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Andrew Bowen, M.Photog., CPP
Degrees and Achievements


Master of Photography

Master of Photography Degree Lanyard

Earning my Master of Photography (M.Photog) Degree from Professional Photographers of America (PPA) highlights my photography career. The multi-year effort required accumulating 12 PPA-approved education credits by attending several classes and earning 13 merits in International Print Competition (IPC).  With the results of IPC 2020 (judged in October), I accumulated the required merits. I am thrilled and humbled to have the work that I create for clients be judged so favorably and amazed by how much I’ve learned in my journey.  Thank you to everyone who has been part of the journey thus far, and I look forward to seeing what new worlds we create together.

“So many people have taught, challenged, inspired, and provided reality checks along the way. I have been privileged to learn from amazing artists and business professionals throughout my career. I look forward to many more years of inspiration and challenge. Thank you, Emme, for being an honest and generous guide along the way, taking in a time-challenged neophyte, and making him feel worthy. Most of all, I want to thank my wife and daughter for their love and support throughout the time of success, doubt, expense and mental thrashing along the way”
-Andrew at 2021 Degree Ceremony

Certified Professional Photographer

During the Covid-19 crisis, I chose to do something I had been putting off: getting my certification from PPA. The certification process includes a test that assesses the photographer’s knowledge of a range of technical skills, including lighting and light, color theory, camera operation, optics, lens behavior, and editing tools. There is then an image submission that demonstrates the application of your technical skills. I am proud to say that I passed my exam on my first try with 96% and had my images accepted on my first submission. While I believed I had accumulated the knowledge to gain my certification, it was still good to complete it and validate my experience.

International Print Competition

Since 2016, I have participated in the Professional Photographers of America’s International Print Competition (IPC). IPC is a juried competition where images are judged against 12 factors, including impact, presentation, technical skill, and overall impression.  Each year, only four images may be submitted for consideration.  While not required by rules, all submitted images are work that I have done for clients. 

The merit means that the judges have deemed the image to be of excellent quality and artistry.  Some photos are considered to be exceptional and are selected to be part of the Loan Collection (which was renamed Imaging Excellence in 2021).

Judging happens in two phases. The District Print Competition is held in May, and a given photo may be “sealed” or not. A sealed photo is judged as a merit photograph at districts and is given its official merit designation at IPC in September/October. They are then considered for the higher honors of Imaging Excellence and Grand Imaging Awards at IPC. The official IPC presentations are then held at the Exhibition at the Imaging USA Conference held in January of the following year.

  • As of the 2021 IPC (held in September), a total of 16 images have been accepted.
  • In 2021 my submissions received a bronze designation for having all four photographs judged for merit. Only about 10% of photographers receive this designation in a given year.
  • In 2021 I received Top-10 designation in the portrait category of the Southeast District Print Competition for my image “Heart of the Sunrise”. This image and the other 3 that all received merit designation will go on to IPC in September.
  • In 2020 my first images were accepted in the Loan Collection, which represents the absolute best of the photos for the year.
  • In 2019 I received a prestigious bronze award at IPC for having all four of my photos receive merits.

▼ Loan Collection ▼

▼ Merit Collection ▼