8 Exciting Conferences for Photographers in 2019

8 Exciting Conferences for Photographers in 2019

Events and conferences can be a great way to network, learn about industry trends, and meet some cool people who share similar interests. In 2019 there are a ton of great conferences and shows depending on your interests.

From wedding photography expos to fine art photography galleries, there is something for everyone! Take a look below and find some exciting conferences to check out this year.

Top Photography Conferences 2019

AIPAD – The Photography Show 

  • Dates: April 4 – 7
  • Location: Piers 94, New York City

The Association of International Photography Art Dealers (AIPAD) will hold the 39th edition of The Photography Show which is one of the world’s most prestigious annual photography events. The Photography Show is the longest-running and foremost exhibition dedicated to the photographic medium. Nearly 100 of the world’s leading fine art photography galleries will present a range of museum-quality work including contemporary, modern, and 19th century photographs, photo-based art, video, and new media. There will be an opening preview of the Show on April 3. Learn more here.

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Mystic Seminars

  • Dates: April 15 – 19
  • Location: Havana Port of Call (Norwegian Sun Cruise out of Port Canaveral, Florida)

Mystic Seminars is an annual wedding photography conference where everyone is welcomed. People get to interact and learn from one another. This year, they are going to bring the conference to a cruise ship. The conference aims at building communities and friendships where speakers, attendees, and sponsors interact on the same level. It is a place to get connected and inspired. Learn more about the conference.


  • Dates: April 23 – 24
  • Location: St. Louis, MO

ShutterFest is the un-conference who focuses on community. It is a more intimate setting where you can network with peers and work side-by-side with some of the leading professional photographers and educators in the world. The two-day event includes hands-on classes with experienced photographers. You can also spend an extra day on April 25 for ShutterFest Extreme to learn about photography business.

Photoshop World: A KelbyOne Conference

  • Dates: May 30 – June 1 (East); August 21 – 23 (West)
  • Location: Orlando, FL (East); Las Vegas, NL (West)

Photoshop World, sponsored by Adobe, is a live 3—day creative event jam-packed with hands-on training, fun events, networking and opportunities to interact and meet the best instructors in the Photography and Design community. With 7 specialized tracks each day and over 100 classes and live shoots, regardless of your skill level we have the right training for you. Learn more here.

Out of Chicago 

  • Dates: June 28 – 30
  • Location: Chicago

Out of Chicago connects passionate photographers with their photography heroes through intimate photography experiences in amazing locations including New York City, Oregon, Moab and more. Started by enthusiastic photographers, the event has grown to be the largest photography conference of its kind in the midwest, attracting photographers from around the world since 2014. This year, you’ll be transformed at this unique, 3-day, hands-on urban photography conference. Immerse yourself in Chicago’s urban landscape and learn side-by-side with over a dozen of the world’s best street and architecture photographers. Be transformed at this unique, 3-day, hands-on urban photography conference. Immerse yourself in Chicago’s urban landscape and learn side-by-side with over a dozen of the world’s best street and architecture photographers.

Travel Writers & Photographers Conference

  • Dates: August 8 – 11
  • Location: Corte Madera, CA

Organized by Book Passage, it offers a collegial atmosphere conference which has a has an extraordinary reputation among publishers, editors, and writers. Alumni have published books, articles, and photos—many as the direct result of lessons learned and contacts made at the conference. It offers an array of workshops, panels, and evening activities. There are many hours of informal interaction between faculty and students during lunch and in discussions that often last late into the evening. Learn more here.

Filter Photo Festival 

  • Dates: September 19-22
  • Location: Millenium Knickerbocker Hotel, Chicago, IL

Filter Photo Festival is a multi-day celebration of photography, its programming includes workshops, lectures, artist talks, exhibition receptions, and much more. Portfolio reviews are a central element of the Festival during which an artist is able to share work directly with local, national, and international photography professionals, including gallery directors, curators, editors, and publishers. Learn more here.


  • Dates: October 24 – 26
  • Location: New York City

PhotoPlus was founded in 1983, and is the largest photography and imaging show in North America. Professional photographers, photography enthusiasts, cinematographers, students and educators from around the world attend the conference and expo. PhotoPlus features over 100 educational seminars, workshops, Photo Walks and Master Classes, and over 200 exhibitors and brands displaying thousands of the latest products and services for you to touch, try and compare. It is the place to discover the latest in photography, video and digital imaging. Learn more here.

Showit United

  • Dates: November 3 – 6
  • Location: Tempe, AZ

At Showit United, hundreds of photographers linked together through a love of photography but rooted in the belief in educating each other, being judgement free, and helping one another succeed in their dreams. It will work for people-loving photographers and creatives seeking to build their businesses through continual learning, community interaction, and much more. Learn more here.

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