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PPA Today: Imaging USA: December 2015 Archives

Imaging USA: December 2015 Archives

By James Yates

PPA Charity 5K 215-(c)-randy-taylor.JPG2016's Imaging USA convention in Atlanta features several celebrations and programs brought to you by PPA Charities. A fully functioning philanthropic arm of Professional Photographers of America (PPA), PPA Charities' mission is to "allow PPA to become a force for positive change in our society and to make a difference in the lives of others." PPA Charities chooses partners in the philanthropic community to help reach their giving goals.

Imaging USA is always the kick-off to a great year of giving and this year's charity events are no exception. It all begins Saturday, Jan. 9 at 8pm with the Cooking it Up with PPA Charities party at the Georgia World Congress Center. It's a great place to meet and mingle with other philanthropic photographers. Yearly donations are presented to Operation Smile and Dando Amor, the newest recipient of the prestigious Legacy Award will be announced and the whole party is sponsored by White House Custom Color.
 
Don't party too hard because the next morning, Sunday, Jan. 10 at 7am is the Super Hero for Smiles 5k Fun Run around downtown Atlanta! It's a fundraiser for Operation Smile, an international medical charity that has provided more than 220,000 free surgical procedures to children and young adults from over 60 countries born with cleft lip, cleft palate and other facial deformities.

After the run, kick off those shoes and donate them and other gently used shoes to Dando Amor's "Shoes for Love" shoe drive! Dando Amor helps orphans in South America and Africa escape poverty through education and self-sufficiency training. They collect gently used shoes of all kinds to give to the shoeless and also help teach the unemployed how to run a small business selling repurposed shoes.

Stop by the PPA Charities booth #1551 to see the Dream Studio and buy raffle tickets for Tuesday, Jan. 12th's Dream Studio Giveaway, where one lucky winner's photography studio is overhauled with $20,000 worth of photographic equipment, products, software, lab credits and more. 

Be sure to allow plenty of time in your Imaging USA 2016 schedule to party with your philanthropic peers and help artists give back to the community with PPA Charities! 

By James Yates

PPA's theLoop online community has been on a roll lately, hosting Imaging USA 2016 speakers for Ask Me Anything sessions. This week, we were privileged to have Terri Eddington, M.Photog., CPP, sit and answer your questions for our final AMA before Imaging USA 2016!

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Terri is a 3-time recipient of the International Photographer of the Year Award as well as PPA's highest honor of Diamond photographer; her elegant style and talent in wedding and boudoir photography has truly set her apart in the industry. Terri also devotes her time and energy to furthering her industry as the rising President of PPA Louisiana.

At Imaging USA 2016 in Atlanta, Terri will be teaching the class "High Impact Lighting Made 'Easy'", January 11, 5:00 PM - 6:15 PM. In this amazing workshop, Terri demystifies everything that is difficult, complicated and cumbersome about lighting. Using her unique gift of simplifying this all-important concept, she'll show you fun and easy-to-understand setups that will deliver stunning images for your clients!
 
Terri's easy-going approach and sparkly personality are infectious. Right at the start of our AMA session, she told the audience, "Go ahead ask me anything...I will answer with a 'TNT' response! Does that mean 'Powerful'? From me, no! 'TNT' means 'Terri Not Technical' LOL! If you like an easy approach and simple explanation...then I'm you girl!"

Thanks, Terri! We know there are both new and evolving photographers who appreciate "easy" and "simple"! Here are some highlights from her AMA:
 
What's Your Inspiration and Your Favorite Personal Photo?

My inspiration? "People". I love to photograph people. Any kind, any style and even anywhere! Years ago in painting or art class when I could choose to draw or paint anything, I would choose people! I was told that was the hardest - but not to me. It was my passion. I did not know that many years later I would be photographing people but I never get tired of it. It is always exciting to see the many faces and personalities before me. And I have the privilege to capture them all! 
What is my favorite photography ever? Really? I mean, really? That is impossible to say! But I can say, when I capture the soul of a person, there is nothing like it. When their inner beauty shines through their eyes we are no longer just photographers but artists!
 
