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  • The goal of APA National and its several chapters located in major US cities, is to establish, endorse, and promote professional practices, standards, and ethics in the photographic and advertising community.
  • Founded in 1944 by a handful of the world's leading photojournalists,ASMP promotes photographers' rights, educates photographers in better business practices, produces business publications for photographers and helps buyers find professional photographers.
  • ASPP is a nationwide organization of professionals who produce, sell, edit, catalog and use photographic imagery - a forum for education, information, dialogue, interaction and professional growth.
  • Founded in 1952 by Ansel Adams, Dorothea Lange, Barbara Morgan, Minor White, Beaumont Newhall and Nancy Newhall, Aperture is dedicated to advancing fine photography through its exhibitions and publications.
  • Aperture is a not-for-profit public foundation devoted to photography and related visual arts.
  • Organized in 1979, AIPAD is dedicated to creating and maintaining high standards in the business of exhibiting, buying and selling photographs as art.
  • Founded in 1988 in Britain, as a center to promote photographers who are of African, Caribbean and South Asian origin, and also to educate and inform their audience.
  • Since 1884, CCNY has offered classes, competitions and lectures to entice photographers and to enhance their careers.
  • CPW provides an artistic home for contemporary creative photography with programs in education, exhibition, publication, residencies, and services for artists.
  • Founded in 1974 as a resource for photographic creation, education, and presentation, CEPA provides a context for understanding the aesthetic, cultural, and political intersections of photo-related art as it is produced in our diverse society.
  • Founded in 1988, the Daguerreian Society is an organization of individuals and institutions sharing a common interest in the art, history and practice of the daguerreotype.
  • Founded in 1999, EP is a non-profit organization dedicated to improving the health and profitability of editorial photography. Its mission is to educate photographers and photography buyers about business issues affecting the industry, and in the process raise the level of business practices in the profession.
  • FotoFests purpose is to promote the exchange of art and ideas through international programs and the presentation of photographic art. Our programs work globally and locally, bringing together an international vision of art and cross-cultural exchange with a commitment to community involvement and the enrichment of Houstons cultural resources.
  • In 2005 Getty images launched its grants program. The goal is to enable photographers to bring attention to significant social and cultural issues, as well as to take new and inspiring strides in creative work.
  • HCP is an educational and cultural organization that deepens the understanding and appreciation of the photographic arts through exhibitions, publications, and educational programming.
  • This site provides thousands of web pages for the photography collector, curator and historian.
  • The Hall of Fame is the result of a project beginning in 1965 by the Photographic Art and Science Foundation, and its mission is to promote awareness and education of the history of photography.
  • A primary resource and community of large format photographers on the Internet, providing a place where large format enthusiasts can freely exchange ideas and help each other.
  • The Light Factory is a non-profit arts center dedicated to exhibition and education programs promoting the power of photography and film.
  • Since 1973, Light Work has provided direct support to artists working in photography and digital imaging through exhibitions, lectures, classes, artist residencies, publications and other related projects.
  • Today after more than a century the mission of National Geographic Society grows in urgency and scope. The Society continues to develop new and exciting vehicles for broadening its reach and enhancing its legendary ability to bring the world to its millions of members.
  • NANPA promotes the art and science of nature photography as a medium of communication for nature appreciation and environmental protection. It also provides education and inspiration, gathers and disseminates information, and develops standards for all persons interested in the field of nature photography.
  • A non-profit visual arts organization dedicated to the enrichment of life through exhibitions, community programs, workshops and other educational activities that promote the arts of photography and digital imaging.
  • Over the 75 years of its existence, PMAI has grown and evolved to meet the changing needs of the continuously expanding imaging industry. Today, PMA serves over 18,000 members in 100-plus countries.
  • From its inception in 1995, the site has aimed to be a "photography learning community", in which more experienced photographers, both avid amateurs and professionals, provide mutual support, as well as being a resource for those interested in learning about photography.
  • A nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting the understanding, appreciation and creation of contemporary photography.
  • Founded in 1947, the Guild helps foster and encourage the art and science of photography among its members and the public by offering competitions, evaluations, field trips, seminars, shows, workshops and presentations by outstanding professional photogaphers.
  • PRC at Boston University is an independent non-profit organization that serves as a vital forum for the exploration and interpretation of new work, ideas, and methods in photography and related media.
  • Established in 1936, bringing together professional and amateur enthusiasts of all ages and levels of achievement. As a non-profit organization, its mission is to promote and enhance the art and science of photography in all its phases, among members and non-members alike.
  • PhotoMigrations is a premier nature photography community offering to all levels of nature photographers, an environment to share their photography and expertise.
  • Founded in 1974, SFCAMERAWORK encourages emerging and mid-career artists to explore new directions in photography and related media by fostering creative forms of expression that push existing boundaries.
  • SPE is a non-profit membership organization that provides a forum for the discussion of photography and related media as a means of creative expression and cultural insight. Through its interdisciplinary programs, services and publications, the society seeks to promote a broader understanding of the medium in all its forms, and to foster the development of its practice, teaching, scholarship and criticism.

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