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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. Before this event our Annual Print 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 another 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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Upcoming events

    • 18 Feb 2020
    • 10:00 AM - 4:30 PM
    • Hudson Portrait Design, 641 Strander Blvd, Tukwila, WA 98188
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    The Inside Scoop of Competition – Your guide to your best results!

    Come learn from Bryan Welsh – M. Photog., Cr., CPP, API, FP-OR, HFP-OR as he leads you through a full day workshop that will change the way you prepare for and understand photography competitions. 

    Bryan has grown up in the industry and as a second-generation photographer, he has been around the PPA judging process for 40 years. You might think you know all there is about the 12 Elements and PPA Competitions but this full day will unpack subtle nuances that will lead to breakthroughs in your competition goals. It will even give you the tools to make your business and life goals new direction to make them more attainable.

    • Learn to make those same 12 Elements part of your everyday photography, business and life.
    • Understand the mindset of a judge so your work speaks directly to them.
    • Listen to critiques of images so you have a deeper understanding of the judging process and how to prepare your images for upcoming competitions.
    • Be brave and have some of your own images critiqued LIVE.
    • And more, as this will be interactive and dig deeper into your questions.

    This is a full day, PPA Continuing Education Event. Meaning you receive 1 service merit for both PPA and PPW. Bonus: Each person who attends will receive a 1-hour Zoom coaching call from Bryan ($150 value).

    PPA/PPW Member $59
    Non-Member $99

    Date: Feb 18, 2020 from 10am to 4:30pm

    Address: Hudson Portrait Design, 641 Strander Blvd, Tukwila, WA 98188

    Contact: Andrew Crain, info@crainphotography.com (206)-242-1440  

    Instructor: Bryan Welsh – M. Photog., Cr., CPP, API, FP-OR, HFP-OR

    Bryan Welsh, a second-generation photographer, is recognized for his creative stylized journalistic photography to both his clients and peers.  Bryan has taught at the Professional Photographers of America national convention IUSA, PPA Super One Days and to State and Local PPA photography affiliates across the country.

    He is an active juror with the Oregon Professional Photographers Association and has taught classes on image competition as well. Bryan takes pride in helping aspiring photographers and enjoys following their successes in competition.

    He has received numerous merits and awards in image competitions on both a local and national level that include - PPA Loan Collections, Fuji MASTERPIECE Awards and Kodak Gallery Awards. His images and articles have appeared in Studio Photography and Professional Photographer magazine(s) as well as used in Nikon's National advertising.

    Bryan has the Maters of Photography &Photographic Craftsman Degree from Professional Photographers of America (Cr. Photog.), is a Certified Professional Photographer (CPP), has the Fellow of Photography Degree from the Oregon Professional Photographers Association and is a member of the American Society of Photographers (ASP). Bryan also holds the status of an Approved Photographic Instructor (API) from PPA and has over 100 speaking merits. (EDU100)

    Bryan is a Past President of the Oregon Professional Photographers Association and the elected PPA Councilor for the State of Oregon.

    • 24 Feb 2020
    • 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • 409 W Railroad Ave, Shelton, WA 98584

    PPW SW District Pre-Competition Image Review

    A chance to have others take a look at your competition images and offer constructive feedback. This was very beneficial last year and surely raised some scores up. Bring some light munchies. No cost.

Please RSVP here with Yes / No/ Maybe.

    Questions: Jon Sandberg: kcsobat64@hotmail.com

    • 05 Mar 2020
    • 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
    • 28 W Indiana, Ste C. Spokane, WA 99205

    PPW Print Naming and Presentation Party

    PPW Image Competition is fast approaching. Join us on March 5th to get ideas on naming your prints, how to create digital mattes, setting up file sizes, and any last minute questions. In the meantime, and for the Spokane area, contact Mike if you have any burning questions.

    Members Only - A guest is always welcome. 

    Contact Mike at Busbywc@gmail.com with any questions.

    • 04 Apr 2020
    • 9:00 AM
    • 06 Apr 2020
    • 11:00 PM
    • Mirabeau Park Hotel & Convention Center, 1100 N. Sullivan Rd., Spokane Valley, WA 99037

    Welcome to the PPW 2020 Spring Conference!!

