Guild Information

The Heart Of Texas Professional Photographers Guild (HOTPPG) is an association of Central Texas professional photographers joined for the purposes of promoting and enhancing the quality of photography and photographic services in our community. HOTPPG is an affiliate of the Professional Photographers of America and Texas Professional Photographers Association, better known as PPA and TPPA.

Our meetings are held on the second Tuesday of each month at various locations in Waco.  Check our Facebook page for the latest information.  A typical meeting includes a print competition and a presentation by a talented photographer. The speakers begin at 7:00 pm and provide invaluable information on topics ranging from improving our craft as photographers to increasing our sales as business owners.

Prior to the presentation, we have our monthly digital image competition, in which both professional and associate photographers compete for the coveted titles of “Professional Photographer of the Year” and “Associate Photographer of the Year.”  The PPOY and APOY competitions are judged by those members in attendance.  We also have at scheduled intervals throughout the year, a “Challenge Competition” in which entrants are expected to present their best interpretation of the challenge theme (silhouettes, motion, circles, etc.).  Finally, four times a year, we have a themed black and white print competition.  To win this competition, an entrant must meet the requirements of that month’s topic (nature, architecture, etc.).  A “Black & White Photographer of the Year” title is given to the cumulative winner of this competition.

If you are interested in participating in an image competition, you will want to review all of the detailed information here: Image Competition Information.


Whether you are a seasoned pro, a proud owner of a new studio, a hobbyist, or a student of photography, we welcome anyone that has a desire to improve your craft and become a better photographer than you were yesterday.


Are you interested in joining the Heart of Texas Professional Photographers Guild, but aren’t ready to commit just yet? Come join us in one of our monthly meetings, where your first visit is free, unless otherwise noted.

Follow the link below to join today!

Membership Levels Defined:

Professional member ($85): Individual’s primary source of income is through photography.

Associate member ($50): Individual generates some income from photography or has photography as a hobby.

Student member ($25): Individual is currently enrolled in a school and has an interest in photography.

Sustaining member ($100): A supplier of photography products or services and/or their representative.


2018 HOTPPG Officers

President – Cecy Ayala
Vice President – Rick Duhrkopf
Secretary/Treasurer – Jill Hubbert