Frequently Asked Questions
We have broken up the FAQ section into smaller categories:
To access the various parts of the FAQ section, click a tab below.
For example, questions regarding how to obtain additional regional listings are addressed in the 'Listing Options' section of the FAQ sub-navigation tabs. Questions regarding medallions are addressed in 'Medallions' to your left.
Q. What is a gold medallion?
A gold medallion is an emblem awarded to WPJA members whose images receive first, second, or third place in any WPJA contest category. This sought-after achievement medal appears as an icon next to the member listings throughout the site.
Q. What is a blue medallion?
The blue medallion is an emblem awarded to WPJA members whose images receive fourth through tenth place in any quarterly WPJA contest category. The medallion appears as an icon next to the member listings throughout the site.
Q. How do I add the calendar feature to my listing?
Your personal WPJA availability calendar may be activated simply by logging in on the
Member Login page and then clicking on the Manage Calendar link in the left navigation.
To ensure that potential clients can learn about your availability as easily as they would access the availability information of other WPJA members, we encourage everyone to take advantage of this feature. After all, you can always turn the calendar off with one click of a button.
Once you activate the calendar, an icon will appear next to your listing(s) on the site.
Couples typically begin their search for a photographer by sending out e-mails or making phone calls requesting services for their wedding date. In some cases the date is already booked and the photographer, out of professional obligation, then has to respond with his/her lack of availability for that date. This back-and-forth between couples and photographers, which consumes time on both ends, is eliminated by using an online availability calendar.
Q. How do I obtain additional regional listings?
The WPJA makes provision for the inevitable need within the wedding photography industry for travel. Members' yearly membership fees automatically include one listing in their home area. Members interested in additional regional or international listings may pay $60. USD a year for each additional location. This amount will be prorated at $5. USD per month for partial-year listings.
Members are limited to five additional regional and/or international listings. Some of the larger U.S. states, such as California, Texas and New York have been split up. Having a 'multiple-regions listing' within the SAME state (as in the case of these three larger states) still counts as one state; however each of the sublistings requires the additional fee discussed above.
Q. How do I get to the top of my regional listing page?
NOTE: The following ranking methods were made effective on 8/31/05.
Member ranking on each page of the WPJA web site is based primarily on participation in WPJA contests. Members will move up their regional listing pages even if they don't win. A Top 10 winning image could quite possibly place a member in the #1 spot on their page!
Generally, WPJA members are listed on the site regionally, according to their primary business location. Within these local pages, there is more ranking--the order goes as follows (top to bottom):
- Photographers with the most points after each WPJA contest. This includes placement points (1st-10th place), as well as participation points. Each contest entry receives one participation point. An explanation of 'placement points' can be found in the 'General Contest Info' section under 'Judging Procedures'.
- Members not entering the contests (ranking based on results from previous contest).
- Photographers from other areas that request extra state listings. Those with highest points will be featured at the highest levels available for out-of-state listings.