Sat, July 20

Coates earns high level in photographers group

Bob Coates

Bob Coates

Bob Coates of Bob Coates Photography in Sedona has been named to receive an Elite Plus membership from Professional Photographers of America (PPA).

Starting this year, PPA began offering Elite and Elite Plus memberships to its more decorated members. Coates is one of few to earn the prestigious Elite Plus membership. Out of over 26,000 members only twenty-two have earned this designation, yet another milestone in Bob's illustrious career behind the camera.

"We are encouraging photographers to be more and grow sustainable businesses and," said Kristen Hartman, director of member value and experience for PPA. "Mr. Coates continues to raise the bar in our industry and has certainly earned his place among the elite."

Coates qualified for Elite Plus membership through continued education, image competition and a continued quest for excellence.

"This award has special meaning to me because it isn't something you strive for, it's awarded for overall performance in staying on top of the industry as well as giving back," Said Bob. "It was quite a surprise when I was notified about the award as this is this first year it has been bestowed on members. I'm extremely proud."

The new membership level comes with special benefits and perks, including significant savings, reserved only for the elite.

The status will be awarded on an annual basis. The only way for a member to lose their status is if they dropped their membership. To view Elite and Elite Plus membership level requirements and benefits, visit

About PPA

Professional Photographers of America (PPA) is the largest international non-profit association created by professional photographers, for professional photographers. Almost as long-lived as photography itself, PPA has roots that date back to 1869. It assists more than 26,000 members through protection, education and resources for their continued success. See why photographers love PPA at