Emerald Expositions, Inc. has announced that registration is open for its PDN PhotoPlus International Conference + Expo, taking place October 29-November 1, 2014 at the Javits Convention Center in New York City. With NYC as your backdrop and Halloween as the theme, PhotoPlus Expo (PPE) will be an experience no one should miss this year! From a trilogy of world-class keynotes to photo walks throughout the city and a conference program of seminars featuring the industry’s finest working photographers, PPE continues to be the premiere annual gathering place for visual artists to inspire and be inspired. And, if it’s a party you are looking for, PhotoPlus will be hosting its annual bash at the luxurious 230 Fifth Rooftop Club and Penthouse Lounge exclusively for its VIP Expo Pass holders.
Attracting more than 22,000 attendees last year, PPE continues to be the pilgrimage site for photographers, filmmakers and those in digital imaging. A testament to this is the 2014 lineup of keynote speakers, which will include Ben Folds, Martin Parr and a panel presentation by A Day Without News speakers, including Aidan Sullivan, Santiago Lyon, Lynsey Addario, Ron Haviv and Antonio Bolfo. Some of the most successful and respected professionals in the photography and filmmaking business today will lead seminars, Master Classes and workshops. These classes will focus on elements within lighting, portraiture, filmmaking, post-production, social media and marketing, weddings and special events, to name a few. A complete listing of seminar topics and presenters can be found at PhotoPlusExpo.com.
Attendees have various conference pass options; those who register early will benefit from a greater range of seminars and optional Master Classes, limited to 25 people ensuring a more intimate learning environment. Attendees may register to attend PhotoPlus as members or non-members. Members of the Photo Group (PDN, PhotoServe.com, and WPPI) save up to 30% on all conference seminar passes: Full Conference Pass, One Day Conference Pass, as well as A-la-Carte Seminars and Master Classes. Through July 31, 2014, the price of a Full Conference Pass is $399 for members and $449 for non-members. The price of a One Day Conference Pass is $149 for members and $169 for non-members. Prices for non-members increase online after July 31 and on-site. Complete options and pricing may be found on the website.
Conference passes will include free admission to all keynote presentations and to Test Drive, a new panel discussion, product preview and networking event. People are encouraged to register early to avoid additional fees for late registration.
“We are very excited about this year’s show. The energy we feel through our social channels is vibrant, and our conversations with presenters and exhibitors lead me to believe that this year’s PPE conference will be engaging in a number of innovative ways,” explains Lauren Wendle, vice president/publisher of PDN and the Photo Group.
This year’s Expo will feature more than 225 of the industry’s most prominent manufacturers of photo and video gear, software and accessories. The focus of the show is to give attendees an opportunity to view and compare thousands of imaging tools currently available to creative professionals all in one convenient location. Registration for admission to the PPE exhibit hall is free through October 28 online and $70 on-site for non-Photo Group members.
Special Events and Activities
Photo Walks: Wednesday, October 29 – 8:30-11:30 a.m.
Try new products and gear on one of six intimate photo walks led by some of the industry's best photographers. Use the New York City streets as your backdrop to learn lighting, portraiture, composition and design that brings “street photography” to a new level.
The University: One Day Workshop: Wednesday, October 29 – 12:30-5:45 p.m.
The University is a one day, interactive series of classes ideal for emerging photographers. Learn from working professional photographers how to strengthen your shooting and posing techniques, how to manage everything from speedlights to studio strobes and continuous lighting, and how to effectively use mixed/natural light. Choose to attend the sessions that best fit your needs and interests for a unique learning experience that you won’t find anywhere else.
Test Drive: Panel Discussion and New Product Preview + Networking Event
Panel Discussion: How Technology Is Leading the Storytelling Revolution: Wednesday, October 29 – 5:00-6:00 p.m.
Learn how social media is changing the way professionals are creating greater awareness about projects and how to effectively use social media tools to build your brand. Panelists include photographers who have successfully created prominent individual brands using social media as well as manufacturers who are enabling the cause.
New Product Preview + Networking Event: Wednesday, October 29 – 6:00-8:00 p.m.
Immediately following the panel discussion, get a head start on PhotoPlus Expo with an exclusive look at some of the new and innovative products on display by exhibitors during this year’s show.
Portfolio Reviews: October 29-November 1
This is your chance to meet face-to-face with top industry professionals who could change your career. You will receive valuable feedback, create new relationships, and possibly land your next assignment. Choose from more than 175 top industry professionals to review your portfolio. October 29 will be exclusively for emerging photographers and October 30 through November 1 will be for both emerging and professional photographers. For more information or to register for a portfolio review, click here.
PPE VIP Expo Pass
Attendees will also have the option of purchasing a special PhotoPlus VIP Expo Pass, which gives holders exclusive entry to the Halloween Bash at 230 Fifth as well as a VIP gift bag filled with premium products and special offers that have a value of over $300. Twenty-five of the gift bags will hold Golden Tickets, guaranteeing the recipient a prize valued up to $500. VIP Expo Pass holders will also get a three-day pass to the expo and priority admission to all keynote presentations with reserved seating, and they will have access to a private Customer Service Desk for quick check-in.
Special discounts for high school and college students and educators will be available upon the approval of submitted credentials. Pricing information can be found on the PhotoPlus Expo’s registration site.