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Class ScheduleRegisterWant to roll in more inspiration, beef up your networking and add even more learning in at Imaging USA? Then take part in the celebrations, parties, exhibits and critiques! Everything here is designed to inspire, educate, entertain, and help YOU better
live what you love. Check back this fall for details about events like:


American Society of Photographers (ASP) Events

ASP General Membership Meeting
Sunday, January 12
8:00 - 9:30 AM
Sheraton Hotel, Second Floor, Ahwatukee Room A/B

ASP Board of Governors Meeting
Sunday, January 12
10:00 AM - Noon
Sheraton Hotel, Second Floor, Ahwatukee Room A/B

ASP Annual Awards Banquet
Monday, January 13
7:30 - 10:00 PM
Sheraton Hotel, Second Floor, Valley of the Sun ABC Ballroom

ASP Post-Banquet Reception
Monday, January 13
10 PM - Midnight
Sheraton Hotel, Second Floor, Valley of the Sun ABC Foyer

Award & Degree Ceremony

Tuesday, January 14
6:30 - 7:30 PM
Phoenix Convention Center, West Building, First Floor, Symphony Hall

Join us to honor professional photography and the individuals who set themselves apart in the industry by earning PPA degrees and awards. Doors open at 6pm for general seating.

Certified Professional Photographer (CPP) Exams

Phoenix Convention Center, North Building, Second Floor, Room 224

  • Sunday, January 12th - 9:00AM-11:00AM
  • Monday, January 13th - 9:00AM-11:00AM
  • Tuesday, January 14th - 9:00AM-11:00AM

The CPP Exam will be administered ONLY to current CPP candidates who have pre-registered for the exam at least by January 6th. To register for the exam click here. Registrants must bring picture ID and a #2 pencil for the exam.

CPP Program: Focus on the Future with 20/20 Vision

Monday, January 13
5:00 - 6:15 PM
Phoenix Convention Center, North Building, First Floor, Room 129 A/B

Special Program for CPPs only
With Steve Kozak, M.Photog.Cr., CPP

Earning your CPP is the first step to set yourself apart from the competition in the very crowded landscape of professional photography, but it doesn't stop there! In this CPP-only program, Steve challenges the photographer to create a career that is built by design rather than by default. By expanding upon the sound principles of a "4-Wheel Drive" business, Steve will share his insights and experience to help you to determine the direction of your business and defining your career.

In this workshop, Steve will cover:

  • Creating marketing excellence
  • Finding your marketing message
  • Pricing strategies for tough times
  • Creating a "sticky" business
  • Building customer loyalty
  • What every photographer should know
  • How you can help your clients spend more
  • A layout a plan for building your business
  • Marketing your photography and finding new clients
  • Establishing a year-round marketing calendar
  • Writing effective ad copy
  • Determining a plan for career and personal growth

About Steve Kozak, M.Photog.Cr., CPP
Steve Kozak is an active member of PPA and is returning for his 11th year to teach at Imaging USA in 2014. A former winner of the Masterpiece Award from Fuji Film USA, Steve also taught this year for a 13th time at the prestigious Texas School of Professional Photography. Steve's articles have been published in Professional Photographer and Texas Professional Photographer magazines. His motivational and informative programs make him a popular speaker and lecturer on the program circuit.

Web: stevekozak.com
Twitter: @stevekozakphoto

*PPAedu instructor! Enjoy this member perk.

To sample Steve"s teachings, check out his four classes on PPAedu.

CPP Liaison Meeting

Tuesday, January 14th
3:30 - 4:45 PM

Phoenix Convention Center, North Building, Second Floor, Room 224

Open to CPP Liaisons and CPP Image Submission Judges ONLY. This meeting is to discuss CPP Liaison responsibilities and goals for the year as well as review and discuss the CPP Image Submission process.

Critiques & Mentoring Options

PPA Photographic Competition Mentor Program
Inside the International Photographic Exhibit

Meet with a PPA International Juror during trade show hours at Imaging USA. Be sure to bring sample images (prints, laptop, iPad or similar) to get feedback on images you are considering entering in future PPA competitions. Sign up for a time now!

Coach's Corner
Phoenix Convention Center, North Building, First Floor, Outside of Room 124 A/B

Want help hitting a home run in the school, sports or event market? Sign up to meet with a professional "coach" at Imaging USA! You'll get some one-on-one time (10-minute sessions) to ask your questions and get advice on images, business and more. Sign up for a time now!