Is your creativity for an image fully realized before the capture or in post-production?
 
There are so many ways to approach photography to where there is not a true right or wrong. I can just say from my personal experience I have done a little of both. I do try to have a "game plan" when I shoot. I like to know location, time of day (if outside), the personality or taste of the client to know what to work towards during a shoot. If shooting in the studio I try to have the type of props and style of lighting ready that will work for the client. These are things I do for my everyday clients. A lot of times these clients have a need for normal/regular shots. What I do try to do is at the end of the shoot I like to be creative and do a little something different. We just have fun! A lot of times it will be their favorite but it was nothing they originally asked for. This allows me to stay creative and also gives them something that maybe no one else has. 
Now, on a stylized shoot I do plan more ahead of time. I try to have a theme, look and style ready. But again during the shoot something might hit me and I go for it. It's either the look someone has or their personality that comes thru and may lead me in a different direction. No matter how tired I am at the beginning of a shoot, once we get started I am "in the zone". I don't get in a hurry when I shoot. I love to create so I make sure I schedule in the time. 
That being said I would say that I don't fully realize everything I am going to do before a shoot but it does help to plan a little.
 
How do you approach High Key Lighting?

I really don't shoot a traditional high key. As far as a high key look on the subject themselves, I shoot normal lighting ratios and then lighten in Photoshop. This allows me to be in control of how much I want to lighten the subject and also to keep good detail and depth in the eyes, etc. I do sometimes shoot to have the background a white high key look by putting a one-to-two stop higher light on the background than the subject as long as the light on the back of the subject (reflecting from the background) is not brighter than the main light.
 
We hope you found Terri's advice helpful! And remember to catch her live at Imaging USA in Atlanta! Sign up today at ImagingUSA.org/Registration.




By James Yates
 
Can you believe Imaging USA 2016 is only 2.5 WEEKS away?! PPA Today is going to make sure you have all your i's dotted and t's crossed before your big trip and we figured now may be a good time to go over...transportation.

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Imaging USA 2016 will be held at the Georgia World Congress Center (GWCC) in the heart of downtown Atlanta. PPA is super-excited that Imaging USA is in our hometown this year! If you've never been or it's been a while, downtown Atlanta got a face-lift. Right next to the GWCC you'll find Centennial Olympic Park and the CNN Center, the new SkyView Ferris Wheel, the World of Coca-Cola, the new College Football Hall of Fame, the new Civil Rights Museum, and of course, the amazing Georgia Aquarium...home of the 2016 Imaging USA closing party!

If you're flying to Atlanta...take MARTA (Metro Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority) from Hartsfield-Jackson airport to the GWCC, Omni or Glenn Hotels. It's only $2.50 and a straight line there!

1. Enter MARTA Airport station adjacent to baggage claim.
2. Board northbound train (Red or Gold) toward Five Points Station.
3. Get off at Five Points and follow signage to westbound train platform.
4. Board westbound train (Green or Blue) travel one stop to Dome/GWCC/Philips Arena/CNN Center.
5. Follow signage to street level, walk one block northwest toward Georgia World Congress Center.

If you're heading to the Hyatt Regency, Sheraton Hotel or other downtown Atlanta properties, continue on the Red or Gold line past Five Points Station, and get off at Peachtree Center. From there you'll find signage directing you to your respective hotels. 

If you're driving to Atlanta...save a lot of money and pre-purchase parking for Imaging USA. That's 50% off the regular convention parking price at $10 per day - no overnight parking permitted. 

1. Just click on the GWCC Online Parking Permits button here to go to the main parking permits page.       
2. From there you will click on the "Purchase Event Parking Permits" button.
3. On the Select Event page, click on Georgia World Congress Center.                                                                           
4. Look for Imaging USA among the January events.
5. Continue to pre-purchase a parking permit for IUSA.

If you're also staying at a hotel downtown, you will have access to everything you need for the week with just a short walk. There are also several ways to get around if you want to spend some time exploring our beautiful city or if you're staying at a hotel a little farther away. 
Take Marta! It's Smarta! Go to itsmarta.com and/or check out this helpful video.

