Don’t see the answer to your question? Reach out to our Customer Service Center at 800.786.6277 or csc@ppa.com.

If you’re flying to Imaging USA, the Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center is just a 15-minute drive from Reagan National Airport and a 45-minute drive from both Dulles International Airport and Baltimore Washington International Airport. The Gaylord National Resort does not have a shuttle service to and from the Reagan National Airport. The estimated taxi fare from the airport is $28 USD (one way). For Washington Dulles International Airport the estimated taxi fare is $80 USD (one way). See popular rideshare services like Uber and Lyft for more options and estimated fares. For rideshare pick-up locations use your smartphone app for the best location. Both the Reagan National and the Washington Dulles Airports have rental car options for those who want to rent a car for their stay.

The better question is what isn’t there to do in National Harbor! Head over to this list of top things to do in the area to see which activity would be the best fit for you! 

There is a CVS Pharmacy is about .2 miles away located at 162 Fleet Street, National Harbor, MD 20745

On average, the weather in National Harbor is cool but comfortable during January. Daytime temperatures are cool and snow/rain is light. The average high is 43° Fahrenheit and the average low is 27° Fahrenheit. That’s 6° and -3° if you’re a Celsius buff!

Whether you are looking for your morning coffee, a quick sandwich, or a nice dinner with friends, there are options galore in the Gaylord National Resort and in nearby National Harbor. Visit the About National Harbor page for more details

PPA, the organization behind Imaging USA, is working closely with the Gaylord National Harbor Resort and Convention Center to create the safest possible event for all attendees, exhibitors, and speakers. The Gaylord has already implemented comprehensive health and cleanliness measures.

As this is a fluid situation, we plan to adapt our guidelines as new developments occur. In the months leading up to the January event, attendees will receive more details regarding the protocols we are taking to create a safe event.

Imaging USA will adopt specific health and safety measures that reflect public health guidelines at the time of the event in January. We are monitoring national and local protocols to determine the best way for us to gather with one another safely.

Please note that compliance with some or all the protocols adopted by PPA will be mandatory for in-person attendees. More details regarding the specific health and safety measures will be provided to attendees leading up to the first day of the conference.

Yes! There is a FedEx Office Print & Ship Center located inside the resort. 

There is also a UPS Store located at 145 Fleet St, National Harbor, MD 20745, it is approximately a 2-minute drive and a 3-minute walk from Gaylord National.

The Gaylord National Harbor Resort is offering Imaging USA attendees a discounted parking rate of $15 per day, self-parking only, valid 1/15-18, 2022.

There is a parking-validation desk near the Imaging USA registration area where you can get your validation ticket.

For self-parking head to: 

Gaylord National Self-Parking West Entrance
240 St George Blvd, Oxon Hill, MD 20745 (Google Map

The Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center agrees to use good faith efforts to assure compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and its regulations and guidelines.

For special requests, call PPA’s Events Department at 800-786-6277.

Yes! There is a FedEx Office Print & Ship Center located inside the resort. 

There is also a UPS Store located at 145 Fleet St, National Harbor, MD 20745, it is approximately a 2-minute drive and a 3-minute walk from Gaylord National.

For emergencies, please call 911 to receive urgent care.

There is a CVS Pharmacy is about .2 miles away located at 162 Fleet Street, National Harbor, MD 20745

The closest hospital to the hotel: Bridgepoint Hospital National Harbor, located 4601 Martin Luther King Jr Ave SW, Washington, 200032 DC. It takes about 9-14 minutes to get there from Gaylord National Resort.

You may cancel your registration at any time prior to the first day of the event and receive a full refund.

Imaging USA 2023 will be held January 22-24 at the Gaylord Opryland in Nashville, TN.

Imaging USA 2024 will be held January 28-30 at the Kentucky International Convention Center in Louisville, KY.

Imaging USA 2025 will be held  February 2-4 at the Gaylord Texan in Grapevine, TX.

