Submission deadline extended...

I know you have something to say to the photography world, and this might be your big break. YOU could be the next speaker at Photographers Ignite during WPPI 2016 in Vegas this March. Many of our past speakers have had no previous speaking experience, but they did have a passion for sharing their knowledge, insight, or funny stories. All you need is a good idea, enthusiasm, and to take that first step! Many of our past speakers also got a taste of fame and recognition and went on to being asked to do major platform presentations. This could be your door opening.

After several requests we’ve decided to extend the deadline to submit your Photographer’s Ignite presentation idea to Monday, February 1st. That gives you all weekend to put together something really great. Share your passion, unique business tip, how you got through a tough time, or any other story that you feel might bring joy, inspiration, or touch someones heart in a positive way.

Photographers Ignite is a fun, fast-paced style of presentation that I started, and have been hosting, at WPPI for several years. It is always a big hit and one of the most popular and talked-about events at WPPI. The 90-minute event showcases 12 different speakers. Each person does a 5-minute presentation, set to 20 slides that AUTO advance every 15 seconds. You do have to practice, but it is also one of the best ways to learn to consolidate your thoughts and deliver a powerful message with a lasting impression on your audience.

If fame and inspiring your peers aren't enough, then maybe the speaker goodie bags, filled with hundreds of dollars worth of cool stuff from our partners and sponsors will entice you!

If you don’t have an idea for this year, but want to hear some great presentations be sure to join us at WPPI on Thursday, March 10th at 10am.

Most 90-minute platform classes could honestly be condensed into 5 minutes of solid information anyway, so why not be a part of Ignite – A.K.A. the Cliff Notes, or Twitter, of photography presentations!

Not going to WPPI this year? You can still view the recorded presentations at Past years are for your viewing pleasure right now.

To be a speaker at Photographers Ignite:
  • Create a simple one-minute video of yourself explaining what your Ignite topic will be and showing us some of your personality! (this will only be used for speaker selection)
  • Submit the video here by 1PM PDT on 2/1/16 1/29/16
  • Our team will review all the submissions and select speakers based on uniqueness of subject and fit with the overall speaker lineup
To be an attendee at Photographers Ignite:
  • Mark your calendar for Thursday, March 10th at 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
  • Go to WPPI 2016 in Las Vegas this March
  • Bring your energy and excitement to support the speakers!

To watch Ignite if you are unable to attend:

  • You can still view the recorded presentations at here. Past years are for your viewing pleasure right now.
Not sure what the heck Photographer’s Ignite is? Learn all about it here.

Last call for speakers…here is your chance!

YOU! (Yes, we mean you!)
This is your chance to speak on something you are passionate about at WPPI! You will have 5 minutes to speak on a funny, educational, or emotional topic — accompanied by 20 slides, advancing every 15 seconds. Watch all past presentations here.
Watch a few of last year's presentations for inspiration!
Matt Kennedy
10 Things You Can Learn from Taylor Swift
Steven Rosen
Taking Pictures, Making History
Lori Nordstrom
Get Off Your Big "But"!
Joe Photo
Word on the Street
Bambi Cantrell
From Drab to Fab
View all of the past presentations here....
Submit a 1-minute video of yourself explaining what your presentation would entail by 12PM PST on FRIDAY, January 29th, 2016.
March 10, 2016 at 10:30am at WPPI in Las Vegas!
Our goal is to inspire, educate, and motivate photographers in our industry through great speakers, while supporting nonprofit organizations that are changing the world. We are currently searching for the nonprofit to support for the next event. If you'd like to nominate a nonprofit, click here to learn more.
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If you would like information about incredible event sponsorship opportunities, please contact us today!
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Upcoming workshops in 2016...

A FREE ONLINE Conference presented by the Academy. Need more ideal clients? Want more balance in your life? Make this year different. FOR FREE!
WORKSHOP: Turn It Up 2016
DATE: January 25th - 28th, 2016
COST: $0...It's FREE!
The first truly interactive program of its kind! Growth and success in the photo business is not as easy as following a simple formula. We each have different strengths and weakness, different clients, and different goals. Kevin has trained and consulted with thousands of photographers over the years and will share his personal struggles – and solutions, along with the lessons learned from working with photographers from all parts of the world. YOU can get your burning questions answered, LIVE and in person. Learn lighting, business, sales, creativity, and growth.
TOPIC: Struggling to Grow Your Photo Business? Come Get Answers!
TYPE: Platform Class
DATE/TIME: March 9th, 2016 @ 8:30am - 10:00am
LOCATION: WPPI 2016 at Las Vegas MGM (Room 318)
Entry: WPPI Convention Pass
Pre-register now HERE and save your SEAT!
There is absolutely nothing like hands on training. It is the most productive path to learning a professional skill. This workshop offers just that; guidance from someone who's been there — plenty of opportunities for you to practice shooting, workflow, selling skills, and get immediate feedback.
WORKSHOP: GROW Photo Workshops - Startup & Grow
DATE: April 17th - 22nd, 2016
LOCATION: Bend, Oregon
ATTENDEES: Limited to 10
COST: $3,600 / $1,000 deposit reserves your spot!
A week-long epic adventure traveling some of the most iconic country roads through the hills of Umbria and Tuscany. We'll twist through the hills, over mountains, along lakes and rivers, and in to medieval villages. No need to worry about your camping gear as we'll stay in beautiful, smaller, locally run inns and hotels. A follow vehicle will carry extra stuff (hey, where you gonna put that suit of armor you buy at the local blacksmith?) so you can focus on riding, and photographing. You don't need to be a professional photographer to enjoy the experience, but you do need to appreciate photography and random stops and explorations for the perfect photo spot. This ride is about taking our time and seeing the beauty of Italy in a fresh and intimate way. Non-riders are welcome too, and will travel in a separate vehicle.
WORKSHOP: Kevin Kubota's MotoPhoto Tours - Italy 2016
DATE: September 30th - 5th, 2016
LOCATION: Umbria & Tuscany, Italy
ATTENDEES: Limited to 5 Riders & 5 Passengers or Non-Riders
COST: Starting @ $2,805 / $1,000 deposit reserves your spot!

Can't make it to these events?
Kevin is available for one-on-one consulting. Let him know
exactly what you need and he'll let you know how he can best
help. Free 15-minute initial consultation to discuss your needs.