The Southwest Professional Photographers
Association is a regional affiliate of the
Professional Photographers of America. The
region consists of six different affiliated
state associations; Arkansas PPA,
Colorado PPA, Louisiana PPA,
New Mexico PPA, Oklahoma PPA and Texas PPA. Any
individual who is a member of the state
association where their residence / business is
located are automatically a member of SWPPA.
Under an agreement approved by the seven member
states, a portion of everyone’s state membership
dues is sent to Southwest PPA every year. This
payment allows every member, within the state in
which they are located, to attend the regional
convention for free, as long as they are a
current due paid member of their local state.
The Southwest PPA regional convention, print
competition and trade show is held every even
numbered year at a location within the region.
The Texas PPA convention, Southwest regional
print competition and trade show on the odd
Southwest hosts the PPA Southwest District image
competition and judging every year at the
site of the regional convention, regardless if
the convention is hosted by Southwest or by
Texas. Entries receiving a score of 80 or above
at this judging will automatically earn an
exhibition merit from the Professional
Photographers of America if the entry is sent to
the next scheduled national judging.
Founded in 1920, the purpose of the Southwest
PPA is to advance the profession of photography
within the five states of the region, to promote
and foster friendly relations between all of its
members, to inform the members of new trends and
educate the same members within this industry
while elevating the overall standards of the
work of the profession by acting collectively.