• About DRPP


    Founded in February, 1993 by Frank J. Dispensa, PP of A Certified, M. Photog. Cr., APM; the Dutchess Regional Professional Photographers (DRPP) is a non-profit organization dedicated to the educational needs of professional photographers.

    Ricardo A. Martinez, PP of A Certified, was the DRPP’s first charter member and President and as such played a pivotal role in structuring the organization.

    The DRPP’s members represent an abundance of talent and diversity in the visual arts.



    The DRPP’s meetings are as diverse as their speakers, who are carefully selected to represent the interests of the membership. Meetings are held on the second Thursday of the month (with the exceptions of July and August) at the Fishkill Courtyard Mariott located conveniently at the junction of Route 9 and I-84 (exit 46B) in Fishkill NY.  Registration and social time is held in the lobby area from 6 – 7 pm. Our guest speaker starts at 7 pm. Meetings generally end between   9 – 9:30.

    Members are encouraged to bring prints to every meeting. During social time, prints can be evaluated upon request.



    Member price for presentation is $10.00. Non-member price $15.00


    Print Competition:

    Print Competition is held on a quarterly basis and is open to DRPP Members. Awards are given for Best in Show, First, Second and Third Place Prints. Annually, we have our Print of the Year Competition in which one print is awarded the title and honor of “Print of the Year”. Awards are presented for prints that meet or exceed the DRPP’s competition guidelines.


    Membership Benefits: 

    • Scholarships
    • “Hands-On” Training
    • Continuing Education
    • Emergency telephone support
    • Member listing on our directory
    • Discounts on Meeting prices
    • Fellowship with other photographers
    • Members Only Facebook page to share ideas and images and information.


    Joining the DRPP:    

    If you have a serious interest in photography, then the DRPP cordially invites you to join our organization. Not sure yet? Then join us as a non-member for a meeting or two to see if this is for you.

    To be considered for membership, please complete our Membership Application.



    For additional information, please send an email to Theresa Terilli at: TerilliT@optonline.net

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