The TPPA Fellowship Program is a means of rewarding those who have served the membership of the Texas Professional Photographers Association and who have given freely of their time. It also encourages members to remain active and to take advantage of the many benefits of Texas PPA.
The Fellowship Degree is divided into two segments, the Associate Fellowship Degree and the Full Fellowship Degree.
Associate Fellowship Degree: A TPPA member must earn 50 points, none of which have to be from photographic competition. Associate Fellowship requires a minimum of 15 combined points from TPPA Service, TPPA Events, Texas School and TPPA Annual Convention categories. It can be earned by TPPA members, spouses, and any dues paying member, including Staff Associates.
The Full Fellowship Degree can be achieved in two ways:
1. A total of 100 points, with a minimum of 30 combined points from TPPA Service, TPPA Events, Texas School and TPPA Annual Convention categories PLUS a minimum of 15 points which come from images receiving Merits or Texcellence awards at the Annual TPPA Photographic Competition.
2. A total of 125 points with a minimum of 30 combined points from TPPA Service, TPPA Events, Texas School and TPPA Annual Convention categories (competition points can be included, but are not required).
Additional Bar: Once you have earned the Full Fellowship, you can earn bars for your ribbon for continued service and participation. An additional bar is awarded for each additional 25 points.
To start keeping up with your Fellowship points, email Steve Kozak. You will be sent an invitation through email via Google Drive to access your records. Once you open the document, you simply type into the document to tally the points you have earned under each year and for each qualifying section.
This document is yours to continue updating and adding points as you earn them. Please bookmark the page and keep up with your login information.
Once you are eligible for one of the Fellowship Awards or additional bars, you must complete the Fellowship Award Application. The officers of TPPA would like to recognize members who earn these important awards and present them in front of the membership. This is usually done at the Awards Banquet at our I Heart Photography Conference and Expo, but they can also be presented at other TPPA Events.
Points should be sent in during the year in which they were earned. Some points may be grandfathered, such as holding office, receiving PPA degrees, presenting programs to guilds, etc. If you have any questions about the Texas Fellowship Degrees, please contact Steve Kozak.