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Code of Ethics

Section 1 - Upon being accepted into membership in the Professional Photographers of Western Michigan, an applicant will subscribe, without reservation, to this Code of Ethics and will solemnly agree to:

  1. Endeavor to enhance and ennoble the status of the photographic profession by maintaining a dignity of manner in my behavior, in the presentation of my photography and photographic services, in the appearance of my studio or place of business, and in all other forms of public contact.

  2. Observe the highest standard of honesty in all my transactions, avoiding the use of false titles, confusing or inaccurate technical terms or descriptions, and misleading terms or claims.

  3. At all times endeavor to produce those types of photography and photographic services that will enhance the prestige of the profession, to apply my best efforts in behalf of the public, and to play my part in raining the general standard of photographic craftsmanship.

  4. Show friendly spirit of cooperation with my fellow photographers and assist them whenever possible should they be in trouble of difficulty.

  5. At all times avoid use of unfair competitive practices as determined by any court of competent jurisdiction, the federal anti-trust laws, and related statutes.

  6. Assist and give of my knowledge to the members of my profession, and encourage them individually and collectively, so that the quality of photography may constantly be raised to higher standards.

  7. Recognize the authority of this association in all matters relating to the interpretation of this code in accordance with the statutes of the United States and the various states and decisions of courts and government agencies ofcompetentt jurisdiction.

Section 2 - The code of Ethics shall be prominently incorporated with, and be a formal part of, every application for membership and shall be signed by hand, in ink, by each applicant.


Section 3 - No application for membership shall be accepted, and no services or privileges shall be accorded to any applicant unless and until the Code of Ethics has been signed.


Section 4 - The violation of any portion of the Code of Ethics shall be grounds for the Board of Directors to terminate or refuse renewal of membership in the association.