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PPA announces new online community, open to all

Professional Photographers of America (PPA) introduces www.OurPPA.com as a place where photographers can chat, ask questions, share ideas and post image galleries in a robust community that serves PPA members, as well as the photography community at large.

"We're very proud of this exciting new resource," comments PPA President Ann Monteith. "OurPPA.com was created in specific response to members' requests for an online community where they could interact and build a sense of oneness with other photographers. In the process of building the site, we recognized the greater benefit of making the online community available to everyone in the industry, not just PPA members. This means photographers will have instant access to more information, more creative ideas and more photographer friends than any other place online."

PPA members asked for a dynamic, interactive online photography community, and after significant research and planning, www.OurPPA.com is ready for launch. The intent is that the site's many discussion forums and photography galleries will provide insight, education and networking for photographers worldwide. At no cost, photographers will be able to solicit advice from peers, exchange opinions on new products, share their images, or even seek mentors from a world of experienced professionals.

"Photography changes so fast that we all need answers during every step of our careers—and we often need those answers in a hurry, so developing this online community makes perfect sense," proclaims Sandy Puc', Colorado photographer on PPA's board of directors, who was instrumental in the creation of the resource. "It's always easier to ask questions, try new things and go through growing pains when surrounded by a support group, which is exactly what photographers will find at OurPPA.com."

The forums are divided into numerous categories—New Ideas, Rookies, Copyright, Legal, Business, Marketing, Portrait, Wedding, Sports & Events, Commercial, Technology and Photoshop—so photographers with different specialties and photographers of varying levels of experience will all be able to find a place in the online community where they can get the answers and information they need.

"We'll continue to add new resources and features to the site," assures Gregory Aide, PPA Production Manager who will support the community from PPA's headquarters. "We already have a broad base of users, but as it grows, and as we collect more input, the community itself will determine what additions and changes are needed. The users will find their own direction and mold the community themselves."

The free-access online community is poised to grow in leaps and bounds and become the most user-friendly, all-inclusive source of information in the professional photography field.

About PPA
Professional Photographers of America, the world's largest and most influential photographic and imaging trade organization, exists to assist its more than 14,000 members in achieving their professional, artistic, and fraternal goals; to promote public awareness of the profession; and to advance the making of images in all of its disciplines as an art, a science and a visual recorder of history. For more information about PPA, visit www.ppa.com. To experience the new online community for yourself, visit www.OurPPA.com.