Professional Photographers of South Carolina
Get all the details on how to earn merits towards your associate fellowship or fellowship designation with Professional Photographers of South Carolina.

Earning your fellowship or associate fellowship shows your dedication to the photographic industry in our state through a commitment to volunteer your time through service, entering print competitions and speaking at educational events.

We are bringing this program back to South Carolina and will be working on developing this process over the next few months.  

If you have merit earning service, speaking or print competition items, please submit the form below.  Stay tuned for information on the facebook page, by email and in our groups as we move this process forward.

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  • Merit Request Form

    Fill out the form to request PPSC state merits to be applied towards your associate fellow or fellow.
  • A NEW form must be submitted for each merit type. Print merits are automatically awarded. If you are requesting print merits, please only use this form if there is a merit that you feel is missing.

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  • Earn merits towards your State Associate Fellowship and Fellowship! Please list your merits and date. You can see the list of merit earning activities on the PPSC website or below. Merits must be submitted by February 17, 2018 to be awarded at our banquet on March 4 2018. You can submit for multiple years. Your merit report will be updated prior to each years annual conference. Degrees will be awarded in February at the Annual Conference.

  • Professional Photographers of South Carolina

    State Merit Program

    Earn the following designations

    Associate Fellow

    85 merits – must have at least 15 service merits and 15 print merits and 15 education merits


    170 merits – must have at least 30 service merits and 30 print merits and 30 education merits

    Below are the categories for earning merits towards your designation.

  • What earns you a state merit? Check out this handy list below!

    All awards and degrees are conferred on members at the annual convention.

  • Print Merits – awarded at Annual State Print Competition

    Deserving of display (score of 70 or above) – 1

    Merit Print (scoring 80 to 89) – 2

    Merit Print (scoring 90 to 100) - 3

    Court of Honor – 2

    Distinguished – 3

    1st place – 4

    Photographer of the Year – 2

    Lamarr School Scholarship Winner – 2

    People’s Choice – 2

    Best of Show - 2

    Best Black and White - 2

    Gallery, Masterpiece or ASP Award – 2

    Participation in preliminary practice print competitions - 1

    (maximum 1 point per quarterly comp.)

    Education Merits

    Lamarr School attendee – 4

    Other PPA affiliate schools – 3

    Imaging – 4

    Annual Convention/Conference – 2

    Classes or workshops over 6 ½ hours - 1

    Service Merits (Annually)

    Chairman of the Board – 4

    President – 8

    Vice President – 5

    Secretary – 5

    Treasurer – 5

    Executive Director – 5

    District Chair – 4

    Director at Large – 1

    Website – 5

    Newsletter – 5

    Writing articles for newsletter - 1

    Records – 4

    PPA Councillors – 3

    Conference Chair – 5

    Assistant to the Conference Chair – 2

    Committee Worker – 1

    Hospitality Chair – 2

    Ambassador Chair -1

    Print salon Chair – 4

    Print Salon Assistant Chair – 2

    Print Salon Volunteer - 1

    Lamarr School Director – 5

    Lamarr School Assistant Director – 3

    Lamarr School Volunteer (all week) – 2

    Program Speaker -2

    Program Host – 1

    Volunteer – 1

    Bringing in new member -1

  • State merits are not interchangeable with degree earning merits from Professional Photographers of America (PPA). Merits are tallied annually and maintained by our PPSC president.

    If you need assistance or have questions, please contact, Kris Copeland at 803.238.2296.

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