Maine Professional Photographers Association
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2020 Maine Photographic Convention


Image Competition

March 20-22 at The Clarion Portland Hotel
Join us for 3 days of fun, education, and networking! Be sure to mark your calendar and register today! Our members enjoy a free convention pass. Join the MPPA and enjoy the many benefits of membership!


See more class information and details here

Image Competition

Why participate? You’re good at what you do, and we know it. Don’t wait for others to realize it on their own - go for it!

Participating in MPPA’s annual image competition gives you the opportunity to show your work. It also provides an opportunity to get better at what you do. After all, the critiques that are given offer ways to improve your images. You’ll walk away filled with ideas and inspiration to fuel your creative soul. Below are some helpful links to help you get started.

The 2020 MPPA Photographic Image Competition is now open! Submit your images @
  • Any professional photographer may enter the competition for image judging and scoring.
  • Dues must be paid in full by Thursday March 19, 2019 12:00AM EST to be considered for member awards.
  • Entries must be registered and uploaded NO LATER THAN Thursday March 19, 2019 12:00AM EST
  • UNLIMITED entries are allowed per person. Albums count as one entry, allowed up to 2 albums. 

    Entry Fee's per image/album
    $12 members
    $15 non-member/out of state
Review the complete 2020 Rules here. JUDGING WILL BEGIN PROMPTLY AT 8:00 A.M. ON FRIDAY, MARCH 20, 2020

Registration Open!

    • March 19, 2020
    • 10:00 AM - 5:30 PM
    • Clarion Hotel, 1230 Congress St, Portland, ME
    • 11

    For many of us Photoshop has become more than a post-production tool to repair and enhance our photographs. Photoshop is an all-new visual medium unto itself –a blank canvas from which we create images beyond the boundaries of conventional photography.

    This program will involve hands on Photoshop with demonstrations of techniques geared toward fine art. You’re encouraged to bring a lap top and play along.  We’ll also be discussing creative process, inspiration, art history, and concept development.  The new digital technologies allows us to create anything we can imagine.  Photoshop technique is important, but what will define us as artists is the concept, creativity and impact  of our images. 

    This class is a PPA Continuing Education System class and attendees will earn one merit.

    • March 20, 2020
    • 8:00 AM
    • March 22, 2020
    • 11:00 PM
    • The Clarion Portland Hotel, 1230 Congress St, Portland, ME

    THREE DAYS of classes, games and giveaways, and an image competition that will inspire you in your own work!


    8am - 12pm | Image Competition

    12pm - 1pm | Lunch on your own

    1pm - Finish | Image Competition

    3pm - 4:45pm | Trish Logan and Ken Wilson "Stop Leaving Money on the Table" sponsored by ACI

    4:45pm - 7pm | Dinner on your own

    7pm - 9pm | Ed Pedi "Tried & True Blueprint for Successful & Profitable Family Portraits"

    9pm - 11pm | Hospitality Suite sponsored by H & H


    8am - 9am | Judges Image Critique

    9:15am - 11:45am | Jeff Dachowski "Selling For Success"

    11:45 - 1:15pm | Lunch on your own

    1:15pm - 3:45pm | Ron Rosenstock "Fine Art Photography from Stieglitz to the Present"

    4pm - 6:30pm | Thom Rouse "Art & Photoshop" sponsored by ACI

    6:30pm - 9pm | Dinner on your own

    9pm - 11pm | Hospitality Suite sponsored by ACI


    9am -11:30am | Nicole Chan "Level up your business. Earn more. Work Less. Sleep"

    11:30am | Annual Member Meeting

    11:30am - 1pm | Pizza Party

    1pm - 4pm | Corey Potter "SEO For Photographers"
    5:30 pm | Group Photo

    6pm - 8pm | MPPA Awards Banquet*

    9pm - 11pm | Hospitality Suite sponsored by MPPA

    *Banquet tickets sold separately

    • March 22, 2020
    • 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
    • The Clarion Portland Hotel, 1230 Congress St, Portland, ME

    This ticket is for BANQUET DINNER ONLY. 
    Please make sure you have registered for the full convention too - it's included in your Active Membership Dues!


    5:30 pm | Group Photo

    6pm - 8pm | MPPA Awards Banquet

    9pm - 11pm | Hospitality Suite

    And don't forget to register for the Bonus Day with Corey Potter on Monday, March 23!

    • March 23, 2020
    • 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
    • Clarion Hotel, 1230 Congress St, Portland, ME
    • 14

    You may have heard someone say that blogging is the best way to improve your SEO. The truth is, if you are blogging like most photographers and small business owners have been blogging for the past 10 years, you are probably wasting your time.

    What if I told you that you should actually be blogging LESS frequently, and that you don't necessarily need to blog your client sessions or weddings at all?

    What if you could 10x your website's traffic within the next year, creating not only more leads, but more authority and opportunities in general?

    That is exactly what you will learn how to do in this workshop.

    In this "hands-on" workshop you will learn my EXACT method for successful content marketing. I have spent years learning how to find the right topics, and how to create content around those topics that Google will love. I've used this method for all kinds of photography websites and even sites in completely different industries. My repeatable process works time and time again, not only for me, but also for the students who have implemented it.

    Be sure to bring a laptop or tablet, because we'll be learning by doing.

    The class will start by brainstorming topics. We'll talk about where to get inspiration, and how to save your ideas.

    After we've come up with a list of ideas, we'll narrow those ideas down and pick the ones that are most likely to be winners.

    You'll get to pick your own "winning" idea, and we'll move on to the research phase. Using my research template, we'll gather all of the information needed for a successful post.

    Next up, you'll learn about how to write an outline, including tips on proper heading structure. The research and outline steps are crucial, and if you can master these, you'll also have the ability to outsource your writing (I'll give you my best tips).

    Once we have outlines written, it is time to fill in the content. We'll take some time to actually write our posts. Some people will be able to finish them completely, but even if not, I want to help you overcome some of the main roadblocks when it comes to writing. I'll also give you some secret tips on how to win more featured snippets in search engines.

    Finally, we'll work on the finishing touches. We'll talk about special SEO considerations, how many images to include, how to compress and optimize your images, and how to write a perfect title and meta description.

    To wrap up the class, we'll talk a bit about how you should promote your post and how you can follow up on your progress using Google Analytics and Search Console. I'll also give you some tips on how to improve long term performance using the data you collect!

    This will be a full day, and you'll have to put in some work... but you will walk away with an unfair advantage in your market. You'll have a process and a template for successful content marketing in 2020, and you'll be well on your way to driving significantly more traffic to your website!

    Attendees will receive a PPA merit on completion!

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