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Local photographer earns craftsman degree

February 20, 2014
Westfield Republican / Mayville Sentinel News

RIPLEY - Stephanie Cunningham CPP of Cunningham Photography in Ripley has earned the photographic craftsman degree from Professional Photographers of America (PPA). The degree was presented to Cunningham by PPA president Ralph J. Romaguera, Sr., M.Photog.Hon.M.Photog.Cr., CPP, API, F-ASP, with Cunningham's sister Cynthia Faulhaber-Bowers acting as her sponsor, at the association's annual convention, Imaging USA, held January 12-14, 2014, in Phoenix, Ariz.

This degree is not merely a piece of paper. It means that she has met the standards of excellence set by PPA. Cunningham has been awarded the photographic craftsman degree in recognition of her service to the photographic profession as an orator, author and mentor.

Cunningham's degree-and all the expertise it requires-illustrates her accomplishments and talent as one of a select few. She was also invited to join the prestigious American Society of Photographers. ASP is a society of professional photographic artists who aspire to maintain the highest level of excellence by adhering to ethical standards, stimulating creativity and continually refining technical competence. The goal of the organization is to promote education, foster fellowship and perpetuate the ideals of photography as a science and an art.

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Picture from left are Cynthia Faulhaber-Bowers, Stephanie Cunningham Photog CPP and PPA President Ralph Romaguera Sr.

Locally, Cunningham is serving her fourth term as President of the Southwestern New York Association of Professional Photographers (SNAPP). She is also working to complete the requirements for the PPA degree Master of Photography.

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 close to 27,000 members through protection, education and resources for their continued success. See how PPA helps photographers be more at



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