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Top Ten Things You Won't Want to Miss at Imaging USA 2016! - PPA Today

Top Ten Things You Won't Want to Miss at Imaging USA 2016!

Early-bird savings are coming to an end! Don't be left paying full price when you could get an all-access, three-day pass for just $179. Offer ends December 8th! Need some more persuading? Here's a list of the top things you won't want to miss at Imaging USA 2016...

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10. Be More Philanthropic... PPA Charities Celebration

Jan. 9, 8-10pm. Kick of the festivities with the PPA Charities Celebration! You'll "cheers" all of the charitable giving from 2015 and have the chance to participate in an auction that has anything a photographer could dream about and helps a very good cause. All attendees are welcome! 

9. Be More Energized... PPA Charities Events
Jan. 10, 7-9am. Get things up and running (literally) with an early-morning 5K around Atlanta. It will be chilly, so dress appropriately. Afterwards, kick off those sneaks and drop them in the bin for the Dando Amor Shoe Drive. Used shoes will be collected and repurposed for orphanages in South America and Africa. Drop-off bins will be located at the Expo entrance and registration kiosk. But that's not all! Be sure to stop by the PPA Charities booth on the expo floor because one lucky winner will receive more than $20,000 worth of photographic equipment in the Dream Studio Giveaway! Winner will be announced at the booth on Jan. 12, 2:30pm.

8. Be More Connected... PPA's Closing Party
Jan. 12, 8-11pm. Dance the convention away at the Georgia Aquarium, the largest in the U.S! This is an exclusive party, brought to you by PPA; you will have access to the entire aquarium for all your revelry and pic-snapping needs. And did we mention it's catered by Wolfgang Puck? FREE to attendees with an all-access 3-day pass or $60 for just the party!

7. Be More Encouraged... Awards & Degree Ceremony 
Jan. 12, 6:30-7:30pm. It's like a fun graduation for photographers earning degrees (Photographic Craftsman, Master of Photography, and Master Artist) and awards (Lifetime Achievement, Imaging Excellence, Distinguished Service, Humanitarian Service) from 2015. This is a free event to the public, so attendees can bring guests to enjoy in the celebration! Formal attire is suggested, but not required. Tux rentals will be available on location.

6. Be More Challenged... Grand Imaging Awards
Jan. 11, 6:30-7:30pm. Celebrate with friends as we honor the 2015 Medalists, Diamond Photographers of the Year, and all the elite Loan Collection artists from the most recent International Photographic Competition (IPC). Stop by to see these top photographers' works and see who gets crowned champion, earning the Grand Imaging Award! Doors open at 6:15.

5. Be More Creative... International Photographic Competition (IPC) Exhibit
Jan. 10-12. Come see the largest photographic exhibit in Atlanta! Located next to the Expo show floor and open during show hours, the IPC is one of the FREE events you can bring non-members to (they just need to print out a free Expo Pass)! There are even PPA-conducted tours of the exhibit so you can hear all the great stories behind the fantastic images!

4. Be More Confident... Top Notch Education
Jan. 7-12th. Need some tips, pointers, or pick-me-ups? We have your learning needs covered in every area imaginable. Throughout Imaging USA 2016 you'll find Live Demos complete with equipped with stages, models and props. Show Floor Classes are short, 15-20 minute sessions on product features, benefits and more on the expo floor. The Coach's Corner is setup for sports and events photographers and includes portfolio reviews and 30 minutes of mentoring with a PPA photographer (first come, first serve). Before the convention officially starts, take advantage of the Pre-Conference Classes: nearly 50 hands-on classes comprising three days before Imaging USA 2016 (Jan 7-9). These classes cover a wide variety of topics including LightRoom A-Z, business workshops, certification prep, maternity posing, wedding photography, fashion photography, lighting, posing, men's portraits, commercial architecture, boudoir photography and "Now I Lay Me Down To Sleep" workshops. Costs range from $129-$299 per class. 

3. Be More In-The-Know... BIG-Name Speakers  
Jan. 10-12. Forty of the best in the photography business are heading to Atlanta to share their photography secrets! Featuring Ross Oscar Knight, Suzette Allen, Ana Brandt, Tim Walden, Julieanne Kost, Jerry Ghionis, Sam Abell, Damon Tucci, Lindsey Adler, Lou Freeman, Peter Hurley and many more!

2. Be More Inspired... Amy Purdy Keynote
Jan. 10, 10-11:15am. True inspiration! Get motivated and take your business to new heights with our first-ever non-photographer keynote speaker at Imaging USA: Amy Purdy! This will also be the first time ever that nothing else is going on during the keynote so there's no excuse to miss out! Paralympic medalist/motivational speaker/New York Times best-selling author/Adaptive Action Sports co-founder/Dancing With The Stars runner-up/all-around amazing Amy Purdy will add another achievement to her growing list of them when she gives the keynote presentation Sunday morning at Imaging USA, followed by a book-signing. Amy will share her triumphant tale of overcoming the loss of her legs to go places she never thought she could. You'll be amazed at how much her story is your story and can help you take your photography business to new heights!                             
1. Be More Shopping-Savvy... Imaging Expo
Jan. 10-12. Basically, it's the Mall of America for photographers. Show hours that complement the class schedule, 600+ booths (everything from heavy equipment to small gadgets, printers, labs, service providers and BIG name photographic companies like Canon, Adobe, Miller's, Panasonic, Triple Scoop Music, H&H Color Lab, Kodak Alaris, Marathon, Zenfolio, ChromaLuxe, and many more!) Classes, product demos, expo-only deals, prize giveaways...the kitchen sink? Maybe that too!

We can't wait to see you at Imaging USA in January. If ANYthing on this list sounds like something you would love to be part of, then hurry up and register! Register for Imaging USA before Dec. 8th at for the Early Bird savings OR become a member of PPA and your full access  pass to Imaging 2016 will be FREE as a welcome gift!

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