Special Events

Photoshop World East 2019 | May 30th-June 1st | The Hyatt Regency Orlando Convention Level

Kirk Marsh | 2018 Guru Winner

Work Hard; Play Hard

We know that if you’re having fun, you’ll learn more, connect more, and get more out of your time at Photoshop World; which is why we planned so many opportunities for you to socialize and meet new people. We all need "Photoshop friends" so we have several events planned that get attendees together in a casual and fun atmosphere for networking and recharging our brains after being in classes all day. From dinners to parties, the meet-up to inspiring nights, there is something for everyone to enjoy. Come to one or come to all! Check out all of our events below:

Keynote

We kick off the conference with a fun, high-energy opening keynote from Scott Kelby and Adobe! And when Adobe takes the stage you know you’ll probably see a sneak peek of some really cool new technology or new products and the excitement sets the tone for the entire conference. You don’t want to miss it (because everybody will be talking about it)!

The Meet-Up

Drop by Rocks Lounge—in the Hyatt Regency Orlando Hotel—to hang out and have a few drinks with the Photoshop World instructors and crew. The meet-up is held the evening before the conference begins, after our In-depth pre conference workshops, and is conveniently located within our host hotel. Food & beverage available, but not included.

Live Shoots

It was such a big hit last year that we’re bringing it back again this year! We work with local photographers to create hands-on shooting experiences right in the middle of the action. You’ll have the opportunity to work closely with these photographers shooting everything from portraits to food. It’s free and included with your full conference pass.

After Hours Party

The most talked about after-hours event of the conference and no better way to let loose and unwind after a packed day of learning. Mingle with the Photoshop World instructors and your fellow attendees while making some memories on the dance floor—it'll be a night to remember (plus, you can always sleep when you get home, right?). Purchase your ticket today.

The Guru Awards - Submit Your Work to Become A Photoshop World Guru!

The Guru Awards are a special Photoshop contest just for attendees of the Photoshop World design and photography conference, which was created to honor and recognize the design, photography, retouching, and creativity of our attendees. Since their humble beginnings in 1999, the Guru Awards have now become the most prestigious and coveted awards in the international digital imaging industry. Watch the video to see some of our past winners and to see what Scott Kelby, President & CEO of KelbyOne has to say about the Gurus. Attendees may submit up to three individual pieces per category, in up to three of the following categories:

Landscape Photography

Landscape Photography

Land or sea, urban or nature, big or small — this is landscape photography. Grab your camera and start shooting the world around you. Shots may include nature, travel, and architecture.

Portrait Photography

Portrait Photography

This category covers all portrait and people photography. Whether you like to shoot in the studio or outside. Whether you prefer brides, grooms, babies, families, natural light, fashion, or lifestyle.

Creative Photo

Creative Photo

Not a landscape or portrait photographer? Then this is the category for you. This category is open to all photography whether it be macro, pets, sports, you name it.

Retouching

Retouching

Submit pieces that demonstrate your ability to enhance an original photograph by removing distracting objects or improving color, composition, depth and general aesthetics.

Graphic Design

Graphic Design

If your skills and passions move outside of photography then we would love to see your 3-D designs, ads, illustrations, hand-drawn or painted art, and typography.

Compositing

Compositing

Composites (Montages) are collaged pieces, which are made up of a combination of elements from multiple photographic, photorealistic, or 3D sources.

Photoshop Artistry

Photoshop Artistry

This category can include images that have been edited or created with Photoshop. They could be digitally painted over, added to with 3D or have been modified with plug-ins or filters.

First-Time Attendee

First-Time Attendee

A shout out to all first-time attendees. This category is open to all categories and was created to give the Photoshop World newbies a chance to compete against other newbies.

Midnight Madness

If you’re lucky enough to snag one of the 200 free tickets to this late-night event, you’re in for a hilarious evening of surprises, laughter, prizes, games and fun, which has become legendary among Photoshop World Alumni. Hosted by none other than the conference ringmaster himself, Scott Kelby, and special guests. Tickets are given out show site the morning of the event, on a first come, first served basis.

Dinner With a Stranger

If you came to Photoshop World alone, you won’t be that way for long. We’ve planned dinners at four yummy casual restaurants nearby—Stop by the attendee information booth, pick a restaurant, pick up your “I’m a Stranger” button and enjoy the relaxed setting of a shared meal with 11 other people just like you. It’s a fun way to meet new people and make new friends.

Portfolio Review

The Photoshop World Portfolio reviews are an invaluable opportunity to have an in-depth review with candid appraisals, valuable business insights and real world, practical advice, on all aspects of your work from our distinguished line-up of Photoshop World instructors. Limited to 40 participants.

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