Events

Meet the TPPA Team

Not pictured: Doc List, Robin Janson

Live Online
January 6, 2021
7:00 PM

Join the TPPA Officers and staff for an evening of introductions, conversation and Q&A about all things TPPA.

Since 1898, TPPA has been member run and member led!  Our entire leadership team are also members.  The officers are elected by members to oversee the activities of the association and to serve the entire membership.

During this event, you will:

  • Learn about upcoming events
  • Learn how to get involved in TPPA
  • Ask questions for Officers and Staff

Meet the Team is FREE for all TPPA Members.

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TPPA Annual Image Competition

The TPPA Annual Image Competition
March 26-27, 2021
9:oo AM

TPPA will will be hosting its Annual Image Competition online in 2021:

  • Spectators are invited to watch the competition live online
  • The deadline to enter the competition is March 24 at 7:00PM

The purpose of this competition is to allow photographers to enter photographic images to be judged against a Standard of Excellence and to assist the entrants in preparation for PPA District or International Photographic Competition.

You are invited to watch the judging as it takes place, live online.

TPPA has made some BIG changes for 2021, so stay tuned for details.

The 12 Elements of a Merit Image (For more information, go to www.ppa.com/ipc.) will be used in accessing each image and applying a final score.

Through this competition, TPPA members are also eligible for awards and TPPA Points that count toward the Associate and Full Fellowship Degrees within TPPA.

TPPA believes in the value of photographic competition to help build stronger artists and more profitable members. We take pride in using only Approved Jurors from IPCC and those who have attended the judging school at IPC who are working to become approved jurors. This makes the TPPA Photographic Competition a tough competition. Yet, it gives you the best feedback we can deliver on your images before you submit them onto district and IPC competitions.

Winning an award in Texas is a big deal and one you can be proud of. We encourage you to start preparing now to enter your images in the Annual TPPA Photographic Competition.

Check out BIG changes in the Annual TPPA Photographic Competition by clicking here!

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Birds on the Brain

High Island
Sunday, March 28
12:30pm to 7pm

Birds on the Brain
Hosted by Aileen Harding

Learn how to photograph birds for Print Competition.

We’ll meet at the Original Lercy’s in Winnie for an educational lunch where we’ll learn all about location, lighting, composition, behavior and technique in Bird Photography.

Then we’ll head to one of the top 10 Birding Locations in the country! The Smith Oaks Rookery on High Island has four large decks directly across from the Rookery. Roseate Spoonbills, Snowy Egrets, White Herons, Tri-Colored Herons and Neotropic Cormorants are present at the Rookery.

They’ll be busy with the mating and nest building season. See them at their very best…the breeding plumage is gorgeous!!

You will be responsible for lunch at Lercy’s if you choose to eat, as well as an $8 day fee, or a $30 fee for a season pass payable in cash at the Kiosk before entering the Rookery. Be sure to bring a Tripod and a long lens. (minimum 400mm recommended.)

This workshop will cover:

* Where to Go…How To Find The Best Locations
* Bird Behavior…Anticipating the Shot
* Exposure Compensation… How and Why?
* Birds in Flight
* Have the ability to properly compose your images
* Techniques for Print Competition

Registration
TPPA Member Registration – $89
Non-Member Registration – $129
“Join and Go” Registration – $184

Location:
High Island, TX
Lercy’s, Texas 124,
Winnie, Tx
and Smith Oaks Sanctuary
2205 Old Mexico Rd,
High Island, Tx, 77623

Meet TPPA Member, Aileen Harding
When I look through the lens of the camera, I see so much more. Becoming aware of the light, the composition, and the tone of the world around me from a photographer’s point of view has opened up a world of beauty and possibility that thrills me. And birds are my absolute favorite! Watching their mating dance, how they greet one another at the nest, all their interactions, makes me realize how human like their behavior can be. When I slow down and study the birds, listening to their song and the wind in the marsh grass, there is peace. I can’t imagine ever putting my camera away…

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TPPA Image Competition Awards Presentation

April 24, 2021
8:30 PM

Renaissance Dallas Addison Hotel
15201 Dallas Parkway
Addison, TX

Join TPPA at the Renaissance Dallas Addison Hotel, home of the Texas School of Professional Photography, for an evening of celebration and honor.

TPPA will recognize the winning images and their makers from the TPPA Annual Photographic Competition.  There are several awards up for grabs, so be sure you enter the competition.

We will also recognize our recipients who have earned their Fellowship degrees as well as announce the winner of the coveted PPA National Award.

The Celebration is open to all TPPA Members and guests and admission is free.  You do not have to be registered for Texas School to attend.

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Road Trip to Red River New Mexico

August 2-4, 2021
Explore the Enchantment of Northern New Mexico

Registration only $149 for TPPA Members

PLEASE NOTE:

Join Steve and Jacqueline Kozak as they host this unique road trip to Red River in northern New Mexico.

Part workshop, part photo walk and part vacation, this trip promises to be an experience of fun for photographers and families.  TPPA has partnered with the Professional Photographers Association of New Mexico to bring you this very special event.

Red River is a mountain town located in the lush Carson National Forest about 30 minutes north of Taos. The summer temps are glorious and the location is perfect for any number of day trips for exploring the history and scenic beauty of New Mexico.

Our itinerary is full of opportunities to photograph in this diverse region.  From mountain forest to desert landscapes and from exploring historic Taos on foot to high mountain vistas by train, this adventure has more than enough to keep you photographing at every turn.

