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Professional Photographers of America (PPA) Today, Professional Photographers of America (PPA) is the world’s largest nonprofit association for professional photographers, with more than 20,000 members in 54 countries. This association seeks to increase its members’ business savvy as well as broaden their creative scope, advancing careers by providing all the tools for success as they have since 1880.

Truly, life is more peaceful with PPA. Members can rest easy, knowing they’re backed by the industry’s most powerful organization.

Mission Statement
To be the leader in the dissemination of knowledge in the areas of professional business practices and creative image-making, and to define and maintain the industry’s standards of excellence.

Vision Statement
To create a global perspective that promotes business first, creativity foremost and excellence always.

PPA Code of Ethics
I, as a requirement for admission to and retention of membership and participation in Professional Photographers of America, Inc., agree to strive at all times to upgrade and improve my knowledge and skill of professional photography, marketing and related areas. In all my dealings with users of photography and the general public, I will:

1. Strive to present all photographic services in surroundings and in a manner which reflects the highest levels of professionalism.
2. Use the highest levels of honesty, professionalism and integrity.
3. Not use any marketing or competitive practice which violates any Federal Trade Commission, or other Federal or State regulatory agency rule or regulation, or Federal or State statute or any decision of any Federal or State Court; and
4. In all dealing with fellow professional photographers, students and others who aspire to be professional photographers, I shall share the knowledge and skill of professional photography.
5. Support efforts for and assist in the education of all interested persons the general public in the art and science of professional photography.

PPA’s Code of Ethics is enforced by the Bylaws, Rules and Ethics (BRE) Committee. The BRE Committee is a committee composed of PPA members. One of the BRE Committee’s responsibilities is to conduct preliminary investigations and due process hearings as necessary for referred matters regarding perceived violations of the Code of Ethics. Ethics Complaints may only be filed against current members of the organization, to inquire about your photographer’s membership status please contact PPA’s Customer Service Center at 800-786-6277 or To file a complaint against a PPA member please refer to the following documents: