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PPA is always looking for ways to get you to Imaging USA and help start your year off right each January with six days of photography fun. We are pleased to announce that, for the third year, four lucky PPA photographers will win Imaging USA scholarships and the opportunity to soak in all the fresh, new ideas available at Imaging USA 2017. They'll get full access to every session, all of the after parties and events and can freely browse the massive expo tradeshow floor. The scholarship also includes the choice of a pre-convention class that happens the Thursday, Friday or Saturday leading up to the show. 

No matter where you are in your career, there's a class for you. Pre-convention programs range from multiple-day workshops to half- and all-day classes on topics like fashion portraiture, post-processing workflow, certification process, the business of senior photography, and more! 

Plus, there are also Hands-On pre-convention classes, which take you on a photo shoot with the instructor and practice the skills you are taught with your camera right there on the spot! These classes are designed so you can attend multiple sessions during the day and get all the hands-on practice you want.

The Kickstart scholarship includes: Choice of a pre-convention class and a full Imaging USA registration all for FREE. Travel, meals, and lodging are not included. Visit ImagingUSA.org for more information on hotels, travel and more. 

To apply for the scholarship, you must be an active PPA member and you can't have previously received an Imaging USA Kickstart Scholarship. Applications for the 2017 Imaging USA Kickstart Scholarship open August 1!  Applications are due by November 11, 2016. Recipients will be announced November 23 and notified via phone. 

What are you waiting for? PPA is making it SO EASY for you to attend Imaging USA 2017 in San Antonio and begin next year with the knowledge and connections you need to Be More! 

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By Autumn Rice

There are already a bajillion reasons to register to attend Imaging USA 2017, but how about we make it a bajillion and one! Is that even possible?

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Mel Robbins is one of the most sought-after motivational speakers in the world. Her life experiences have helped her craft speeches that deliver business-expanding, life-changing, interactive advice to inspire change, challenge thinking and accelerate personal and professional growth. Her book, "Stop Saying You're Fine" is a best seller that has been translated into four different languages, and her TEDx Talk "How to Stop Screwing Yourself Over" has over 10 million views across 37 countries. Mel Robbins is a CNN host, commentator and legal analyst, criminal defense attorney, and now she can add Imaging USA Keynote Speaker to her host of talents. 

That's right folks; Mel Robbins is coming to Imaging USA! She will give a keynote presentation on the morning of Sunday, January 8th.

Imaging USA 2017 will be held at the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center in San Antonio, Texas on January 8-10. And don't forget Pre-Con classes run from January 5-7! If you're a professional photographer, you don't want to miss this event. The three day convention is filled with over 10,000 professional photographers ready to share information, inspire, and connect with you! 

Need some help finding a hotel? We have you covered!

Imaging USA has reserved hotel rooms at discounted rates for its attendees to take advantage of. And don't worry about transportation! The official ImagingUSA hotels are conveniently located within walking distance of the convention center. 

So what are you waiting for? Imaging USA is the only place to be in January 2017! Go to ImagingUSA.org/Register to reserve your hotel and complete your registration to officially be a part of all that Imaging USA 2017 has to offer.

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Keynote Speaker: Mel Robbins
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Mel Robbins has worn many hats: criminal defense attorney, entrepreneur, life coach, CNN host...Now she's wearing her 10-gallon hat and joining us in Texas for Imaging USA 2017's Keynote Speech. Mel has picked up valuable life-lessons from her experiences and crafted a dynamic way to share them with an audience. She's the author of Stop Saying You're Fine and has a top-viewed TedTalk, "How to Stop Screwing Yourself Over". Mel's going to jumpstart Imaging USA 2017 in her signature, pants-kicking way Sunday morning, January 8, in San Antonio.  


Other Imaging USA Speakers Include:
 

by James Yates
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You're all set to go to Imaging USA 2017, but you've never been to San Antonio before? Relax. Your PPA Team was just there, scouting out the best attractions and locations and preparing enough photography-convention-awesomeness to blow your ten-gallon hat off come January. 

