Special Events
There's more to PMA 09 than just the trade show and the conference. While at the hottest imaging event of the year, check out these event highlights:

PMA 09 Official Business Session Keynotes

Engaging. Dynamic. Thought provoking. PMA Official Business Session Keynotes are designed to inspire, inform and entertain as you start your day at PMA 09. This year's keynotes include Dr. Geoffrey Moore, Michael Raynor, and Craig Newmark.

Dr. Geoffrey Moore
Craig Newmark
Michael Raynor

PMA 09 Trade Show Highlights

SPAA Action Photography Shoot-Out New This Year
Bring your camera and capture the exciting, action-packed aerial athletics of acclaimed performance troupe AntiGravity. After you get your best shot, print it, and enter to win a Mitsubishi CP-9800DW digital printer and a trip to PMA 2010!

DIMA Software Tutorial Pavilion – New This Year
This is the place for attendees to acquire new tips and tricks for the latest photo and graphics software. Mobile Mac & PC Training will provide software demonstrations on Adobe Photoshop, Lightroom, Flash, InDesign, RAW, and Aperture, as well as Corel Painter. Demonstrations will take place in 20-minute segments on the PMA 09 Trade Show Floor.

DIMA Digital Printer Shoot-Out
With a wide range of output, the DIMA Digital Printer Shoot-Out is where digital printers, ink, media and RIPs compete using a challenging target file. Expert judges evaluate for neutral gray balance reproduction, saturation, shadow detail and quality, overall tonality, hue shift, and more. See which printers stand out and find the one that best fits your operation as the results are displayed at PMA 09.

DIMA Innovative Digital Product Awards
For the 12th consecutive year, the DIMA Innovative Digital Product Awards are given to products or services utilizing new technologies and/or applications that make the product either distinct or the first of its kind. This prestigious honor, selected by industry press members, is awarded on the opening day of the PMA 09 Trade Show.

DIMA Photo Book Showcase
Compare various aspects of photo book production including user interface, templates and binding options, and overall quality. Don’t miss this unique opportunity to see it all in one place on the PMA 09 trade show floor.

DIMA Photo Kiosk Shoot-Out
See the best photo kiosks line up to compete for international acclaim. Self-service technology experts and consumers evaluate ease of use, features and functions in several categories (digital order station, instant print kiosk, software only and multi-function photo kiosk). Attendees can judge for themselves when they touch, feel and make prints at PMA 09.

International Pavilions
A special selection of the exhibit space for international delegations.

PMA 09 Student Video Contest
PMA is looking for a talented student filmmaker who will gain professional experience and come to Vegas to shoot and edit a short film about PMA 09 to be presented at the closing event.

PIEA 2009 International Student-Teacher Photo Exhibition and Competition
The top 100 to 200 student and teacher photographs are on exhibit at PMA 09. The contest offers over US$157,000 in prizes donated by more than 80 generous sponsors; the competition is open to students everywhere, at all ages, and to their teachers.

PPFA International Framing Competition
The grand finale of a yearlong chapter-level competition. Winning chapter entries advance and compete in this prestigious event. Enjoy the display of fine artistry and cast a ballot for your favorite!

Tuesday, March 3 7:00 p.m.
E10 - An Evening With an Artist: Jodi Cobb
Jodi Cobb has received national and international acclaim for her work – from her
stories for National Geographic magazine, including “21st-Century Slaves,” “The
Enigma of Beauty,” and “This Thing Called Love,” to her coverage of China when it
first reopened to the West. She was the first photographer to document the hidden lives of the women of Saudi Arabia, and she was the first woman to be named the White House Photographer of the Year.

A world traveler (she had been around the world twice with her family by the time she was 12) and a storyteller for more than 20 years, she has photographed in more than 50 countries. Paperback copies of her book “Geisha: The Life, the Voices, the Art” will be available for purchase after her talk. Hardbound copies, which are currently out of print, will also be available.


Inside the private world
of Japan's geisha
by Jodi Cobb

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Networking/Social Events

Monday , March 2  ■  8:00 a.m.
PMA Golf Tournament – The Legacy Golf Club
Fee includes greens fees, carts, range balls, prizes, breakfast, lunch, and refreshments. Select your choice of scoring: Callaway (G1) or Scramble (G2). Complete the registration form with names of players, scoring system and pairing preference, handicaps, and whether you need bus transportation. Indicate pairing preferences for players registering on other forms by attaching a separate sheet noting name and company affiliation.
Cost is $110 member/$140 nonmember with the purchase of an All Conference Connection Pass, otherwise $120 member/$150 non member. Bus departs at 6:30 a.m.

