AZPPA Convention 2020


February 07, 2020 5:00 PM to February 09, 2020 6:00 PM
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5025 E Washington St, Conference Center
Phoenix, AZ 85034

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AzPPA Convention 2020

AZPPA Convention 2020 is a 3 day, educational photography event where you will learn, grow and have fun with industry minded peers.  We have some the most respected photographers in our industry coming to share their knowledge and passion with AZPPA.  Whether you are a seasoned professional or just starting out in the professional photography industry, this event is for you!

The knowledge and information acquired during this weekend will be PRICELESS!


Ability 360

5025 E. Washington Street

Phoenix, AZ

Lunch on Saturday and Banquet Lunch on Sunday Included


AZPPA Member Early Bird Rate - $139 Thru Jan 10th

*must register and pay before 11:59pm on Jan 10th 2020 and be an active AZPPA member

AZPPA Member Price - $189 after January 10th

PPA Member and Student Price  - $199
Standard Student Rate For Convention. Must be a full-time student (proof will be requested) 12 Credit Hours or higher per semester. Email:  [email protected] for special rate code to enter.

All Other Photographers - $299

Or become an AzPPA Member and save!!

Schedule of Events:

Friday, February 7th

Time Activity/Topic 


5:00PM - 6:00PM Check in and Social Hour

6:00PM - 9:30PM Numerous lighting bays with continuous lighting with models, makeup, instructors, & various photographic styles. Music and sandwiches will be supplied. This is an event you do NOT want to miss and is part of your convention registration!!!  

Saturday, February 8th

Time Activity/Topic

8:00AM - 2:15PM  Image Competition - register and submit images at: 

12:30PM - 1:30PM Lunch

2:30PM - 4:30PM JB Sallee: Be the Tip of the Iceberg

4:45PM - 6:45PM Roben Bellomo: A World Without Color - black & white portrait photography - from concept to print

3:30PM - 6:30PM One-on-one image mentoring w/ judges (runs concurrently with above workshop - join and rejoin class as necessary)

7:30PM - ? Meet the Judges Dinner

*not included in convention membership

*Location TBD

Sunday February 10th

Time Activity

8:00AM - 10:00AM       Mark McCall: There’s Gold in Volume Photography

10:15AM - 12:15PM Tim Meyer: Portrait Lighting Through the Lens of History- includes a live demo with a character/model

12:30PM - 1:00PM Chinese auction drawing and results

1:00PM - 2:30PM         Banquet luncheon and awards
2:45PM - 4:45PM Thom Rouse: Art and Photoshop - Techniques, demonstrations and inspiration used in creating Fine Art

5:00PM - 6:00PM Photo Shoot-Out: An audience involved, energetic photo competition.  Watch two masters compete in a crowd-voted winner photo competition.


(Image Submission Deadline February 7th @ 6:00pm)

Why Enter Image Competition?

Image competition is a challenging but rewarding experience. In addition to being an excellent educational experience by entering and watching image competition, the scores and occasional comments made by the distinguished panel of experienced and PPA approved judges will help prepare you for submitting your images to district and international (PPA's IPC) competitions. Your images will receive a score (80 and above is a merited image).

Become A Better Photographer
This is where your hard work as a photographer really shines and prepares you to improve your images, which puts you on a path to achieving a Master of Photography degree with the Professional Photographers of America, achieving one of the highest levels of photographic excellence in the industry (to learn more about PPA's Master of Photographer Degree visit the 
PPA website).

Earn Awards*
AzPPA Members are also eligible for awards including the prestigious AzPPA Top Photographer Of The Year Award. Additional awards include Top 10 Photographer, CPP Award, ASP Award, Highest First Time Entrant Case Score, and First/Second/Third Place in categories such as Portrait, Landscape/Ilustrative, Wedding, Commercial and Album. 
These awards also help studios garner attention from the media with your press releases as well as with potential clients.

Entering Image Competition Is Easy!

To enter image competition, all you have to do is prepare your images and upload them to the AzPPA competition website at

Once prepared, click on the 'Register Your Images Now' link on the bottom of that page. You will then step through the process of registering for image competition and then uploading each digital image one at a time, making sure to select the proper category for each image and checking any boxes that apply. All rules and procedures can be found on our convention website as well.

Images are only $20 per entry, with a maximum of 6 images allowed (the top 4 images are used for AzPPA members to be calculated towards their award eligibility).

Entering image competition does not require you to attend our AzPPA State convention going on at the same time. However, if you do register for convention you will have access to all seminars and activities INCLUDING our Image Mentoring program. Bring your images submitted to image competition on an iPad or other display, and a judge from our judges panel or another qualified judge will sit down with you and show you how to improve your images to perform better at district and IPC competitions.

You do not need to be present at the competition to enter! The website lets you log in remotely and see the progress of competition (there is no audio, but you can watch as each image is presented and scored). Of course though we hope you can join us, and better yet sign up for convention and enjoy EVERYTHING that AzPPA State Convention has to offer for the professional and aspiring photographer.

*Must be an AzPPA Member to be eligible for awards


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$189.00 AZPPA Member Price
$139.00 Earlybird rate before January 10

$299.00 Non-Member Price

$199.00 PPA Member and Student Price (for full time students, 12 credit hours or higher)