Atlanta also has Uber, Lyft and taxi services available. 

Wanting to go check out more cool Atlanta spots like the Martin Luther King Center or the Sweet Auburn district? You might want to take a ride on Atlanta's new streetcar!  The streetcar will take you all the way from Centennial Olympic Park to the King Historic District, 12 stops along the way, for only $1 a ride with the quick purchase of a free Breeze card (the same card you will use to ride Marta). 

No matter how you want to get around, Atlanta is ready to wow you at Imaging USA 2016


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By James Yates

Because sometimes being an internationally recognized symbol for overcoming adversity just isn't enough and some of you wondered where the connection is, we have been spending the past several weeks helping you get to know Amy Purdy. You'll quickly understand why we're so excited to have her be part of Imaging USA 2016!

Each week you'll see a highlight on Amy, and how the inspiration and insight she provides make perfect sense for this year's convention! Be sure to go back and read last week's post and find out about Amy's amazing 2nd place finish on ABC's Dancing with the Stars or check out our post about Amy's non-profit, Adaptive Action Sports. This week, your Amy Purdy round-up is super-sized for your holiday week perusal and will be taking a look at the rest of Amy's noteworthy television appearances, especially her stint on The Amazing Race and her meet-cute with future husband, Daniel Gale.

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One year after losing her legs, Amy placed third in a snowboarding competition. In 2003, after proving herself as an unstoppable athlete, Amy was chosen as spokesperson for the Challenged Athletes Foundation. This job opportunity moved her to San Diego where, soon after, she began picking up work as a model and actress.

As soon as Amy got out into the modeling world, she was recognized for her fierce determination and unbeatable attitude...not to mention her looks and ability to affix props to her legs! She was cast in a Madonna video and, when the Material Girl caught Amy strutting around on her prosthetics in the background, she demanded Amy be a featured performer and placed front and center in the "American Life" video. The video, while Amy's big modeling breakthrough, was pulled from television and banned. You can find it with just a little searching (it's the one with the military-runway theme).

Element skateboards and clothing company signed Amy to design and model a line of clothes and snowboards for them. They were a huge success and, once Amy took off on Dancing with the Stars, Element made the collection a permanent part of their line.

Already a muse for Madonna, Amy next worked in the pop music world with Mötley Crüe bassist Nikki Sixx as a model for his book, This Is Gonna Hurt. She posed with giant ice picks as her legs in these unforgettable photos.


Continue Reading after the jump for Amy and Daniel's love story...

 

 

 



 

This fall, PPA launched its third annual PPA Kickstart Scholarship. PPA granted four lucky winners the opportunity to attend free pre-convention classes at Imaging USA 2016 in Atlanta. They had the chance to choose between a full day of hands-on classes or a two-day business workshop.

All of the winners are very excited about this amazing opportunity, and two of these four PPA photographers will be attending Imaging USA for the first time. We introduce to you the 2015 scholarship winners and some highlights from conversations following their winnings:

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Erik Vicino
Reenfoque Photography, Mexico
Member of PPA since 2014

"Imaging USA will help me be more by just being there. I can't even imagine the vibe of the place, the people that are there and the fact that everyone that will be there has a story and something in common with me. Anything and everything that happens during Imaging USA will undoubtedly change my life and my studio. "

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Monica Alden
Monica Alden Photography, Mundelein, Illinois
Joined PPA in January

"I am hoping that by taking a pre-convention class I will learn enough helpful tips to make my studio the best in my residing area. That's my goal for 2016."

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Lori R McCoy, CPP
Bella Vita Photography, Hamilton, Ohio
Member of PPA since 2008

"The best part about winning this scholarship is that I would not have had the extra money to take a pre-convention class, so thanks to the PPA scholarship, now I can take an in-depth class that will help me take my photography business to the next level!"

