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THANK YOU to all who attended, participated and supported Connect 2014. Our 2015 dates: APRIL 26-MAY 1. Save the dates!


The Official Portfolio Review at PhotoPlus Expo Dates: October 30 – November 1. The site will go live on June 5.


Some email we’ve received:

The Palms Springs Photo Festival is a great way to connect, learn and take in many aspects of the photo world, be it fine art or commercial, learning new techniques, seeing and trying out the latest gear, or staying on top of where the field is moving towards and being current in your knowledge of things. I really like that it brings all of this together in an accesible and fun environment. – Cat

PSPF has provided me insights as to high levels of photographic performance, equipment and software guides and more, all extending my personal horizon for photography and the visual arts. – Paul

PSPF was an absolute inspiration. It was so nice to be surrounded by so much talent and creativity. And generosity too – people open to share their ideas and experiences. It was a beautiful week. – M

I wanted to take a moment to thank and compliment you regarding PSPF 2014. This was one of the best photographic experiences I could have imagined and far exceeded any expectations I had when I registered. Now I am kicking myself for the years past when I let other things keep me from coming, but I assure you I have already put it on the 2015 calendar. The quality of all the people I came in contact with from the volunteers through the workshop and seminar leaders really left a lasting impression. – Ray

I have just returned from my 3rd year as a reviewer at the Palm Springs Photo Festival. It was hard to imagine in year #1 that it could get any better, but it has. The festival is really indescribable. I take my role as a portfolio reviewer seriously and I know that I am providing encouragement, revelation, ideas and motivation to those with whom I meet. It is simultaneously inspirational for me and there are so many great friendships and relationships made and formed.- Marianne

Thank you for a stellar festival. I attended Frank Ockenfels’ class and it was amazing. My other favorite events at the festival were the evening lectures. I am so happy I found the festival.This was my second year attending. Because my time is limited, it’s great to have the opportunity to attend an event where an artist like me can cram loads of education in a 4-day period. Kudos. May the festival continue to grow and prosper. – Luis

I just wanted to say thank you for allowing me to be part of the PSPF, it was an amazing week. Spending time with Stanley Greene and the rest of the photographers was an amazing experience for me. It is a shame that the time was so short, I made lifetime friends in the workshop and to me, that is priceless. I personally learned so much in the few days and now inspire to be a better photographer to document this amazing world we all live in. The experience I encountered was a once in a lifetime event I will cherish with me forever. – Marvin

MAKE YOUR PLANS NOW: April 27 – May 2, 2014

FESTIVAL SPONSOR HEADQUARTERS in the Palm Springs Hyatt Hotel Atrium, is open to the public Monday – Wednesday, April 28 – 30. We will have Canon, Epson, Fuji, Leica, Panasonic, The Impossible Project, A&I Books, NEC and others will be offering special pricing, demos, loans and more! Samy’s Camera, in their special pop-up store, will be offering special show discounts and NO TAX during the festival week.

The best way to navigate this site?

Hover your cursor on OUR PROGRAMS and the other links at the top of your screen.

Connect 2014 offers the opportunity for professional, emerging professional & serious advanced amateur photographers to study with legendary photographers, show your portfolios in our celebrated Portfolio Review Program, attend cutting-edge Seminars, Symposiums and enjoy Evening Presentations by world famous image-makers. Check out the latest gear, network with the master photographers, industry insiders and your contemporaries at several great parties and enjoy the warm Palm Springs weather. Most importantly, we promise you won’t have more FUN at any other photo event. We are dedicated to providing a rich program intended to inspire, educate and instill or reignite passion for the art and commerce of photography. Come join the community!

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The Palm Springs Photo Festival is designed and produced for emerging and professional photographers. Serious advanced amateurs are also welcomed. Our programs are designed for both fine art and commercial photographers.

We are living in very interesting times as photographers.

♦ At the Palm Springs Photo Festival, we offer our renowned Workshops, taught by successful, influential real-world, working photographers. In these workshops, you will test drive cool gear loaned by our sponsors.

♦Our two annual Portfolio Review programs are known to be among the most extraordinary found anywhere. Over 1200 reviews will be offered – your opportunity to present your work to influencers from across the board – for fine art photographers; museum directors & curators. Gallery directors. Book publishers. For commercial photographers, magazine photo editors, advertising agency creatives, reps; people that can help move your career forward.