Grand Imaging Awards

Monday, January 13
6:30 PM - 7:15 PM

Phoenix Convention Center, West Building, Third Floor, Room 301A

Celebrate with friends as we honor the 2013 Medalists, Diamond Photographers of the Year, and all the elite Loan Collection artists from the most recent International Photographic Competition (IPC). Stop by to see these top photographers' work…and see who gets crowned champion, earning the Grand Imaging Award!

#Hash It Out Sessions

Phoenix Convention Center, North Building, First Floor, Room 121
Sponsored by Miller's Professional Imaging

With Angela Carson & Louis Tonsmeire

  • Sunday, Jan. 12: 9:30 – 11:15 AM / 6:45 – 8 PM
  • Monday, Jan. 13: 10 – 11:30 AM / 5 – 6:15 PM
  • Tuesday, Jan. 14: 10 – 11:30 AM

Louis brings his rich photography experience and down-home southern humor to Imaging USA to help lead the daily #Hash It Out sessions. These interactive smart talks and idea sharings will explore new ideas, from pro photographer to pro photographer, during Imaging USA. The #Hash It Out sessions are business Q&A's with a group participation twist (all geared toward photographers, of course!). You can even tweet or text your questions or ideas and get peer advice on the spot in return.

Launched for the first time last year, these fun sessions are back by popular demand. They are sure to cover business best practices, sales and marketing, customer services and more. This is your opportunity to ask it all!

Imaging USA Parties

Opening Party
Sunday, January 12
8:00 PM - 11:00 pm

Sponsored by Canon
Phoenix Convention Center, North Building, First floor, 120 Ballroom

Closing Party
Tuesday, January 14
8:00 PM - 11:00 pm

Hosted by PPA
Sheraton Hotel, Phoenix Ballroom, Third Floor

Admission to both parties is included in full-registration for Imaging USA. Just remember to bring or wear your full-convention badge so you can get in! Those with EXPO ONLY badges may purchase tickets at Imaging USA Registration.

Internet Lounge

Phoenix Convention Center, West Building, Third Floor, 301 Ballroom Foyer
Sponsored by StickyAlbums.com

We'll have laptops you can access in the Internet Lounge so you can check your email, tweet or whatever you need to do! Don't forget that there's free WIFI in the classrooms.

International Photographic Exhibit

Inside the Imaging Expo, Phoenix Convention Center, Lower Level, Halls 4/5/6

  • Sunday, January 12: 11:30am – 5pm
  • Monday, January 13: 11:30am – 5pm
  • Tuesday, January 14: 11:30am – 3:30pm

Get inspired to try new techniques as you view thousands of award-winning images from around the world, featuring the 2013 PPA Loan and General Collections. (Free and open to the public.)

Kenny Rogers "Places I've Been, Things I've Seen" Q+A 

Tuesday, January 14
5:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Phoenix Convention Center,West Building, First Floor, Symphony Hall

The gambler himself will be on-hand in Phoenix to pick up an Honorary Master of Photography degree and share some of his favorite images with us all. That's right! The legendary entertainer is also an accomplished photographer. Listen to his passion and ask anything you've ever wanted to know in this exclusive Q+A.

PPA Charities Celebration

Saturday, January 11
8:00 PM - 11:00 PM
Sheraton Hotel, Second Floor, Valley of the Sun C Ballroom

Kick off Imaging USA as you enjoy fun, auctions and all the good deeds that have been done. All attendees are welcome!

PPA Council Meeting

Monday, January 13
9:00 AM
Sheraton Hotel, Second Floor, Valley of the Sun Ballroom A/B/C

PPA New Member Reception

Saturday, January 11
5:30 - 6:30 PM
Phoenix Convention Center, West Building, Third Floor, 301 Ballroom Foyer

The New Member Reception is just that: a reception for new members. It'll be hosted on the Saturday before Imaging USA and will be followed by an optional dine around with your fellow new members. If you're a newbie to PPA, you'll be receiving plenty of information about the reception!

Student Portfolio Review

Monday, January 13
1:00 - 4:00 PM
Phoenix Convention Center, North Building, Second Floor, Room 229 A/B

Student Program

Tuesday, January 14
9:00 - 11:00 AM
Phoenix Convention Center, North Building, First Floor, Room 129 A/B
Sponsored by Miller’s Professional Imaging

World Photographic Cup Presentation

Monday, January 13
7:15 PM - 8:00 PM
Phoenix Convention Center,West Building, Third Floor, Room 301A

Immediately following the Grand Imaging Awards, stick around for the presentation of the first-ever World Photographic Cup. Image makers have formed teams in their native countries as part of a worldwide collaborative effort to find out who is truly the best of the best. The winning nation will be awarded in Phoenix — don't miss finding out who wins the cup!


More event details will be released soon!