About Us


The Southwest Professional Photographers Association’s mission is to Unite, Support and Educate the PPA members in the Southwest District.”

The Southwest Professional Photographers Association is a regional affiliate of the Professional Photographers of America based in Atlanta, Georgia. This region is made up of the all PPA members from the eight district states, (Arizona, Arkansas, Colorado, Louisiana, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Texas and Utah).  If you are a current PPA member located in any one of these states or if you are a member of one of the state associations, you are automatically also a member of the Southwest Professional Photographers Association.

SWPPA hosts an annual Conference and Expo for all photographers within the eight state region. It is normally held sometime during the first four months of the calendar year.  SWPPA strives to move this event around between various major metropolitan cities within the states included in this region.

SWPPA is also authorized by PPA to host the only affiliated regional print competition held in this region every year prior to PPA’s national print competition. This judging is always held in conjunction with the SWPPA convention. This provides an opportunity for the PPA members within this district, to have their images entered and judged by national jurors. Merits earned at this competition, will automatically be award the “Seal of Merit” at the next IPC competition held by PPA later the same year. Each state does host a print competition at their annual state meeting, where ribbons and trophies are awarded. The results from the state competitions are not applicable toward the district or national image competition.

The Southwest Professional Photographers Association was founded in 1920 and consequently held their first convention in Dallas, Texas on March 20, 1920.





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