Awards & Accreditation

The Portrait Masters Awards and Accreditation was launched in 2017. This bi-annual event is the chance for professional portrait photographers around the world to compete for best-in-category and earn accreditation towards levels of mastery.

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Merit Levels

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 Merit

High professional standard of technique and communication

Silver Merit

Exemplary execution of technique and visual presentation

Gold Merit

Excellence in all technical fields with outstanding creative communication and narrative

Accreditation

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.

Associate Level

Master Level

Fellow Level

As each photographer qualifies for Associate, Master, and then Fellow level, their folio is reviewed by the Master Judges.

Accredited Photographers

Fellow

Master

Associate

Alana Lee Alisa Stilwell Alison McKenny Anastasia Casey Andrea Di Prima Anita Watkins Annarose Monroe Ashley Lindsey Bassam Sabbagh Photography Beata Praska Ben Marcum Bettina Kramer Betty Laurent Bryanna Hunt Cami Bauman Charlotte Starup Cherie Johnson Christy Carter Clare Fisher Claudia Zurlo Daiva Gailiute Damien Molina Danielle Jenkins Dannielle Judd Dawn Tesoro Dina Lee Dina Mande Elisa Cicinelli Emily MacPherson Emma Guy-Macdonald Erica Dawn Manning Gabriela Homolová Gary Norman Gloria Plascencia Hande Gurdogan Hazel Blake Heike Delmore Helen Beavers Helena Kristiansson Hélena parmér Ines Schäfer Jackie Arias Jai Mayhew Jamie Nease Jan Gratz Jayne Howard Jean Yokiel Jennifer Brindley Jessica hanlon Jetti luckoski Joanna Booth Joanna Ziemlewski Julie Adams Julie Kiernan Kara Mullane Kara Woskett Kathy Howard Kelley Norcia Keri Little Kerto Elvin Kim Bomberger Kimberly M Witort Kimberly Pimentel Kristina Houser Kristine Logan Kristy Ambrogio Lainie Hanlon Laura Wichman Lavona Gelardi Liana Bruvere Liliya Lubenkova Lioutsia Koenig Lisa Schwerin Lori Patrick LuAnn Warner-Prokos Lydia Boenisch Lynn Seeden Malin Roksvåg Mapuana Reed Marci Lambert Margaret Arnecke Margo Millure Maria Pries Maria Stanisky Mary Breuer Mary Ellen O'Loughlin Maundy A Mitchell Melissa Jensen Melissa Robinson Michell Santelik Michelle Murray Michelle Pennings Minette Hanekom Morgan Fabrizio Nancy Flammea Natalie Wallace Nicole J Gates Oksana Kami (Fedoruk-Terleckyj) Olena Zaskochenko ICO 47772115 Olessia McGregor Paulina Gwaltney Paulina Lange Penny Sesher Pip Bacon Rebecca Benians Rebecca Shepard Renata Caughlin Roberta Montagnini Rodney Pedroza Russ Jackson Sarah Ferrara Sarah Hinchey Sharon Gerschwitz Shauna Crane -MODERATOR- Shawna Shenette Simone Napolitan-Schmetz Stephanie Daniel Crump Susan Bradfield Tammy Swarek Tatiana Lumiere Tracy Gerow Uta Theile Victoria West Wanda Malfara Whitney Collins Yolanda Fae Yunet Holmes