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Matthew L Noll
Matthew Designs, Revenna, Ohio
Member of PPA since 2014

"The biggest thing I am hoping to take away from Imaging USA is learning about new information through the Hands-On classes. That will be an amazing opportunity for me to learn next to a master photographer. After that are the courses, I've already bookmarked the ones I'm going to attend and researched all about the speakers I want to see. Lastly, I'm looking forward to speaking with the vendors and learning about the new equipment and techniques."

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By Sarah Ackerman

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Imaging USA is better when it's shared with friends! Whether you're bringing your buddies with you or looking to make new connections on site (and let's be honest, everyone should be looking to network) here are your best ways to stay engaged leading up to and during the convention! 

Join the Imaging USA community on theLoop and start interacting with your fellow attendees before you even arrive in Atlanta! Anyone in this community is registered for the event, so no need to worry about any stranger dangers. Make new friends, find a roommate and more!

Social Media 
First things first, when posting about Imaging USA, be sure to use the official hashtag of the convention, #ImagingUSA. By doing so, your posts will be highlighted on the TweetWalls in the classrooms before the sessions start and we'll be reposting some on the Imaging USA social platforms! Also, we always have fun giveaways happening on all of the Facebook/Twitter/Instagram pages, so like, tweet and share your posts and pictures to get in on the goods!

Be sure to like and follow Imaging USA on Facebook for contests, deals, show announcements and so much more! Upload photos and tag #ImagingUSA and @ImagingUSA when you receive your orange packet or if you have any questions! 

Follow Imaging USA on Twitter! We'll be highlighting speakers, announcing Expo speakers and sharing your stories as you experience the convention! There's also a list of all the Speaker's Twitter handles listed here so you can find them all in one handy spot! 

Its photography, so of course Imaging USA is on Instagram! Follow up and get behind the scenes images of what's happening before and during the conference. Tag your images with @ImagingUSA to get reposted in the official feed! And with the rest of the social platforms, be sure to use #ImagingUSA for a feature on the TweetWall!

Download the Imaging USA app at ImagingUSA.org/App and get connected! Turn on the Networking Feature of the app and search for fellow attendees by name, specialty or keyword. Be sure to update your schedule in your profile and you'll be able to schedule meetings with your new found photography friends! Just tap the icon of two people shaking hands and you can coordinate a meeting.

Also, if you have any questions or concerns about the event, feel free to reach out through any of these platforms and our social media team will answer you lickity-split! 


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Sarah Ackerman manages all things social media for PPA and Imaging USA. When she's not living on the internet, she loves improv comedy, going on wilderness adventures, gallivanting around the globe, knitting, wood working and yoga. 



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By Sarah Ackerman

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Last week Imaging USA Speaker Lindsay Adler hosted a two day Ask Me Anything! 

Lindsay is widely known for her fashion photography that gives her lookbooks, ad campaigns and clients a clean, bold, graphic look that is uniquely her own. But her passion doesn't stop there. Her love of teaching brings her to Imaging USA where she will teach "Fashion Lighting Techniques to WOW Your Portrait Clients". In her program, you can learn how to bring the fashion world to your portrait clients in your own way. 

Here are some of our favorite moments from Lindsay's Ask Me Anything. 

On getting a big break:
Ahhh... the big break. You know. I think that is totally a myth. I never had a big break... I've had a long break (back breaking work!). I've just been working bit by bit to improve connections and become a better photographer. Basically I lived in upstate New York and did online networking with other beginning makeup artists and wardrobe stylists who lived in NYC. I would travel to NYC and put together shoots. Then with these better images, I would work to approach better/more talented artists and keep building and growing. What is great is when they get a contact from a magazine or celebrity, they share it with me-- because we are a team!

On post processing:
To begin with I did ALL of my own processing work during my first four years as a fashion photographer. I didn't have the money to outsource retouching at all, plus I wanted to add my own 'style' to it. Basically I watched a lot of YouTube to be honest and made friends with photography students taking classes and asked them for their top tips! Now that I have a style for retouching, when I outsource they know to match the look and feel that I like. Just to give you an idea, the retouchers I hire range from $35 an image to $225 depending on what they are working on. Right now I outsource about 60% of my retouching simply because I'm too busy and it's worth the cost!

