Prairie Creatives Conference by PPOC Manitoba

2017 PPOC-MB/SK Image Salon

Image Competition is our annual regional photo competition. The competition includes a day of judging members’ submitted images and includes a component of critiquing. Members and the public are encouraged to attend, watch, listen, and learn. This is not for the faint of heart but it is an excellent opportunity to gain inspiration for your future work. Trophies will be awarded to the best image in each class.






All entries must be received on or before: October 13, 2017, 4:00 pm (MB time)


Early Entry Deadline: October 6, 2017

Early Image Entry                                                    $75

First Time Early Image Entry                                   $60

Early Wedding & Feature Album (per entry)            $50

Out of Province Early Image Entry                           $50


Final Entry Deadline: October 13, 2017

Final Date Image Entry                                              $100

First Time Final Date Image Entry                              $85

Final Date Wedding & Feature Album (per entry)      $75

Out of Province Final Date Image Entry                    $75


All entry fees are non-refundable. Digital entries, entry form, certification, agreement, and payment form (via paypal) will be done via PPOC’s website.



Judging Date: Friday, October 29, 2017, 8:30am-5:00pm at Fort Garry Place, Winnipeg, MB

PPOC Manitoba Awards Banquet: Saturday, October 30, 6:00pm, Fort Garry Hotel, Winnipeg, MB

Prairie Creatives Conference by PPOC Manitoba

A jam-packed full of fun, professional development, and networking at the Fort Garry Place of Winnipeg, MB. We are excited to be hosting the joint MB/SK Image Salon judging, hearing from speakers Ken Frazer, Melissa Welsh, and Kelsey Goodwin, and having fun together at an Escape Room and the Awards Banquet. You don't want to miss this annual event, whether you are a member or not. Full registrations include everything on the schedule!!


Schedule for the weekend:

Friday, October 27

8:30am - 5:00pm Image Salon Judging

7:00pm - 9:00pm Escape Room

Saturday, October 28

9:00am - 12:00pm Ken Frazer, MPA, F.Ph., HLM, SPA - from Brandon, MB - Pro Select and In Person Sales

The topic is one that I am very passionate about. If you really want to be a photographer, you have to run your business well enough to support your family and your habit I have found, regardless of your talent level. I stumbled across ProSelect many years ago in BC when I was doing a digital seminar in Prince George and the rest as they say, is history.

Peter has continually improved this program and with the help of some industry giants, has turned it into a very deep and fully featured system that I think is unparalleled. In a program like this, I could walk through the basics of the program and "the anatomy of a sale". Much of the basic program is fairly easy to understand, but because it has so many advanced features like pre-designing your own templates of unique products you might sell to a certain client segment, album design, previewing wall displays in a "room view" and much more. 
I went down the path of integrating ProSelect with StudioCloud a few years ago also and can shed some light on how to run all of your invoicing through this program that essentially talks to ProSelect. The advantage is that you can eliminate double entry and errors that occur naturally when that happens. 

1:00 - 4:00pm Melissa Welsh, CPA - from Victoria, BC - Work Smarter, Not Harder

In 2016, Melissa Welsh was determined to get her business running like a well-oiled machine. In one year, she increased her revenue by 107%, hired two employees and only worked 28 hours a week. In this presentation, Melissa will share with you the 5 things you can do to take your business to the next level, including a deep-dive into your cost of doing business and a contemporary way of pricing your products and services.

6:00pm Cocktails

6:30pm Awards Banquet

Sunday, October 29

Kelsey Goodwin - from Victoria, BC - Intensive Fuel Workshop

9:00am - 12:00 pm  It's Business Time

1:00pm - 4:00 pm  Start with Your Art

As photographers and other creative professionals, we tend to operate strongly with the right side of our brains, which is brilliant for what we do but not for actually getting paid! I’m going to share my passion for the business side with you. In my presentation, I will be focusing on inspiring and innovative wedding business techniques, with a strong focus on wedding pricing, marketing and customer relations.

Pricing is a constant struggle for most photographers, as it is an organic document that reflects so many factors including confidence, supply and demand and customer experience. I am really passionate about this topic because I see so many new and talented entrepreneurs operate their business with too much frustration and too little financial security. In this talk, we will cover how pricing and marketing as well as your mindset go hand in hand.

Being a photography presentation, we will also cover amazing lighting techniques and unique and effective retouching in LR and PS!

This is an intensive specialized workshop designed to be a shot in the arm for everything your business needs!

We have many sponsors already sending door prizes, goodies for the swag bags, and contributing to our speaker and coffee break expenses. Please thank these sponsors for helping us to make this event happen!


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