♦Attend over 20 Seminars during the week on a broad range of topics of interest, many free to registered attendees.

♦Participate in our four important Symposiums at which important discussions take place among influential and interesting panelists.

♦ Present your work to our faculty, fellow attendees and the general public at our Open Portfolio Review, an event allowing each photographer a table to display work over a 3-hour period.

♦ Plan to attend our Evening Presentations each night – a special 2-hour event where you’ll see the works of photographers throughout the world in our slide show contest program and listen to inspirational lectures by world-renowned photographers.

♦ Unwind and make new friends at our three Networking Parties & Events where you’ll be treated to wine tastings, poured by California’s impressive winemakers.

♦ Visit our sponsors in our Sponsor Headquarters each day – check out and borrow their new gear, have your Canon gear cleaned and repaired, see demos, receive special discounts and more. This only happens at the Palm Springs Photo Festival.

♦ Plus – surprises that we’ll be revealing as we get closer to the event.

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Included in your Daily Registration Fee of $80 ($88 after April 1) (required Monday, April 28 – Thursday, May 1, $40 ($44 after April 1) for Friday, May 2):

•  Access to the Open Portfolio Review and Opening Reception, Sunday, April 27
•  Admittance to all four Mid-Day Lectures during the week of the festival
•  Admittance to all Sponsored Seminars during the week of the festival
•  Our important daily Symposium
•  The Evening Presentations at the Palm Springs Art Museum
•  Our two Networking Event Parties
•  Unlimited access to our Sponsor Headquarters and Special Sponsor Event on Thursday, May 1 at the Hyatt
•  We offer an open-bar and wine tastings at our parties as well as at our Opening Reception.

Following are prices for our Optional Programs: (Note: All prices shown will increase by 10% after April 1)

Daily Registration
April 28 – May 1 $80 per day
Friday, May 2 $40
Workshops (1 day) $300 – $375
Workshops (2 day) $625 – $750 (inclusive of all model fees and transportation fees if applicable).
Workshops (4-day) $925 – $1500 (inclusive of all model fees and transportation fees if applicable).
Paid Seminars (2 hrs / 4 hrs) $75 – $150
Portfolio Reviews $275 for 5 reviews. 10% discount for 10 or more reviews until April 1.
Open Portfolio Review $47.50 with Portfolio Reviews, $95 without to participate. Free to visit for registered attendees and the general public.
Festival Dinner $55 (Tuesday evening, April 29, 7:00 -8:30pm) Price includes Beer & Wine

Open Portfolio Review / Opening Reception
Admission to the Open Portfolio Review is open to Faculty, Attendees, Sponsors & the General Public
Admission to the Opening Reception is limited to Festival Registrants Only

NOTE: For attendees wishing to locate a ride or room-share, we have a special page on Facebook for this purpose.

** STUDENTS with ID from accredited institutions will receive 10% full discount at PSPF.
The Discount Code for Students with Valid Student ID only is PSPF2014STUDENT.

NOTE: Discounts may not be combined. In cases where two or more discounts are entered, only the larger will be applied.



For complete program information, click on Our Programs above.

NOTE: Some changes from prior years:

In order to best be able to implement the infrastructure required for our workshop program next year, we will close workshop registrations earlier than we’ve done in the past, possibly as early as April 1 or when they fill, whichever occurs first. This is because our highly regarded program requires us to plan the many details for our workshops including models, rental vehicles, gear rentals, meals and space allocations for the classes in advance in order to continue to maintain the high quality our programs are known for. Thank you for your understanding.

In addition, all registration fees will be increased by 10% after April 1, 2014 so please plan to register before that date to benefit from the lower pricing. This is because we will have nearly finalized all of the elements necessary for the festival by this time, and changes are very complicated to make as the festival dates approach.

We offer 100% refunds less a $25 admin fee until March 15. From March 16 – April 1, a 50% cancellation fee will be required, and after April 1, no refunds will be made. Workshop cancellation fee is $100 after March 15.


Compare our faculty list with any other event’s reviewer list. This is the program that counts for your career. These are the influencers you want to meet.

The 2014 Palm Springs Photo Festival Portfolio Review, which takes place twice a year (once in Palm Springs and once in New York City) is the nation’s largest review program for both Commercial & Fine Art photographers. Check out our list of reviewers! We promise you won’t find a more comprehensive and influential faculty in any other program.


Samy’s Camera, in their exclusive pop-up-store in our festival, will have Special Show Pricing – In addition, NO-TAX on Canon gear!

