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Right where you need to be: Imaging USA 2008 in Tampa - PPA Today

Right where you need to be: Imaging USA 2008 in Tampa


Florida has been described as a paradise by vacationers…and it’s soon to become a photographer’s paradise. Boasting nearly 8,000 attendees and one of the photo industry’s largest tradeshows, Imaging USA ( will flood the Tampa Convention Center from January 6-8, 2008.

Presented by an alliance of the Professional Photographers of America (PPA), the Society of Sport and Event Photographers (SEP), Commercial Photographers International (CPI), and Evidence Photographers International Council (EPIC), the convention features a 500+ booth trade show, several all-inclusive parties and bonus presentations by some of the industry’s biggest names.

“Imaging USA, to me, is the sum of all the great PPA [and our partner associations] parts,” commented Jack Reznicki, PPA President. “It's a great gathering of a great clan of professional photographers.”

Known for education as well as networking and fun, Imaging USA offers programs that appeal to a wide range of photographers. Educational tracks include Essentials, Wedding/Portrait, Spotlight, School Photography and Adobe Photoshop...all geared towards improving one’s business sense, photographic repertoire, or computer skills. CPI Commercial Photography Conference focuses on issues facing today’s commercial photographers. SEPCON, the Sport and Event Photographers Conference, examines the style and business of sport and event photography. Attendees are free to absorb programs from all three conferences, expanding their minds and skills. And new in 2008, EPIC School will join the other associations, offering evidence photography education from basics to in-depth (for a separate registration).

With speakers such as Howard Schatz, Kevin Kubota and Yervant, Imaging USA is a who’s-who of the professional photography world. Programming runs all day, with a break in the middle so attendees can visit the world-class Imaging Expo without missing any education.

For those who want even more, Imaging USA offers three days of pre-convention programming for an additional fee. These seminars represent PPA’s special business modules, as well as pre-convention offerings from CPI and SEPCON.

“Nobody, no other convention, does a better event for professional photographers than Imaging USA,” adds Reznicki.

Notable features of Imaging USA 2008:

  • Super Program with Howard Schatz. On January 7, 2008, internationally acclaimed photographer Howard Schatz will present Imaging USA’s Super Program. With seventeen books of his images published, Schatz continues to work simultaneously on many varied projects. In “The Joy is in the Journey,” sponsored by Epson, he will share his process of making award-winning images from the initial idea to preparation, lighting, shooting, editing, and post-production.
  • Plenty of Nightlife. Tampa has something to offer everyone, even the photographers’ families! Attendees can plan time to tour Busch Gardens or party at one of Tampa’s great bars and nightspots. But Imaging USA also hosts two parties, full of great food and fun…and they’re open to all registered attendees.
  • Imaging Expo. This year’s tradeshow is a treasure trove of the latest and greatest – from equipment and services to innovative new products – it’s the largest Imaging Expo ever, and we know photographers will find what they need. With more than 500 booths, top industry vendors fill the tradeshow floor with today’s best solutions for professional photographers.
  • World’s Largest Annual Print Exhibit—Open to the Public. From around the world, more than 2,600 elite images will be on display, constituting the world’s largest annual photographic print exhibit.
  • Free Consultations. Attendees can sign up for complimentary consultations with PPA-Affiliated Jurors, giving them an insight into what makes master photographic works so universally appealing.

Imaging USA 2008 is a must-see event for anyone interested in professional photography. For more information, visit or call 800-786-6277.

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