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


Upcoming events

    • October 25, 2017
    • 2:00 PM
    • Oliver's Carriage House, 5410 Leaf Treader Way, Columbia, MD 21044

    October 25, 2017 Print Competition

    Register here to attend our autumn MDPPA monthly print competition!  Members are eligible to submit images, but our print competition event is open to non-members to attend as our guest. To enter the print competition, please go to as instructed below.

    Please note that the start time for this competition for this month is 2pm.

    Here is information from our Print Chairperson, Christina Martin, on our method of entering your images for competition!

    We are using for our image submission and print competition facilitation.  If you haven't already, please take a minute to become a new member on this website.

    1 - go to
    2 - click on Register 
    3 - enter your email and password...
    4 - Select MDPPA
    5 - Scroll down to click register
    6 - Create your profile

    There are two levels of membership. The $6/year membership will be necessary in order to participate in the print competitions. The $10/quarter membership will provide you with access to thousands of images from around the U.S. You will be able to see the judges scores of your own images as well as all entries, and hear any challenges. This is a great learning opportunity. Please read the descriptions to decide which membership is best for you. Feel free to look around and become familiar with this website. 

    Continue to work on your images for print competition. I will send information on how to enter print comp closer to the date. Print Competition will be held on October 26th at 6:30pm but your images will still be due on Monday, October 23rd by 12:59AM, essentially midnight Sunday night.

    Please be sure to read the Print Competition Rules.  Links can be found under our Print Comp tab on this website.

    We appreciate your patience as we continue with this process. I will try my best to answer any questions. 

    -Christina Martin

    • November 15, 2017
    • 1:00 PM - 9:30 PM
    • Oliver's Carriage House, 5410 Leaf Treader Way, Columbia, MD 21044

    Join us for an All Day Program with Michael Anthony!

     (note change of meeting day! due to the Thanksgiving holiday, we are meeting one week earlier than usual)

    This is a PPA Continuing Education Class! PPA Members earn 1 PPA Merit for attending 6.5 hours of the class.

    Creating Impact with Art - Turning the Ordinary into Extraordinary……

    In today’s wedding market, you must be able to do more than take a good photo to stand out.  In a sea of competition, to find brides that value creativity over price, you need to be able to create images that make them say wow.  More than that, you must create incredible images, consistently, in some of the hardest situations that photographers find themselves in every weekend.

    In this course, Michael is going to show you his formula for creating incredible images in camera using your environment to your advantage as well as finding or creating good light in horrible locations. He’ll talk about visualizing your shot, and then executing it. Lastly, Michael will talk about building your shot from scratch using small Speedlites and a variety of tools you probably have in your camera bag already.

    • December 13, 2017
    • 6:30 PM - 11:00 PM
    • Oliver's Carriage House, 5410 Leaf Treader Way, Columbia, MD 21044

    In a few months, it will be That Time of Year!  It's never too early to plan!

    We hope you will join us to celebrate our year together.  Invite your special someone and mark your calendar for an evening of fun, food, great conversation, and friends!   

    Last year was so relaxing and fun, that we will gather again for this year's holiday social at our usual meeting place, Oliver's Carriage House, on Wednesday, December 13, 2017.  

    Food arrangements are currently underway...MDPPA will be providing the main dish - back by popular request - fried chicken! and non-alcoholic drinks. BYOB!   To sign up to bring a side dish or dessert to share, look for a link to signup genius that we will share in November.

    If you would like to participate in the $10 gift exchange game, please remember to bring a wrapped $10 gift! It was a hit last year!

    Please register here so that we know to expect you!

    Happy Holidays :)

    • January 31, 2018
    • 1:00 PM
    • February 03, 2018
    • 11:00 PM
    • Oliver's Carriage House, 5410 Leaf Treader Way, Columbia MD 21044

    MDPPA's Annual Convention 

    January 31 - February 3, 2018

    Speakers and Schedule to be announced this Fall!

    We look forward to seeing you!

    {Registration will be available when planning is complete}

    • 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
    • 5:00 PM - 9:00 PM

    Our Annual Awards Banquet is currently in the planning stages, with the expected date to be the evening of February 3, 2018.

    When planning is complete, information will be updated here and registration will be available.  Until then, we hope you will save the date!

Past events

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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