Professional Photographers of America (PPA) is the driving force behind Imaging USA. Our organization has been creating photography conventions for 130 years because we value every photographer who wants to better their craft and business skills. We host Imaging USA every year because we want to see you succeed with the tools you can learn at this convention. 

More photographers get into the industry every day, but few know how to run profitable businesses and many don't know where to turn for support. That's where we come in. We are the largest photography non-profit in the world here to help all photographers reach their potential. 

PPA was created by photographers for photographers because we want you to receive the best photography education that you can get. With over 30,000 members, it’s clear that we’re doing something right through providing protection, education, and resources for the success of our photography community. 

To see how you can become a part of our community, visit PPA.com.

Probably not. Imaging USA is an all-day-and-then-some convention where the majority of your time, if not all of it, will be taken up by learning about photography. If you’re lucky you’ll be able to return some messages here and there, but then you might miss out on a crucial part of the convention. To be on the safe side, turn your out of office reply on to manage clients' expectations. 

You can stay connected to all things Imaging USA through our social media platforms! We're on Facebook and Instagram, and we'll be sharing photos, tips, and giveaways as we get closer to the event. PPA members can also connect in the Imaging USA community on theLoop.

Using social media is also a great way to interact with the speakers or connect with fellow attendees. Don’t forget to use #ImagingUSA with your posts, you might get featured on our page! 

We highly recommend that you take notes at Imaging USA! That way you can look back at what you learned in your sessions and apply them to your photography business. You can take notes on anything that you feel comfortable with like a laptop, tablet, pen and paper, notepads, etc. 

The classrooms are set up with rows of chairs but no tables, so tablets, smartphones, or good old pen and paper might work easier than a full-blown laptop. The Imaging USA app will also allow you for some great note-taking options. Plus, you'll also get an Imaging USA notebook at the registration area perfect for taking notes.

Make sure to bring your conference badge to attend the sessions and business cards in case you want to network with your fellow photographers! 

If you've lost or found something, swing by the Special Services kiosk at Imaging USA Registration.

The CPP exam will be offered each day of the show, January 16 – 18, 2022 from 1pm – 3pm. Visit PPA.com to register for your exam.

Yes, complimentary WIFI will be available throughout the show at the convention center.

Of course, we’re always here to help!  Anyone in a red PPA button-up shirt (well, those affiliated with PPA anyway) can answer just about any question you have for us. If they don't know the answer, they know who will and will happily point you in the right direction.

There's a $40/Night Room Rebate!

PPA is subsidizing your hotel stay with $40 per night off the cost of your room, up to four nights maximum, when you book through the Imaging USA room reservation link.

  • Occupancy taxes (currently 18%) are additional.
  • Rate must be booked through the Imaging USA hotel link and does not apply to any other reservation methods.
  • The discount will apply to your final bill when you check out of your room at the end of the show.
  • All hotel stays must take place between January 12-19, 2022.

PLUS:

  1. Keep your registration fees low!
    By staying at the official Imaging USA host hotels, you're helping to keep registration fees down! The hotel provides complimentary meeting rooms for Imaging USA if, and only if, we meet the required minimum guest rooms in our hotel contract. Otherwise, Imaging USA must pay for meeting rooms as well as for each room we fall below the minimum—and registration fees will go up! So stay with us and save!
  2. Networking opportunities!
    By staying at the host hotels, you're at the epicenter for everything Imaging USA. Social and networking opportunities abound, and you don't even have to go anywhere to find them. They're all right here!
  3. Save on transportation!
    If you're not staying at the host hotels, chances are you'll have to spend some money on a taxi or parking to come over for some of the events. Why incur extra expenses? Stay here and be at the center of it all.

    Staying at one of the official Imaging USA host hotels is the best and easiest way to get the most out of your time at the convention. We encourage you to continue to reserve a room and stay at one of the contracted Imaging USA hotels.

Imaging USA 2022 will take place from January 16-18 at the Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center at 201 Waterfront Street National Harbor, MD 20745.

Yes! Children 16 and under are allowed free admission to the Imaging Expo trade show ONLY. Just check in with the Registration Staff and they will add a free Expo Pass for your child.

