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Education is the key to PPW!  

We have several events yearly that offer incredible speakers on various topics to help the professional photographer.


The Spring Educational Conference is around April and provides the association's members an event to come together to enjoy old and new friends. The day before this event our Annual Image Competition takes place. Hired judges are brought in to judge and critique our images with the 12 Elements of Merited Print as a guide. 


We hold a Fall Event around October to give a stimulating break from the photographer's busy season of High School seniors and families, for example. 


During the year, each PPW District holds meetings four times a year in the their area. To learn about these events besides here on our website, The Washington Photographer Journal comes out four times a year. Within the pages of the journal, you will also learn about the workings of PPW and informational articles about our industry. 

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Coming Events

Upcoming events

    • 11 Feb 2021
    • 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM (PST)
    • via Zoom

    Join PPW for a state-wide informational and fun meeting to ‘Name That Image!”

    We will talk about image naming and presentations strategies for those extra print competition points. What makes a great image name? How does it relate to the 12 Elements of a merit image? What processes do seasoned professional use?

    This is a fabulous get-together for first time entrants all the way to the seasoned pros. We’ve got a solid list of ideas on how to generate names for our image competition prints and we’d love for you to share your proven and creative techniques. This will be an informative and fun session as we get ready to roll into the competition season and fine-tune our strategies for a successful run in 2021!

    Join us for a FREE online session on Thursday, February 11 beginning at 7pm PST. 


    • 25 Feb 2021
    • 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM (PST)
    • on Zoom


    Here in the Southwest District, we believe it is our mission to become better creatives. Join us for a monthly SW PPW (virtual) gathering, ‘Coffee, Cameras and Conversation’ where we can connect and get to know our other PPW members and share on the journey to better. We meet every fourth Thursday morning at 9am.

    No pressure to attend, the cost is free – just your time. Plan to join in the fun with Joni Atkinson (simply_statedphotography@wavecable.com) or Johnny Walker johnny@almostcandid.net and we will send you the link to join.
    Everything is better fully caffeinated!
    • 25 Feb 2021
    • 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM (PST)
    • via Zoom


    Join us for our first PPW Education event of 2021! 

    Dan Francis will explain how personal projects can be beneficial to you and to your growth as a photographer, explaining 6 ways of storytelling and how to get hired doing what you love through your personal work.

    He will share how to bringing personal work into client work and getting clients to buy that one piece of artwork you’ve created.

    He will cover:

    1) Theme and Concept

    2) Your Team

    3) Model Release

    4) Model Search

    5) Lighting and Style

    6) Timeline

    7) Budget

    8) Image Terms

    Host Contact: Chris Wooley chris@headsandtailsphoto.com

    Dan Francis is a Master/Craftsman and Certified Professional Photographer based out of Fargo, ND. He also was a college photography and photoshop instructor for eight years.

    He specializes in Architecture/commercial spaces as well as headshot photography in Fargo, ND. Dan studied graphic design and photography at Northwest Tech, after graduation, he worked as a photographer and digital artist at a photography studio for six years before creating Dan Francis Photography. 

    Since moving into his first studio in 2009 he has become a 2010, 2013 and 2015 PPND Photographer of the year.

    Dan was on the 2019 Photographic Team USA where his top 10 image was displayed in Norway and Italy.

    • 13 Mar 2021
    • 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM (PST)
    • via Zoom

    Our Image competition is set for Saturday, March 13th and will be a great opportunity to showcase your latest images and get the ball rolling on the Image Competition season. Registration Opens on January 28, 2021 8:00am PST and goes through February 28, 2021 11:59pm PST.  The 2021 Judging Team, lead by Tim Mathiesen are Toni Johnson Harryman, Sally Kolar, Mary Fisk-Taylor, Tony Corbell and Rich Breshears

    For more info click here

    • 25 Mar 2021
    • 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM (PDT)
    • on Zoom


    Here in the Southwest District, we believe it is our mission to become better creatives. Join us for a monthly SW PPW (virtual) gathering, ‘Coffee, Cameras and Conversation’ where we can connect and get to know our other PPW members and share on the journey to better. We meet every fourth Thursday morning at 9am.

