Fuel for the Photographer Coming to Louisville, KY!

Published: October 30, 2023

Coming to Derby City, aka Louisville, this January 2024 is the most exciting, premier photography conference you’ve ever laid your lenses on. If you’ve never attended Imaging USA before, that’s ok! There’s a first time for everybody!

Imaging USA is the perfect chance for you to grow as a photographer and business owner. There will be over 90 classes to choose from (PLUS pre-cons!), ample networking opportunities, and of course a MASSIVE trade show for you to explore. For your convenience, we’ve created a brief guide to all the conference has to offer. By the end of this article, you’ll be itching to get your All-Access Pass to Imaging USA, and it’s a decision we support! 

Immersive Classes that Fill Out Fast

It's the insider’s secret to set an early arrival date to make the most of your Imaging USA experience with pre-con classes. Pre-con classes take place January 25 - 27, giving you the chance to focus on specialized topics like lighting, sales, Photoshop, and more. These classes ensure you get more personal attention from the instructor. 

Hands-on classes will be on offer Saturday, January 27 and will feature multiple speakers giving their strongest insights on the topic. Don’t wait to put your knowledge into practice. Try out new skills firsthand, right at the conference. Space is limited, these WILL sell out! Learn more about these special hands-on pre-con sessions here.

Bump Shoulders with the Best

If you’re not a talker, we’re about to change that. At Imaging USA 2024, the Networking Avenue will be the spot to meet other attendees, talk shop, and even shoot photos in one of our photo bays! Topic-focused areas make it easy to meet other photographers from your specialty and you can even indulge at the cash bar while you’re there! Stop by after the expo closes and unwind with like-minded photographers. 

Sunday, January 28
6:30pm to 8pm
KIIC North Pre-Function Upper Concourse

An Expo of a Different Caliber

Be prepared—this is a trade show unlike anything you've ever seen. The moment you walk onto the floor, you'll have the opportunity to interact one-on-one with the vendors, featuring over 130 of the industry's most trusted brands. Offerings you can touch, try, and learn more about range from cameras to software, as well as the newest products and gear. Cruising the isles, it's impossible to pass up new connections and professional networking opportunities. Live demos and mini-education sessions are baked into the Expo experience, providing the perfect occasion to learn more about a subject you've had an interest in perhaps, but haven't had the chance to explore further. 

Attend the International Photographic Competition

Come witness history in the making on Saturday and Monday night! Hundreds of photographers are competing for their share of a $26,000 prize pool in a LIVE rapid-fire bracket-style competition. Who will take home the top prize?

For the Sports Minded

 Get off the bench and make your way over to our dedicated space for School, Sports, and Event Photography (SSE) at Imaging USA. We've got all the classes in your wheelhouse designed to broaden your expertise and connect you with the important players in your field. Located on the expo floor, the Stadium Club is the place to network with fellow SSE photographers and speakers and sign up for individual mentor sessions in the Coaches’ Corner. Stay tuned for details on how you can sign up for a 30-minute mentor session.

Sunday, January 28: 8 am – 10:00 am; 4 pm – 6:30pm
Monday, January 29: 8 am –12:30 pm; 4 pm –7:00 pm
Tuesday, January 30: 8 am –12:30 pm; 2:30 –5:00 pm

Get Your Derby On! 

Imaging USA heads to Louisville, Kentucky in 2024 for a power packed 3 days of everything photography, and we couldn’t be happier to be back! There’s never a dull moment in Louisville, with its culture, tourist attractions, and opulence of eateries and fine dining! Simply speaking, there will be no shortage of things to do outside the convention center itself. Grab your camera, get inspired, don’t forget your coat, and explore a city unlike any other! You’ll be happy you brought those walking shoes along. 

Register now and save $50 with the early bird discount when you get your tickets on or before December 8, 2023.  We can’t wait to see you January 28-30, 2024, in Louisville, KY!  Register here. While you’re at it, bring the whole family along, or your best friend with the Expo+ Pass! It’s free.