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
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’
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
The decision to split the
locations was a one-time only solution to
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
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
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.