructor; FPP Salon/Judge/Moderator at annual Convention.

Four Merits: FPP Board Director; FPP Event Manager; FPP Talent Manager; FPP Executive Director; FPP Webmaster

Five Merits: FPP Vice President; FPP Secretary/Treasurer; Florida Photography Workshops Director; Competition Manager

Six Merits: President of the FPP

Points for the FED may be earned in the following ways...

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)
Three Points: Florida Photography Workshops (4 days attendance)    

CLICK HERE to download a more detailed explanation of the 
FPP Degree Program in PDF format.

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