©Alison Carlino

Monday – We will spend most of the day in and around Red River photographing the sights around town. You will find beautiful images of the flowers, humming birds, architecture and the river.  We will also gather nearby for some natural light portrait tips and a short program to help you get more out of your camera.

Time permitting, we will also photograph the beautiful Palisades and tour the Vietnam War Memorial.

After dinner, we will visit the Wild Rivers Scenic Area for some edgy photographs (pun intended).

©Steve Kozak

Tuesday – We will make a short drive over to Taos to experience the Taos Pueblo. The multi-storied adobe buildings have been continuously inhabited for over 1000 years. You will also see the San Geronimo Chapel which was completed in 1850.  Enjoy a little shopping or getting a tasty treat at any of the quaint little shops located in the Pueblo.

Adult admission: $16 per person
Students (11 and up, includes college with ID): $14 per person
Children 10 and under: Free

Then, it is off to downtown Taos for lunch and a walking tour for photographs of its beautiful architecture. We will also take a short drive to the Rio Grand Gorge Bridge and visit the historic San Francisco De Asis Church.

©Bill Hedrick

Wednesday – We get up bright an early for a drive to Antonito where we will board the Cumbres and Toltec Railroad.  This memorable trip takes you through a diverse landscape with some of the most beautiful views of Northern New Mexico and Southern Colorado.

Once on the train, you can make your way to the open air car and photograph from either side of the train.  You will enjoy listening to the docents explain the history and the stories of the landscapes.  The train arrives in Osier, CO where you will enjoy a wonderful lunch with all the trimmings plus dessert, before you board the train to complete the trip to Chama.  After arriving in Chama, we will board a bus which will take us back to Antonito.

Click here to watch a feature story on this great adventure from CBS News.

This is such a wonderful experience and will be fun for the entire family.

There are a variety of trips and options to choose from.  Our group trip will be:

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Antonito to Chama by train / return to Antonito by motor coach
10:00am – 5:30pm

 

Lodging Details

We will be headquartered at the Lifts West Condominium Hotel in downtown Red River.  Lifts West offers a wide range of lodging options from hotel rooms to three bedroom condos with full kitchens.  We have arranged a nice discount on rental rates when you call 575-754-2778 and use the code, TPPA.  These discounted rates are not available with online booking.  You must call in to secure your reservation and these rates.

Type of Room / Discounted Rate
Hotel Room     $67 plus tax/night
1 Bedroom Condo   $117/night
2 Bedroom Condo   $150/night
3 Bedroom Condo   $170/night

You may also elect to find lodging on your own.

Registration

TPPA Member Registration $149
Non-Member Registration $199
“Join and Go” Registration $244

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I Heart Photography Conference & Expo

October 15-17, 2021
Grapevine Convention Center

We know you LOVE photography. That is why we hope to see you at the I Heart Photography Conference and Expo October 15-17, 2021 at the Grapevine Convention Center.

The I Heart Photography Conference features three days of programming for photographers of all skill levels and with a wide range of interests.

In addition to the regular conference programs, we have a lineup of “hands on” Excursions that take place on Friday. Bring your camera and be prepared to work side by side with a coach who will guide you through the process of creating outstanding images.

The Expo at I Heart Photography is open Saturday and Sunday and is free with your registration. Can’t make the conference this year? Read on to find out how you can get a Free “Expo Only” pass from Arlington Camera.
Registration for the conference is $139.

From landscape photography to pet portraits and from sports action to concert photography – we have your interests covered. We even have a trade show with industry leaders such at Canon, Sony, Panasonic, Tamron and more.
Grab your ticket and join us October 15-17, 2021 at the Grapevine Convention Center.  Learn more.

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City Nights and Holiday Lights!

Join TPPA for an evening of fun, photography and hot chocolate.

City Nights and Holiday Lights!
Steve Kozak, Host

When: Wednesday December 8, 2021
Time: 5:30pm – 9:30pm

Cost: $49 for TPPA Members

Join Steve Kozak on Wednesday, December 8, 2021 from 5:30 PM – 9:30 PM in the heart of downtown Grapevine for an evening of night photography and holiday cheer with this hands-on workshop. “City Nights and Holiday Lights” is designed to help photographers learn about how to capture great images at night and techniques for capturing holiday lighting displays

5061About the Workshop:

Photographers will meet in downtown Grapevine and Steve will begin by discussing some tips and techniques for taking night photographs. Participants will receive notes which will provide some suggested exposures for many unique lighting situations. After the short discussion, participants will walk through the streets of Grapevine to photograph the spectacular lighting and decorations throughout the city.

Steve will discuss the importance of proper white balancing to produce accurate, vivid colors in your night images.

IMG_3476He will also discuss the proper metering and measurement of light when photographing a building that is being lit with floodlights and a building that is decorated with holiday lighting.

What to bring:
Tripod
Monopod (optional)
Small pin light flashlight
Wide angle lens (17mm to 28mm)
Warm gloves and hat

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This workshop is sure to raise your skills as a photographer and the quality of your images as you discover:

  • Capturing great exposures for night photography
  • Getting the color right in night images
  • How adding flash to your night images can create interesting effects
  • What to avoid in taking night time images
  • Creating interesting special effects with night time images
  • and much more.

Cost: $49

Schedule:
Wednesday, December 8th
5:30 ………….Meet in designated area in Grapevine
7:30…………..Break for A warm beverage
9:30…………..Workshop Ends

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