American Masters

PPA Annual Awards

In Phoenix Arizona, Merle was awarded the Master of Photography Degree from Professional Photographers of America (PPA). The degree was presented to Somerville by PPA president, Ralph J. Romaguera, at the Association’s Annual Convention, Imaging USA, last January.

The Master of Photography Degree is not merely a piece of paper. It means that Somerville has met the standards of excellence set by PPA. He has been awarded this degree in recognition of his superior photographic competence demonstrated through photographic competition, advanced education and service to the profession.

The American Master of Photography Degree—and all the expertise it requires— illustrates his accomplishments and talent as one of a select few in Canada.

Somerville says, ”It was an honor after 30 years, to be awarded my American Master of Photography. It has been on my “Bucket List” since receiving my Canadian Masters Degree several years ago. The ceremony was made more special, having Kenny Rogers present, seeing and hearing about his photography, and receive an Honorary Master of Photography Degree at the same time.”