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Annual Spring Seminar                 April 11-12, 2021

Join us as we provide an opportunity for you to learn and share with 4 amazing photographers as they take you through the steps of image critiques. Learn the 12 elements of a competition image and what that alone can do for your sales. We begin Sunday, April 11, 2021 1:00 pm ending 12:30 pm Monday, April 12, 2021.


How Image Competition Helps Your Photography

By Gabriel I. Alonso, M.Photog.Cr.,CPP, Fellow-ASP


Don’t you just love the physical well-being you experience after working-out? Granted, you may also experience soreness and aches, but it can’t be denied that the benefits far outweigh the pain and inconvenience.

Going to the gym and even brushing your teeth regularly are required maintenance for which your body rewards you with good health and an enhanced immune system. It’s analogous to how participating in image competition works. You select what you think are your best images, prepare them with great care, craft the perfect titles and carefully prepare your entry form and uploads. The results may not be what you expected or think you deserved, but the process you went through makes you a better image maker.

Attending image judging is also beneficial as it exposes you to the “cream of the crop” of our profession. Entering images induces a great deal of anxiety and fear of rejection, but the experience is rewarding regardless of how well your images perform.

The PPA’s International image Competition is the ultimate experience to witness or to volunteer, as it includes entries from multiple foreign countries. Attendance at the Judging is open for all PPA members free of charge.

Additional benefits to your photography are increased awareness of new imaging trends and an incredible source of inspiration.

I encourage you to enter and participate in image competition as a sure path to the enhancement of your skills as a photographic artist that will assist in your professional development and the pursuit of excellenc


Sunday April 11, 2021

9:30 am                        Tunica                           PPLA Board Meeting

12:00 noon                   East Foyer                    Registration Desk Open

1:00-3:30 pm               Chiqui Ball Room       Gabriel Alonso “How Image Competition Helps Your Photography”

3:45-5:45 pm               East Foyer                      Trade Show

7:00 pm                        Belazaire Ball Room     Jury Charge

7:30 pm-Until             Belazaire Ball Room     Digital Competition

President’s You’re Invited Networking- Location TBA

Monday April 12, 2021

9:30 am                         Tunica, Biloxi & OFO    Awards Ceremony

10:30-12:30                  Tunica, Biloxi & OFO    “Making the Cut” Question and Answers Round Table Discussion on Images Submitted for Spring Competition. Learn what steps you will need to move your images to the next level of competition or just better sales. Gabriel Alonso, Lela Whiddon, Yvette Ponthier, Robby Bishop (each maker will have the opportunity to have 2-3 of their images critiques). What better education!

Jury Chair: Gabriel Alonso .M. Photog., Cr., CPP., Fellow ASP-Judge: Yvette Ponthier M. Photog., Cr., CPP., ABI,F-PPLA Judge: Lela Whiddon M. Photog., CPP. L-Artistry, Judge: Robby Bishop M. Photog., CPP



For more information contact Executive Director: Karla Byron at: director@ppla.net or 225-330-3969. Registration at the door is an additional $25.

Paragon Casino, 711 Paragon Place, Marksville, Louisiana

Code Refer To: 2021 Professional Photographers of Louisiana-PHOA11G

King or Queen Standard $99.00  Deluxe Atrium $129.00  Parking Free

Deadline to Reserve Your Room at this Rate is March 20, 2021 (No Rooms are Guaranteed Beyond this Date) The Room Prices Reflect Saturday, April 10 and 11, 2021

Phone Number: 800.642.7777


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