9 Reasons to Attend Imaging USA

Published: August 10, 2023

Year-round, you work ceaselessly to deliver the quality product your clients have come to expect. As the professional photographer you are, Imaging USA is the push you need to expand your business, grow your professional network, and develop your photography education. For three days, soak up inspiration like a sponge and take your business to the next level.  

Imaging USA will take place at the Kentucky International Convention Center, January 28-30, 2024, in Louisville, Kentucky. Experience a photography conference and expo unmatched in scope and opportunity. You won’t want to miss this!


1. Acclaimed Keynote Speaker

Join Wall Street Journal best-selling author, Victoria Labalme and learn how to embrace the unknown and unlock your hidden genius. Founder of Risk Forward® and Rock the Room®, Victoria is a trusted consultant to global brands and entrepreneurs around the world. Her strategies have been embraced by over 700 organizations, and her creative projects have received critical acclaim from The New York Times, Variety, BBC, and Los Angeles Times.

2. 90+ Classes Led by Industry Experts 

Gain insight into the topics you need to elevate your business and craft. With classes ranging from technical skills to business strategies, there's something for every photographer, no matter the stage of your career or specialty. 


3. Bridging the Gap Sessions

Learn to make business moves with confidence in the one-of-a-kind Bridging the Gap classes. These sessions focus on understanding client expectations, attracting the right customer, and taking control of the sales process, all with the end goal of empowering you as a small business owner. There's no better way to develop your mindset as an entrepreneur and feel empowered to take control of your business. 


4. Imaging USA Expo

This is a trade show unlike anything you’ve ever seen. You’re going to love interacting one-on-one with all the vendors and checking out the newest gear and equipment. Live demos and mini-education sessions abound for your enrichment. Leave the expo with a fresh photography toolkit and an arsenal of techniques to impress your clients. Don’t miss the most impressive expo you’ve seen to date at Imaging USA! 


5. Pre-Conference Classes

Think intimate class settings and in-depth instruction from a rainbow of subjects. Pre-cons are available as an add-on in the days leading up to Imaging USA, from January 25-27. 

Sessions range from half-day to multi-day classes on topics like Photoshop techniques, lighting, business and so much more. Looking to become a Certified Professional Photographer? Imaging USA offers a 3-day CPP class to help you ace your exam.  

All in all, Pre-cons are a no-brainer to make the most of your Imaging USA experience. 

6. Networking Opportunities Galore

Over 10,000 photographers and industry professionals strong, Imaging USA is your one-stop-shop for growing your professional network. Find your photography community here, build profitable relationships with vendors, and connect with colleagues in real life. It’s truly a photographer’s networking dream! 


7. International Photographic Competition 

The International Photographic Competition is a high-energy, competitive event where photographers gauge their image-making skills against the very best and battle for top image. At stake is the Grand Imaging Award, the industry’s most prestigious prize that comes with a trophy and check for $10,000. Step into an electric atmosphere as images are evaluated in live head-to-head judging rounds on Saturday, January 27 and on Monday, January 29 in Ballroom ABC, in the Main Concourse.


8. Awards Ceremonies

Celebrating our members and their achievements is one of the best parts of Imaging USA. After all, it's you who make our industry so exciting and unique! Join us in honoring PPA's degree recipients and award winners, including PPA's Lifetime Achievement Award. Later, catch the World Photographic Cup Presentation, where Team USA will be announced. 


9. Opening and Closing Parties  

Imaging USA 2024 kicks off with a Welcome Party at the Commonwealth Ballroom. Start the year in style and dance the night away while reconnecting with friends and making new ones! Finish the conference strong and join us for the Closing Party in the Ballroom ABC, in the Main Concourse. Food and drinks will be provided at both events. Admission to the Opening and Closing parties is included in the All-Access Pass.  


Hotel and Travel Information   

Staying at the Kentucky International Convention Center is the easiest option for Imaging USA attendees. Rooms are limited, so be sure to book early!  
With Imaging USA 2024 shaping up to be the best show yet, there's never been a better time to experience all the magic of this incredible conference and expo. 
Register now and save $50 with the early bird discount when you get your tickets on or before Dec. 8, 2023.  


We can’t wait to see you January 28-30, 2024, in Louisville, KY!  Register here.