The official hashtag for the conference is #ImagingUSA. Use it to get re-shared by @ImagingUSA and @OurPPA.

PPA is subsidizing your hotel stay with $40 per night off the cost of your room, up to four nights maximum, when you book through the Imaging USA room reservation link.

  • Occupancy taxes (currently 18%) are additional.
  • Rate must be booked through the Imaging USA hotel link and does not apply to any other reservation methods.
  • The discount will apply to your final bill when you check out of your room at the end of the show.
  • All hotel stays must take place between January 12-19, 2022.

Imaging USA will adopt specific health and safety measures that reflect public health guidelines at the time of the event in January. We are monitoring national and local protocols to determine the best way for us to gather with one another safely.

Please note that compliance with some or all the protocols adopted by PPA will be mandatory for in-person attendees. More details regarding the specific health and safety measures will be provided to attendees leading up to the first day of the conference.

PPA, the organization behind Imaging USA, is working closely with the Gaylord National Harbor Resort and Convention Center to create the safest possible event for all attendees, exhibitors, and speakers. The Gaylord has already implemented comprehensive health and cleanliness measures.

As this is a fluid situation, we plan to adapt our guidelines as new developments occur. In the months leading up to the January event, attendees will receive more details regarding the protocols we are taking to create a safe event.

If you need a COVID test during the show, or before your flight, there is a SameDay Health COVID testing center across the bridge in Alexandria (15 minutes by car).

Other options include: 

The Imaging USA Expo (trade show) will take place in the Prince George Exhibit Halls, on the lower level of the Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center.

Sunday, January 16, 11:30am – 5pm

Monday, January 17, 11:30am – 5pm

Tuesday, January 18, 11:30am – 3:30pm

There will be, but these won't be added until the day before the conference! There will be physical copies of the list at Registration and, once more, you'll be kept in the loop if you follow us on Facebook and Instagram @ImagingUSA. You’ll be receiving up-to-the-minute notifications!

While you’re at the Expo, don't forget to check out the International Photographic Competition (IPC) Exhibit and the IPC Merit Cafe. 

Merit Café Schedule

The Merit Café provides the opportunity to learn from International Photographic Competition jurors about how to improve your photos for the competition and offers a first look at the new IPC rules that are in effect for the 2020 competition. Merit Café sessions are held from Sunday to Tuesday during expo hours. That schedule will be posted in the Fall, prior to the show. Learn more about the IPC at Imaging USA here.

Are there any trade show freebies or specials?

Oh yes! There will be trade show freebies and specials from many of the vendors and exhibitors, but that's up for each exhibitor to decide. We will find out about the deals at the same time you do, but we'll make sure to notify everyone through the app's notifications and social media when we find out. That's one more reason to download the app and follow us online @ImagingUSA!

Oh yes! There will be tradeshow freebies and specials from many of vendors and exhibitors, but that's up for each exhibitor to decide. We will find out about the deals at the same time you do, but we'll make sure to broadcast to the masses when we find out through the app's notifications and through social media. That's one more reason to download the app and follow us online @ImagingUSA!

Yes! Children 16 and under are allowed free admission to the Imaging Expo trade show ONLY. Just check in with the Registration Staff and they will add a free Expo Pass for your child.

Imaging USA Registration is located in the Convention Center Pre-function area on the Ballroom Level of the Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center. Stop by early to print your badge and avoid the long lines on Sunday.

Thursday, January 13........8am–5:30pm
Friday, January 14.............8am–5:30pm
Saturday, January 15.........8am–7pm
Sunday, January 16...........7am–7pm
Monday, January 17..........7am–6:30pm
Tuesday, January 18.........8am–3:30pm

An All-Access Pass gives you access to everything at Imaging USA! You can attend all of the classes, visit the Expo at your leisure and attend any of the awesome after-parties.

An Expo Only Pass gives you access to the tradeshow/Expo portion of the convention for all three days, plus the opening and closing keynote presentations. There are hundreds of exhibitors to visit and explore, as well as to the International Photographic Competition Exhibit area, and we don't want you to miss a thing.

