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By: Autumn Rice

Imaging USA 2017 in San Antonio, Texas is swiftly approaching and we thought we'd add another reason, in addition to the bajillion-and-one we already gave, for you to attend.

It's IPC! That's right, Loan Collection images from PPA's International Photographic Competition will be featured at Imaging USA, January 8-10, 2017!
 
Each year, PPA holds the International Photographic Competition (IPC), selecting photographers' top photographs for the year. The best of the best images are then placed in the PPA Loan Collection, collected in a book published by Marathon Press, and featured all around PPA headquarters. These collections are also displayed at the Imaging USA IPC Exhibit on the tradeshow floor, so PPA members AND the general public alike can walk through and marvel at the year's best in photography!

IPC images will also appear at PPA's Grand Imaging Awards, where IPC winners will compete for the best of 2016's Loan Collection in six categories: Event Albums, Non-Event Albums, Illustrative, Artist, Portrait, and Wedding. One of those six winners will go on to win the Grand Imaging Award!


Judging of the International Photographic Competition is July 31-August 4, 2016, and can be streamed live for anyone to see. All you have to do is visit Stream.theIPC.org and login or register your email address. You can also view the IPC Live broadcast with host Booray Perry. You do NOT have to be a PPA member to enjoy the IPC for free. 

So, hop on over to Stream.theIPC.org and witness all the IPC action live. And remember to register for Imaging USA 2017 in San Antonio, Texas to see the winning IPC images featured in the Loan Collection!

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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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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.
 
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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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Imaging USA 2016 is zooming around the corner. If this is your first time at Imaging USA, you will have the opportunity to attend classes taught by top photography pros, browse through the International Photographic Competition Exhibit, see product demos, test a lot of new gear, get free samples and tradeshow-only discounts and deals, practice your skills with models on-site, network with 10,000+ fellow photographers and build relationships with vendors. Everything is set to make for an incredibly exciting photography experience! But have you registered yet?  If not, well you're still in luck! The deadline to sign up with the early bird savings is December 8th 2015. Why pay full price when you have an amazing discount waiting for you?! 

Hurry and register at ImagingUSA.org/Register, this photography bonanza event is coming up very soon and you don't want to miss 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

If you've been thinking about joining PPA, now is a great time. That's because in addition to all of PPA's membership benefits, you'll also get a FREE 3 Day All Access Pass to Imaging USA 2016 in Atlanta. 

Yes, you read that right! Those who join PPA as a professional active member this year get full access to Imaging USA's classes, parties, the Imaging Expo tradeshow and more AT NO COST! Imaging USA's registration fee is normally $349 for non-members, so you can see why this is quite a deal.

Of course, getting to experience Imaging USA for free in 2016 is just the tip of the iceberg of benefits you'll get when you join PPA's association of over 28,000 photographers. You'll get deals and tradeshow-only discounts from top photography companies, business malpractice protection from the Indemnification Trust and free equipment insurance to protect your camera gear. It doesn't stop there, you also get full access to the PPAedu and PhotoVision online library of over 1,100 videos to help with your photography techniques and nail down some good business practices; Plus, you can also discuss photography-related topics on PPA's member-only online network, theLoop! These are just some of the reasons why photographers who are with PPA are More Connected, More Profitable, and More Protected. 

Bottom line: If you're a professional photographer you really can't afford to not be with PPA! Join today and we'll see you at Imaging USA in Atlanta. Don't be left out, join PPA! Visit PPA.com.


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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.



Imaging USA: Register Now

By Chris Homer

If you're looking to improve as a photographer, one of your best opportunities for learning, networking and shopping is Imaging USA 2016, from January 10-12, 2016, at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta, GA. Registration is now open!

If you've never attended Imaging USA before, you might be wondering what the big deal is. Hosted by PPA, this is the most established professional photography convention out there. Major components of Imaging USA are the three-day Imaging Expo trade show, several all-inclusive parties and presentations by some of the biggest names in the photographic industry and a keynote speaker who is sure to make an impact. Imaging USA's photography and business classes are geared to improve a photographers skills, photographic repertoire and use of technologies. It's a jam-packed three days full of education and fun with thousands of your fellow photographers! The most passionate bunch can even add pre-convention sessions to take their learning experience to the next level.

Go to ImagingUSA.org/REG to check out the different options and pricing for PPA members, PPA Student Members and Non-Members. (Hint: if you're not with PPA, consider the Join & Go option, as it waives your 2016 Imaging USA registration fee!) Be sure to register by December 8, 2015 for the lowest rates! After that date, prices will increase. 

Go ahead, register today and see how attending Imaging USA can help you Be More Business-Savvy! Find all the details on classes, special events, hotels and more at ImagingUSA.org.


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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: Lauren Walters

Let's get to know one of our speakers who will be at Imaging USA in Nashville, Tennessee. JulieAnne Jonker has her master of photography and photographic craftsman degrees from PPA and is also a certified professional photographer (CPP). In the following interview, she sheds some light on her career as a photographer. 

Who's your class for?

Any photographer, really. It's about inspiration as much as what it takes to get your photography studio to the next level. I'll help you direct your business based on your definition of yourself as an artist

What are the top 3 takeaways from your class?

At the end of my class, you will be able to understand 3 things: 

1. Who you are as an artist

2. What direction you want to take your studio in 2015

3. How you can operate a low-volume, high-end studio in this economy

Define your style as a photographer in 5 words.

My style reflected in my photography is vintage, ethereal, classical, compelling and timeless.

What makes your portrait style so unique?

The influences that I continually derive from the fine art world shine through my work and define my photography style.

What is your favorite medium of expression besides photography?

Outside photography, there are two outlets I use to express myself: painting and sculpting.

What was your proudest photographic moment?

Being invited and voted into the Camera Craftsmen of America has to be my proudest moment as a photographer.

What is one marketing mistake many photographers make when they are first starting out?

Inexperienced photographers tend to compete on price, and price only, to get their foot in the door, but that presents them as cheap studios with too many sales and specials. 

What do you want to be known for?

As an artist I'd like to be known for creating timeless pieces.

Elvis, Johnny Cash, or Jack White?

Definitely, Jimi Hendrix.

JulieAnne has had a long streak of success. Learn from her at Imaging USA in Nashville! You'll have two opportunities to hear her speak: on the business panel "5 Golden Nuggets" and in her solo-class called "The Portrait as an Art Form"

If you haven't registered for Imaging USA, you can do so now at ImagingUSA.org/Register! We can't wait to see you in Nashville! 

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