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PP of Idaho – Pop Up Education

PPA Merited Class
“Print Competition”

If you want to learn more about print competition and earn a PPA merit, make sure you come and join us on July 22 in Boise! Plus we will be announcing a new program for PPI members!

When: July 22, in Boise at 8th Street Studio

Instructors: Lisa Dillon, M. Photog, Cr., CPP & Brian Welsh, Cr. Photog, CPP, API
Cost: $75

Seeing Through the Eyes of a Competition Judge
Have you ever watched an image competition and wondered “How can I become a judge?” Well here’s your chance! Seeing Through the Eyes of a Competition Judge is the class for you! We will take you through our Oregon Professional Photographers Association juror training program and teach you what the roll of a judge is, refresh your understanding of the twelve elements of a merit print, discuss the new IPCC rules for 2017, teach you how to score, how to challenge and discuss general judge etiquette. This class is taught in accordance with the PPA image competition guidelines. Instructors Bryan Welsh and Lisa Dillon are two of the founding members of the Juror Oversight Committee in Oregon and have been judging and teaching how to judge for over 15 years collectively. If you’re not interested in becoming a judge but want to up your competition game, this class can help you develop a more critical eye so you can evaluate your own work for competition entry as well. Join us on July 22 from 9am to 4:30pm.

Don’t Delay! Registration deadline is July 10th!


Idaho PPA – Inspire U Instructor List

Idaho’s Inspire U event instructors have been announced:

Inspire U instructors

Come and learn in a “hands-on” shooting environment! You are free to come and go between workshops, to see what interests you.
Held at the historical Albion Normal School with huge campus for outdoor and indoor shooting. Not to mention amazingly creepy abandoned buildings to use with our models at the Freakshow Shootout!
Get a break away from the everyday and become inspired!

Register Now

Want Join the Fun?

We are looking for people willing to be on the Inspire U Planning Committee. We have so much planned and would love to work with you to make this the best event ever. You will gain new friends and  a “Service Merit” towards your “Fellow of Photography”. The more the merrier! *Contact Jen Alvi for more info.

Idaho PPA announces Inspire U 2017



This is unlike ANY event we have ever done before! EVERY class is “hands-on” so bring your cameras and get ready to learn!

ALL INCLUSIVE – Registration fee includes everything for a stress free retreat. All of your food, accommodations, 2 days of hands-on photography education, and a free t-shirt!


Friday: BBQ dinner and party bus to City of Rocks for Astrophotography!

Saturday: 4 different 4hr classes with models for everyone to photograph: Stylized Wedding including Videography, Senior Photography, Family Photography and Drones! Plus an all day, on-location, Landscape Photography class.  After dinner we will have fun with a Freakshow Shootout in the historic haunted house. Actors will have full costumes and body paint!

Sunday: After breakfast stay for a Business Roundtable discussion. Bring your questions and learn some of the best tips, practices, and things to avoid to help you become a more successful photographer!

ADDITIONAL ACTIVITIES- Inspire U is an “open class” format where you can come and go as you wish. Albion has many options available to enjoy when you are wanting some down time.

  • Outdoor fire pits
  • Sand volley ball and badminton
  • Half Court Basketball
  • Disc golf
  • Croquet
  • Horseshoes
  • Above-ground swimming pool
  • Hot tub
  • Game room with air hockey, foosball, pool & ping pong
  • A large projector screen and projector in game room
  • Albion Historical Museum

Take a tour of the historic Albion Normal School here:



Don’t wait to secure your spot!  There are limited spaces available and prices may go up from here.

It’s the perfect time for a photographer’s retreat, right when kids are back in school and before the crazy fall rush!

Get Away ~ Get Educated ~ Get Inspired

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This site was created to share the events of the Mountain States PPA affiliates, namely the Intermountain Professional Photographers Association (Utah), Professional Photographers of Idaho, and Wyoming Professional Photographers Association. This is only meant as a resource for the members to find information. Please click on the links above to see the official websites for each organization.