In addition to shooting a guide to the newly remodeled Convention Center (which you'll see at a later date), we took a look at some of the best San Antonio has to offer. Here's a handy guide of things to consider making time for your trip in January:

Start with The Riverwalk, the unique, can't-miss 2.5-mile walkway along the San Antonio River. Take one of the famed Riverboat Tours to see the other side of attractions like the San Antonio Museum of Art, the Arneson River Theater and the Aztec Theatre. The boats pass right by and through several restaurants, making any night out to eat a gorgeous experience. It may sound like a tourist trap, it's not! It's really nice! That's probably why the Riverwalk is Texas' second most popular tourist spot after...The Alamo/The Missions. Remember this? No trip to San Antonio would be complete without visiting the Alamo and the other four Spanish frontier outposts designated as a National Historic Park. Founded in 1939, La Villita Historic Arts Village is San Antonio's original neighborhood. La Vallita houses over 30 art galleries and shops along with several restaurants. The Arneson River Theater is also there so you can get a better look from off of the boat. The RiverCenter Mall is also located on the Riverwalk and literally right downstairs from our host hotels. It's a fully functioning mall with all the stores you may need to get your shopping fix ($6 cowboy hats, anyone?) and tons of restaurants including a food court if you want something fast and cheap! You can experience the largest Mexican mercado in the city for authentic shopping underneath all those iconic, colorful flags at Market Square. Get the best view of San Antonio from atop the 750 ft-tall Tower of the Americas, built in 1968 for the Hemisfair (World's Fair), which you'll hear a lot about because it was a huge deal for the city. 

If you're looking to venture away from the downtown area by car or bus, The San Antonio Botanical Gardens, the San Antonio Aquarium and the San Antonio Zoo offer some of the most beautiful, Texas-sized flora and fauna for the entire family to enjoy. There are also the big theme parks, SeaWorld San Antonio and Six Flags Fiesta Texas if you have the need for speed and want to ride the state-of-the-art Iron Rattler or Steel Eel. Other kinds of thrill-seekers may want to check out the Natural Bridge Caverns, named for the 60 foot limestone slab that spans the caverns' entrance.  

We weren't sure what to expect from our planning trip to San Antonio, but what we got was a beautiful city with a lively and bustling downtown area, all easily accessible from the Imaging USA hotels and convention center. We're more certain than ever that January 2017 is going to be AWESOME. 

For more info, head over to ImagingUSA.org/about-san-antonio. If you haven't registered yet for Imaging USA 2017, be sure to head over to ImagingUSA.org/Register and take advantage of the Early Bird rates! And don't forget Pre-Con classes run from January 5- 7!


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James Yates is an Atlanta-based writer/actor and the Communications Specialist at Professional Photographers of America (PPA). A graduate of Georgia State University, James has worked in the non-profit sector his whole life and is proud to be able to help artists achieve their goals. In his spare time he can be found walking his dogs on the Beltline or partaking in the nightly theater and comedy scene in the ATL.

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Registration is already up and running for Imaging USA 2017! For all you first timers that are preparing to be amazed by the excitement of the world's largest (and best) photography convention, this post is for you! If you haven't discovered already, Imaging USA offers a range of opportunities for first timers to connect and build relationships with seasoned photographers. 
If you are new to PPA, you can even participate in the New Members reception. It's free and it's your chance to start making lifetime friends with other photographers. Nearly 1,500 new members come to Imaging USA each year. Here are some useful tips to conquer your first Imaging USA like a champ!

