Statement of Inclusion

Professional Photographers of America (PPA) believes that the photography community prospers when we work together. We support all photographers and reject discrimination based on age, race, disability, ethnicity, religion, or sexual orientation and expression.

We recognize and embrace our similarities and differences, encourage opportunities to learn from our members, and cultivate inclusive communication and multicultural skills for the betterment of the photography community.

Live & Virtual Events

Imaging USA is committed to being a safe and welcoming experience for all participants.

Discrimination, intolerance, harassment, aggression, or ill will of any kind will not be tolerated at Imaging USA, either in-person or via electronic media.

Event participants, presenters, sponsors, exhibitors, employees, and staff are expected to:

  • Remain positive, friendly, and welcoming to others at all times
  • Recognize that this event is a place for education, professional development, networking, and fun where  respect and inclusivity is required
  • Comply with instructions from event and venue staff including moderators and virtual event staff
  • Comply with all applicable laws
  • Be alert and report any discriminatory, harassing, aggressive, or exclusionary behavior or speech to event staff immediately

Unacceptable Behavior

Unacceptable behavior includes, but is not limited to: intimidating, harassing, abusive, discriminatory, derogatory, or demeaning conduct; inappropriate physical contact (e.g., unwelcome sexual advances, groping, and sexual assault); physical, written, verbal, or other abuse, as determined by the event organizer and its representatives, in their sole discretion.

Consequences of Unacceptable Behavior

Unacceptable behavior will not be tolerated. Anyone engaged in unacceptable behavior is subject to expulsion from the event, in PPA’s sole discretion, without refund.

Breaches of this code of conduct may result in disqualification from participating in future live and virtual events, revocation of PPA membership, and removal from engagement across PPA’s online forums, and social media channels.

Reporting Unacceptable Behavior

If you are being harassed, notice that someone else is being treated poorly, or have any additional concerns, contact our customer care team at 800.786.6277 or [email protected].

We expect all participants to follow this Code of Conduct at all event venues, all related social event venues, in the virtual environment, and across media channels. The policy may be revised at any time by PPA without notice. In the event of an emergency, please contact local authorities immediately.

Photography & Video Release

As a condition of your appearance or attendance at Imaging USA or any related event, you hereby irrevocably authorize Professional Photographers of America to use photographs and video of you and or your property and authorize it and its assignees, licensees, legal representatives and transferees to use and publish (with or without your name, company name, or with a fictitious name) photographs, pictures, portraits, video, or images herein described in any and all forms and media and in all manners including composite images or distorted representations, and for any and all purposes including but not limited to publicity, illustration, commercial art, advertising, publishing (including publishing in electronic form on CDs or internet websites or any other media or medium), for any product or services, or other lawful uses as may be determined by Professional Photographers of America in any media, worldwide, without further payment or consideration or notification of permission. You further waive any and all rights to review or approve any uses of your likeness, any written copy, or finished product.