The SPA Program

Scholar Defined: A person who has done advanced study in a special field.

Scholar of Photographic Arts Program

Welcome to the IEPPV Scholar of Photographic Arts Program (SPA). The SPA program is specifically designed to encourage members to be well-rounded photographers and be involved in all that IEPPV has to offer.

Our goal is to define and shape the professional standards, ethics, and education of those desiring to be full or part-time professional photographers by providing an atmosphere of learning. We will provide this through educational and informational classes, in-the-field workshops, service to IEPPV, image competition, forums, and professional affiliations.

IEPPV will provide SPA participants with support, encouragement, and structure to accelerate their education in the business and art of photography. Upon completion of the program, IEPPV will honor participants will a certificate; however, the training, skills, and experience developed during the program are the true rewards.

Participation is free. An IEPPV Premium membership is the only prerequisite for this program.

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Requirements for Completion

IEPPV Classroom workshops and webinars – Attend 30 hours
Excluding IEPPV general meetings

IEPPV In-the-field workshops – Attend 20 hours

Service hours to IEPPV – Volunteer 25 hours
In an effort to earn service merits – Ask any board member how you can help.

Assist another photographer – 10 hours
Work together with another IEPPV member, or any photographer, on any photo project

Participate in four image review classes and four IEPPV image competitions. Earn four image competition merits in any category (only two of which may be in the workshop category).

Attend one IEPPV board meeting.

Required Reading
Click the links to review the following documents.

SPA BookletCode of Ethics | Image Competition Rules | Service Award Requirements