PhotoPlus Expo in New York, 2015.

Emerald Expositions, the company that owns PhotoPlus Expo and the WPPI Wedding and Portrait Photography Conference, announced today the formation of a new association - Professional School & Sports Photographers International (PSPI). The group will exist under the company's Photo+ umbrella, alongside properties that include PPE, WPPI, PDN and Rangefinder magazine. 

Come March 2016, PSPI will debut with a day of seminars and educational programming focused on school and sports photography at the WPPI expo in Las Vegas. A Full Platform pass will get attendees into these sessions, and Photo+ Group members will gain admission at no extra cost. 

The PSPI is formed in part by former board members of the Professional School & Sports Photographers Association (PSPA) which is part of the Photo Marketers Association (PMA). 

Find a full schedule of WPPI events at WPPIonline.com.


Press release:

Emerald Expositions Expands Photo+ Group Portfolio with Formation of “Professional School & Sports Photographers International” (PSPI)

PSPI Association Makes Debut at WPPI 2016, Joins Extensive List of Emerald Photo Properties including PhotoPlus Expo, Photo District News, PDN Edu, Shutterlove and Photoserve

New York – November 4, 2015– Emerald Expositions, a leading organizer of industry trade shows including PhotoPlus Expo and WPPI, has announced the formation of the Professional School & Sports Photographers Association (PSPI).  The new association will become part of Emerald’s Photo+ Group umbrella of photographic properties which includes Photo District News, PDN Edu, Rangefinder magazine, Shutterlove, and the online portfolio site, Photoserve.  PSPI, whose members represent the school and sports photography communities, will make its official debut at WPPI 2016 in Las Vegas, March 3-10.  A full day program of seminars and events for school and sport photographers will be scheduled as part of the annual wedding and portrait conference + expo held at the MGM Grand, along with additional programming as part of full WPPI conference programming. This education will be included in the Full Platform pass and offered at no charge as part of a benefit to Photo+ Group members.

Formerly the Professional School Photographers Association (PSPA), its board of directors were searching for an industry affiliate that had the strength and depth to properly support the needs of its members.  Due to its thriving photo industry trades shows, extensive communications network, large community of active members, and robust education program, Emerald Expositions and its Photo+ Group was best suited to support and expand PSPI.

“We are very happy to welcome members of PSPI to Emerald’s Photo+ Group family and encourage other school and sports photographers to join our expanded family,” explains Jason Groupp, The Photo+ Group director of education and membership who will also join the board of directors of PSPI.  “The Photo+ Group offers some of the most extensive educational programming anywhere and our active communities will help PSPI members acclimate themselves into our organization very quickly and take advantage of all the same benefits and opportunities as existing members.”

“As a long time board member of PSPA, we are very excited that the Photo+ Group at Emerald has embraced the school and sports photographer community,” explains Mark Schoenrock, who will remain a board member of PSPI and the organization’s managing director.  “The opportunity PSPI members now have to actively participate in a growing conference and expo, as well as other educational programming throughout the year, is an enormous benefit.”