PPSDC Fellowship Award

Fifty (50) image competition merits are required for the PPSDC Fellowship Medal per the schedule below.  Service merits cannot be applied to this award.

Image Competition Result

Images/albums scoring 79 or less

Images/albums scoring 80 or more

Best in Class

Best in Show

Alternate Best in Show

Category Photographer of the Year

PPSDC Photographer of the Year

Fellowship Merits Earned

None

1 merit

1 additional merit

1 additional merit

1 additional merit

5 additional merits

10 additional merits

PPSDC Service Award

The PPSDC Service Award is based on service to the Association.

Forty (40) merits are required for this award per the schedule below.  PPSDC Fellowship merits cannot be applied to this award.

A maximum of twenty (20) service merits can be accumulated in any one PPSDC fiscal year.  Merits in excess of 20 can be carried over to the next year.  Once you get involved, merits start adding up! PPSDC Members are required to keep track of their own service merits and submit a form requesting the medal when 40 merits have been earned.  Honorary Service medals can be awarded to sustaining members by the PPSDC Board of Directors.

PPSDC Board

President

Chairman of the Board

Vice Presidents, Secretary, Treasurer

Board member

Committee Chair

Committee Member

Service Merits Earned

8 merits

3 merits

5 merits

3 merits

2 merits

1 merit

PPSDC Magazine

Editor, 12 issues

Author, Illustrated article

Author, Non-illustrated article

Service Merits Earned

15 merits

5 merits

3 merits

General

PPSDC Print Competition Moderator

PPSDC Print Competition Judge

PPSDC Affiliate Entrant

PPSDC Studio Sharing (host)

PPSDC Photographer (one year)

PPSDC Presidents Award

 Service Merits Earned

5 merits

5 merits

2 merits

3 merits

10 merits

10 merits

Workshops / Seminars

Speaker, PPSDC sponsored program, min 2 hours

Speaker, PPA/PPC Affiliate program, min 2 hours

Speaker, PPSDC sponsored program, full day, 6-8 hours

Speaker, PPA/PPC Affiliate program, full day, 6-8 hours

Attendee, PPSDC sponsored program, min 2 hours

Attendee, PPSDC sponsored program, full day, 6-8 hours

Attendee, West Coast School, min 3 days

Service Merits Earned

5 merits (*)

2 merits

10 merits (*)

4 merits

2 merits

5 merits

5 merits

* – limited to one engagement per year.

Frank Van Valkenburgh Award

Frank Van Valkenburgh, affectionately known as the Baron of Coronado, lived in Coronado for many years after retiring from the Navy; he was a life time supporter of the Professional Photographers Association of San Diego County (as it was then known) and of the Professional Photographers of California. Frank spent many years on the PPSDC board and worked his way up to President.  After completing his term as Chairman of the Board, Frank stayed on as the BRE Chair (Bylaws Rules and Ethics). No one knew the bylaws and Rules as well as Frank, ever!

Frank never missed a board meeting, regular meeting, or PPC meeting for many years, even when he was struck down with a severe illness. Frank would still have his wife take him to the meetings. No meeting was too far for Frank to travel!

Frank was very involved with the Professional Photographers of California and spent many years on the board as BRE chair. He was a recipient of the PPC Service Medallion, was inducted into the PPC Hall of fame in 1988 and was awarded the Paul Kennedy Medallion for service above and beyond in 1991 (this was the forerunner to the now Evans/Kingham Medallion).

Because of Frank’s dedication to the profession, to the Professional Photographers of San Diego and his service to the Professional Photographers of California, the board of directors of PPSDC honored Frank with the Frank Van Valkenburgh perpetual trophy for service to PPSDC beyond the normal.

The award was designed by Roger B. Daines, president of PPSDC at that time, and consists of a stand inlaid with previous recipient’s names and a wooden replica of a Hasselblad camera on the top. It was purposely made to be large and significant, to stand out above other awards because of its importance. The trophy is awarded every year and is retained by the recipient for that year and then returned to be presented to the latest awardee. The recipient receives a small plaque for posterity.

This award is a very special award and is not given lightly; the recipient is decided by the board of directors and goes to a PPSDC member who has contributed outstanding service to PPSDC.