On a recent trip to Las Vegas to check out WPPI’s new digs at Mandalay Bay, our team had plenty to
be excited about for February 2018!
“This is a huge leap forward for WPPI,” says vice president Lauren Wendle. “This convention, competition
and trade show have been designed with your valuable feedback in mind. This is truly your WPPI.”
Community director Jerry Ghionis adds: “Sometimes the best learning experiences you’ll ever have
is meeting new friends and catching up with old friends at a bar, club or restaurant. At Mandalay Bay,
there are countless places to meet, have fun and meet someone who will literally change your life!”
Conference director Theresa Raffetto chimed in: “We have worked very hard on producing a conference that will please
everyone, from newcomers in the industry to veterans who want to expand their knowledge in the art, craft and business
of photography with real world and street smart programs that cater to practically every genre in the wedding and portrait
industry. All of the presentations take place in rooms connected by one long hallway, which is great for bumpiin into your
friends and favorite photographers.”
The Mandalay Bay Casino and Resort, and the neighboring hotels that will support WPPI in 2018, offer an affordable,
practical, fun and luxurious experience for attendees. “The print competition has always been my favorite part of WPPI!” says
competition director Melissa Ghionis. “The chance to rub shoulders with and receive invaluable feedback from some of the
world’s best photographers is truly priceless. The new home for the competition makes it easy for attendees to switch between
all eight rooms and watch their entries being judged.”
Says show director Mike Gangel, “The trade show will all be under one roof, which will be easy to check out the incredible
range of products and service from our vendors. The awarded competition prints will be featured as soon as you walk in the
trade show and it will be a highlight showcasing the best of the best.”
Save the date: February 24-28, 2018. If you want to enjoy the complete WPPI experience,
we recommend flying into Las Vegas on February 23 and then checking out of the hotel on
March 1. Our team is so excited about WPPI 2018 and you will be, too! This is your WPPI!
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FROM THe WPPI TeAM
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