Earning Designations

Members are afforded the opportunity to earn designations through APNPI programming, as a means of keeping on the cutting edge of their profession.  Designations demonstrate superior skill, offer the edge in marketing your business, and keep your price points in the top range of your area by proving to clients that they are getting the best of the best!

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For the member that has obtained the required Image + service merits (810 combined) to achieve your Craftsman of Newborn Portraiture.

Administration Fee: $150

For the member that has obtained the required image + service merits (2100 combined) to achieve your Masters of Newborn Portraiture.

Administration Fee: $150


APNPI Designations are prestigious achievements that demonstrate the highest levels of excellence in Newborn Photography.  To earn designations, members are expected to enter image competition and submit to accreditation in order to earn merits.  Members also earn merits through service within the organization and in the community at large.

Designations and their Requirements

To qualify for an APNPI Designation, the following merits are required:

  Craftsman Masters
Image Merits – Competition Based (30 Merits per Merit Image Award)
250 500
Image Merits – Accreditation Based (30 Merits per Accreditation)
90 150    
Additional Image Merits – Competition and/or Accreditation Based
220 440
Service Merits 250 500
(Master’s Only) Additional Merits – Image and/or Service
Total 810 2100


How do I earn Merits?

Image Merits

Accreditation – 30 Image Merits

Competition Merit Award – 30 Merits


Service Merits

Competition & Accreditations


Social Media


Behind the Scenes


Mentor Program


Professional Development

Submitting Your Merits

Please use the form below to submit your merits. Merits may be submitted annually and must be less than two years old. You must submit documentation to support your claims for merits earned outside the organization (e.g. scans of speaking contracts, registration receipts, screenshots of logo use in advertisements, etc.)

Once a sufficient number of merits have been earned, the member may register their submission by paying the assessment fee (button above), and submit a request to clientsupport@apnpi.com in order to have their submission evaluated.

Designation Merit Tracking Form - SUBMIT Your Merits HERE

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