Maryland's only Professional Trade Association Committed to the Artistic, Technical, Personal, and Business Success of the Professional Photographer


Upcoming events

    • January 31, 2018
    • 1:00 PM
    • February 03, 2018
    • 10:00 PM
    • Oliver's Carriage House, 5410 Leaf Treader Way, Columbia MD 21044

    MDPPA 2018 Convention Programming, Schedule and Registration is LIVE!

    A link for our hotel room block ($85 + tax/night) will be coming soon!

    • February 01, 2018
    • 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
    • Olivers Carriage House 5410 Leaf Treader Way, Columbia MD 21044

    {Save the date! Registration will be available when Convention 2018 planning is complete}

    Join us for this informative and very interesting opportunity to observe the judging of MDPPA Members' image submissions. This is our 2018 Annual Competition!

    The process for the Annual Print Competition is slightly different than the process for the monthly digital competition.   The Annual is a Printed and Digital competition.  

    (these dates, times and fees are from last year and are subject to change, as Convention 2018 is still in the planning stages) 

    1) Submitted images are Printed and Digital. All images (prints and digital) must be submitted through by 11:59 pm on January 28, 2018.

    2) Printed images must be dropped off on Wednesday, January 31st, from 4-6pm.

    3) Printed images must have the required completed paperwork attached to the back of the mounted print. Download the Annual Competition fillable PDF forms under the Print Competition page of this website.

    4) Print entry fees must be paid through by 11:59 pm on January 28, 2018. Fees are $95 case fee (for 4 images in the Open Category and 1 MD image). Open Category has the following options: Portrait, Wedding, Illustrative, Commercial and Album. There is an additional $95 case fee for 4 images in the Artist category (formally Electronic Imaging). 

    You will find additional information about the Annual Print Competition on the Print Competition page, such as print rules and how to prepare your images.   Your unique print competition letter designation can be found in your member profile or by contacting the print chair.   

    If you have any questions about submitting your images, please contact the print chair at the above email address.

    Our Annual Competition is held in conjunction with our Annual Convention. Our digital image monthly competitions are held in April, July and October of each year. See our Convention information on this website and consider joining us!
    Thank you for participating in MDPPA's Print Competition!     



    • February 03, 2018
    • 6:00 PM - 10:00 PM

    Please Join Us for the

    Maryland Professional Photographers Association 

    Annual Banquet

    Members and Guests

    Saturday, February 3rd, 2018

    6:00pm - 10:00pm

    Cocktail Attire

    This year's event is hosted at the charming Overhills Mansion, tucked away in Catonsville, Maryland.  The historic mansion is just under a twenty-minute drive from Oliver's Carriage House, where our convention is held.  Whitehouse Caterers has planned an exquisite sit-down, three course meal for us, following appetizers being served while we arrive.  It is a night to celebrate in style!  We hope you will join us.

    We are excited to offer an early bird discount for those who sign up on or before January 21, 2018! The cost per ticket will be $60 early bird, then starting January 22nd it will be $70 per ticket. Meal selections can be made with registrations, up until January 21st. 

    If you have never attended the annual awards banquet before, make this your first year. It is a time of fun and fellowship among members.  Many awards are presented that evening, for both print competition and service to the association and industry. We invite you to come and support your fellow photographers, not just to celebrate each other's achievements, but also to celebrate the MDPPA as a whole. It is truly a unique organization that to many of us has become family.

    Join the fun, and register now!



