It’s been a few years since I submitted images for accreditation with the Professional Photographers of Canada. I had 10 under my belt and felt that showed a good range of my skills in various subject matter. Since then, however, I’ve been photographing more and more wildlife and realized this was an accreditation I would like to have. I am very pleased to announce that my submission was accepted!
What is an accreditation exactly?
Accreditation is the degree of elevation above the general membership level, and is achieved by submitting samples of the applicant’s photography in a chosen category. Accreditation demonstrates that the photographer has proven professional ability to the Board of Examiners of the Professional Photographers of Canada.
In assessing Accreditation submissions, the judges will consider the following criteria: Impact, Creativity, Style, Composition, Presentation, Color Balance, Centre of Interest, Lighting, Subject Matter, Technique and Story Telling.
Here is the description of the category as well as the images I submitted. It’s great to continue to push myself to make sure my abilities meet the high standard expected by the PPOC.
Ten (10) images of ten (10) different wild animal made in 10 different situations, on ten (10) different occasions. Wildlife refers to any animal that is free to roam and include mammals, birds, reptile and amphibians, rodents, marine and land animals. Animals photographed in zoos or fenced in areas do not qualify. Images should include three (3) environmental images where the animal is shown as part of a landscape and three (3) close-up images where the animal is captured in either a head and shoulder, 3/4 or full length pose. The other four (4) images may include a combination of environmental and portrait images. You may also include a maximum of two (2) images that show details of the animals (i.e. eyes, spots, stripes, etc.). Motion studies are also permitted to a maximum of two (2) images.