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Montana PPA Service & Fellowship Degrees


The degree was first proposed to the 1974 MPPA Board of Directors by Duncan MacNab.  It was created to recognize Montana photographers who excel nationally and serve the state association.

In April 2011, the MPPA Board of Directors adopted a new degree program with the intent to encourage more participation among ALL members--- rewarding them for their achievements plus their service to the association.  The degree programs offers all MPPA members an opportunity to achieve a Fellowship no matter what level of proficiency or involvement. 

Degree holders will be recognized by the appropriate custom metal to be worn at all MPPA, Western States District or PPA events.

Fellowship Degree--- a MPPA member that has earned a total of 100 Fellowship Points, which MUST also include the following within the 100 points:

                            --- Twenty (20) Photographic Fellowship Points

                            --- Ten (10) Educational Photographic Fellowship Points

                            ---  Four (4) Executive Service Fellowship Points


Gold Bar Fellowship Awards---  For every 25 additional points earned, the recipient may add a Gold Bar to the Ribbon of the Fellowship Medallion.


The MPPA Service Award was first proposed to the  1994 MPPA Board of Directors by Victoria Wojciechowski.  It was created to give recognition to those who selflessly serve the MPPA.

Any MPPA Member that has earned a total of 25 Service or Executive Service points can earn an MPPA Service Award.  

Gold Bars-For every 25 additional points earned, the recipient may add a Gold Bard to the Ribbon of the Service Award. 

Degree Coordinator

Joni Dietz, M. Photog., CPP

Manhattan, Montana

(406) 284-4426

Joni Dietz, CPP, was born and raised in Wyoming.  She moved to Montana for college in 1992 where she met her husband of 24 years.  They settled in Manhattan, Montana where she opened a home based portrait studio in 2004.  Her children, Matilda Mae and Patrick, were a large part of her inspiration.  Rising Wolf Studio became a portrait studio for families, based on her love of capturing all the facets of families and showing all the stories that they can tell.  

Joni is a  member of the MPPA and the PPA, and becme a Certified Professional Photographer from PPA in 2017.  Joni currently serves on the Board of Directors for MPPA , is also an affiliate photographer for Now I Lay Me Down To Sleep, a non-profit organization that provides services to families who have lost newborn babies, and she is also a local Photography Teacher for the Adult Education Program in Manhattan. 


Fellowship 2021.pdf

If you wish to start earning your degree, please click the link above and return the form to:

Joni Dietz

PO Box 938

Manhattan, MT 59741

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