Benefits of Membership


    • Five monthly guest speakers
    • Five image and print competitions
    • Educational workshops
    • Photo safaris

Social Events

July installation dinner and award ceremony. 
December holiday party and print exchange. Monthly photo Safaris


Network with San Diego’s leading photographers. Make new friends and gain supporter to achieve your own professional goals.


Our membership consists of both experienced and successful photographers as well as new and emerging photographers. Our members new and old realize the importance of helping each other and sharing their photographic knowledge. This type of mentorship will not only helps with your photography and business skills, but also helps sets ethical standards of professionalism in the industry.


We offer a user friendly and informative website for both members and potential clients. Those searching for photographers, may use the “Find a Photographer button” to contact our members. Our Calendar and Events page is continually updated with classes, workshops, seminars as well as photography conferences and expos. Our Facebook page is another way to keep informed and to communicate with your photography friends.
“The Professional” is a bi-monthly newsletter with articles, photography tips, competition results and more. PPSDC also communicates through E-mail and Constant Contact updates.

Image Competition

One of the most exciting and educational parts of being a member of Professional Photographers of San Diego County is our bi-monthly digital image competition. We offer five competitions per year with a maximum entry of three images per competition. Image competition was designed to improve and perfect your photography skills. Our panel of judges will critique and sore your images according to Professional Photographers of America’s competition standards. A new set of judges is selected for each competition. Image Competition on the local level prepares you for state and regional competition as well as PPA international competition. Many of our members are striving for their Master of Photography degree (M.Photog.). Offered through PPA, this degree is awarded by earning print and service merits.

Photographer of the year awards

Print competition scores determine these awards. Not only are photographer of the year awards pretty, but they also help with marketing your business. Awards help to achieve recognition of your accomplishments by your peers and clients. Awards also help to obtain a status point in the photography industry. They will aid in increasing the trust, which others put in your photography. Your clients will be impressed that you’ve received “Professional Photographers of San Diego County’s Photographer of the Year award.”

The awards are as followed:
  •  San Diego Illustrative Photographer of the Year
  •  San Diego Commercial Photographer of the Year
  •  San Diego Nature Photographer of the Year
  •  San Diego Pet Photographer of the Year
  •  San Diego Photojournalism Photographer of the Year
  •  San Diego Children’s Photographer of the Year
  •  San Diego Wedding Photographer of the Year
  •  San Diego Portrait Photographer of the Year
  •  San Diego High School Senior Portrait Photographer of the Year
  •  San Diego Photographer of the Year
  •  San Diego Image of the year
Professional Membership
$120 /year
An Active Professional is an individual who’s primary occupation is professional photography. To be listed on the PPSDC website applicant must present the Board of Directors with a body of work indicating professional ability, photography business license and California sales tax permit.
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