What an incredible convention! What an outstanding organization! February 28th- March 3rd we held our annual Photographic Exposition and Convention, in Brunswick, at the Inn at Brunswick Station. Blair Phillips, Jane Conner-Ziser, Bruce Berg, Nicole Chan, Tim Cameron, and Mark Levesque, brought us wonderful programs!
This year's convention marked the inaugural digital image competition, headed by Bruce Haskell. Our image competition included 224 entries, from Maine and also 3 other states. I am so very proud to be part of this organization that is continually working for the benefit of our members!
During our annual awards banquet, Russell Caron, our immediate MPPA Past President, gave me the opportunity to say a few words after handing over the gavel. Russell has been an excellent leader for our organization. Under his leadership, the board made many positive changes that directly benefit the members. I hope to continue the momentum as we move forward.
The theme of my year as president can be summed up in the phrase "Honoring the Past and Looking to the Future." I am a firm believer in not reinventing the wheel. There is a rich history of the MPPA, and I want to draw up on this as we move towards the future. This year there are three past presidents among 10 board members. They bring a knowledge of our organization that helps shape the future of our group. I am so very grateful for their continuing contributions, and all of the board members!
There is no doubt, the photography industry is changing. One thing, I believe will never change, however, is the need for connection, education and networking among photographic professionals. This year we will be unveiling a new Mentor Program for new members, we will also be working to provide valuable education for all members.
With so many options today for continuing education, MPPA strives to offer that which you cannot get from webinars, online workshops, or one-time seminars....we offer connections. Connections to working professionals, relationships to our peers that are invaluable in this changing industry! We look forward to seeing you this year and making more connections!
MPPA President 2014-2015