Master of Photography degree awarded to Portia Shao

Santa Cruz Photographer Earns Master of PhotographyShowing my Master of Photography medallion with my sponsor at degree ceremony
Portia Shao of Positive Vista Photography & Art by Portia Shao recognized for superior image making and photographic service with a degree from Professional Photographers of America

Santa Cruz, Jan 10,2017—Portia Shao of Positive Vista Photography & Art by Portia Shao in Santa Cruz has earned the master of photography degree from Professional Photographers of America (PPA). The degree was presented to Portia Shao by PPA president Lori Craft,
Cr.Photog., at the association’s annual convention, Imaging USA, held January 8-10, 2017 in San Antonio, Texas. The master of photography degree is not merely a piece of paper. It means that Portia Shao has met the standards of excellence set by PPA. She has been awarded this degree in recognition of her superior photographic competence demonstrated through photographic competition, advanced education and service to the profession. Portia Shao’s degree—and all the expertise they require—illustrate her accomplishments and talent as one of a select few.

Portia Shao opened her studio in Santa Cruz in 2007, specializing in studio portraits of people, family and pets. She especially loves to create portraits of women showing their beauty at any age. Portia has volunteered at the SPCA and photographed thousands of dogs and cats to help them get adopted. Portia Shao is also one of less than 200 Certified Professional Photographers in California. About PPA Professional Photographers of America (PPA) is the largest international nonprofit association created by professional photographers, for professional photographers. Almost as long-lived as photography itself, PPA’s roots date back to 1869. The nonprofit assists nearly 30,000 members through protection, education and resources for their continued success. See how PPA helps photographers be more at

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Master of Photography degree requires 25 merits from the PPA, of those 12 are service merits and 13 are exhibit merits. Each year photographers enter photographs to the International Photographic Competition