Imaging USA 2011 Photography Business and Education Conference Set for San Antonio

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Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center will host an international convention and trade show for professional photographers, January 16-18, 2011.

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Imaging USA has the education, networking and opportunities to help photographers create that balance, so it’s one of the industry’s most popular events.

Registration is open for Imaging USA 2011 (, one of the world’s largest conferences featuring professional photography classes, including three full days of intensive artistic and business education January 16-18.

“If photographers want to be profitable, they need a good combination of artistic and business skills,” says Louis Tonsmeire, president of Professional Photographers of America (PPA). “Imaging USA has the education, networking and opportunities to help photographers create that balance, so it’s one of the industry’s most popular events.”

Imaging USA is presented by an alliance of PPA, the Society of Sport and Event Photographers (SEP), Commercial Photographers International (CPI), the Stock Artists Alliance (SAA) and the Evidence Photographers International Council (EPIC). Its education is renowned in professional photographer circles, featuring a wide variety of classes suitable for photographers who have been in business for years or those who are just starting out.

Imaging USA photography classes focus on different specialties and “tricks of the trade” geared towards improving business and photographic skills and use of technologies. Some of the industry’s biggest names appear as instructors, including Matthew Jordan Smith, Lou Freeman, Scott Robert Lim and Dave and Quin Cheung among others.

Classes run all day with breaks in between so attendees can visit the Imaging EXPO, a trade show where hundreds of the industry’s leading vendors showcase their products. “This trade show not only gives you a chance to hold new products in your hand and experience new services, but it also provides a great chance to develop face-to-face relationships with vendors,” adds Tonsmeire.

No description of Imaging USA is complete without a nod to the abundance of photographer-to-photographer networking opportunities. “Some of my best friendships in the industry have been formed at Imaging USA,” Tonsmeire says. “There’s no better place to combine world-class education, incredible deals on products and relationship-building.”

Other notable features of Imaging USA 2011:

  • World’s Largest Annual Photography Exhibit—Open to the Public. One of the world’s largest annual photographic exhibits will features over 2,100 images this year. The display is open to the public and there is no charge for admission.
  • Special Events. A full slate of exclusive events and parties will be brought to attendees by platinum plus sponsors, including Canon, GraphiStudio, Kodak and White House Custom Colour.
  • Pre-Convention Photography Courses. Imaging USA will offer three days of in-depth pre-convention programming for an additional fee (from classes on the business of photography to hands-on workshops that allow photographers to work with several different pros, one at a time).
  • Specialty classes for sport and event photography. Imaging USA attendees can also take classes (for no additional fee) at SEPCON, the co-located Sport and Event Photographers Conference.
  • Evidence Photographers International Council Education and Certification Class. For an additional fee, attendees can participate in EPIC courses to learn about forensic and crime scene photography.

Registration is open to all professional photographers and several options are available, including full-convention and one-day passes. A special promotion includes a free full-convention registration for new professional active members who join PPA prior to the show. For more information about Imaging USA or to register for the conference, visit or call 800-786-6277.

About Imaging USA
Imaging USA began in 1880 as the annual convention and trade show for Professional Photographers of America and is the longest running national photographic convention, expo and image exhibition in the United States. Always growing and evolving, Imaging USA became home to two new conferences in 2006: SEPCON (the Sport and Event Photographers Conference), the annual conference of the Society of Sport and Event Photographers, and the Commercial Photography Conference, the annual conference of Commercial Photographers International. In 2006, Imaging USA also welcomed Adobe as an official sponsor of the Adobe Photoshop and Lightroom for Photographers track, now the Adobe Photography Solutions track. In 2008, Imaging USA welcomed EPIC School (Evidence Photographers International Council).

About Professional Photographers of America (PPA)
Professional Photographers of America (PPA), an international non-profit association for professional photographers, exists to assist its 22,000 members in achieving their professional, artistic and fraternal goals; promote public awareness of the profession; and to advance the making of images in all of its disciplines as an art, a science and a visual recorder of history. For more information, visit PPA or call 800.786.6277.

About Society of Sport and Event Photographers (SEP)
The Society of Sport & Event Photographers (SEP) is a private, non-profit association dedicated exclusively to serving the needs of sport and event photographers. SEP marshals the resources of the event photography industry and delivers them to its members via their exclusive online content, Action News publication and live events. For more information, visit SEP or call 877-427-3778.

About Commercial Photographers International (CPI)
Commercial Photographers International (CPI) is a non-profit organization focused on the changing needs of commercial photographers. For more information, visit CPI.

About Stock Artists Alliance (SAA)
The Stock Artists Alliance (SAA) is the only trade association focused on the business of stock photography, and it supports its members with exclusive benefits to enable and enhance their stock businesses. SAA also speaks up for the interests of stock artists with a clear and powerful voice in the licensing industry. The heart of SAA’s mission is education and advocacy concerning core issues, such as the need to better protect and promote licensing through the use of standardized metadata. Learn more at SAA.

About Evidence Photographers International Council (EPIC)
Evidence Photographers International Council (EPIC) was founded in 1968 as a non-profit educational and scientific organization with the primary purpose of advancing evidence photography. In 2009, the Evidence Photographer Certification was launched, dedicated to raising the standard in the industry. For more information, please visit EPIC or call 866-868-EPIC (3742).

Angela Wijesinghe
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