On the three most important things in becoming an artist:
1. Discovering your creative process: Sounds weird but honestly I never considered myself an artist. Forever really... I considered myself more of a photo technician. A nerd. A tech person. So that was how I approached photography. That's even how I approached creativity. When I came up with a creative idea, I created a formula - How did I get to this idea? How can I repeat that process for success? Finally when I realized I was creative, it was because I knew the steps I needed to create to come up with new ideas. 

2. Don't always try to please others: Sure, as portrait photographers we want to make other people happy. But when you are so worried what all the other photographers or artists or people in your town think ALL THE TIME, it is paralyzing. You can't create or try anything different because you are afraid of what they think. 

3. Experiment all the time: We all get so comfortable. We find our favorite lighting, our favorite poses, our favorite approaches to photography... and then we stick there. We don't move. I use 'my favorite' gear, lighting, poses, etc. in order to make sure I get a good shot. Once I got a decent shot, I try something different that might miserably fail. But that 'failure' is okay because I already have a decent shot using my usual techniques and I may have the opportunity to learn and discover something incredible with that experimentation!

We hope you found Lindsay's advice helpful! And remember to catch her live at Imaging USA in Atlanta! Early bird pricing ends December 17, so save $50 and sign up today at ImagingUSA.org/Registration.



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Sarah Ackerman manages all things social media for PPA and Imaging USA. When she's not living on the internet, she loves improv comedy, going on wilderness adventures, gallivanting around the globe, knitting, wood working and yoga. 



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By Sarah Ackerman

Nearly a full year has passed since Krista Lee Newbill of Krista Lee Photography of Murfeesboro, Tennessee started her Studio Makeover with PPA. We checked in with Krista one last time this year on Skype to see how she's changed her business over the course of this process and before we see her live at Imaging USA in Atlanta, Sunday, January 10, 2016 at 5 PM. Check out the video below for this last recorded studio makeover check-in with Krista!



About PPA's Studio Makeover:
At the beginning of 2015, PPA began working with two lucky studios giving them the chance at a total business makeover. The goal is to boost their profits and analyze all elements of their business from their business model, branding and pricing to marketing, sales strategy, workflow efficiency and overall profitability. Both studios are measured based on the tools, information and resources set by PPA's Benchmark. Want to know more about the full project? Read more here. 

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Sarah Ackerman manages all things social media for PPA and Imaging USA. When she's not living on the internet, she loves improv comedy, going on wilderness adventures, gallivanting around the globe, knitting, wood working and yoga. 



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By Nicole McIntosh

The excitement is unbearable, Imaging USA 2016 in Atlanta is right around the corner! Preparations are kicking into high gear because there are officially less than 30 days left to get ready for this wondrous event. During your time at Imaging USA you will have the opportunity to attend classes taught by top photographers, explore the International Photographic Competition Exhibit, see product demos, test new gear, get free samples and tradeshow-only discounts and deals, practice your skills with models on site, network, build relationships with vendors and lots more! For first timers this is soooo exciting, and yet at the same time this can be a lot to digest and we know you're going to need all the advice you can get, so here's a short video with some tips from our "pros" for your time at Imaging USA 2016!


The earlier you register for Imaging USA 2016, the better the deal. We are excited to announce that the early bird deadline has been extended to December 17, 2015! So now you have more time to enjoy yourself some savings. Go to ImagingUSA.org/Register with no further delay, because Imaging USA 2016 will be here sooner than you know and you don't want to be left out!

Nicole McIntosh is one of PPA's Marketing and Communications Interns, yay! Nicole is known for her vibrant smile and the one to laugh even if the sky is falling. A sophomore at Spelman College, she hopes that working with PPA will give her the tools she needs to start her own non-profit organization one day.

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By Chris Homer 

Imaging USA 2016 in Atlanta is right around the corner - only 26 days until the convention begins! If you're pressed for time and won't be able to attend the Imaging USA classes or special events, consider signing up for an Imaging Expo pass... for FREE!

