2017 Pro Photo Events

With all the fantastic events PPETN has planned for 2017, you’ll want to go ahead and put these events on your calendar!  

PPETN’s events generally take place at Farmer’s Mutual of Tennessee (837 Hall of Fame Drive, Knoxville, TN 37917—click for directions). Meeting locations can vary depending on the type of meeting, though, so always make sure to check each event’s info page for specific location and other information.

Events are generally on the 1st Thursday after the 2nd Monday each month, and most event times follow this schedule:

  • ~5:00 pm: Pro Photographers’ Social + Networking Hour usually at Barley’s Taproom & Pizzeria (200 East Jackson Avenue, Knoxville, TN 37915—click for directions).
  • ~6:30-7:00 pm: Laughlin Print Photography Competition (deadline is 6:30) at Farmer’s Mutual (837 Hall of Fame Drive, Knoxville, TN 37917—click for directions).
  • ~7:00-9:00 pm: Pro Photo Seminar/Meeting/Workshop Program at Farmer’s Mutual.
2017 Annual Event Schedule

All event topics and featured speakers will be announced here and on the PPETN Facebook page. Check online for latest information on all events. No competition deadlines listed here are guaranteed—check the event’s info page or Facebook to independently verify them.

  • January 5-10: Imaging USA (PPA’s Annual Conference & Trade Show)
  • Thursday, January 12: Pro Photo Social + Seminar
    • Topic: Hacking Photography Competition—New Rules, Tips, & Behind the Scenes
    • Featured Speakers: Alisa Whitley, CPP, TCD; Gena Tussey, M.Photog., CPP; J. Wade Tipton, M.Photog., Cr., CPP, TCD, TSD, F-PPMO, F-PPO ; Michael Broyles, CPP
    • Location: Barley’s & Farmer’s Mutual
    • Time: 5:00 – 9:00 pm
    • Click here for more information
  • Monday, January 16: Southeast District Photographic Competition Registration Opens

  • Thursday, February 16: Pro Photo Social + Seminar
    • Topic: Dramatic Lighting & Storytelling
    • Featured Speaker: Bill Waldorf, Waldorf Photographic Art
    • Location: Barley’s & Farmer’s Mutual
    • Time: 5:00 – 9:00 pm
    • Click here for more information
  • Thursday, February 16: Southeast District Photographic Competition Registration Closes
  • February 24-25: Southeast District Photographic Competition Dates
  • Wednesday, February 22: Submissions Open for PPETN Annual Image Salon Photography Competition
  • Tuesday, February 28: EARLY BIRD DEADLINE – PPETN Annual Image Salon Photography Competition Early Bird entry submission deadline—get $25 off entry fees!

  • Monday, March 6: DEADLINE – PPETN Annual Image Salon Photography Competition entry submission deadline—no exceptions!
  • Thursday, March 16: PPETN Annual Image Salon Photography Competition
    • Location: Farmer’s Mutual (no Pro Photo Social beforehand—food will be arranged at event site)
    • Time: 5:00 – 9:00 pm
    • Click for more information


  • Thursday, May 11: Pro Photo Social + Seminar

  • Thursday, June 15: Pro Photo Social + Seminar

  • Thursday, July 13: Pro Photo Social + Seminar + Photo Safari
    • Topic: So You Want To Be A Sports Photographer? (sports photography seminar and pro baseball game photo shoot)
    • Featured Speaker: Wade Payne, AP Photographer
    • Location: Smokies Stadium (Kodak, TN)
    • Time: 4:00pm – End of Game
    • Click here for more information
  • Monday, July 31: DEADLINE – Michael Laughlin Photography Scholarship Application deadline

  • Thursday, August 17: Pro Photo Social + Seminar


  • Thursday, October 12: Pro Photo Live Class
    • Topic: The Art of WOW! – How to See the World Like No One Else Can
    • Featured Speaker: Ted Linczak, M. Photog. Cr.
    • Location: Barley’s & Farmer’s Mutual
    • Time: 5:00 – 9:00 pm
    • Click here for more information


Not A PPETN Member?

Everyone is welcome to attend any PPETN event! PPETN events are generally open to the public without any R.S.V.P. needed. Check each event’s info page to see what the specific details are for the event you are considering attending.

Non-Member Attendance:

All non-members must obtain a Single Event Pass to attend a PPETN event. A Single Event Pass is a one-time event pass designed to provide access to non-members who are interested in attending an event hosted or provided by PPETN.

Complimentary First-Time Visit:

A complimentary Single Event Pass is given to first-time attendees of PPETN events. This complimentary Single Event Pass is only given once and is not provided to individuals for any subsequent events after they have used it.


The Single Event Pass fee is $20 per event and is due prior to entry at each event attended.

Open Events:

PPETN may open certain events to all professional photographers. If this occurs, that event will not require a Single Event Pass. In addition, the open event may require a fee to attend and there will be no complimentary Single Event Passes provided to cover this fee.

  • Complimentary Single Event Passes may not be provided to past members of PPETN.
  • Single Event Passes are available to non-members for one year from their first attended event. After one year, the non-member must apply for any Primary Active Membership or Secondary Active Membership to continue attending PPETN events.
  • The Single Event Pass is not a form of membership in PPETN and therefore comes with no rights or privileges of membership.