About the Photographer...
Rick Massarini has been a Professional Photographer since 1973. He is a "Certified Professsional Photographer" and has received the "Master of Photography" and "Photographic Craftsman" degrees from the Professional Photographers of America. He is a Life Member of the Professional Photographers of America and a Past President and Fellow of the Professional Photographers of Louisiana.
Rick is an invited member of the American Society of Photographers where he currently serves as a member of the Board of Governors, the Southwest U.S. District Representative and the National Convention Booth Chair. He is also a member of the Board of Directors of the Southwest Professional Photographers Association and a member of the Professional Photographers of Greater New Orleans.
Rick has been Internationally honored by the Professional Photographers of America "for Outstanding Service to Professional Photography" by being presented with the "PPA Director's Award". The "PPA Director's Award" is the highest honor that can be given by the Board of Directors of the Professional Photographers of America, and has been awarded to only 109 individuals since the award's establishment 58 years ago in 1958. Rick was the 97th recipient of this honor. The award was presented at the 2006 PPA National Convention by PPA Chairman of the Board, Robert Lloyd, and PPA President, Ann Monteith. (for more information, click on the photo on the right)
Rick has twice been presented with the "PPA National Award". First by the Professional Photographers of Louisiana at their 2011 Annual Convention, and then by the American Society of Photographers at the 2015 PPA International Convention. This prestigious award is presented "For Meritorious Contributions to Professional Photography" in recognition of significant long term service to the Photographic Profession.
2006 PPA Chairman of the Board, Robert Lloyd and PPA President, Ann Monteith presenting the PPA "Directors Award" to Rick Massarini at the 2006 PPA National Convention in Austin, TX.
Rick Massarini, M.Photog.,Cr.,CPP.,F-PPLA.
Certified Professional Photographer
Fellow - Professional Photographers of Louisiana
Past President - Professional Photographers of Louisiana
PPA Directors Award - 97th Recipient
Professional Photographers of America
PPA National Award - Two time recipient
Professional Photographers of Louisiana - 2011
American Society of Photographers - 2015
Life Member - Professional Photographers of America
Board of Directors - Southwest Professional Photographers Assn.
Board of Governors - American Society of Photographers
PPA Legacy Program Member - Initial year inductee
2008-2009 PPA President Dennis Craft presents Rick Massarini with the degree of "Master of Photography" at the 2009 PPA National Convention in Phoenix, AZ. Present with Rick at the presentation was his wife, Barbara.
2011 PPA President Don Dickson presenting the PPA "National Award" to Rick Massarini at the 2011 Convention of the Professional Photographers of Louisiana in New Orleans.
2011-2012 PPA President Don Dickson presentis Rick Massarini with the degree of "Photographic Craftsman" at the 2012 PPA National Convention in New Orleans, LA. Present with Rick at the presentation was his wife, Barbara.
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Rick served for many years as the Chairman of the PPLA Photographic Competition Committee where he organized and ran the photographic competitions for the Professional Photographers of Louisiana. He is also a member of the Photographic Competition Committee of the Southwest Professional Photographers Association.
Rick's images have been accepted for Exhibition at the Professional Photographers of America's International Exhibitions, published in the PPA's "Showcase Album", and permanently retained by the PPA for inclusion in the prestigious PPA "Loan Collection". Elements of the PPA Loan Collection are exhibited Internationally as the Professional Photographers of America's Exhibition of the finest examples of photographic artistry in the world. One of his fine-art landscape images was one of only 46 images selected to comprise the Washington Dulles National Airport's "America the Beautiful" exhibit which was on display from November 2012 through April 2013. This elite collection of images also comprised a special exhibition that was held at the Washington National Cathedral in May 2013.
Rick has presented programs on photographic lighting techniques to many photographic associations as well as having judged at numerous state photographic competitions around the country. On the National level, for the last 21 years, Rick has worked behind the scenes at the Professional Photographers of America's International Photographic Competition, and at the PPA International Photographic Exhibition at the PPA International Convention ("Imaging USA"). For the last 5 years, he has helped coordinate the setup of the PPA international Photographic Exhibit at the PPA International Conventions in San Antonio, New Orleans, Atlanta, Phoenix, and Nashville. Rick was also one of the group of 20 photographers who were selected for the first year inductees into the new "PPA Legacy Program".
(Professional Photographers of America is the world's oldest and largest organization of Professional Photographers. The association is over 125 years old and currently has a membership of over 28,000 members.)
ASP Governor Gabriel Alonso and 2015 PPA President-Elect Michael Timmons presenting the PPA "National Award" to Rick Massarini at the 70th Annual Awards Banquet of the American Society of Photographers held at the PPA National Convention in Nashville.