The TPPA Annual Image Competition March 26-27, 2021
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!
San Marcos – September 11-12
Friday, 9:30 AM – 5:00 PM
Saturday, 9:30 AM – 4:00 PM
We would like to see you get certified and we are going to help you!
Join Steve Kozak for an exciting two-day prep class to help you prepare for taking the “Certified Professional Photographer” exam. Steve is not only a “PPA Approved CPP Instructor”, he is also the author of the “Preparing for PPA Certification” study guide.
This live class takes you step by step through the curriculum as presented in the CPP Test Specifications as presented by PPA.
Steve’s relaxed teaching style helps you absorb the material without making you feel overwhelmed. His conversational approach to teaching the concepts have made him a popular instructor and speaker.
This two-day prep class will help you gain confidence in your knowledge of the concepts and your ability to take on the exam with a whole new outlook.
Registration for the class includes two full days of review over the material with plenty of time for asking questions and clarification.
TPPA Member Registration – $129
Non-Member Registration – $159
“Join and Go” Registration – $224
Registration for this class also includes a $30 savings on an instant download of Steve’s, “Preparing for PPA Certification” Study Guide. The guide is optional and not required for registration for the class.
This study guide addresses each of the topics covered on the CPP Test Specifications provided by PPA. It is written in easy to understand language that feels more conversational – not technical.
The guide is created in color and is filled with illustrations and images to support the process of learning the material and preparing for the test.
The book is available for immediate download in full resolution so that you can print it yourself or simply download it to your computer, iPad, tablet or smart phone.
Purchase of the study guide also includes a two-year Premium Membership to PassTheCPP.com with access to seven practice exams that can be taken online. Tests include an “overall” test featuring questions from the entire set of test specifications as well as individual tests from each of the six separate topics.
The cost for the instant download of the book and the Premium Membership to PassTheCPP.com which includes 7 practice tests and over 9 hours of study videos is only $69 with the discount code.
The discount code and exact location of the class will be provided in your confirmation email upon registration.
And now from something completely spooky! Ever wanted to explore and photograph an old, abandoned property but didn’t want to trespass? Come along with host, Brad Barton, for unique and legal access to the historic Nazareth Hospital in Mineral Wells, Texas.
The bottom two floors are being used by a Haunted House, but the upper four floors are in beautifully run down conditions.
We will have a model or two on hand in costume to photograph or you can just collect scenes.
In addition to the fun, participants will:
Enjoy hands-on photography of a derelict building without fear of trespassing
Learn off camera flash and reflected light techniques in this unique situation with models
Collect backgrounds and textures for use in your other work
TPPA Member Registration – $29
Non-Member Registration – $49
“Join and Go” Registration – $114
Location: Mineral Wells, TX
Meet TPPA Member, Brad Barton Brad is a North Texas based artist who tells people’s stories and captures their emotions in sometimes fantastical, sometimes bizarre, sometimes surreal ways. Using his imagination, camera, and digital tools, he has created work for clients big and small. His work has been published in nationally distributed books and magazines, has been featured in feature length motion pictures, and has won numerous awards.
His book from Amherst Media titled Retro Glamour & Pinup Photography was published in January 2017. His second book, Beautiful Monsters was published in May 2018 and he is now working on some new, exciting projects.
He holds Master of Photography and Photographic Craftsman degrees from Professional Photographers of America and continues to teach and write about art and photography. #ImaginationCaptured
The Texas School of Professional Photography is unlike any other photo education out there.
What makes it different is the fact that you spend the entire week with one instructor in one class. This provides you with a deep-dive into that instructor’s world in how they approach the craft.
Texas School offers 34 classes with a wide range of studies from a host of world-class instructors. Texas School is NOT a showcase of speakers where you sit and listen for 90 minutes with 1500 others in a ballroom. Instead, you spend 5 days with your chosen instructor in a small class environment where you get hands-on with the latest gear and photograph models or work on your images or build your marketing assets.
Texas School is also unique in that it balances an intense week of study with a healthy dose of fun. You work all day, but the evenings are for networking with photographers and vendors, letting your hair down on the dance floor, getting together in small groups to share ideas and ask questions or practicing the new skills you learned during the week. No matter how you spend your evenings, you are immersed in the world that is Texas School and the culture of success. All evening entertainment and all evening meals are included with your tuition.
Texas School features the largest photographic Trade Show in the south with over 60 vendors. This incredible turnout of industry professionals will help you prepare for success and adds value to your Texas School experience.
To learn more about Texas School and to find out why it is “The Best Little Photography School in the World, visit TexasSchool.org.
August 1-3, 2021 Explore the Enchantment of Northern New Mexico
Registration only $149 for TPPA Members
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.
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).
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.
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:
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.
TPPA Member Registration $149 Non-Member Registration $199 “Join and Go” Registration $244
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.