    Fresh Market Display

    Fresh seasonal vegetables, domestic & local artisan cheeses garnished with fresh, seasonal fruits and accompanied by house-made crackers, marinated vegetables and fresh dips

    Warm Spinach & Artichoke Fondue

    served with pita chips

    ~Seated Dinner~

    ~First Course~

    (gluten free and vegan)

    Winter Salad Featuring Root Vegetables and Kale

    Home Baked Breads

    ~Main Course~

    (each guest will select one main course during online registration)

    Grilled Steak and Maryland Style Crab Cake

    Guinea Hen Stuffed w/ Mushroom Duxelles (Morels if Available)

    Vegan: Spelt "Pilaf" with Abilone Mushrooms

    ~all entrees accompanied by~

    Cauliflower & Potato Mash

    Charred Brussels Sprouts


    Assorted House-Made Desserts (heavy on chocolate)


    coke, diet coke, sprite, ginger ale, club soda, tonic water, sweet iced tea,

    lemonade, filtered water and a gourmet coffee & tea station

    {You are invited to bring your own Beer or Wine, as a bar will not be available} 

    Menu choices are available, but only up to January 21, 2018. So if you have special dietary requirements we need you to sign up early to meet those needs.

Past events

December 13, 2017 MDPPA Holiday Social 2017
November 15, 2017 A Full Day of Wedding Photography Education! Creating Impact with Art - Turning the Ordinary into Extraordinary
October 25, 2017 October 2017 Print Competition
September 27, 2017 Portrait Lighting for Maximum Impact and Lightroom to Run Your Studio
August 23, 2017 The Business of Photography: From Hobby to Sustainable Profession
July 26, 2017 July 2017 Print Competition
June 28, 2017 Profiting From Non-Profits
May 24, 2017 Making the Jump to Commercial Photography and Modern Senior Portraiture
April 26, 2017 April 2017 Print Competition
March 10, 2017 Gallery Day Out: Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture
March 04, 2017 MDPPA 2017 Annual Awards Banquet
March 02, 2017 2017 Annual Print/Digital Competition
March 01, 2017 MDPPA Annual Convention 2017
February 22, 2017 Bodyscapes with Matt Meiers
January 25, 2017 Getting Noticed In The Crowd: Social Media and Marketing for Photographers
January 18, 2017 Ins and Outs of Print Competition
December 14, 2016 MDPPA Holiday Social 2016
December 01, 2016 Consider the Masters - Gallery Tour at the National Gallery of Art
November 16, 2016 Conceptual Portraits - Tatiana Lumiere
October 26, 2016 October 2016 Print Competition
October 25, 2016 Two Days of Pet Photography with Barbara Breitsameter Day 1 and Angela Lawson Day 2
September 27, 2016 Location Portraits with Dave Brosha
August 24, 2016 Doug Mattice- Business
July 27, 2016 July Print Competition
June 22, 2016 Teens and Tweens with Lidia Miller
June 17, 2016 CPP Exam
May 25, 2016 Seniors with Beth Forester
April 27, 2016 Print Competition
April 26, 2016 Ann Monteith's Get Down To Business!
April 13, 2016 Double Your Income- Double Your Fun! Joe Switzer
March 23, 2016 Take Your Prints To the Next Level With Christine Walsh-Newton
February 28, 2016 MDPPA Annual Awards Banquet
February 26, 2016 Sensor Cleaning
February 26, 2016 Annual Print Competition February 26, 2015
February 25, 2016 MDPPA Annual Convention 2016
February 03, 2016 Time Lapse photography and 360 Degree Virtual Reality Photography
January 20, 2016 How to Prepare for the annual print competition with Christina Martin (MDPPA Print Chairman)
December 04, 2015 MDPPA Holiday Social
November 18, 2015 How To Photograph Pets and Their People
October 28, 2015 Print Competition October 28 2015
October 14, 2015 CPP Exam
October 08, 2015 CPP Mentorship Workshop
September 30, 2015 Boudoir by Jen Rozenbaum
March 07, 2015 Annual Awards Ceremony and Banquet
February 21, 2015 "A Planet of Light: Exploring Light, Lines, and Moments in our Outdoor World" - Dave Brosha
February 21, 2015 Avant Garde Fashion with Brian deMint
January 28, 2015 Tim Cooper - Painting with Light

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Maryland Professional Photographers Association, Inc. is a 501(c)6 non-profit organization. PO Box 266, Simpsonville, MD, 21150

Association financial information is available by request.

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