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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. 

Involvement improves your business. Here are a few ways to do this:   

Coming Events

Upcoming events

    • 07 Oct 2023
    • 9:00 AM - 5:30 PM
    • Kittitas Valley Event Center & Fairgrounds 901 E 7th Ave, Ellensburg, WA 98926
    • 21

    2023 PPW Fall Educational Workshop 

    As a photographer rolling to 2024 – you may want to uplevel your business or services, but not sure what to do or where to start? So many options can be distracting!  

    Plan to join us at the Kittitas Valley Event Center in Ellensburg on Saturday, October 7th for an all day, live class on three topics that can move your business forward.

    • Profit and Perception: Pricing for Success with Aaron Hockley, M.Photog.Cr., CPP, AFP
    • Refine Your Composite Workflow – Hands-On with Heidi Swoboda, M.Photog., FP
    • Into to Photographic Restoration with Karissa Blunck BA, M Photog.Cr, FP

    A full day of instruction, information and how-to’s that can set you up for a great and profitable 2024. To learn more, click here. Also chance to connect with fellow photographers from across that state.  

    Register today and plan to join PPW in Ellensburg on Saturday, October 7th. 

    Registration: PPW/PPA Member: $99 Non Member: $129

    Event Host: Julie Fitzpatrick and Marie Sandberg

    • 08 Oct 2023
    • 9:00 AM
    • Ellensburg Fairgrounds

    We will be meeting on Oct 8th at 9am in Ellensburg @ the Palace Cafe after the Fall Event. More details coming with Consent Agenda

    Reports and motions were due on Sept 24th. 

    Board meetings are open to all members. Board members, please, register so we know you are attending.

    • 21 Oct 2023
    • 22 Oct 2023
    • Spokane, WA

    Epiphany Workshop and Retreats

    If real matters, true photographic art matters, in this coming age of man vs machine, then this is the moment for you. A traditional aesthetic married to a contemporary approach to crafting timeless imagery is the focus of this intense two-day retreat/workshop by legendary photographers Arthur Levi Rainville and Toni Marie.

    Razzle-Dazzle of AI-Artificial Intelligence will, on its own, create incredible photos, but emotionally numb. If the honest WHY you picked up a camera in the first place matters, then this is the bridge workshop for you.

    - Latest in continuous lighting techniques with a classic twist

    - Stylized ‘Dark Aesthetic’ atmosphere for any image

    - Using Art of the Masters for your next creative inspiration

    - Hands-on photography sessions of models and dancers

    - Newest Hands-on Photoshop artistic Painting techniques

    A perfect time to take your imagery to the next level and beyond.

    Limited to 20 participants for individual attention to craft your new work.

    PPW Member rate: $545 ($50 savings)

    Register Today for October 21-22, 2023 

    If you are interested, please contact Toni at 214-908-0322 or

    • 23 Mar 2024
    • 12:00 PM
    • 24 Mar 2024
    • 12:00 PM
    • Holiday Inn Express & Suites, 4525 Convention Place, Pasco WA 99301

    The Washington Photography Conference – INNOVATE – is set for March 23-24, 2024 in Pasco, WA.

    Our President's Banquet will conclude this years conference where we will be honoring and recognizing members for their achievements. The winners of this years Image Competition will also be revealed - this is an event you don't want to miss. Check back for further information. See you there!

    Hotel info:

    Holiday Inn Express & Suites Pasco - TriCities
    4525 Convention Place, Pasco WA 99301

    INNOVATE is sponsored by the Professional Photographers of Washington, an affiliate of PPA.

    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. 

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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