Feel free to come back and explore everything that the Expo has to offer! This is like the Mall of America for photographers, so one day won't be enough to scout all the stands. Please note that it does not include entry into the parties, nor classes that are not on the trade show floor. Feel free to upgrade to an All-Access pass onsite, at Registration, or by phone by calling PPA's customer service at 800-786-6277.

There are two types of badges given to exhibitors:

Exhibitor All-Access Badge: This gets you just about anywhere. You'll be allowed all of the privileges of an All-Access Pass (parties, classes, etc.) as well as on the Expo floor before the official opening hours to set up and tear down your booth.

Exhibitor Expo Only Badge: This gets the badge holder access to the Expo floor before official show hours, as well as during set up/break down to get ready for your 10,000+ visitors. Please note that it does not include entry into the parties, nor classes. Feel free to upgrade to a full-access pass onsite at Registration or through the official Imaging USA primary point of contact at your company.

Unfortunately, if you lose your badge, there is a reprint fee of $25 for the first badge reprint and $50 for each additional reprint. Stop by the main registration area for assistance.

Your badge gives you access to the classes, Expo floor, parties and more, so try not to lose it! 

Imaging USA Pre-convention Registration is located in the Convention Center Pre-function area on the Ballroom Level of the Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center. Stop by early to print your badge.

Thursday, January 13........8am–5:30pm
Friday, January 14.............8am–5:30pm
Saturday, January 15.........8am–7pm
 

The Gaylord National Harbor Resort is offering Imaging USA attendees a discounted parking rate of $15 per day, self-parking only, valid 1/15-18, 2022.

There is a parking-validation desk near the Imaging USA registration area where you can get your validation ticket.

For self-parking head to: 

Gaylord National Self-Parking West Entrance
240 St George Blvd, Oxon Hill, MD 20745 (Google Map

Admission to the Welcome and Closing Parties is included with your $59 All-Access Pass. We will not be selling individual $60 party tickets in 2022. If you have an Expo Only Pass, you can upgrade your registration for $59 to get admission to both parties. 

The best of the best from this year’s International Photographic Competition (IPC) will be honored at the event. The event takes place on Monday night and highlights the achievements of your peers. The IPC Medalists, Diamond Photographers of the Year, and the Grand Imaging Award finalists will be honored and winners will be revealed in each of the competition's image categories.

Anyone can attend, so be sure to bring your friends along to enjoy the awards show!

The Award & Degree Ceremony takes place Monday afternoon and is like a fun graduation for all of your fellow photographers earning awards and PPA degrees. This is a free event to the public, so attendees can bring guests to enjoy the celebration! The attire is formal, so dress to impress. We're talking your fanciest pants.

The Welcome & Closing Parties have food, drinks, and entertainment! Dance the night away with your fellow photogs—and don't forget your camera.

No! That is a scam.

It has been brought to our attention that multiple third parties are claiming to represent Imaging USA offering Exhibitors/Attendees "assistance" with hotel bookings. These third parties are aggressively cold-calling and spamming companies whose names appear on ImagingUSA.org. Please be aware, these third parties are NOT IN ANY WAY AFFILIATED with Imaging USA. 

Please book your hotel through the links/phone number on the Imaging USA Hotels page. PPA is working through the proper channels to put an end to these hotel scams and apologizes for their deceptive behavior. Here are some of the scams we've heard that you should be aware of:

  • No one will contact you directly to book your hotel room or offer you a "special discounted conference rate" or “can save you $30.00 off your room rate."
  • If you receive a phone call from someone wanting to speak to the "tradeshow coordinator or the person who is handling Imaging USA that your company is attending in January," it is a scam and they are not affiliated with Imaging USA.
  • If someone emails you claiming to be from Imaging USA's Exhibitor Department, and the email is not from a PPA address, do not share any information with them. The company is not affiliated with Imaging USA.

As a rule of thumb: If it seems suspicious, it probably is. 

