Professional Photographers of Canada

Nick De Clercq earns PPOC Accreditation

I am extremely proud to announce that I am officially a PPOC accredited photographer!

On February 7-8th I earned an Accreditation in Architectural after a series of my architectural work passed a juried process at the Accreditation judging session in London, Ontario.

With only 16 other photographers across Canada, 1 of them being in Atlantic Canada, and NO OTHER photographer in the Nova Scotia accredited in this category I am deeply humbled.

What is the PPOC?

Founded in 1946, the PPOC is a national association of photographers with the vision “to be Canada’s leaders in developing and maintaining the highest level of photographic excellence”. The PPOC connects photographers from across Canada, and inspires excellence through exposure to a diverse range of photographic techniques, while providing national competitions as a pinnacle of achievement.

So what does it mean to be accredited?

Professional Photographers must have an Accreditation in at least one specific genre of photography to advertise themselves as a member of the PPOC association. Awarding of the accreditation declares that the photographer has expertise in a specific area for they have submitted a collection of work for examination by the association’s panel of judges.  This accreditation system has been around for years and pre-dates digital photography.

Accreditation demonstrates that the photographer is capable of delivering image excellence and sets them apart as being industry leaders in a chosen category. You can be assured that photographers who have earned accreditations have successfully completed and maintained the highest requirements from a panel of Certified judges across Canada.

Here’s an excerpt from the official press release:

The Professional Photographers of Canada is pleased to announce that Nick De Clercq, has just earned an accreditation in Architectural, at our Accreditation judging in London, Ontario.

Accreditation is the first elevation above the general membership level, and is achieved by submitting samples of the applicant’s photography to a PPOC Board of Review for Accreditation. Accreditation demonstrates that the photographer is capable of delivering above average quality photography in a chosen category. In assessing Accreditation Submissions, the judges will consider the following criteria: Impact, Creativity, Style, Composition, Presentation, Color Balance, Centre of Interest, Lighting, Subject Matter, Image file quality, Technique and Story Telling.”

From now on I am an Accredited Professional Photographer of Canada. I feel tremendously grateful and honoured to have been awarded this title!

And lastly here are the images that were judged:

Source: Professional Photography of Canada (PPOC)

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