Participating in this year’s WPPI Conference + Expo has never been more cost effective. All PHOTO+ members receive a free to WPPI. The pass includes access to all platform classes, the 3-day Expo, Launch Pad and the Live Print, Album, and Filmmaking Judging event. This translates to an immediate savings of $75 on the purchase of a Full Platform Pass ($275) along with numerous other membership benefits. PHOTO+ members also receive a $70 discount on PLUS classes and a $50 discount on Master classes as well as all Photo Walks. Non-members can sign up for PHOTO+ membership ($199.99) during the WPPI registration process.
“We are excited that WPPI 2018 will be held in an environment that will continue to strengthen and support our community bond by allowing us to once again conduct most events and social activities under one roof,” said Mike Gangel, WPPI Show Director. “We are especially pleased to offer all PHOTO+ members a free Full Platform Pass, along with discounts on other educational classes to allow their participation be truly cost effective. However, it is our networking and social events that have become the foundation of who we are and of which we are most proud.”
Education at WPPI
At its core, WPPI creates a unique and interactive learning experience for attendees by addressing the latest trends in wedding/portrait photography with programming focused on Newborn Photography, Photo Booths, Filmmaking, School/Sports Photography, and several classes focused on the business of photography. In addition to more than 40 Platform Classes, WPPI offers more intense learning environments through its PLUS and Master Classes and Photo Walks.
WPPI also offers a unique opportunity for wedding and portrait photographers to come together and thrive on the creative energy and rejuvenation that comes from spending time with their peers and the willingness to share ideas and experiences with a new generation of community members.
PLUS Classes are one-day, intimate and intensive learning experiences. Limited to just 25 participants per class, you’ll experience classroom learning through a 2-3 hour presentation by a world-class photography instructor.
Master Classes are focused two-hour, hands-on sessions limited to 50 participants that provide a detailed learning experience. Master Class tracks cover a wide variety of vital photography and filmmaking topics.
Photo Walks are exclusive 90-minute hands-on sessions limited to 25 people each that focus on teaching participants to sharpen their observation and composition skills while shooting alongside an industry leader. Each Photo Walk will demonstrate the leader’s unique skill set, including everything from off-camera lighting, posing, gear and lens selection, and the latest techniques for creating and capturing every decisive moment.
16x20 Print, Album and Filmmaking Honors of Excellence Competition Judging
This two-day adjudication of incredible photography and film is a WPPI hallmark. Over 3,000 entries are judged in 8 rooms by over 40 judges. Full Platform Pass holders will have the opportunity to hear constructive critiques and feedback from judges and learn what it takes to create award-winning images.
This is a chance for attendees to see the latest in imaging technology and accessories before they hit the Expo floor. Launch Pad includes numerous exhibitors eager to share their latest products and have one-on-one conversations with attendees. For those who have a schedule filled with seminars and Photo Walks, Launch Pad is a great way to see new tech and gear before classes begin.
Honors of Excellence Awards Ceremony
The WPPI Honors of Excellence Awards ceremony is the most prestigious events for wedding and portrait photographers. The event celebrates all the winners from the 16×20 Print, Album and Filmmaking Competition as well as WPPI’s members-only first and second half competition participants.
WPPI Fun Run
Join the movement during the annual WPPI Fun Run. Participants will not only be doing their body good but will have a chance to see the Vegas Strip as early morning sunlight starts a new day.
WPPI After Hours
Join the WPPI community as they hit nightclubs along the strip and participate in other evening activities each night throughout the Conference.
Every year, the biggest and best manufacturers, solution providers, experts, and retailers in the world for photography and video display and demonstrate the latest technology at WPPI’s three-day expo. This is the largest collection of industry manufacturers and suppliers for professional, amateur, and emerging wedding and portrait photographers anywhere in North America.
Throughout the expo, attendees can touch, test, and compare the latest products, discover new trends and solutions, and find some amazing deals and offers on photo equipment and accessories to help grow their photography business. The expo offers a unique opportunity for attendees to visit manufacturers such as Canon, Nikon, Sony, Epson, Fujifilm, Panasonic, Sigma, Tamron, and many, many others all under one roof.
The WPPI Wedding and Portrait Photography Conference + Expo is the premier industry event for photographers and now, filmmakers, specializing in the creative and business aspects of wedding, portrait photography and filmmaking. Each year, over 13,000 professional and imaging professionals attend WPPI to learn new techniques from industry leaders, build new relationships to help grow their business, experiment with new products from major manufacturers to improve productivity, and to use Vegas as a backdrop while expanding skillsets and portfolios.
The WPPI Wedding and Portrait Photography Conference + Expo is owned by , the largest operator of business-to-business trade shows in the United States, with most of our shows dating back several decades. We currently operate more than 50 trade shows, including 31 of the top 250 trade shows in the country as ranked by TSNN, as well as numerous other events. Our events connect over 500,000 global attendees and exhibitors and occupy more than 6.9 million NSF of exhibition space. We have been recognized with many awards and accolades that reflect our industry leadership as well as the importance of our shows to the exhibitors and attendees we serve.
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