Mission Statement for Bay Professional Photographers Association
To advance photography in all its branches, both as an art and as a profession; to create, foster, promote and maintain cordial relations, cooperation and the interchange of thoughts and opinions freely among its members.
The History of Bay Professional Photographers Association
The Bay Professional Photographers Association was originally chartered as Bay Photographers Association 1974. It was the third Guild of the Florida Professional Photographers in the state. The first meeting to set up the association was held in St. Petersburg at the Florida Federal Bank building on 9th Street North which is now a branch office of Mac Dill Federal Credit Union. The first President was the late Phil Graham, Sr. Bruce Evensen, who is the only remaining active charter member, was the second President of the Bay Photographers Association. The Bay Professional Photographers Association spun off three other Florida Guilds from their membership: Suncoast in Clearwater, a guild that was based in Hudson, FL (now defunct) and Tampa Professional Photographers Association (TAPPA). The name was changed to Bay Professional Photographers Association in 1995. The word "Professional" was added to emphasize that the association is a group of professional photographers.