To navigate this site: At the top of the page, you’ll see “Our Programs.” – If you hover your curser over those words, you’ll see a pull-down list appear showing you the main aspects of our festival program. By moving your curser over “workshop” for example, a list of each workshop we offer will appear. By moving your curser over the specific workshop or sub-page you desire, and clicking, you’ll be taken to that page. If you hover your curser over “Information,” you’ll see a list of pages appear that contain travel and hotel information, sponsor and faculty information and much more.

Take a few minutes to familiarize yourself with our program by navigating through these pages first:


Read our Director’s OVERVIEW of Connect 2014.

If you need assistance in paying for your registration and would like to arrange to pay in two installments instead of one, please contact us at 1-800 928-8314.

Daily Registration fee does not include Workshops, certain Seminars or Portfolio Reviews.
Additional Blocks of 5 Portfolio Reviews may be purchased separately.
Attendees are encouraged to arrive on Sunday, April 27th in order to enjoy our Open Portfolio Review and Opening Reception. There is no daily registration fee for Sunday, April 27 provided attendee is registered for at least one other day of the festival.

The Palm Springs Photo Festival has organized a limited block of special hotel suites at only $119 per night at our Attendee Headquarters hotel, the HYATT REGENCY SUITES PALM SPRINGS. When this block is full, the next group of rooms will be only $129.  Be sure to reserve early to get the lowest rate!   For Further Information, Please Call 1.800.760-322-9000 or for complete information or click Hyatt PSPF Reservation.

Interested in Sharing a Room? See our PSPF Attendee Facebook Group to communicate directly with possible room share candidates. Just request permission to join the group which will be granted within 12 hours and you will be able to communicate directly with other attendees.

Also for those interested, check our PSPF Facebook page to arrange to share hotel rooms in Palm Springs!

CONNECT 2014: Will YOU Be There?

“PSPF was the most inspirational and fascinating experience I’ve ever had. It feels so wonderful to be surrounded by a community of working professionals who all shared the same love / passion and creativity, along with sharing their knowledge, education + experience.” – Rhonda

“For the third year in a row I had the opportunity to be a judge at the PDN Photo Plus Expo at the Javits Center in New York City. The Palm Springs Photo Festival curates the portfolio review at Photo Plus, bringing top photo industry talent together under one roof. This event gives JUICE Pharma [ad agency] a chance to be exposed to established talent as well as up and coming photographers, which is largely what we saw this year. I was really impressed by how prepared the photographers were in knowing about JUICE, what we do, and what we might be looking for.” – Michael Kaminski

” I had many great meetings with positive responses and heard just as many helpful bits of advice on how to strengthen my presentation. The meetings were invaluable and if all goes well should lead to working relationships. – – Bart

“I have been to PSPF three times. I come for the fraternity as much as the workshops and portfolio reviews – and I leave each year so invigorated! THANK YOU” - John D.

…I’ll be there with bells on…the slideshows & evening presentations at PSPF rock my world. Damn, the previous years’ nights with Minkinen, Iturbide, Muench, Kirkland, Sturges blew my mind. – Stuart

“The only criticism I have is that no where on your website did it say how totally cool this event is!” – Jamie

“I just wanted to say thank you again for the kind and inclusive treatment last week in Palm Springs. Your event is 5 star, and I’m still vibrating with the energy. Can’t wait until next year.” - Carrie

PSPF changed my life and is a venue that I would absolutely recommend without reservation (and do) as THE best creative networking event that anyone could elect to be a part of.” – Sean

“As always, I find the experience to be one of the most satisfying industry events I attend all year. You manage to pull in some really remarkable people, and offer a wonderful platform to exchange ideas, network, and really appreciate photography.” - Peter

“I just want to say how wonderful my experience was: The reviews, the symposiums, the slide presentations, the mingling and the all-around good feeling of the PSPF 2011! It felt like photography camp for grown-ups! I think you just used overall common sense to capture the essence of what a good photo gathering should be and just did it! Bravo on an excellent festival.” - Susan

“…it really was a life-altering week for me. ” - Cynthia

“Your event has really hit its stride—well-organized, well-programmed, wel-executed, and well… just really cool.” – Rex

“This was my second year attending Palm Springs Photo Festival, and I am certain it will not be my last because I probably learn more in this week about photography and myself than in the course of the year.” – Tom

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