My own definition of the MPA is that it's a form of quality control for my clients as well as providing consumer protection, lets see what they say ~
"The MPA is the professional organisation for wedding, Portrait and Commercial Master Photographers. All qualified members adhere to a strict Code of Conduct and have undergone qualification to at least Licentiate standard. Established in 1952, the MPA is unique in that it only allows full-time professional photographers to remain in membership. Each must have undergone a rigorous assessment of their work."
The MPA also hold competitions at regional and national level. We have had a good level of success with them in this respect. Here are some of our award winning pictures from the present day back to 2001 when I joined the association. With more than a little help from my clients I have won something every year at National or Regional level. Cheers people!