WPPI 2023 reaches pre-pandemic levels

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Emerald Expo announced the WPPI 2023 event has reached 2019 levels of participation (although conference attendee numbers were not announced). Held at The Mirage in Las Vegas from March 5-9, the five-day conference and event featured more than 30,000 square feet of exhibit space filled with household brands including Canon, Nikon, and Fuji. The conference hosted 68 interactive photo walks, 63 seminars resulting in 94 hours of education, and numerous Photo Bays for a truly interactive experience for attendees.

The WPPI 2023 trade show featured 30,000 square feet of exhibit space filled with household brands including Canon, Nikon, and Fuji

“The energy is back at WPPI. The aisles were packed, the classrooms were standing room only and the special events and networking parties were incredibly well attended,” said  George Varanakis, Strategic Advisor to Emerald’s Photo Group, which includes WPPI, Portrait Masters, and The Portrait System Powered by Sue Bryce. “We had eight weeks to turn this around and we couldn’t be happier on how WPPI 2023 turned out. We’ve already started planning for 2024,” he added.

In February, Varanakis described the challenges faced by the organization in the Dead Pixels Society podcast. Listen below:

Throughout the entire five-day conference, attendees had an opportunity to participate in 68 photo walks, which were sponsored by exhibitors including Fuji, Canon, and StellaPro, and led by some of the photo industry’s leading photographers and educators. In addition to the photo walks, 63 seminar classes and five new “Photo Mastery” classes provided nearly 100 hours of education on a variety of topics including lighting, posing, and the business of photography, among other topics.

The 2024 edition of WPPI Expo will be March 3-7, 2024, in Las Vegas.