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Annual American Society of Picture Professionals Education Conference Reveals Dates

Tired of attending conferences that cover the same subjects with the same speakers? Don’t miss the 5th American Society of Picture Professionals Education Conference The Hi-ways and Buy-ways of the Picture Professional Industry to be held April 24 through April 27, 2008 in scenic Phoenix, Arizona.

The Hilton Phoenix East/Mesa will be home base for the conference and memorable off-site activities will be provided to attendees. Our seminars, panel discussions and Q&As will cover:

An insider’s take on licensing images for a major documentary A discussion of the legal issues you face in your business with top lawyers in the trade Demonstrations of the newest software and technology The latest data on metadata and keywording Revised UPDIG standards on preparing digital files Marketing tips to help you get your photos into the hands of potential buyers The new business models that are altering the face of the image industry Photo reseachers demonstrate their skill and knowledge.

In addition, a long list of networking opportunities are planned for the 4-day conference – from a Southwest- themed banquet to breakfasts, lunches, and cocktail hours! This year, the traditional ASPP banquet will honor keynote speaker Win Holden, who as publisher of the 80-year-old Arizona Highways magazine, has collaborated with great photographers to bring the splendors of the Arizona landscape to the world.

Arizona’s spectacular natural beauty has made it a photography and art mecca. The Center for Creative Photography in Tucson is close enough that we’re offering a ½ day optional tour on Thursday for those who arrive early.

Frank Lloyd Wright’s Taliesin West is in nearby Scottsdale, and will provide photo releases to allow interior and exterior photography by members of our group. The Heard Museum of Native Cultures and Art is in Phoenix, and will give us a behind-the-scenes look at their photography collection.

The Phoenix metropolitan area is the location of the Desert Botanical Garden (the world’s largest collection of desert plants), Old Tucson Wild West reenactments, as well as the Painted Cliffs. Therefore, everyone will want to bring cameras or sketchpads/canvases, and take some excursions on their own!

Plus, if you’re bringing your family, the Phoenix Zoo has been voted one of the nation’s top zoos for kids! In line with sharing our experience and knowledge throughout the image industry, members of “sister organizations” such as the Picture Archive Council of America (PACA) and the American Society of Media Photographers (ASMP) will be given lower rates than the general public to attend the ASPP conference.

The American Society of Picture Professionals is a nationwide organization of professionals who produce, sell, edit, catalog and use photographic imagery. Since 1966 this non-profit association has provided professional networking and educational opportunities to its’ over 800 members in the U.S. and overseas.

Our demographics break down roughly as 50% researchers/editors/buyers, 30% photographers, and 20% personnel at stock agencies or collections. Membership benefits include educational programs and chapter meetings, the quarterly magazine The Picture Professional, monthly eNewsletters, and a regular emailing of announcements.

At you’ll find links to industry resources and guidelines, the current issue of the magazine, book reviews, and many other interesting features. Members can enter into a password- protected area to gain access to an up-to-date membership directory and job postings.

For more information, please contact: Cathy D-P Sachs, 703-299-0219;