Awards & Honors

The PAPA Master Aerial Photographer is the highest designation of aerial photographic skill for a member of PAPA and is based upon the accumulation of points for diverse photographic activities including participation within PAPA, taking part in the association’s continuing educational programs and by having their photography judged in PAPA sanctioned competitive photographic events. The Master title is earned over years of practice and experience illustrating a well-rounded knowledge of the art and business of aerial photography.

The PAPA Certified Aerial Photographers Program is an educational course designed to provide and test for a basic technical skill set specific for the aerial photographer. It includes focused training in aviation safety, technical photographic skills as it applies to photography from an airplane or helicopter, and knowledge of governmental rules and regulations that apply to aerial photography. The knowledge required for certification is validated through a PAPA administered proctored testing process currently available at PAPA authorized conferences.

The PAPA Master Certified Aerial Photographer is the combined designation for the PAPA members who have successfully achieved both their Master Aerial Photographer designation and have earned their Certified Aerial Photographer title.


2016 Niki Britton received her Master Aerial Photographer Award at PAPA International and is now a Master Certified Aerial Photographer – Sugarland, TX

2016 Niki Britton awarded best Scenic/Artistic Aerial Photo at PAPA International-Sugarland, TX for “When The Lights Go Down In The City”

2016 111th Aerial Photographers Niki Britton and Tayler Schmitt became PAPA Certified Drone Operators

2015 Tayler Schmitt earned his Private Pilots License

2015 Tayler Schmitt awarded best Vertical Aerial Photo and Judges Pick at PAPA International-Atlanta for “Deep Space Promenade”

2015 Tayler Schmitt awarded best Construction Progress Aerial Photo at PAPA International-Atlanta for “Bridging the Gap”

2015 111th Aerial Photographers Niki Britton and Tayler Schmitt became PAPA Certified Aerial Photographers

2014 111th became SB/DVBE Certified

2010 Pat Belanger elected President of the Professional Aerial Photographers Association Int’l

2010 Awarded best Artistic Aerial Photo at PAPA International-Houston for San Francisco Moonrise

2006 to present-Julie Belanger named Executive Director of PAPA International

2005 Pat Belanger awarded Best in Class Air-to-Air for his print “Camouflaged (Almost)” at the PAPA International Print Competition.

2004 Julie Belanger re-elected President of the Professional Aerial Photographer’s Association (PAPA International) for a further 2 year term.

2002 Julie Belanger is elected President of the Professional Aerial Photographer’s Association (PAPA International)

2001 Julie Belanger is elected Vice President of Programs for PAPA International

2000 Winner of the Joey Award for Excellance in Still Photography-San Jose, CA

1999 Awarded High Point Commercial Aerial Photo, PAPA International – Las Vegas

1998 Awarded High Point Landscape Aerial Photo, PAPA International – Las Vegas

1997 Awarded Best of Show PAPA International Photography competition – San Francisco

The 111th Group has provided the finest in aerial photography for the Bay Area and Beyond since 1994. Specializing in construction progress photography, commercial real estate photography, mapping, aerial surveys, GIS, and more! We utilize airplanes, helicopters and FAA approved drones to provide high quality photography and videography services. The 111th Group is located in the heart of the California's Silicon Valley.