The accumulation of accreditation points is based on an international judging system. Images are judged on styling, composition, focus, lighting, connection, posing, post production and overall technique and presentation. Each image is judged separately and anonymously by 5 Masters Judges, an average score is calculated, and merits are awarded. Meet the judges and read full criteria on the awards page.
Bronze MeritHigh professional standard of technique and communication
Silver MeritExemplary execution of technique and visual presentation
Gold MeritExcellence in all technical fields with outstanding creative communication and narrative
Portrait Master — It is what we strive for.
This accreditation program, explicitly for portrait photographers of all genres, is a recognition of ‘high professional standard’, not something that awards merit only. Portrait Masters accredited photographers can ensure clients they are working with the true professionals of the industry. Points accumulate each round and never expire.
As each photographer qualifies for Associate, Master, and then Fellow level, their folio is reviewed by the Master Judges.