Special Events

WPPI Live Print Judging

Live Print, Album & Filmmaking Judging

When: Saturday, February 24 & Sunday, February 25, 2018 | 8am-6pm
Where: Great Hall, Excalibur Hotel, Las Vegas

Over 3000 entries are judged in 8 rooms by over 40 judges over two incredible days. Full Platform Pass holders will have the opportunity to watch entries get evaluated while hearing feedback from judges. Learn what judges find to be a winning image as well as hear constructive critiques in what has been coined a tremendous learning experience.

WPPI Morning Orientation

When: Sunday, February 25 | 9-10am
Where: Islander Ballroom ABCFGH, Mandalay Bay

Sponsored by Triple Scoop Music. WPPI is big and beautiful and spread out over 4 days so there is a lot going on and we don’t want you to miss a thing! Whether this is your first time at WPPI or you’re a seasoned veteran, we want to kick WPPI off right and help you take advantage of the greatest resource the conference offers: each other. The WPPI Morning Orientation will be led by author and Creative Director Stefan Mumaw, and he’ll bring you all of the conference information you need mixed with giveaways, laughs, and time to connect with one another. Stefan has a unique way of bringing people together and this session will be proof as he’ll challenge your creative skills while making sure you meet someone new in the process. Let’s kick off WPPI with a bang! See you there!

WPPI Launch Pad Event

Launch Pad

When: Sunday, February 25 | 4-6pm
Where: Islanders A-H, Mandalay Bay

Get an exclusive look at innovative products and software solutions from dozens of WPPI exhibitors before the Expo officially opens. Mix and mingle in this social setting. It’s an opportunity to network with the media and photography colleagues to make new contacts, develop relationships, get one-on-one advice and explore opportunities.

Opening Night Party

When: Sunday, February 25 | 8-10pm
Where: LIGHT Nightclub, Mandalay Bay

Sponsored by Canon. Celebrate the kick-off of WPPI 2018 at this exclusive party for WPPI members. Tickets are $25; add the event (ONP) to your registration. Must be 21 & over, with valid ID. Dress to impress; please do not wear: sneakers, tennis shoes, work boots or sandals (male) regardless of brand name or value; athletic wear; shorts; hats (male).

After Hours

WPPI After Hours

When: Late Nights: Sunday, February 25 - Wednesday, February 28
Where: Las Vegas

Join us every night of the expo beginning at 10:30pm as WPPI goes out “after hours” at Las Vegas nightclubs. Get complimentary access via an invited guest line by displaying your WPPI badge.

Sunday, February 25 – Hakkasan at MGM (DJ Borgeous)
Monday, February 26 – Jewel at ARIA
Tuesday, February 27 – OFFICIAL WPPI AFTER PARTY: OMNIA at Caesars (DJ Burns)
Wednesday, February 28 – 1 OAK at Mirage

Must be 21+ with valid ID. Dress code will apply.


When: Monday, February 26-Wednesday, February 28
Where: Booth 183, Show Floor in Bayside C, Mandalay Bay

Try out the lens that’s been in your wish-list! Get hands-on instruction about a new lighting set-up! Add to your portfolio!

For the 2nd consecutive year, WPPI and B&H Photo will be collaborating to bring you #WPPIStudios on the show floor at Booth 183!

Stop by to rent the latest photo gear for FREE to photograph models and still life set-ups in a variety of lighting environments – with assistance and instruction from B&H studio & lighting professionals.

Whatever your goals may be, #WPPIStudios is waiting for you!

NEW! Adobe Power of Print (POP) Theater

When: Monday, February 26-Wednesday, February 28
Where: Show Floor in Bayside C, Mandalay Bay

Sponsored by Adobe. Even in the digital age, we know that print can still be a thriving part of any photographer’s business. WPPI teams up with the editors of Rangefinder to discover the photographers who are using the Power of Print to build their businesses. Hear their stories and learn how you can grow your photography business.

WPPI Fun Run

When: Tuesday, February 27 | 7am
Where: Meet in front of Bayside C, Mandalay Bay

Time to take care of the mind and body while at WPPI! Join the Movement by participating in the WPPI Fun Run where not only do you get in a little exercise, you get to see the Vegas Strip before the crowds take up the sidewalks. There’s both a walk route (1.5 miles) and a four-mile run that includes a group photo at the “Welcome to Las Vegas” sign.  All proceeds (100%) go to Beautiful Together’s orphan care work. Register here.

Lisa Vorce

Evening Keynote: Lisa Vorce

When: Tuesday, February 27 | 6-8pm
Where: Islander Ballroom ABCFGH, Mandalay Bay

Sponsored by Triple Scoop MusicLisa Vorce [ @lisavorce ], celebrity wedding planner for the likes of John Legend and Chrissy Teigen and most recently Kate Upton and Justin Verlander, will share her insights into the skills and strategies required to get your shot at working with the best planners in the industry. You will learn key dealmakers and dealbreakers for growing and maintaining a thriving business in the wedding world. You’ll be inspired by the possibilities! Bring your business card to be entered into a drawing. One winner, announced during the keynote, will receive a 15-minute Skype consultation with Lisa. Cocktail hour: 6-7pm; keynote: 7-8pm. Open to Full Platform Pass holders. Photo © Elizabeth Messina

Honors of Excellence Award Ceremony

When: Wednesday, February 28 | 6-9pm
Where: Islanders A-H, Mandalay Bay

Sponsored by Nikon, AcrylicPress.com, Triple Scoop Music. The WPPI Honors of Excellence Awards ceremony is the most prestigious event of WPPI for wedding and portrait photographers. Join us for an “Oscar-worthy” evening of entertainment celebrating ALL the winners from The 16×20 Print, Album and Filmmaking Competition as well as everyone who participated in WPPI’s members-only First and Second Half Competitions! Open to Full Platform Pass holders.