10 Things to See + Do at Imaging USA 2018
by James Yates
Imaging USA 2018, the largest annual convention and expo organized by professional photographers for professional photographers, will be held January 14-16, 2018 at the Gaylord Opryland in Nashville, Tennessee. In anticipation of this three-day photography event featuring more than 10,000 attendees and 600+ booths from over 150 exhibitors, PPA has compiled a list of the "Top 10 Things to See at Imaging USA 2018."
1. Imaging Expo: Like the "Mall of America" for photographers, attendees can peruse everything from heavy equipment to small gadgets including printers, labs, and service providers. More than 600 exhibitors including well-known photographic companies Canon, Adobe, Miller's, Panasonic, Triple Scoop Music, H&H Color Lab, Kodak Alaris, Marathon, Zenfolio and ChromaLuxe will display their products and services. There will also be a wide variety of educational opportunities, product demos, and prize giveaways.
2. Keynote address from famed motivational speaker Ryan Estis from 10:00-11:15 a.m., Sunday, January 14. Estis will provide a beginning-of-the-year boost of motivation and inspiration to help photographers take their businesses to new heights.
3. Renowned speakers in the photographic industry: 100+ of the best in the business will share their photography secrets including acclaimed photographers Lindsey Adler, Cris Duncan, Jerry Ghionis, Steve Kozak, Pete Rezac, and Carrie Wildes.
4. Educational opportunities for photographers of all levels. There will be live demos, pre-convention classes including hands-on workshops, show-floor classes with product tips and benefits, as well as a Coaches' Corner for sports and event photographers that includes a portfolio review and 30 minutes of mentoring.
5. International Photographic Competition (IPC) Exhibit: The largest winter photographic exhibit in the Southeast, the IPC exhibit allows visitors to view some of the winning images from across the globe.
6. Grand Imaging Awards: Honoring the best of the best from 2017, the Grand Imaging Awards celebrate 2017's Medalists, Diamond Photographers of the Year and all the elite Loan Collection artists from the 2017 IPC. This event takes place on Monday, January 15 at 6:30 p.m. and is open to the public.
7. Awards and Degree Ceremony: Think of it as an official graduation for photographers earning degrees and awards from 2017. Degrees include Photographic Craftsman, Master of Photography and Master Artist. Awards will be presented for Lifetime Achievement, Imaging Excellence, Distinguished Service, and Humanitarian Service. This is a free event open to the public, so attendees can bring guests to enjoy in the celebration.
8. Imaging USA Closing Party: PPA will be taking over the Delta Atrium at the Gaylord Opryland on Tuesday, January 16 from 7-10 p.m. Guests will eat delicious food, take advantage of unique photo opps, and dance the night away. This event, while free to Imaging USA all-access pass holders, will require a ticket otherwise, which can be purchased at registration.
9. PPA Charities: Learn about the philanthropic efforts being sponsored by fellow professional photographers. Get in motion at the 5K Super Hero Fun Run on Sunday, January 14 from 7-9 a.m. The Roaring 20's: PPA Charities' 20th Birthday Celebration will take place January 13 from 8-10pm and will feature a speakeasy-style setup including poker. Also, on Tuesday, January 16 at 2:30 p.m. the winner of the Dream Studio Giveaway will be announced. One lucky winner will receive more than $20,000 worth of photographic equipment and a studio makeover. Products, software, lab credits and more will be given away. Raffle tickets can be purchased at the Expo.
10. World Photographic Cup: Imaging USA is the best place to meet and mingle with the best photographers from the U.S. and around the world. View the amazing images from Team U.S.A. in the World Photographic Cup, the Olympics of photography.
Head over to ImagingUSA.org and register NOW to take advantage of the early bird savings and reserve your room at the Gaylord Opryland Resort! See you in January!