I don’t like to be the one to toot my own horn, but good grief this one’s going to be screamed from my rooftop. I’m just so excited.

I decided last year that my five-year business plan would include trying to earn a Masters of Photography Degree from Professional Photographers of America. To receive this prestigious title, one has to earn points in both service and print competition. The service portion I’ve got “in the bag,” as I’ve been on VPP’s board for many years. But print competition on the International-level was all new to me. In my first competition I earned half of the necessary points, so if I do similarly next year I’ll have my Masters!

A five year plan completed in two? Heck, why not shoot for the moon, right?



Jamie Proctor-Brassard of Letter10 Creative in Hinesburg, Vermont was recently named a Platinum Medalist during Professional Photographers of America’s 2021 International Photographic Competition.

Her work will be on display at the upcoming Imaging USA, held January 16-18, 2022 in National Harbor, Maryland. Imaging USA is one of the largest annual conventions and expos for professional photographers.

A panel of 36 eminent jurors from across the United States selected the top photographs from over 5,000 total submitted entries at PPA headquarters in Atlanta. Judged against a standard of excellence, 1,926 images were selected for the Merit Collection and 1,225 (roughly 24 percent) were selected for the esteemed Imaging Excellence Collection—the best of the best. The Imaging Excellence Collection images will all be published in the much-anticipated “Excellence Collection” book by Marathon Press.

The level of the award is determined by how many of those four images receive the highest possible honor—acceptance into the PPA Loan Collection, which is displayed at photographic exhibitions, conventions, and other photography events. Proctor-Brassard was named a Platinum Medalist, meaning that three of her merited images entered the PPA Loan Collection. In 2021, they were one of only 79 Platinum Photographers of the Year.

About PPA:
Founded in 1868, Professional Photographers of America (PPA) is the largest and longest-standing nonprofit photography trade association. It currently helps 30,000 professionals elevate their craft and grow their business with resources, protection, and education, all under PPA’s core guiding principle of bridging the gap between photographers and consumers.