Learn More About PPETN Membership Opportunities

Are you considering joining East Tennessee’s official professional photography trade association? 

There are many benefits to membership – click here for a list of a few of them. All members must agree to and uphold PPETN’s Code of Ethics that can be viewed here.

PPETN offers membership types of a few varieties, which are outlined below. If you have any questions, please feel free to ask us here.

Membership dues include a 12-month membership in the Professional Photographers of East Tennessee, and are paid annually from the date a member first joins PPETN. All membership dues become due and payable in full on the first day of membership (for new members) or on the first day after a member’s 12-month membership term ends (for renewing members). Any member (new or renewing) failing to remit their dues within one calendar month following their membership dues due date shall be deemed not in good standing. Failure to remit dues after an additional two months shall be considered cause for cancellation of membership.

Primary Active Memberships
Active Professional Photographer

This is an individual membership and a standard membership type for all professional photographer members of PPETN.

Active Professional Photographer Members must:

  1. Be employed full-time in a photographic capacity by a firm or corporation
    or
  2. Operate a business with the primary purpose of assignment photography.

Other Membership Details & Requirements

  • Active Professional Photographer Members owning their own business must furnish a copy of their current business license(s) prior to joining or renewing. Employees of firms or corporations must provide a statement of employment from the employer on official letterhead prior to joining or renewing.
  • Active Professional Photographer Members are highly recommended to also be members in good standing with the Professional Photographers of America, Inc. (PPA). If a PPETN Member is also a PPA Member, they are required to supply their PPA membership number.
  • Active Professional Photographer Members have all rights and privileges of membership including holding office and voting.

The dues of membership for an Active Professional Photographer Member are $75 per year.

Active Professional Studio

This is a group membership and a standard membership type for all multi-employee professional photography studios within PPETN.

Other Membership Details & Requirements

  • Active Professional Studio Memberships include individual memberships for a single (1) Principal Studio Photographer and up to three (3) Additional Studio Photographers. Each individual included in the membership must be engaged in a photographic or support capacity by a business operated by the Principal Studio Photographer, the primary purpose of which must be assignment photography.
  • The Additional Studio Photographers of an Active Professional Studio Membership must be employed in a full- or part-time photographic capacity by the Principal Studio Photographer’s business.
  • Active Professional Studio Members must furnish a copy of their current business license(s) prior to joining or renewing.
  • Additional Studio Photographers must be documented in a statement of employment from the employer on official letterhead prior to joining or renewing.
  • Additional Studio Photographer Memberships within an Active Professional Studio Membership are non-transferable during the current term of membership.
  • The Principal Studio Photographer is highly recommended to also be a member in good standing with the Professional Photographers of America, Inc. (PPA). The Additional Studio Photographers are encouraged to also be members in good standing with PPA. If a PPETN Member is also a PPA Member, they are required to supply their PPA membership number.
  • The Principal Studio Photographer of an Active Professional Studio Membership has all rights and privileges of membership including holding office and voting.
  • The Additional Studio Photographers of an Active Professional Studio Membership may enter submissions to the Laughlin Print Photography Competition (monthly) or PPETN Annual Image Salon Competition, but may not vote.
  • The Additional Studio Photographers of an Active Professional Studio Membership may not hold office.
  • The Additional Studio Photographers of an Active Professional Studio Membership may not vote on By-Law changes, Rules or Regulations adopted by the B.O.D., or general guidelines and plans proposed at general business meetings, unless the B.O.D. makes an exception.
  • The Additional Studio Photographers an Active Professional Studio Membership have all other rights and privileges of membership not specifically prohibited here.

The dues of membership for an Active Professional Studio Membership are $125 per year.

Secondary Active Memberships
Active Aspiring Photographer

This is an individual membership and a limited-term membership type designed to encourage an aspiring professional photographer to develop professional photography ethics, values, and expectations, as well as goals, skills, and techniques with the ultimate goal of becoming a trained, confident, and contributing Active Professional Photographer Member of PPETN.

Active Aspiring Photographer Members must:

  1. Be preparing for a career in photography
    or
  2. Be a new “entry level” professional employed full-time in a photographic capacity by a firm or corporation
    or
  3. Operate a photography-related business in its first two years of existence.

