Imaging USA Takes Over Gaylord Opryland This Weekend
January 31, 2015
Professional Photographers of America Reporting Record Attendance Numbers; Free Expo Passes Available
NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Imaging USA, PPA's photographic convention and tradeshow in the country, opens this Sunday at Gaylord Opryland in Nashville. The show runs through Tuesday, February 2.
This year, the show looks to be the event's biggest yet in its history. Well over 9,000 photographers have already registered for the show, with 4,000 to 5,000 more on-site registrations expected at the event. The demand has surpassed the Opryland hotel to capacity, with registrants now directed to overflow accommodations.
"This will be our biggest event in our 146-year history," said PPA CEO David Trust. "More importantly, it will be our best. The response this year has been fantastic. We can't wait for photographers to enjoy the charm of Opryland and the Music City and get all the photography fuel and deals on gear they need to be more in 2015."
All-access registration passes as well as expo-only tickets are still available at ImagingUSA.org/Register.
Imaging USA is the longest-running international photographic convention, tradeshow and image exhibition in the world. The event dates back to 1869, when PPA began organizing its annual convention and tradeshow, ran by professional photographers for professional photographers.
More than 10,000 photography enthusiasts will descend upon the Music City for three days of photography education and inspiration as well as some exclusive photography-related shopping.
Highlights of this year's event include the three-day Imaging Expo tradeshow, featuring more than 600 booths, giving photographers the opportunity to demo and purchase the latest products at deeply discounted and tradeshow-only prices. The event also includes more than one hundred speeches, presentations and hands-on demonstrations by some of the most respected names in the industry. Photographers will also find mentoring opportunities, portfolio reviews and 10,000+ photographers to network with and create career-spanning relationships—a real bonus for photographers, who typically work for themselves. There is also three days of more intimate, pre-convention classes for an extra learning opportunity.
New to Imaging USA this year will be a new mobile app and game, extended viewing hours for the International Photographic Competition (IPC) exhibit, a special, exhibit of super-sized images from record-breaking, acclaimed landscape photographer, Peter Lik, the PPA Charities 5K run, fundraiser and shoe drive, and an opening night Super Bowl™ viewing party, sure to be the biggest around.
It's not too late to register. Photographers have the option to sign up for an Imaging USA all-access pass, or join PPA as a Professional Active member and sign up for free. PPA offers a free full-registration to Imaging USA as a perk for new members. Professional Active PPA memberships are available for $27.92 a month.
There is also an expo-only option available to those who just want to check out the tradeshow. Expo passes are available online for free by using the promo code TSC2015.
Visit ImagingUSA.org for complete program and registration information.
Professional Photographers of America (PPA) is the largest international nonprofit association created by professional photographers, for professional photographers. Almost as long-lived as photography itself, PPA's roots date back to 1869. The nonprofit assists more than 27,000 members through protection, education and resources for their continued success. See how PPA helps photographers be more at PPA.com.