Record-Breaking Convention and Trade Show
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For Immediate Release
February 1, 2008
Contact: Angela Wijesinghe
404.522.8600, ext.226
awijesinghe@ppa.com

Record-Breaking Convention and Tradeshow: SEPCON @ Imaging USA 2008

What event broke its attendee and tradeshow records in January? SEPCON @ Imaging USA, of course, held January 6-8 in Tampa, Florida.  Imaging USA drew in a total of 8,600 attendees and 315 companies in almost 600 tradeshow booths. As Gary Strain, attendee and speaker, commented, “After 35+ years attending [Imaging USA conventions], I thought it was the best ever!”

It was hard to not be excited about Imaging USA’s offerings: more than 100 educational programs, global networking, and almost 600 tradeshow booths…the largest in the event’s history! The programs featured presentations by preeminent photographers, including Randy Brister, Keith Trainor, Peter Read Miller and Howard Schatz, to name a few. In between programs, attendees flooded the Imaging Expo tradeshow floor to see some of the best products and services in the industry. Here they passed the Saturn car, symbolizing the return of an exciting Society of Sport & Event Photographers (SEP) and Professional Photographers of America (PPA) member benefit: the Sweepstakes Marketing Co-op, helping photographers give more to clients with the chance to win great sweepstake prizes. In the Microsoft Theatre, photographers like Denis Reggie and Deanne Fitzmaurice gave daily seminars. And throughout the tradeshow, photographers were discovering new products, learning, and finding great deals.

Such excitement helped the nonprofits that hosted the event, too. For instance, PPA crossed the 20,000 member mark on the last day of the convention. As one attendee said, Imaging USA makes you “proud to be a member” of associations like PPA, SEP, Commercial Photographers International (CPI), and the Evidence Photographers International Council (EPIC).

The programs, the parties (hosted by Canon and Kodak), and the SEP evening networking event sponsored by Express Digital all provided the combination of fun and networking synonymous with SEPCON. Taste some of that fun by watching video clips of the event on IUSA TV (http://iusatv.ImagingUSA.org )

Also watch for SEPCON @ Imaging USA 2009 in Phoenix (January 11-13, 2009) to become another world- class event.

About Imaging USA
With a 600+ booth industry expo, educational sessions, and the International Print Exhibition, Imaging USA has established itself as the first major photographic event of the year. Imaging USA began in 1884 as the annual convention and trade show for Professional Photographers of America and is the longest running national photographic convention, expo and image exhibition in the United States. Always growing and evolving, Imaging USA became home to two new conferences in 2006: SEPCON (the Sport and Event Photographers Conference), the annual conference of the Society of Sport and Event Photographers, and the Commercial Photography Conference, the annual conference of Commercial Photographers International. In 2006, Imaging USA also welcomed Adobe as an official sponsor of the Adobe Photoshop and Lightroom for Photographers track. In 2008, Imaging USA welcomes EPIC School (Evidence Photographers International Council). For registration information and complete program details, visit www.imagingusa.org .

Professional Photographers of America (PPA), an international non-profit association for professional photographers, exists to assist its more than 20,000 members in achieving their professional, artistic, and fraternal goals; promote public awareness of the profession; and to advance the making of images in all of its disciplines as an art, a science and a visual recorder of history. For more information, visit www.ppa.com

The Society of Sport & Event Photographers (SEP) is a private, non-profit association dedicated exclusively to serving the needs of sport and event photographers. SEP marshals the resources of the event photography industry and delivers them to its members via their exclusive online content, Action News publication and live events. For more information, visit www.SEPsociety.com .

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