Monday , March 2 ■  5:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
PMA Welcome Reception
Reconnect with friends from around the world who share your excitement and anticipation about the opening of PMA 09!
Admission and two complimentary beverage tickets are included with full trade show registration or an All Conference Connection Pass.

Tuesday, March 3  ■  6:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
PMA Get Acquainted Reception
Take this opportunity to network with peers who are just as excited as you about the opening day of PMA 09.
Admission and two complimentary beverage tickets are included with an All Conference Connection Pass or Full Trade Show Badge.

Tuesday, March 3  ■  6:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
PMA Global Gala – Renaissance Las Vegas Hotel
A gathering of worldwide PMA® members and convention attendees celebrating friendship and fellowship. Join in the festivities for this truly unique taste of the world.
Advance tickets are $39 member/$49 non-member ($29 member/$39 nonmember with the purchase of an All Conference Connection Pass).

Wednesday , March 4  ■  6:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
PMA President’s Reception
Relax with peers and share insights about your discoveries from PMA 09!
Admission and two complimentary beverage tickets are included with full trade show registration or an All Conference Connection Pass.

Wednesday, March 4  ■  7:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
PMA Big Night Reception

Wednesday, March 4  ■  8:00 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.
PMA Big Night – Featuring The Beach Boys!
The Beach Boys continue to create and perform with the same bold imagination and style that marked their explosive debut more than 40 years ago. America’s favorite band continues to play more than 100 shows annually, setting attendance records and selling out fairs, festivals, performing arts centers, and casinos along the way. In 2006, the band released “Sounds of Summer: The Very Best of The Beach Boys,” which certified double platinum, marking their biggest resurgence since 1976!

Thursday, March 5 is Prize Day!
The last day of PMA 09 is a full day of new products and must-see exhibitors. It’s also Prize Day, and you could win!

12:00 noon, 1:00 p.m., 2:00 p.m., 3:00 p.m.
Four $1000 Cash Prize Drawings*
Trade attendees with a Full Trade Show badge or an All Conference Connection Pass are eligible to win.

4:00 p.m.
Parting Shot Reception and the $10,000 Grand Prize Drawing*
Stick around for the grand prize drawing at the Parting Shot Reception at 4:15 p.m., and you might just make money off your trip to PMA 09! All trade attendees with a Full Trade Show badge or an All Conference Connection Pass are eligible to win.

Spouse Programs


Tuesday, March 3  ■  12:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
S1 Spouse Luncheon With America’s Funniest Grandma! – Renaissance Las Vegas Hotel
The first time you see Carol Hughes (she goes by Mrs. Hughes), you might think, “She could be my neighbor.” She’s just about the last person you’d expect to see in a night club, so the fact she is performing in one might startle you at first – “I’m a grandmother. I don’t have any jokes about it, because they live with us and it’s not funny.”


Wednesday, March 4  ■  11:00 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.
S2 Tuscan Cooking Class and Lunch at Wolfgang Puck’s Trattoria del Lupo
Join us at Trattoria del Lupo, Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino, Wolfgang Puck’s first Italian restaurant, for a “hands-on” Italian cooking experience with authentic Italian cuisine and Wolfgang Puck-trained chefs. Discover essential techniques for making pizza, pasta, and tiramisu. La Dolce Vita – Tiramisu! You’ll be the hit of your next dinner party with these divine recipes. The cooking demonstration is followed by a three-course lunch affair that is sure to be remembered!
Advance tickets are $85 member/$95 non-member ($80 member/$90 non-member with the purchase of an All Conference Connection Pass). Limited seating. Shuttle departs main entrance of the LVCC, South Hall at 11:00 a.m. and returns at 2:30 p.m.


 * You must be present to win. No stand-ins allowed. PMA officers, trustees, board members, member association board members, press, single-day trade attendees, exhibitors, staff, their families, and employees are NOT eligible for the Grand Prize Drawing. All decisions at the drawing are final.


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