The Expo-Only badge will allow you to explore the Imaging Expo tradeshow and attend the demos and classes that will be held on the Expo floor. The Expo Pass is $35 at the door, so get it online now and get a good dose of Imaging USA at no cost to you!
 
Don't miss out browsing through or testing the latest and greatest photography gear. There will be more than 150 photography companies with products and services that will make any photographer drool. And best of all: most exhibitors will run Imaging USA-only deals and discounts, so you know you'll find something to reward your visit.

But that's not all, this year you can also check out the International Photographic Exhibit with thousands of images AND the selection of photos that are entered in this year's World Photographic Cup! In the image exhibit area, there will be free tours. Just sign up on site and get rolling!

Last but not least, at the Imaging Expo, while you can 'shop till you drop' on anything photography, you can also learn a ton! There will be daily short format demos and classes on the tradeshow floor, so make the best use of your time, come one day to shop and another to learn...all for $0 with your FREE IMAGING EXPO PASS!

Visit ImagingUSA.org/Free-Expo-Pass to grab that free pass! If you want to take your learning and networking experience to the next level, upgrade to attend the full classes program and events and sign up for an All-Access Pass at ImagingUSA.org/Register. Register by December 17 for the lowest prices, after that date prices will go up $50! 


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About the author:
Chris Homer is PPA's SEO & Web Specialist, which basically makes Google Analytics his best friend. A graduate of the University of Georgia, Chris cheers passionately (and obnoxiously) for the Bulldogs in all things from football to checkers. When he's not hard at work on PPA's websites, you'll find Chris at auto racing events around the southeast, where he's known as a master architect of tent villages.


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by James Yates 

Because sometimes being an internationally recognized symbol for overcoming adversity just isn't enough and some of you wonder where the connection is, we will be spending the next several weeks helping you get to know Amy Purdy. You'll quickly understand why we're so excited to have her be part of Imaging USA 2016!

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Each week you'll see a highlight on Amy, and how the inspiration and insight she provides make perfect sense for this year's convention! Be sure to go back and read last week's post and find out about Amy's non-profit, Adaptive Action Sports.
 
This week, we're looking at the platform where most of America learned about Amy: a televised dancing competition. We've scoured the internet to bring you recaps and video clips of Amy's amazing 2nd place finish on ABC's Dancing with the Stars!
 
Even before Season 18 of Dancing with the Stars (DWTS) began in 2014, there was buzz building in the entertainment news world that Amy Purdy was "one to watch". She was only the second double-amputee to compete in the top-rated reality competition series.
 
Just a few weeks into the competition, Amy brought the house down with her "Inspirational" dance. It was based on her relationship with her father, who provided Amy with a life-saving kidney transplant as her donor. "My dad gave me one of his kidneys," she said. "I always say that my dad gave me life twice. He brought me into this world, and then through his gift he kept me in this world." You have to check out the dance as well as the recap provided by The Daily Mail. But BE WARNED: Lots of tears within.
 
The Dancing with the Stars YouTube channel has all Amy's past performances including a fantastic Jazz performance of "Too Darn Hot" and Amy performing like, in the words of judge Bruno Tonioli, "a superhero", to the Jive... one of the most difficult DWTS routines.

Take a look at Amy and dance partner Derek Hough's appearance on Ellen during their run on DWTS. Amy truly exemplifies self-motivation, perseverance, and bigger-than-life goal settings. For the past few years she has worked relentlessly to share her passion for life, thriving on helping people Be More. How could PPA not be excited to bring her on-board as an amazing keynote speaker at Imaging USA?
 
Next week: long before she dazzled audiences with her dancing skills, Amy participated in another reality competition. We'll take a look at The Amazing Race and her meet-cute with partner and future husband, Daniel Gale.

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Come one, come all to the International Photographic Competition Exhibit at Imaging USA 2016 in Atlanta. No, really. The exhibit is free and open to the public, but you must have a badge to enter the exhibit area. Register for your FREE Expo Pass here. Get inspired to try new techniques as you view thousands of award-winning images from around the world, featuring the 2015 Professional Photographers of America (PPA) Loan and General Collections.