This is a photography convention after all! We encourage you to bring your cameras to capture all of your moments at Imaging USA. And don't forget to tag #ImagingUSA when you share your images.

If you're a PPA Member, head over to theLoop's Imaging USA community. Not a member? There are always plenty of people looking to find roommates and save money. Check-in with your photography friends and invite them to join you at Imaging USA!

COMFORTABLE! You will be walking around a lot, so this is not the time to wear shoes you haven’t broken in yet or clothes you don’t like wearing for long periods. Now we’re not saying to wear your pajamas, but there is no need to break out your fanciest clothing for our sake.

As for the Welcome Party, people usually wear what they wore during the sessions and Expo. The only real place where you’ll want to dress up is at the Award & Degree Ceremony and Grand Imaging Awards. 

The most important thing you should bring/ wear every day is your badge. This is your way to get into all of the classes, Expo floor, parties, and more, so do NOT forget it. If you happen to lose or forget your badge, there is also a reprint fee of $25 for the first badge reprint and $50 for each additional reprint, so make sure to have it with you!! 

PPA is subsidizing your hotel stay with $40 per night off the cost of your room, up to four nights maximum, when you book through the Imaging USA room reservation link.

  • Occupancy taxes (currently 18%) are additional.
  • Rate must be booked through the Imaging USA hotel link and does not apply to any other reservation methods.
  • The discount will apply to your final bill when you check out of your room at the end of the show.
  • All hotel stays must take place between January 12-19, 2022.

Imaging USA Pre-convention Registration is located in the Convention Center Pre-function area on the Ballroom Level of the Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center. Stop by early to print your badge.

Thursday, January 13........8am–5:30pm
Friday, January 14.............8am–5:30pm
Saturday, January 15.........8am–7pm
 

A Pre-Convention Class is a class that happens before Imaging USA starts. These will occur on January 13-15. The prices for pre-con vary, but you can see them all on the Pre-con schedule list.

This convention is designed for you to learn everything you want to learn about photography, so you can explore any specialty that we have to offer. You can also stay within your specialty too, but the choice is up to you!

Currently, only some of the Bridging the Gap classes are recorded. Copyright protection is a big issue for photographers and instructors alike. Additionally, providing streaming or recording services would shoot your registration fee through the roof. So until the technology allows us better levels of protection at a very affordable cost (PPA is a nonprofit!), we're holding off on that option.

Applications for speakers must be submitted by February 28 of the year prior to the show. They are reviewed by the Speaker Selection Committee and speakers will be notified beginning in March. Visit the Speaker Application page for complete details

Aside from having the opportunity to see some of the finest photography speakers in the world in action and building friendships with other photographers, you will receive:

  • All Access Complimentary Convention Registration ($409 value)
  • PPA Merits

For all the details on volunteering, visit: Imagingusa.org/About/Volunteer-Now/

  • Support Imaging USA Convention Committee and event staff.
  • Support Imaging USA speakers with program set-up, etc.
  • Check badges of attendees at classroom doors.
  • Assist with speakers' props and/or their print displays.
  • Hand out any material as requested by the speaker(s).
  • Serve as Airport Greeters on Saturday and Sunday
  • Serve as lobby hotel greeters on Saturday and Sunday

As a Convention Committee Volunteer Worker, you would be asked to:

  • Attend the Mandatory Orientation Session. Dinner will be served. Date and time will be announced soon.
  • Assist with two Convention Programs each day-Sunday, Monday and Tuesday (and/or pre-convention programsThursday, Friday, and Saturday)
  • Attend the Daily Briefing each day to stay up to date on any changes in programming, etc. - held on Sunday, Monday, and Tuesday and includes a luncheon each day.

Yes, there is a dress code for all Convention Volunteers and Staff. It is as follows:

  • Long-sleeved Red Oxford Shirt (Two will be provided to any first-time volunteers and must be returned on the last day of Imaging USA). Returning volunteers must bring shirts from the previous year (cleaned and pressed).
  • Black Slacks-No jeans or shorts, please.
  • Close-toed, comfortable shoes—i.e. walking shoes, etc.