Other Membership Details & Requirements

  • Active Aspiring Photographer Members who operate a business related to the photography profession must furnish a copy of their current business license(s) prior to joining or renewing.
  • Active Aspiring Photographer Members do not have voting rights nor can they hold office in PPETN.
  • Active Aspiring Photographer Members are encouraged to also be members in good standing with the Professional Photographers of America, Inc. (PPA). If a PPETN Member is also a PPA Member, they are required to supply their PPA membership number.
  • Active Aspiring Photographer Members may enter submissions to the Laughlin Print Photography Competition (monthly) or PPETN Annual Image Salon Competition, but may not vote.
  • Active Aspiring Photographer Members may not vote on By-Law changes, Rules or Regulations adopted by the B.O.D., or general guidelines and plans proposed at general business meetings, unless the B.O.D. makes an exception.
  • Active Aspiring Photographer Members have all other rights and privileges of membership not specifically prohibited here.
  • Active Aspiring Photographer Members may only remain in this membership type for one 12-month term with the option to renew for one additional 12-month term, for a maximum of two 12-month terms. After this, Active Aspiring Photographer Members must renew as Active Professional Photographer Members or Active Professional Studio Members.
  • The Active Aspiring Photographer Membership type is offered one time only and is not offered to members who, at any point in time, have been Active Professional Photographer Members, Active Professional Studio Members, Retired Professional Photographer Members, or Honorary Professional Photographer Members.
  • The Active Aspiring Photographer Membership type may, at the discretion of the B.O.D., not be offered to an individual whose professional experience suggests they are no longer an aspiring professional photographer.

The dues of membership for an Active Aspiring Photographer Member are $40 per year.

Active Student Photographer

This is an individual membership and a limited-term membership type designed to instill professional photography ethics, values, and expectations, as well as goals, skills, and techniques in students of photography with the ultimate goal of becoming a trained, confident, and contributing Active Professional Photographer Member of PPETN.

Active Student Photographer Members must:

  1. Be currently enrolled in a high school or accredited post-secondary educational institution
    and
  2. Be currently enrolled in classes that are focused on the development of photography skills or techniques (or a field related to the study of photography), or have officially declared a major, minor, or other focus of study related to the field of photography.

Other Membership Details & Requirements

  • Active Student Photographer Members must furnish proof of current enrollment prior to joining or renewing.
  • Active Student Photographer Members do not have voting rights nor can they hold office in PPETN.
  • Active Student Photographer Members are encouraged to also be members in good standing with the Professional Photographers of America, Inc. (PPA). If a PPETN Member is also a PPA Member, they are required to supply their PPA membership number.
  • Active Student Photographer Members may not enter submissions to or vote in the Laughlin Print Photography Competition (monthly). They may enter submissions to the PPETN Annual Image Salon Competition, but may not win awards.
  • Active Student Photographer Members may not vote on By-Law changes, Rules or Regulations adopted by the B.O.D., or general guidelines and plans proposed at general business meetings, unless the B.O.D. makes an exception.
  • Active Student Photographer Members have all other rights and privileges of membership not specifically prohibited here.
  • Active Student Photographer Members may only remain in this membership type while they are currently enrolled in an institution described above. Once they are no longer enrolled (or able to provide proof of enrollment), Active Student Photographer Members must renew as Active Aspiring Photographer Members, Active Professional Photographer Members, or Active Professional Studio Members.
  • The Active Student Photographer Membership type is offered one time only and is not offered to members who, at any point in time, have been Active Aspiring Photographer Members, Active Professional Photographer Members, Active Professional Studio Members, Retired Professional Photographer Members, or Honorary Professional Photographer Members.
  • The Active Student Photographer Membership type may, at the discretion of the B.O.D., not be offered to an individual whose professional experience suggests they are not an untrained student photographer.

The dues of membership for an Active Student Photographer Member are $25 per year.

Active Photography Educator

This is an individual membership designed to support photography educators in our area with continuing education and a community of professional photographers with which to assist and collaborate.

Active Photography Educator Members must:

  1. Be currently employed by a high school or accredited post-secondary educational institution with a physical school location or campus
    and
  2. Be currently teaching classes that are focused on the development of photography skills or techniques (or a field related to the study of photography).

Other Membership Details & Requirements

  • Active Photography Educator Members must furnish a statement of employment from the employer on official letterhead prior to joining or renewing.
  • Active Photography Educator Members do not have voting rights nor can they hold office in PPETN.
  • Active Photography Educator Members are encouraged to also be members in good standing with the Professional Photographers of America, Inc. (PPA). If a PPETN Member is also a PPA Member, they are required to supply their PPA membership number.
  • Active Photography Educator Members may not enter submissions to or vote in the Laughlin Print Photography Competition (monthly). They may enter submissions to the PPETN Annual Image Salon Competition, but may not win awards.
  • Active Photography Educator Members may not vote on By-Law changes, Rules or Regulations adopted by the B.O.D., or general guidelines and plans proposed at general business meetings, unless the B.O.D. makes an exception.
  • Active Photography Educator Members have all other rights and privileges of membership not specifically prohibited here.
  • Active Photography Educator Members may only remain in this membership type while they are currently employed in an institution described above. Once they are no longer employed (or able to provide proof of employment), Active Photography Educator Members must renew as Active Aspiring Photographer Members, Active Professional Photographer Members, or Active Professional Studio Members.
  • The Active Photography Educator Membership type is offered one time only and is not offered to members who, at any point in time, have been Active Aspiring Photographer Members, Active Professional Photographer Members, Active Professional Studio Members, Retired Professional Photographer Members, or Honorary Professional Photographer Members.

