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August 18, 2021

Celebrate Photography at Imaging USA

Imaging USA is known for its unique educational opportunities and world-class expo, but there’s so much more to the conference! Attendees have the chance to network, create fun memories, and even celebrate the accomplishments of the PPA community.

Whether you’re a member of PPA or simply a photographer passionate about our industry, there’s plenty of events at Imaging USA dedicated to entertaining and inspiring you. Keep scrolling to see what’s in store for you January 16-18 at the Gaylord National Resort and Conference Center.  


Opening and Closing Parties

Welcome Party: Sunday, January 16 @ 8pm EST
Closing Party: Tuesday, January 18 @ 7pm EST


The first and last days of Imaging USA 2022 will each feature a party, giving photographers the chance to connect with one-another in a lighthearted, informal atmosphere. At both the Welcome Party and the Closing Party, you’ll find unique photo ops plus enjoy food and drinks. And what would a party be without a dancefloor? Dance the night away with fellow attendees… and don’t forget to get a few photos for social media!


PPA Award & Degree Ceremony

Monday, January 17 @ 5pm EST

Join us as we recognize our PPA Degree recipients, Imaging Excellence recipients, and PPA award recipients! Each year, we celebrate outstanding members of the PPA community with a ceremony dedicated to their accomplishments. These members have made significant contributions to our association or the industry as a whole, and the awards they receive reflect that. Don’t miss this unique celebration of our organization’s superstars and their accomplishments.


Grand Imaging Awards & WPC Announcement

Monday, January 17 @ 7pm EST

Each year, PPA celebrates the fantastic photographic achievements of its members at this unique awards celebration and announces the winner of the Grand Imaging Award. And when the Grand Imaging Awards makes its return to Imaging USA this January, you might notice a few changes to the process.

Now, 120 category finalists will be announced followed by the overall winner of the Grand Imaging Award. This means there will no longer be 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place finalists in each of the individual categories. But don’t worry: the best images will still receive ample recognition during the awards ceremony! The top photographs will also appear in the Imaging Excellence Collection book (formerly known as the “Loan Collection”) published annually by Marathon Press. This ceremony will close with the announcement of the World Photographic Cup’s top 10 Finalists as well as the Best of Nations winners.

Don’t forget: registration for Imaging USA is only $59 now through December 1, 2021. And to help you save even more, you can get $40/night off the price of your hotel room when you stay at the Gaylord National Resort and Conference Center.  

Still need a little more convincing? Check out this article for more reasons to attend this truly one-of-a-kind conference.