Meet New People- Try to meet at least five new people every day during your time at Imaging (so bring those business cards!)
Wear Comfortable Shoes- You're going to be doing a lot of walking\
Pack Light- No need to bring anything more than what is absolutely necessary
Look for Orange- Ask PPA staff if you need any help. We'll be wearing bright orange button downs and will be happy to answer any questions. 
Attend the Parties- Plan on attending the opening and closing night parties. They are a blast!
Use a Water Bottle- Stay hydrated. Bring a water bottle with you to save money and the environment
Stay in the Official Hotels- PPA has negotiated discounted rates for Imaging USA attendees. Stay close to the action and have a blast!
Rest Up!--Classes start early on Sunday, so come to San Antonio Saturday night and rest up...or party ;) 

We hope you find these tips helpful while preparing for this awesome experience. Have any more questions about Imaging USA 2017? Head over to www.ImagingUSA.org. Want to register and take advantage of the early bird special? Go to www.ImagingUSA.com/Register!



By Chris Homer

If you've been paying attention to PPA's YouTube channel, you'll have noticed that PPA has been releasing a series, Behind The Camera Videos, featuring real photographers who discuss their experience running a photography studio and how PPA has helped them along the way. In one of our most recent videos, photographer Lisa Thayer shares the impact attending Imaging USA had in her career!

Many professional photographers have struggled with the feeling of having to 'go it alone'. It can be tough out there without a support system of other professional photographers to rely on. That's where the power of the PPA community comes in! Watch the video below to learn how this photographer built her own network of mentors by attending PPA's annual conference, Imaging USA!


We hope you'll share this video with other photographers to help show how the PPA network can help photographers' careers. You can also view a playlist with all the videos in the Behind The Camera Videos series. And if you haven't registered for Imaging USA - January 8 -10, 2017 or Pre-Con classes January 5- 7, 2017 in San Antonio, TX - you can register now!


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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
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Registration for this year's Imaging USA went live early this year and so did the hotels! This year there is a "one stop shop" reservation system for Imaging USA hotel booking in San Antonio. We encourage you to make your reservations through this new online system, as it is here to help you book your hotel rooms seamlessly. 

Save yourself the trouble of searching for a lower rate! PPA's already done the work and negotiated discounted rates for your stay in San Antonio. Staying in our host hotels not only guarantees a lower rate, but also keeps you closest to the networking action and saves you money on transportation. Here are this year's partner hotels:

Marriott San Antonio Rivercenter
The headquarter hotel for this year's Imaging USA, Marriott Rivercenter is only one block from the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center. The Rivercenter is 38-stories and connects to the city's premier dining, shopping, and entertainment destinations. The Alamo, one of the nation's most storied and revered landmarks, is within easy walking distance from this hotel. Marriott's Rivercenter hotel is designed for relaxing, with LCD TVs, premium cable, high-speed Internet access, and Marriott's Plug-In Technology in each guest room.

Marriott San Antonio Riverwalk
This one is only half a block from the Convention Center. Capture the romance of San Antonio with a stay at one of these recently renovated guestrooms with a sweeping balcony view of the city and the famous River Walk below. This hotel combines gracious Marriott service and amenities, including high speed internet access, with a comfortable and casual feel.

Grand Hyatt San Antonio
The closest hotel at only .25 blocks from the Convention Center, the Grand Hyatt San Antonio hotel presents contemporary style, comfort, luxury and convenience. The location affords stunning views of downtown San Antonio or HemisFair Park. They offer luxurious accommodations ranging from king-size bedrooms to suites and free Wi-Fi is available in all guest rooms.

Hilton Palacio del Rio
Two blocks from the Convention Center, you'll find the Hilton Palacio del Rio. The Hilton's renovations have transformed this iconic River Walk hotel to convey a contemporary flavor within a hacienda setting. Each room features local decor along with a private balcony for panoramic views of the city. Pamper yourself with Hilton Serenity Collection bedding and today's latest technology - high speed wireless internet, connectivity centers and 37" HD televisions. Each room also includes a spacious newly redesigned bathroom with wood floors, granite countertops and sapphire blue mosaic tiled walls. Fiesta & Siesta - A Hip Hacienda!