    Our conference is perfectly timed to keep you headed toward your 2020 goals in the new year – and give you that boost as you roll into the second quarter of 2020. We have so much instore for our attendees. And it all starts in Spokane, WA April 4-6, 2020.

    You read that right – EASTERN Washington! A perfect central location for all our northwest professional and aspiring photographers, not just those from all across Washington state – but a short drive from Idaho, Montana, Oregon and Canada. All NW Photographers are welcome!

    Our speaker session lineup includes:

    • Mary Ann Breshears, AFP will share How to Create Your 2020 Vision - what makes a thriving photography business or a successful professional photographer.
    • Tim Mathiesen, M.Photog.Cr. F-ASP, EA-ASP is presenting our State Judging Academy - a workshop will cover the process of judging and will break down the “12 Elements” of print competition.
    • Bruce Berg, M.Photog. Cr. will help us reframe our thinking with Change or Die!
    • Toni Johnson-Harryman, M.Photog Cr. will help us Dream. Emote. Play. Create. Learn about basic art principles and getting emotion into your work.
    • Gena Tussey, M. Photog, CPP, will show us Fluffy Butts for Fun and Profit. Creating the ideal pet session.

    Our Annual State Image Competition begins April 4th – and image uploads open on February 13th. Get those prints ready to showcase your work and get some merits in 2020! For ALL the information for competition and categories – go to https://ppw.org/competition-2020/

    As always - there is the Fun Party – A Roaring 20’s evening, a full-on costume party with fun and surprises that include dinner and a great time at Larry Capone’s Speakeasy (Al’s long. lost cousin) The evening will be a fundraiser for the PPW Scholarship Fund.

    This all happens at the beautiful Mirabeau Park Hotel in the Spokane Valley, We have a great line-up of speakers, workshops and an awesome print competition – plus some fun, great connections and a few surprises ready for you! Sign Up today and plan to join us!

    Read more here

    We are excited to have you a part of our annual conference!

    If you have any questions about your registration, please don’t hesitate contacting Faye Johnson at fayejohnson@comcast.net or 360-509-6994.

    Hotel Reservations 

    Lodging is at the Mirabeau Park Hotel & Convention Center, 1100 N. Sullivan Rd., Spokane Valley, WA 99037. Make room reservations by calling 509-924-9000. Ask for PPW Group Rate: $119.00 + tax (single occupancy) or $129.00 + tax (double occupancy). Hotel reservations must be booked by March 5, 2020. We have a limited room block that is first come, first served. 

    Program Refund/Cancellation Policies: Withdrawal from attending may be made by written request no later than 30 calendar days prior to the event and is subject to a $50 administration fee. Withdrawal fewer than 30 calendar days prior to the event is non-refundable. PPW reserves the right to cancel courses or refuse admission to any attendee. In case of a cancellation by PPW, the attendee will receive a full refund. Returned checks incur a $25 service fee. 

    • 03 May 2020
    • TBD

    The 12 Elements of Competition as Applied to Everyday Work

    Professional Photographers of America has designed the 12 elements of competition.  These elements were designed by Gerhard Bakker a working professional for competition, but if applied will improve your daily photographic work.

    Dennis Hammon , M. Photog. Cr. CPP. F-PPI, F-IPPA, F-ASP and Cheri  Hammon, M. Photog. Cr. M. Artist, MEI, CPP, F-ASP are no strangers to the photographic competition world. With several hundred PPA print merits between them and numerous Loan images, they have found and used the 12 elements in their competition images as well as daily work.

    During our time together in this workshop, we will discuss the 12 elements and how they apply to us and our work.  We will also discuss our responsibilities as those who enter print competition and how to make this process work for us. 

    Using the 12 elements of print competition is an exercise for each session we do, but how many times as we watch judging, we are ‘arm chair judges’ always second guessing the judges and their scores?  What did they see that brought the score down? Why can’t they see how difficult it was to do that session/photograph? Dang judges, if they only knew what I was going through when I photographed that session.  Print completion is an exhausting process.  From mentally challenging to picking the images, culling them down to decide which one’s we’ll use, retouching them and having them printed. It is a process that Dennis and Cheri will show some of their techniques and ways of selecting and preparing images for competition.


The Professional Photographers of Washington

27088 Ohio Ave NE
Kingston, WA 98346

(360) 818-4348

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