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February 21, 22 & 23 - 2020

FRIDAY - J & C Imaging - 404 Poyntz Ave - Manhattan, KS 66502

Friday, February 21, 2020

12:00 PM Noon Registration Opens - Lunch On Your Own

1:00 – 2:00 PM “First Timer’s” Guest Welcome

2:00 – 7:00 PM Digital Image Competition

4:00 – 5:00 PM KPPA 101 Course

7:00 PM – 12:00 Midnight Dinner & Hospitality

SATURDAY AND SUNDAY - Four Points by Sheraton - 530 Richards Drive - Manhattan, KS 67401

Saturday February 22, 2020

Breakfast is on your own, hotel restaurant opens at 6:00AM

8:00 – 9:00 AM Mentoring Sessions

8:00 – 9:00 AM Registration Opens

9:00 – 12:00 Noon Speaker Tara Ruby or

9:00 AM – 12:00 Noon Speaker Joseph Giitter

10:00 – 11:00 AM KPPA 101 Course

12:15 – 1:45 PM Lunch and KPPA Annual Meeting

2:00 – 5:00 PM Speaker Tara Ruby


2:00 – 5:00 PM Speaker Joseph Giitter

5:00 – 6:00 PM Break

6:00 – 7:00 PM Cocktails

7:00 – 9:00 PM KPPA Banquet and Awards Program

9:00 PM – 12:00 Midnight Hospitality

Sunday February 23, 2020

Breakfast is on your own, hotel restaurant opens at 6:00AM

8:00 – 9:00 AM Mentoring Sessions

8:00 – 8:30 AM Registration Opens

8:30 – 12:00 Noon Speaker Bryan Welsh

10:00 – 11:00 AM KPPA 101 Course

12:00 - 1:00 PM Lunch

1:00 – 4:00 PM Speaker Bryan Welsh

4:00 – 6:00 PM KPPA Board Training

6:00PM  KPPA Board Meeting 

All Schedules Subject to Change

KPPA Digital Image Competition 2020 Winter Image Comp EXPO Rules .pdf

The Digital Competition at the KPPA Winter Shutter Expo is KPPA's largest Image Competition and a fantastic place to enter your images to see how they are received in the world of competition. Image competition at the Winter Shutter Expo is also sometimes referred to as the “State (Image) Competition”. It is operated close to the higher guidelines set forth by PPA (Professional Photographers of America).

KPPA Digital Image Competition Upload Links - Please Read Rules and Instructions First

KPPA OPEN Photographic Competition Entry Form

KPPA ARTIST Photographic Competition Entry Form

KPPA ALBUM Single-Maker Photographic Competition Entry Form

KPPA ALBUM Multi-Maker Photographic Competition Entry Form


Four Points by Sheraton - 530 Richards Drive - Manhattan, KS 67401


Secondary Contact Number for Reservations: 

1-800-368-7764 Must Specify Four Points by Sheraton - Manhattan, KS

A block of rooms have been reserved for us at a Special Rate of $94. 

Reservations need to be made by January 21, 2019 to guarantee a room at this rate!

Reservation Block: Kansas Photographers Association

All Day Saturday Speaker Joseph Giitter  - Landscape and Wildlife

Master Photographer - CPP Owner - Bohemian Photoworks

Currently serving on the Professional Photographers of Nebraska Board of Directors 


www.bohemianphotoworks.com www.josephgiitterphotography.com


The Metamorphosis from Good to Great Nature Photography - Did you ever wonder it what it takes to create merit quality landscape and wildlife images? This two part course will cover the A to Z of creating stunning nature images. This two part course will begin with a primer on composition, followed by a discuss ion of camera equipment that will help you ensure technical excellence in your images. Emphasis will also be placed on planning the shoot, including scouting for good locations, leveraging weather conditions, and using mobile applications to optimize ca era settings and to incorporate the sun, moon, and stars into the composition. The second part of the course will emphasize wildlife photography and build on the compositional rules of landscape photography. 



Joseph Giitter is an award winning nature photographer. His nature images have been on display at the National Wildlife Visitor Center in Greenbelt, Maryland and published in a number of nature publications, such as the National Wildlife Magazine and the Chesapeake Bay Annual Report Card. He was a medalist in the Professional Photographers of America (PPA) International Print Competition for the last four years (2016 - 2019) and was the Maryland Illustrated Photographer of the Year in 2017. In September of 2018, Joseph moved from sub urban Washington, D.C. to Omaha, Nebraska. He runs a portrait studio called, Bohemian Photoworks , in the Millwork Commons District of downtown Omaha.


While he continues to shoot family and senior portraits, his work has expanded to corporate and event photography, including Opera Omaha. Joe, a Master Photographer, has been an IPC medalist for four years in a row and has been a certified Professional Photographer since 2011. His wildlife images have been featured in regional and national publications, including the cover of National Wildlife Magazine. He was the 2017 Maryland PPA Illustrative Photographer of the Year. His album, “Flying High” was selected as a finalist for the 2020 Grand Imaging Awards. In addition to teaching at the Washington School of Photography he also taught at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and the FEMA Emergency Management Institute.


Joe received engineering degrees from Iowa State and the University of Tennessee. He also completed a Photography Master course of study at Montgomery College and received executive training at Gallup University, the Federal Executive Institute, the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University and the National War College.

