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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

    • 23 Jan 2022
    • 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
    • Via Zoom

    Via Zoom

    Register to get the Zoom Link.

    • 25 Jan 2022
    • 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM
    • on Zoom

    Click Here to Register 

    for the

    'Coffee, Cameras and Conversation'

    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. Normally, we meet every fourth Tuesday morning at 9am, but due to the holiday we are meeting the LAST TUESDAY instead!

    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!

    A confirmation email will be sent with the Zoom Link after you register.

    • 27 Jan 2022
    • 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
    • via Zoom

    PPW Eastern District Print Party – In Person

    Come and hang out with us as we talk Print Competition. This first in-person meeting of 2022 is to answer questions for first time print competition entrants and a chance to talk strategies with the seasoned competitors about the whole process. If anyone from other PPW districts happen to be in the neighborhood – please join us. This event will not be live on Zoom. 

    We’re going to talk how to enter, the judging process, strategies for developing impact and how better your chance of scoring well and winning trophies. We'll also share our images, so bring three or four images on an USB drive and get some thoughts and advice on your entries.

    Date: Thursday, Jan 27 @ 6:30pm

    Place: Heads & Tails Photo, @ 28 Indiana, Ste C, Spokane

    Your Host: Mike Busby M. Photog, CPP, FP

    • 03 Feb 2022
    • 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
    • via Zoom

    More Clients, Less Marketing!

    How to Create More Leads and Income by Doing LESS! Client generation is the lifeblood of any business. But with so many marketing options, how do you cut through the noise and how to get better results from their client-generation efforts while feeling more authentic and actually having fun! In a no-hype environment, participants get immediately implementable tools, including:

    • The 6 key elements that keep you out of the feast-or-famine cycle of client generation.
    • How to stop wasting time and money on marketing that doesn’t work so you can attract clients consistently and get your nights and weekends back 
    • A client generation system that has a proven track record of helping both new and experienced business owners quickly generate more clients and increase their income by 50% or more.

    Register today – it is free to attend for both members and guests

    Questions: Contact Chris Wooley

    • 17 Feb 2022
    • 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
    • via Zoom

    PPW Eastern District Print Naming and Prestation Party – In Person

    The guidelines from PPA for Presentation in the 12 elements is: “How you showcase an image is just as important as how you compose it. Everything in the presentation should work to enhance your image and not distract from it.”

    Come and hang with the PPW Eastern District on Thursday, Feb 17th beginning at 6:30pm as we talk about how we name our images and create digital borders and mattes for competition. We have a lot of naming conventions from our seasoned pros and a list of does and don’ts. We’ll also have a member demonstrate how to create effective borders and digital mattes for your entries. These elements tend to be overlooked or considered necessary evils, but they are strong opportunities for you to show and present your work with strength.

    Your Host: Mike Busby M. Photog, CPP, FP

    Location: Heads and Tails Photography, W 28 Indiana, Ste C - Spokane, WA 99205

    • 26 Mar 2022
    • 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
    • via Zoom

    Our Image competition is set for Saturday, March 26th 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 13, 2022 12:00am PST and goes through March 13, 2022 11:59pm PST.  

    For more info click here

    • 09 Apr 2022
    • 9:00 AM
    • 11 Apr 2022
    • 12:30 PM
    • Historic Flight Museum,5829 E Rutter Ave, Spokane, WA 99212

    Celebrate. Elevate. Create. It is all on the agenda for our biggest event in over 2 years! Our Annual Spring Conference for the Professional Photographers of Washington.

    It begins as we celebrate the 70th Anniversary of our organization in 2022. We will showcase all year long the rich history that is PPW, but our conference is the best way to kick things off. Surprises await.

    We will elevate this year with an information packed Conference, at the Historic Flight Museum in Spokane WA. We have dynamic, nationally known speakers who will show us hands-on how to help our photography take flight with techniques like light painting, live model posing, portrait processes and workflows that will bring us all to a new level.

    We will create memories and bond as an organization with our Fun Party (with raffle prizes and games). It will continue through the President’s Banquet and Awards Ceremony where we will acknowledge accomplishments all while enjoying the Image Competition Exhibit which will be on display during the weekend.

    Watch for more details about the conference, more on our speakers and their sessions – all coming soon!

    It is going to be an amazing 3 days – April 9th, 10th and 11th, 2022 – Live and In-Person!

    It's time to Register. Sign up today!

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

    Don't forget, our Annual State Image Competition is on March 26th. Get those prints ready to showcase your work and get some merits in 2022!  For ALL the information for competition and categories go here.

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

    Hotel Reservations: Fairfield Inn & Suites Spokane Valley, 8923 East Mission Avenue, Spokane Valley, WA 99212  for $109 USD per night Deadline for this rate is March 15th

    Book your group rate for Professional Photographers of WA

    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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