The dues of membership for an Active Photography Educator Member are $25 per year.

PPETN Membership Benefits
  • Active Professional Photographer

  • Free Educational Opportunities
  • Free Event Attendance
  • Submit to Laughlin Print Photography Competition
  • Vote for Laughlin Print Photography Competition Winners
  • Submit to Annual Image Salon Photography Competition
  • Win Awards at Annual Image Salon Photography Competition
  • Find A Photographer Directory Listing
  • Other Marketing Opportunities
  • Members-Only Discounts
  • Networking
  • Eligible to Apply for Laughlin Scholarship
  • Eligible to win Photographer of the Year
  • Image Publication
  • Holds Voting Rights
  • Members-Only Discussion Group
  • Portfolio Development
  • Eligible for PPETN Office
  • Easy Membership Management
  • Future Benefits Development
  • $75
    per year
  • Active Professional Studio

  • Free Educational Opportunities
  • Free Event Attendance
  • Submit to Laughlin Print Photography Competition
  • Vote for Laughlin Print Photography Competition Winners
  • Submit to Annual Image Salon Photography Competition
  • Win Awards at Annual Image Salon Photography Competition
  • Find A Photographer Directory Listing
  • Other Marketing Opportunities
  • Members-Only Discounts
  • Networking
  • Eligible to Apply for Laughlin Scholarship
  • Eligible to win Photographer of the Year
  • Image Publication
  • Holds Voting Rights
  • Members-Only Discussion Group
  • Portfolio Development
  • Eligible for PPETN Office
  • Easy Membership Management
  • Future Benefits Development
  • $125
    per year
  • Active Aspiring
    Photographer

  • Free Educational Opportunities
  • Free Event Attendance
  • Submit to Laughlin Print Photography Competition
  • NO Vote for Laughlin Print Photography Competition Winners
  • Submit to Annual Image Salon Photography Competition
  • Win Awards at Annual Image Salon Photography Competition
  • NO Find A Photographer Directory Listing
  • Other Marketing Opportunities
  • Members-Only Discounts
  • Networking
  • Eligible to Apply for Laughlin Scholarship
  • Eligible to win Photographer of the Year
  • Image Publication
  • NO Voting Rights
  • Members-Only Discussion Group
  • Portfolio Development
  • NOT Eligible for PPETN Office
  • Easy Membership Management
  • Future Benefits Development
  • $40
    per year
Non-Active Memberships
Retired Professional Photographer

This is an individual membership and a standard membership type for all retired or former professional photographer members of PPETN.

  • Retired Professional Photographer Members must have been an Active Professional Photographer Member or Active Professional Studio Member in PPETN for at least five continuous years.

Other Membership Details & Requirements

  • Retired Professional Photographer Members do not have voting rights nor can they hold office in PPETN.
  • Retired Professional Photographer Members are highly recommended to also be members in good standing with the Professional Photographers of America, Inc. (PPA). If a PPETN Member is also a PPA Member, they are required to supply their PPA membership number.
  • Retired Professional Photographer Members may not enter submissions to or vote in the Laughlin Print Photography Competition (monthly). They may enter submissions to the PPETN Annual Image Salon Competition, but may not win awards.
  • Retired Professional Photographer Members may not vote on By-Law changes, Rules or Regulations adopted by the B.O.D., or general guidelines and plans proposed at general business meetings, unless the B.O.D. makes an exception.
  • Retired Professional Photographer Members have all other rights and privileges of membership not specifically prohibited here.

The dues of membership for a Retired Professional Photographer Member are $25 per year.

Honorary Member

This individual membership is a great honor bestowed only at the discretion of the B.O.D. and must be recorded in the PPETN B.O.D. Minutes.

Other Membership Details & Requirements

  • Honorary Professional Photographer Members do not have voting rights nor can they hold office in PPETN.
  • Honorary Professional Photographer Members are highly recommended to also be members in good standing with the Professional Photographers of America, Inc. (PPA). If a PPETN Member is also a PPA Member, they are required to supply their PPA membership number.
  • Honorary Professional Photographer Members may not enter submissions to the Laughlin Print Photography Competition (monthly), but they may vote in this competition. They may enter submissions to the PPETN Annual Image Salon Competition, but may not win awards.
  • Honorary Professional Photographer Members may not vote on By-Law changes, Rules or Regulations adopted by the B.O.D., or general guidelines and plans proposed at general business meetings, unless the B.O.D. makes an exception.
  • Honorary Professional Photographer Members have all other rights and privileges of membership not specifically prohibited here.

There are no dues of membership for an Honorary Professional Photographer Member.