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The Master Photographers International Organization was founded in 2012 and opened for membership in fall of 2013. It was initially founded as the Master Photographers of Canada Organization and then changed to the Master Photographers International Organization by the end of 2013.

The vision of MPI founders and Directors, Garth Edmunds and Arete (Tula) Edmunds, was to give back to the photographic industry through the creation of a unique international organization.  MPI would go on to create one of the finest photographic degree programs as well as the respected International Image Challenge.

During the spring/summer of 2013, the MPI International Photographic Degree Program was released. This included 6 levels with the Internationally trademarked Grand Master Photographer being the highest level. 

In 2018 and 2020, the program was updated to make it easier for members to follow the criteria.

The Directors, along with the Advisory Board, continue to develop the MPI organization, making the International Photographic Degree Program the one to join. Our goal is to help members grow and thrive in this competitive industry by giving them the tools to achieve their highest aspirations.

Your advancement with the MPI program is NEVER based on volunteer hours, but solely on your skills and creativity as a photographer and artist. Nevertheless, the MPI Organization is always open to increasing our volunteer base, if you are a member and would like to be a part of the MPI volunteers, please reach out to us to see what is available.