NEW YORK (July 29, 2015) — It’s back, and it’s bigger and better than ever. Emerald Expositions, Inc. announced today that registration is now open for PDN’s 2015 PhotoPlus International Conference + Expo, taking place October 21-24 at the Javits Convention Center in New York City.
Evolving each year, this year’s conference offers almost twice the number of Master Classes and Photo Walks, as well as a new Next Gen initiative welcoming young and emerging photographers. The Expo will feature more than 220 industry manufacturers and service providers offering special show discounts on new products and technology, raffle prizes, software demos, and free educational presentations to over 21,000 attendees over three days.
“The PhotoPlus Conference provides extensive education and growth opportunities for professionals and enthusiasts alike ranging from lighting, portraiture, post-production, filmmaking, business & marketing and much more,” explains Jason Groupp, Director of Education and Membership of the PHOTO+ Group. “Our vast schedule of photo walks, master classes, conference seminars, keynotes, and portfolio reviews, combined with our large expo hall filled with hundreds of exhibitors demonstrating the latest imaging technologies, has created a wonderful playground for anyone who loves the visual arts.”
To ensure a robust educational experience for all attendees, PhotoPlus also boasts a variety of panels, networking opportunities, and special events throughout the four-day conference and three-day expo.
Young Adult Conference Pass for Photographers and Enthusiasts
Extending the benefits of student pricing to young adults, PhotoPlus Expo is offering discounted rates for young photographers at this year’s show. Four-day admission to all conference seminars, keynote presentations, and the expo will be provided for $99 to anyone between the ages of 17-25; Master Classes and Photo Walk pricing are also discounted. Wednesday (October 21) will also feature the Next Gen program, an interactive free event for young photographers featuring panelists giving career advice, hands-on workshops, raffles, and more!
The special pricing was created to make attending the Conference + Expo more affordable to young professionals who are just beginning their careers and provide access to activities that will maximize their learning opportunities.
PhotoPlus VIP Expo Pass
Get the VIP experience at PhotoPlus. VIP status begins with Instant Badge pickup at the VIP Customer Service Desk to avoid long lines and maximize time on the show floor. Next is an exclusive invitation to Thursday night’s private party at the 230 Fifth rooftop bar for speakers, portfolio reviewers, and exhibitors. VIP attendees will also get the Official PPE VIP bag, over 125 of which will contain Golden Tickets to be redeemed for prizes worth up to $500 from Lomography, B&H, and more. This year, the VIP program will be giving away more than $15,000 in prizes! Keep checking the PhotoPlus website for an up-to-date list of prizes.
General Pricing for PhotoPlus Expo 2015
PhotoPlus Expo also offers general attendees with a variety of conference pass options to suit their schedules and budgets. The three-day Expo is free to everyone who registers online before October 21st and as always, those who act quickly can benefit from Early Bird Pricing on all education as well as first choice of over 60 seminars, 20 Photo Walks, and 20 Master Classes before they sell out. Members of PHOTO+ (PhotoServe.com and WPPI) will save up to 30% on all conference seminar pass options including a Full Conference Pass, One Day Conference Pass, individual seminars as well as Master Class and Photo Walk purchases. Attendees can choose to become PHOTO+ members before or during the registration process to unlock exclusive discounts on conference passes, year-round vendor and product discounts and more.
The price of a Full Conference Pass will be $299.99 for members ($499.99 for non-members) through August 21st. The price of a One Day Conference Pass is $129.99 for members ($179.99 for non-members). Advanced pricing rates begin August 22nd and end October 20th.
Wednesday, October 21 from 3:00 PM – 4:30 PM
For young photographers early in their careers and students who want to further immerse themselves in the industry, the Next Gen program will feature speakers and industry creatives giving career advice, important tips for portfolio strengthening and presentation. This event will lead into a free panel discussion, #trending, to be followed by Test Drive, a new product review and networking event.
Panel Discussion: #trending
Wednesday, October 21 from 5:00 PM – 6:00 PM
Wednesday’s free panel will examine innovative ways photographers and brands are using social media and technology to promote growth, generate buzz, and distinguish themselves from the competition.
Test Drive: New Product Preview + Networking Event
Wednesday, October 21 from 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
After being inspired by the panel, get a head start on your PhotoPlus Expo experience with an exclusive look at some of the newest and most innovative products at this year’s show. With large crowds expected on the show floor, this is another chance to get an up-close-and-personal look at the latest gadgets, gear, and accessories.
Thursday & Friday, October 22-23 from 12:30 PM – 1:30 PM
Each year, PhotoPlus Expo presents keynote speakers who have literally changed the world of photography and offer a unique perspective through their work and personal experiences. On Thursday, October 22, Lauren Greenfield will introduce her latest work, WEALTH: The Influence of Affluence, a 25-year examination of how the ideas of wealth and the American Dream have been productized, exported, and manifested around the globe. On Friday, October 23, join Dennis Keeley, former Chair of the Photography & Imaging Program at the Art Institute of Pasadena and current co-founder/publisher of Acuity Press, as he moderates a panel of remarkable talent, all coming together to explore new ways to define and practice one of the more fascinating and enduring documents in photography—the “Street Photograph.”
*Information on other special events will be posted to the PhotoPlus website shortly.
Wednesday – Friday, October 21-23 from 8:00 AM – 10 AM, 10 AM – 12 PM & 4:30 – 6:30 PM
Having sold out many last year, PPE will offer more than 20 Photo Walks… more than double the number from last year. Each walk will be led by a photography icon and limited to 25 people to provide a more intimate learning experience for all participants. A complete list of Photo Walks can be viewed on the PhotoPlus website.
Thursday- Friday, October 22-23, from 8:00 AM – 10 AM & 4:30 – 6:30 PM
Comprehensive and hands-on, Master Classes at PhotoPlus Expo are limited to 50 students giving each one the chance to have personal one-on-one time with the instructor. Students will work on technique, participate in a live shoot with peer critiquing and more. A complete list of Master Classes can be found on the PhotoPlus website.
The Official Portfolio Review at PhotoPlus Expo, brought to you by Palm Springs Photo Festival, is America’s premier review event for photographers. Honest and constructive feedback on your existing portfolio is a critical part of the learning process and is necessary to reach the next level of excellence. During PhotoPlus, attendees will have an opportunity to sit face-to-face with industry pros responsible for hiring and commissioning photographers and filmmakers throughout the year.
More than 175 magazine designers, art directors, and editors as well as world-class photographers and educators associated with the Palm Springs Photo Festival will offer thought-provoking critiques and suggestions for improving your portfolio to land that next job.
About PDN PhotoPlus International Conference + Expo
Designed for professionals in the photographic and imaging industries as well as enthusiasts, PhotoPlus Expo showcases the latest advances in photography, digital imaging and filmmaking. Held annually at the Javits Convention Center, attendees have the opportunity to explore an inspiring array of photography and imaging products and services — all from the industry’s leading manufacturers. The show also offers seminars and intimate Photo Walks and Master Classes taught by world-renowned experts that focus on cutting-edge innovations and techniques.