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Each year, PPA holds the International Photographic Competition (IPC), selecting photographers' top photographs for the year. The best of the best is then placed in the PPA Loan Collection and is bound in a beautiful hardcover book available through Marathon Press (No, PPA does not receive any money from sales of these book). These collections are also displayed at the Imaging USA IPC Exhibit every year, so PPA members AND the general public alike can walk through and marvel at the year's best of the best photographs!

There are several competitions including local, state, and district that feed into the IPC. Top images are deemed worthy of a merit and become part of PPA's General Collection, then those images are judged again for inclusion in the prestigious Loan Collection.

Every year at Imaging USA, PPA hosts the Grand Imaging Awards, where IPC winners compete for the best of 2015's Loan Collection in six categories: Event Albums, Non-Event Albums, Illustrative, Artist, Portrait, and Wedding. One of those six winners goes on to win the Grand Imaging Award!

And this year, following the Grand Imaging Awards is a presentation by the World Photographic Cup! This is an international competition - nation against nation - designed to bring together photographers from all over the globe in a spirit of friendship and unity. The United States team is made up of images from the Grand Imaging Awards and has won the past two years. In all, 28 countries are vying for this year's World Photographic Cup !

Wanting to enter the competition but don't know where or how to start? Consider enrolling in the Pre-Convention class, The Competition You Can't Lose featuring Jessica Vogel, M.Photog.Cr., CPP and Timothy Walden, M.Photog.Hon.M.Photog.Cr., CPP, F-ASP.

We understand it's a big question: "Why should I enter the International Photographic Competition?" This program will answer this question AND it will guide you through the process and show you how this competition is an investment in yourself and your business. Separate registration is required for pre-convention classes at ImagingUSA.org/Register.

And finally, be sure to swing by the Merit Café inside the IPC Exhibit. There you'll find a series of short seminars geared to getting you familiar with and better prepared for future photographic competitions! These 30-minute sessions are restricted to first come, first serve seating so get there early and soak up all of the knowledge you can from these amazing International Photographic Competition experts! Seminars include Creating Portraits, Technical Excellence, Competition Concepts, Print Presentation, Lighting, Landscape Composition, Marketing and many more. Questions will be more than welcome, so ask away!

We can't wait to see you at Imaging USA in January. But hurry up and register by Dec. 17 at ImagingUSA.org/Register for the Early Bird savings OR use the Join & Go option to become a member of PPA and your full access pass to Imaging 2016 will be FREE as a welcome gift!


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By Nicole McIntosh

Imaging USA will be here sooner than you think, which means it is time to prepare. As you begin thinking about everything you need to do, one of our suggestions is to add finding a roommate to your list. Now, we know you are thinking, "why find a roommate?" Having a roommate at Imaging USA awards you the advantages of saving money, making new friends, and of course saving even more money!

So, how do you do it? Once you register for Imaging USA 2016, you have access to theLoop, Imaging USA's community where you can communicate with your fellow attendees and find a roommate (or three) to help cut down on housing costs, making your Imaging USA experience even better. You can also take advantage of the Imaging USA Facebook, Imaging USA Twitter , and use other forms of social media to search for a roommate. 

Get ready for your experience at Imaging USA 2016 and begin your search for your roommate now. You never know the new possibilities it may bring! Be sure to book your hotel room early by going to ImagingUSA.org/Hotel for the very best rates. There are a range of hotels still available including Hilton Garden Inn Midtown, Microtel Atlanta-Buckhead, Aloft Atlanta Downtown Hotel, and many more. If you have not registered yet head on over to ImagingUSA.org/Register to register today!


Nicole McIntosh is one of PPA's Marketing and Communications Interns, yay! Nicole is known for her vibrant smile and the one to laugh even if the sky is falling. A sophomore at Spelman College, she hopes that working with PPA will give her the tools she needs to start her own non-profit organization one day.

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