SWPPA President
Dan McDonald
M. Photog. Cr.


First off, I want to express my sincere gratitude to all of the members of the greatest regional professional photography association in the country for allowing me to serve as part of the leadership.
It has been my pleasure to work with this wonderful group of people over the past 30 years and I am looking forward to this new year with great anticipation.

Speaking of the new year, the changes being made in the convention schedule can only be to our benefit.
When the current contracts with the Sheraton hotel in Arlington were signed, the Cowboy’s stadium was only a dream in Jerry Jones’ head.

Jerry’s dream quickly became our nightmare as the stadium became a reality, bringing with it the traffic and crowd problems that affected our attendance in the fall schedule. The leaders of both the Texas association and the Southwest association worked together to implement changes last year to move away from the busy sports district fall schedule around the Arlington Sheraton.

The decision to split the locations was a one-time only solution to the problem.
As a longer term solution, it was decided to move the event back to spring time, and the Sheraton worked with us to make it possible.This year the dates are March 15-17 - Friday through Sunday.

The Texas association is hosting the first regional event after the change in schedule, but keep in mind that as a member of any of the Southwest Professional Photographers affiliated state associations, you can always attend the regional event FREE of charge.This regional event has been revamped to accommodate the changing demographics of our association, with all of the FREE programming taking place on Saturday and Sunday.
There is a selection of hands-on workshops on Friday that require a registration fee, but 24 programs and the huge regional trade show on Saturday and Sunday are FREE to Southwest members.

With this change back to spring, there will be no PPA affiliated district judging this year.
The 2013 judging took place during the prior convention and the next affiliated judging will be in the spring of 2014.
In the place of affiliated judging, there will be an informal judging and critique of prints by qualified jurors and a “people’s choice” print judging. The challenges of the past few years have impacted all of us individually as well as collectively in our associations.I firmly believe that the key to improving our situations is continuing education in our chosen profession.
Along with education, we must resolve to move forward and implement the changes that are required to adapt to a new way of doing business.

As always, the members of the board of directors of the Southwest Professional Photographers Association are here to serve you.
If you have suggestions, comments, or constructive criticism, please make contact with your elected state representative so that your voice can become part of our efforts to make this association stronger.





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