Imaging USA 2012 will be located at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center in New Orleans, Louisiana, from January 15-17, 2012. It is the longest running national photographic convention, expo and image exhibition in the United States, drawing thousands of professionals from around the world. Dating back to 1880, when it began as the annual convention and trade show for Professional Photographers of America, the event is always growing and evolving.
Imaging USA has added two co-located conferences: SEPCON, the annual conference of the Society of Sport and Event Photographers; and EPIC, an educational meeting for the Evidence Photographers International Council. Today the annual convention is a collaborative effort of all three organizations.
Major components of Imaging USA are the Imaging EXPO trade show, several all-inclusive parties and presentations by some of the biggest names in the photographic industry. Imaging USA's renowned educational classes are geared to improve a photographer's business skills, photographic repertoire and use of technologies. In 2006, Imaging USA welcomed Adobe as a partner, now the official sponsor the Adobe Photography Solutions educational track.
One of the hosts of Imaging USA, Professional Photographers of America (PPA) is the world's largest non-profit association for professional photographers. Founded in 1880, PPA currently has about 22,000 members in 54 countries.
The Society of Sport and Event Photographers (SEP) created SEPCON (co-located with Imaging USA), one of the first and longest running events focused on the needs of professional sport and event photographers.
The Evidence Photographers International Council helps evidence photographers gain the latest skills and strategies they need, from the basics to in-depth, hands-on workshops and certification.