Today I received the fantastic news that I earned my Nature Accreditation. This 4th Accreditation since I joined the PPOC in 2012!

Press Release

The Professional Photographers of Canada is pleased to announce that:

Melissa Woodward CPA ,
has just earned an accreditation in Nature, at our Accreditation judging in London, ON. Accreditation is the first elevation above the general membership level, and is achieved by submitting samples of the applicant’s photography to a PPOC Board of Review for Accreditation. Accreditation demonstrates that the photographer is capable of delivering above average quality photography in a chosen category.

In assessing Accreditation Submissions, the judges will consider the following criteria: Impact, Creativity, Style, Composition, Presentation, Color Balance, Centre of Interest, Lighting, Subject Matter, Image file quality, Technique and Story Telling.

Along with other service and print merits, a minimum of one Accreditation is required to qualify for a Craftsman of Photographic Arts and two accreditations are needed for a Master of Photographic Arts.

For more information, please contact:

Brian Lee, HLM, MPA, SPA, Cr. Photog
Brian Lee Photography
183 Windsor Avenue
London, ON
N6C 2A3

Tanya Thompson
PPOC Executive Director
T: (888) 643-PPOC (7762)
F: (519) 537-5573


I look at the accreditation process as a way to challenge myself while still doing what I love. It can be easy to just “go with the flow” and keep where you’re at skill wise. Submitting for accreditation and image competitions is my way of keeping on top of my skill set and trying to be better than I was the day/week/month/year before.

Here are the 10 images that I submitted to the Nature category. A couple of these I started saving and working on last summer, the rest were all taken within the last month.

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Melissa Woodward, CPA - PPOC's 2017 Photographic Artist of the Year! - Is a Photographic Artist is located in Kirkland Lake, Ontario.
Melissa is Nationally Accredited with the Professional Photographers of Canada ( in the categories of Newborn, Fine Art/Photo Decor, Botanical, Nature and Image Manipulation.
Melissa has also had her Fine Art Images displayed in galleries across Canada and Internationally.