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Education is the key to PPW!  

We have several events yearly that offer incredible speakers on various topics to help the professional photographer.

The Spring Educational Conference is around April and provides the association's members an event to come together to enjoy old and new friends. The day before this event our Annual Image Competition takes place. Hired judges are brought in to judge and critique our images with the 12 Elements of Merited Print as a guide. 

We hold a Fall Event around October to give a stimulating break from the photographer's busy season of High School seniors and families, for example. 

During the year, each PPW District holds meetings four times a year in the their area. To learn about these events besides here on our website, The Washington Photographer Journal comes out four times a year. Within the pages of the journal, you will also learn about the workings of PPW and informational articles about our industry. 

Involvement improves your business. Here are a few ways to do this:   

Coming Events

Upcoming events

    • 08 Apr 2024
    • 10 Mar 2025
    • 12 sessions
    • via Zoom

    The Advisory Board

    The Advisory Board is PPW’s monthly business mastermind program that meets on Zoom, 2nd Monday of each month at 7:00pm. Exchange ideas and tackle the problems that are holding you back. 

    Content will include business discussion, accountability, problem solving, "hot seat" discussion, feedback, quarterly planning, mentorship, and guest speakers.

    Join us to take your business to new heights! You will earn 1 business merit for every 3 meetings you attend. 

    Register today!

    • 22 Apr 2024
    • 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • 7201 W. Clearwater Ave #105B, Kennewick

    Eastern District Event - Tri-Cities

    Image Competition - Let's talk about it ~ 

    Monday, April 22nd - 7:00pm - 9:00PM

    Let’s gather to explore the successes and challenges of our recent competition entries. We'll discuss each image, share insights, and refine our techniques to elevate our work for the next level. Connect with fellow photographers and enhance your creative vision!

    Contact - Sonja Yearsley

    Please RSVP by registering here.

    • 23 Apr 2024
    • 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM
    • on Zoom

    Register for Zoom Link 

    for the

    'Coffee, Cameras and Conversation'

    Here in the Southwest District, we believe it is our mission to become better creatives. Join us for a monthly SW PPW (virtual) gathering, ‘Coffee, Cameras and Conversation’ where we can connect and get to know our other PPW members and share on the journey to better. Normally, we meet every fourth Tuesday morning at 9am.

    No pressure to attend, the cost is free – just your time. Plan to join in the fun with Joni Atkinson ( and we will send you the link to join.

    Everything is better fully caffeinated!

    A confirmation email will be sent with the Zoom Link after you register.

    • 11 Jul 2024
    • 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
    • via Zoom

    Pushing Boundaries: Exploring the Intersection of AI and Photography w/ Marina Shipova

    PPW Education Online - Thursday, July 11 2024 @ 6pm on Zoom

    Marina Shipova, an artist with a lifelong passion for creativity, presents her recent work, a captivating fusion of Artificial Intelligence and photography. Having devoted her life to artistry, Marina embraces how Digital Photography revolutionizes the very essence of image creation, propelling the boundaries of reality to limitless horizons. She skillfully navigates the transformative realm of AI-powered image editing applications, which offer tools that were once mere dreams for artists, dismantling the barriers between imagination and reality. This dynamic partnership between AI and artistry unravels new dimensions of creative expression, pushing the boundaries of what is possible in the world of visual storytelling.

    Questions: Contact Chris Wooley

    Register for Zoom Link

    • 27 Jul 2024
    • 12:00 PM
    • 28 Jul 2024
    • 12:00 PM
    • Location TBA later - Burien

    We will be meeting in Burien for the Summer board Retreat

    Reports and motions are due on July 4th. 

    Board meetings are open to all members. Board members, please, register so we know who is attending.

    • 12 Sep 2024
    • 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
    • via Zoom

    Lightroom Classic - Masking & More with Kimberly Olker, M.Photog.M.Wed.Photog.Cr., CPP

    PPW Education Online - Thursday, September 12 2024 @ 6pm on Zoom

    Shorten your workflow time and create impactful images with Adobe Lightroom Classic & its updates to use AI! Recent updates to Lightroom in the last couple years have significantly improved what you can do within this program to enhance your images.

    Learn How To:

    • Use intelligent masking technology to enhance your images with options based on luminance, color range, gradients, radials, and even AI-selected subjects, object, backgrounds and skies. 
    • Manage mask layers to work together (add, subtract, invert or intersect) to have more control over selections and create stunning results.
    • Implement a step-by-step process to simplify your editing workflow using these new features, with creating presets to use these new masking features
    • Save time - do more in Lightroom and less in Photoshop

    These updated features have helped Kimberly take her editing in Lightroom to a whole new level... it's faster, simpler, and requires her to rarely use Photoshop for event photography anymore.

    Let Kimberly show you how to use these new features to enhance your Lightroom editing process, making it fast, simple & much more enjoyable.

    Questions: Contact Chris Wooley

    Register for Zoom Link

PPW Annual Educational Conference

Every year PPW hosts an Annual Educational Conference and Image Competition.  In addition to learning from the masters, we provide fun and fellowship with our Fun Party Auction which raises money to allow PPW to give out scholarships every year. To honor those who earned enough merits, we present them with Membership Medallions at our President's Banquet. At this event we also reveal who won trophies from the Image Competition. Good times and definitely something to not miss! Keep checking back to learn about our upcoming Spring Conference.

PPW  Image Competition

If photography is an important part of your life, don't miss the biggest PPW event of the year!

Entering your state competition is one of the best ways to push yourself to be more. You'll learn where you stand—how your photography matches up with your peers. You'll learn about the 12 Elements of a Merit Image, and start incorporating them into your daily photography. You'll learn what it takes to create a merit image and if you stick with it, you may be a Trophy or Award Winner. To see what they are check them out on Trophy & Award Goals.

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