Remember, you MUST use our new registration system to book your hotel this year. Learn more at ImagingUSA.org/Travel/Hotel/. As always, PPA is not making anything on these hotels. Savings are passed directly on to you, so make the best of this experience and stay at a host hotel!

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Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for James.JPGJames Yates is an Atlanta-based writer/actor and the Communications Specialist at Professional Photographers of America (PPA). A graduate of Georgia State University, James has worked in the non-profit sector his whole life and is proud to be able to help artists achieve their goals. In his spare time he can be found walking his dogs on the Beltline or partaking in the nightly theater and comedy scene in the ATL.


By Sarah Ackerman

Imaging USA, PPA's annual conference and expo, is headed to San Antonio, Texas January 8-10, 2017 and you could join us for free! And don't forget Pre-Con classes run from January 5-7, 2017. Imaging USA hosts over 10,000 of your photographer friends, nearly 100 world-class speakers, and over 600 booths in the Expo dedicated to all things photography. 

If you're new to PPA, your 3 day, All-Access pass - which includes the classes, the Expo and the parties- is yours for FREE! As a thank you for joining PPA, we want you to attend Imaging USA on the house! It's a great induction into your new photography family, meeting a wide network of people you'll connect with over the years. 

Check out all the reasons people come to Imaging USA:



And now you can attend for FREE (a $399 savings). You can register today at ImagingUSA.org/Register

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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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Are you ready?! We thought so. Registration for Imaging USA, PPA's annual photography convention and expo, is now open at ImagingUSA.org/Register!

Imaging USA 2016 was a huge success, with more than 10,000 industry professionals taking over downtown Atlanta last January. Check out the photos, videos and blogs detailing what was an amazing three days of photography business education and inspiration as well as exclusive tradeshow shopping. Now, by popular demand, your friends at PPA have worked to enable registration earlier than ever before for Imaging USA 2017, held January 8 to 10 in San Antonio, Texas at the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center.

You'll be 'Livin' La Vida Lone Star' next year when you attend the largest concentration of photographic talent gathered under one roof. Since everything's bigger in Texas, the Imaging Expo will feature more than 600 booths, live presentations and hands-on demonstrations of new photo-related products by some of the most respected companies in the industry. Imaging USA's renowned educational classes are geared to improve a photographer's business skills, photographic repertoire and use of technologies. There will also be a special keynote address from a special to-be-announced speaker, an extensive photographic display of the International Photographic Competition collection, mentoring opportunities, portfolio reviews, several all-inclusive parties and much more.

This early-bird registration is only $199. Yep, that's for all three days of photography awesomeness. Tell your friends if they're not a member, because attendance to one's first Imaging USA is FREE as a perk for new members! There are many different ways to experience Imaging USA, including but not limited to the full conference, a full conference plus pre-conference courses option and Expo only. Visit ImagingUSA.org for complete registration information and pricing options. And keep checking back for updates to the event schedule.
 
Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for James.JPGJames Yates is an Atlanta-based writer/actor and the Communications Specialist at Professional Photographers of America (PPA). A graduate of Georgia State University, James has worked in the non-profit sector his whole life and is proud to be able to help artists achieve their goals. In his spare time he can be found walking his dogs on the Beltline or partaking in the nightly theater and comedy scene in the ATL.
by James Yates

You didn't miss Imaging USA 2016, did you? Well, just in case, here on the PPA Today blog you will find exclusive videos from Imaging USA 2016 for your daily dose of motivation. Check out the video recording of this Imaging USA program in its entirety here!

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Imaging USA 2016 in Atlanta



Take a look at the Grand Imaging Awards at Imaging USA 2016! The 2015 Medalists, Diamond Photographers of the Year, and all the Loan Collection artists from the most recent International Photographic Competition (IPC) were honored. You can also see who was crowned champion, earning the Grand Imaging Award!

And don't even think about missing next year's Imaging USA. It will be in San Antonio, TX, January 8-10, 2017, so save the date!

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