Imaging USA 2012: Big Ideas for Photographers in the Big Easy

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The Ernest N. Morial Convention Center in New Orleans will host an international convention and trade show for professional photographers, January 15-17, 2012.

Imaging EXPO three-day trade show at Imaging USA (photo credit: Victor Bruce)

If you are a professional photographer—or want to be—you cannot miss the opportunity to attend Imaging USA. It will do more for your career than any other show.

Professional photographers require education and inspiration to thrive, and Imaging USA has what they need. Registration is open for Imaging USA 2012 (http://www.ImagingUSA.org), the world’s longest running professional photography conference featuring three full days of intensive artistic and business education January 15-17.

It’s that art and business education combination that helps make Imaging USA such a powerful presence in the photography industry. Not only do attendees find the help they need to improve their photography skills, but they also learn how to make more money with it.

“If you are a professional photographer—or want to be—you cannot miss the opportunity to attend Imaging USA. It will do more for your career than any other show,“ adds Don Dickson, president of Professional Photographers of America (PPA). “With so many speakers and programs, it’s amazing what you can learn here in a matter of days.”

Photography classes focus on different specialties and “tricks of the trade” geared toward improving business and photographic skills and use of technologies. Some of the industry’s biggest names appear as instructors, including Joyce Tenneson, Mark Bryant, Ed Pedi, Julieanne Kost and more.

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. “It feels as though you have the opportunity to talk to almost everyone in the industry at one show,” notes Dickson.

No description of Imaging USA is complete without a nod to the abundance of photographer-to-photographer networking opportunities. “Imaging USA can feel like a family reunion on top of the education and inspiration,” says Dickson. “I have friends from all over the world that I enjoy visiting with each year at Imaging USA.”

Other notable features of Imaging USA 2012:

--Annual Photography Exhibit—Open to the Public. One of the world’s largest annual photographic exhibits will be open to the public and there is no charge for admission.

--Special Events. A full slate of exclusive events featuring everything from award galas to a dance party with Fifty Amp Fuse.

--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 includes an educational track customized for sport and event photographers.

--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 Join & Go 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 http://www.imagingusa.org 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. Attended by thousands of professional photographers and industry experts, Imaging USA combines education, one of the world’s largest photographic expos and networking opportunities for professional photographers from around the globe. For more information, visit http://www.imagingusa.org. or call 800.786.6277.

About Professional Photographers of America (PPA)
Professional Photographers of America (PPA), an international nonprofit 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 http://www.ppa.com or call 800.786.6277.

About Evidence Photographers International Council (EPIC)
Evidence Photographers International Council (EPIC) was founded in 1968 as a nonprofit 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 http://www.EvidencePhotographers.com or call 866-868-EPIC (3742).

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