The much thinner fellow in this picture is smiling because every print in his print case submission earned a merit in print competition at the 1999 Professional Photographers of North Carolina (PPNC) Convention and Trade Show at the Sheraton Imperial Hotel in Raleigh. Four of these were sent to SEPPA (the regional PPA competition) where they all merited again. This time, each received a Seal of Approval with PPA qualifying Fuller for his PPA Master of Photography degree, a much coveted, but seldom achieved honor among professional photographers. One of these prints made it into the General Collection Book, published by PPA. Fuller was awarded his Master’s Degree at the PPA International Convention in Atlanta, Ga. later that year. The following year, he would be awarded his Photographic Craftsman degree for teaching other photographers and sharing his knowledge of portrait work.