The Societies (incorporating the SWPP) is set to stage the biggest photographic convention Europe has ever seen. The seven day event at London’s Novotel, Hammersmith starts on January 12, 2010 and will set new benchmarks for one-stop-shop conventions in the UK.
One hundred and fifty speakers have been booked, including international imaging heavyweights Jerry Ghionis, Kevin Kubota, Charlie Waite, Mark Cleghorn, Henk Van Kooten and Trevor and Faye Yerbury. Two hundred and fifty imaging industry exhibitors are expected to take stands – a 25% uplift on the 2009 event.
Phil Jones, The Societies’ CEO said: “The countdown to the biggest event of its kind ever in Europe has begun. Despite the recession, interest in the 2010 The Societies Convention is keener than ever. Over 12,000 visitors attended this year but all the signs are that figure will be easily overtaken next January. Over 60% of our trade stand allocation had been booked by March.
He added: “We are finding that increasing numbers of photographers are treating The Societies Convention as a must-do event. They know the choice of seminars and workshops by world-acclaimed speakers is simply unmatchable – and they also know that all the key players in the industry will be on hand to demonstrate their latest products.
Our planners will lay on over 350 Masterclasses over four days; over 12 hours of exclusive Business School workshops and over forty hours of free seminars and demonstrations. The Trade Show element of the Convention (Jan 15-17) is free as long as visitors pre-register online before January 8, 2010.
The Societies director Juliet Jones said: “The Convention has grown from a one day event, held at a small hotel in Liverpool, with a smattering of visitors and a handful of exhibitors eight years ago, to the pioneering seven day showcase it will be in 2010. Planning and executing an event of this size is a mammoth organisational and logistical challenge but we now know that 2010 will be our biggest and best convention ever – with an unprecedented speaker list and workshops covering every imaginable photo-discipline. Plus of course we’ll be running our annual awards night and usual array of legendary Convention parties.
She added: “The Societies’ members and non-members are welcome. Our members will get discounts on their seminar bookings – and this year we have organised an exclusive ‘Members Day’ at which photographers will pay just £20 for the chance to spend all day at key creative lighting and high fashion seminars by Mark Cleghorn and Doug Gordon. In addition our Superclasses will offer delegates a unique opportunity to engage with top speakers over four hour-long workshops on a 10 to 1 or 15 to 1 basis.
The Extraordinary Effort. Extraordinary Results full day seminar by award-winning Australian wedding photographer Jerry Ghionis will take place on Monday Jan 18 (Cost £75 for members; £85 non-members). For more details and ticket options for The Societies’ 2010 Convention visit the SWPP