All Day Saturday Speaker

Tara Ruby Tara Ruby Photography Associate of WPPI Director, GPPA

Shooting for Newborn Composites

Shooting for Newborn Composites

Hands On Workshop  - 1 day workshop that focuses heavily on newborn images through composite work. Not for beginners, this class includes capturing the images of the newborn in a studio setting, capturing the digital images in a studio setting and then how to composite those images together for a fine art digital image you can be proud of. Cameras and laptops are highly encouraged as everyone gets the opportunity to capture their own images with my setups and then we work through how to edit for the final image on their own individual laptops.



www.tararuby.com www.facebook.com/tararuby www.instagram.com/tararubyphotography

Tara is deeply embedded into the military life, being a disabled veteran and a military spouse. She has a sincere love of working to support our US Military and the families nestled within. She has worked to pioneer her own personal style of motherhood and military photography that has earned awards from organizations such as the Wedding and Portrait Photographers International (WPPI), the Professional Photographers of America (PPA), The National Association of Professional Child Photographers (NAPCP) as well as within the Army community. Among hundreds of international publications, her photography has been shared on Facebook over 3.5 million times and featured in Vanity Fair, USA Today, Parents, SELF Magazine, The Huffington Post, Time Magazine and many more. Cosmopolitan magazine has called her work “stunning”, “powerful” and notes that her work caused “the internet to lose its collective mind” and the Gulf Coast Breastfeeding Center said, “Tara Ruby is to Breastfeeding as Ansel Adams was to landscape”. She was also a finalist in Ron Howard’s Project Imaginat10n contest, has images in the full-feature documentary, Homecoming The Film and has her image displayed in the US Army Women’s museum in Fort Lee, VA. Tara is a graduate of the New York Institute of Photography and holds an Associate's title with WPPI.

Awards & Certifications: Professional Photographer Certification from New York Institute of Photography APNPI;  Qualified Newborn Photographer Associate of WPPI;  Craftsmas Degree (Jan 2020);  2012 Finalist in the Ron Howard’s Project Imaginat10n Contest; 2014 Army Digital Photography Contest 1st Place Army Life; 2015 PPA’s Merit Collection x 2; 2015 WPPI Silver Award; 2015 WPPI Silver Distinction Award; 2015 Most talked about Breastfeeding Photo (the Bump); 2016 PPA’s Merit Collection; 2016 WPPI Silver Award x 5; 2016 January NAPCP International Competition 1st Place in Family; 2016 January NAPCP International Competition 2nd Place in Children; 2016 July NAPCP International Competition Recognition of Merit in Family; 2017 Finalist x3 Shoot & Share, Top 10% x4; 2017 GPPA Merit Collection x4; 2018 Finalist x3 Shoot & Share , Top 10% x6; 2018 PPA’s Merit Collection; 2018 GPPA Merit Collection x5; 2019 PPA’s Merit Collection x3; 2019 Finalist x2 in Rise International Photography Awards

Publications: Vanity Fair (Italy) Magazine; Vogue Magazine; Tamron Magazine; Parents Magazine; People Magazine; Time Magazine; TAPS Magazine; Cosmopolitan Magazine; SELF Magazine; HEALTH Magazine; PopSugar Magazine; Stern Magazine; Magazine (Germany); Kekmama Magazine (Netherlands); Closer Magazine (Germany); D Beauty Magazine (Italy); Beauty and Life Mommy Magazine

All Day Sunday Speaker

Bryan-Welsh PPA M. Photog., Cr ., CPP, API. FP - OR

Environmental Business Portraits AND The Craft of Photography and the 12 Elements beyond Competition

Environmental Business Portraits - Beyond the Headshot Come learn from Commercial Portrait Photographer Bryan Welsh as he shares his program on how to take your business portraits to another level. As the industry changed so did Bryan’s photography business. Once primarily known as Wedding and H.S. Senior photographer he made the transition into a Business and Family photographer. This workshop will cover how to market and become the go to business branding photographer in your area. Bryan will also have a lighting demonstration so you can see this style of photography in action. Come learn: • Marketing & Sales • Gear & how to prepare • How to shoot tethered • Location considerations • See a session demonstration If you have considered breaking into the bus iness photography market or are looking for new ways to establish your business brand this class will be just what you need.


The Craft of Photography and the 12 Elements beyond Competition Make them a part of your everyday photography, business and life. Bryan Welsh M. Photog., Cr., CPP, API, FP - OR Using the Twelve Elements of a Merit Print as a guide, Bryan will show how you can use the principles of Image Competition to become a better photographer and businessperson. Learn to make everything you do merit worthy. Applying the 12 elements to every part of your work will help you see your photography and your business in a whole new way. Bryan will mix in some proven marketing systems that will align you with your target market and your ideal customer. This program will unlock a new way to apply t he elements. Each of the elements will be broken down and overlaid onto aspects of your photography, business and life. 



Bryan Welsh, a second - generation photographer, is recognized for his creative stylized journalistic photography to both his clients and peers. Bryan has taught at the Professional Photographers of America national convention IUSA, PPA Super One Days and to State and Local PPA photography affiliates across the country. He is an approved juror with the Oregon Professional Photographers Association and has taught classes on image competition as well. Bryan takes pride in helping aspiring photographers and enjoys followin g their successes in competition. He has received numerous merits and awards in image competitions on both a local and national level that include - PPA Loan Collections, Fuji MASTERPIECE Awards and Kodak Gallery Awards. His images and articles have appear ed in Studio Photography and Professional Photographer magazine(s) as well as used in Nikon's National advertising. Bryan has the Maters of Photography & Photographic Craftsman Degree from Professional Photographers of America (Cr. Photog.), is a Certified Professional Photographer (CPP), has the Fellow of Photography Degree from the Oregon Professional Photographers Association and is a member of the American Society of Photographers (ASP). Bryan also holds the status of an Approved Photographic Instructor (API) from PPA an d has over 100 speaking merits. (EDU100) Bryan is a Past President of the Oregon Professional Photographers Association and the elected PPA Councilor for the State of Oregon. 

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