SPI, our sponsors & members share the belief that photography is an art form that has a significant impact on the world. SPI exists as a facilitator to strengthen the art & business of photography by supporting qualified & well trained professionals. 

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Come and see why 96% of our attendees give us an excellent rating!

Get away and relax on Indian Rocks Beach, Florida while networking one on one with your peers who have varied and unique experiences. In this intimate setting, ask and receive answers to your specific questions from our sponsors and instructors.

Return home with the ideas & skills that will help you get “the job done” with greater efficiency and quality.


Between conferences SPI offers:

  • Enhanced ways to network with like minded professionals.
  • Reduce your costs by providing sponsor discounts.
  •  Providing educational opportunities.

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After years as a photojournalist, my wife and I left our jobs to start our own photography business. For the past 10 years, we have attended numerous conferences both large and small.

I can truly say SPI has been the best! I have gotten more out of the last three days than any of the other conferences. If you are a serious photographer or business owner that works to continue to get better, stay on top of trends in this ever-changing industry, hear top quality instructors who take the time in and out of sessions to answer questions, great networking opportunities and quality trade show vendors, then SPI is absolutely the BEST!!
Thanks so much for a game-changing conference!!

Joey Gardner
FotoJoe Photography

Be Inspired…

There is no substitute for live networking! Escape with over 600 of your peers to Orlando & Las Vegas! Network with the SPI instructors and your fellow photographers from around the world.

Register now & join SPI instructors for an experience of world class, hands on training and platform instruction. Shooting, sales & marketing are the focus. Be inspired by a variety of programs that will add immediate sales possibilities to your business.

Be effective…

SPI continues to be supported by the best sponsors, manufacturers & distributors of photography related goods & services in the industry. Check out our trade show and sponsors.

Be prosperous…

As much as everyone enjoys the art of photography, marketing, sales and business are a major part of a studio’s success. Check out the conference features.


” Bringing the art and beauty of photography to the world.”

SPI was created by a group of photographers as Senior Photographers Intl in 1992. The members collaborated to create effective marketing plans for their studios. They shared ideas & inspiration for senior marketing on a monthly basis. The tradition & focus is carried on today, expanded into more genre of photography. We have added on a great couple element over the years aimed squarely at those in relationships.


Coming soon! The SPI Business Box..

Take care of your bottom line, add to your sales and get creative. The SPI Business Box contains:
Sponsor discounts & specials
Graphic resources
Tickets to the SPI Conference
Stay in touch and get details when the box is released. Click the link below and join our email list.


Need to get customers in the door? We have tools that will help. SPI has membership options that will fit your budget and business needs. Each membership comes with perks such as, discounts, prizes, tips, tricks and more. Basic Memberships are only $20 with more options. Members attend any live event for just $49.


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Matching Couples Photographic Competition

Entrants must have captured and created the original exposure.
Entrants name must appear on the reverse top middle of the entry.
Entrant must be present at the conference in order to enter. The competition is designed to educate all entrants in the art of competition.

Judging will be by SPI standards and entrants will be able to see the actual judging and request critiques afterwards. Standards will be posted at a later date.

A maximum of 8 entries may be submitted for judging per entrant.

No two entries may be of the same subject couples or clothing.

Entry media will be prints and/or digital files only. Entrant must submit a disk of all entries with a thumbnail image of each entry for viewing at the awards banquet. All images from one entrant must be represented on one disk if you enter prints or digital images. ( 4000 pixels on the longest side, no larger than 4mb )

All entries receiving scores 80 or higher will receive an SPI merit, be considered for an award, and be displayed at the conference

Photographic Competition Categories

Event – Weddings and social events involving couples dressing in matching outfits
Portrait – Dressed in matching hoodies for couples or similar couple clothing
Male Folio – size minimum 10″x”20 max 12″x24″ – Can be an actual leather folio or an electronic layout with up to 8 images.
Female Folio – size minimum 10″x”20 max 12″x24″ – Can be an actual leather folio or an electronic layout with up to 8 images
Sports Action or posed, single image portrait of couples, with or without enhancement.
Sports Collage of couples, two or more individuals or teams. You may use as many images included as you wish.

Submission Options

Prints: Entrants may submit printed images of any shape and size on a mount board a minimum of 80 square inches to a maximum of 320 square inches. (8×10 – 16×20). An electronic reference file must be submitted with each entry. This file must exactly match the submitted print entry. ( 4000 pixels on the longest side, no larger than 4mb ) All entries may be submitted on one disk per entrant.

Digital Submissions: Files must be sized so the longest dimension is 4,000 pixels Each file must contain an embedded color profile of sRGB and be saved as a JPEG quality setting of 10. Total file size should be 4.0 MB or slightly larger. Files are to be named: Maker’s Last name_ First Name_Category _ Image Title ( Smith_John_portrait_Aloneatlast.jpg ). Please do not put an under score in the image title.

Deadlines and Fees

Entry fee is $15 per entry. Maximum of $65 for up to 8 entries.
Deadline for delivery of entries is Tuesday September 17th @ 10 AM. Drop entries off at the registration table.

Shipping and Delivery
Entries must be hand delivered during the conference. Mailed or otherwise delivered entries will not be accepted.

Entries must be picked up by the end of the conference. Entries will not be mailed or shipped after the conference.

Award Information
The highest combined scores of the two folio categories will determine – SPI Folio Photographer of the Year. The highest scoring print per entrant will be counted towards the award.

The highest combined scores of any of five categories will determine – Overall Photographer of the Year. If you have one image in any of five of the seven categories you will be eligible for this award. If you have an entry in all seven categories the five highest scores in each will be taken.

Trophies will be awarded to all seven categories for individual merits as decided by the judges.

Entrants scoring at least an 80 or higher in all eight categories will also be recognized.
Best of Show will be awarded by the judges to one of the images that scored an 80 or better.