    No pressure to attend, the cost is free – just your time. Plan to join in the fun with Joni Atkinson (simply_statedphotography@wavecable.com) or Johnny Walker johnny@almostcandid.net and we will send you the link to join.
    Everything is better fully caffeinated!
    • 27 Mar 2021
    • 9:00 AM (PDT)
    • 28 Mar 2021
    • 5:00 PM (PDT)
    • via Zoom
    Register


    Annual Image Competition and Spring Educational Conference

    All Virtual - coming in March 2021!”

    Register today for our 2021 Image Competition and Annual Spring Educational Conference are underway and we are excited to share some of the great things in store for you!!

    Our Image competition is set for Saturday, March 13th and will be a great opportunity to showcase your latest images and get the ball rolling on the Image Competition season. Registration Opens on January 28, 2021 8:00am PST and goes through February 28, 2021 11:59pm PST.  The 2021 Judging Team, lead by Tim Mathiesen are Toni Johnson Harryman, Sally Kolar, Mary Fisk-Taylor, Tony Corbell and Rich Breshears

    We follow up two weeks later with our annual PPW Spring Educational Conference on March 27th & 28th. Our session line up will be awesome. Our own PPW members, Mary Ann Breshears - Habits and Routines for 2021 and Lara Grauer - Build Fans Beyond Facebook are taking the mic, along with our friend, Rene Gage - be. - Finding Your Path.

    Some familiar faces will be there: Tim Mathiesen - State Judging Academy and Toni Johnson Harryman - Dream. Emote. Play. Create., and exciting new faces will join us, including: Mary Fisk-Taylor -Challenge Accepted, Gary Box - Portraiture Workflow and Tony Corbell - The Quality of Shadows It will be jammed packed and a whole lot of inspiration, education and fellowship.


    Registration Fees & Deadlines:

    Early Bird Deadline: Mar 21 at Midnight PST 

    $99 - Watch live, get PPW & PPA Merits (no recordings) 

    $129 - Watch live, get merits and recordings  

    $129 - Watch recordings later (no merits) 

    After Mar 21 at Midnight PST

    $149 - Recordings Only


    Check the PPW Facebook or Instagram or watch your email in-box in the coming weeks.

    • 11 Apr 2021
    • 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM (PDT)
    • Via Zoom

    April 11 at 1pm Via Zoom

    Reports are due on March 31st.

    Email will be sent a few days before with Zoom info.


    • 10 Jul 2021
    • 1:00 PM (PDT)
    • 11 Jul 2021
    • 3:00 PM (PDT)
    • Via Zoom

    PPW Summer Board Meeting & Retreat 

    July 10-11 in Wenatchee, if covid restrictions permits it. TBD

    Reports are due on June 30st.



    • 10 Oct 2021
    • 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM (PDT)
    • Via Zoom

    Oct 10 at 1pm Location and Event TBD

    Reports are due on Sep 30th.

    Email will be sent a few days before with Zoom info.


PPW Annual Educational Conference

Every year PPW hosts an Annual Educational Conference and Image Competition.  In addition to learning from the masters, we provide fun and fellowship with our Fun Party Auction which raises money to allow PPW to give out scholarships every year. To honor those who earned enough merits, we present them with Membership Medallions at our President's Banquet. At this event we also reveal who won trophies from the Image Competition. Good times and definitely something to not miss! Keep checking back to learn about our upcoming Spring Conference.

PPW  Image Competition

If photography is an important part of your life, don't miss the biggest PPW event of the year!

Entering your state competition is one of the best ways to push yourself to be more. You'll learn where you stand—how your photography matches up with your peers. You'll learn about the 12 Elements of a Merit Image, and start incorporating them into your daily photography. You'll learn what it takes to create a merit image and if you stick with it, you may be a Trophy or Award Winner. To see what they are check them out on Trophy & Award Goals.

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