PDN PhotoPlus Expo [Link], the nation’s largest conference and tradeshow for photographers and image-makers, is only weeks away. Now, WPPI, the leader in wedding and portrait photography and education, joins PhotoPlus Expo in New York City to form WPPI NYC, an entire conference and tradeshow especially for wedding and portrait photographers. Whether you’re a professional or advanced amateur, you’ll discover thousands of new products, get inspired by industry leaders, find insights and knowledge, and take your photography so much further.

The best part is this year they are offering FREE Keynotes!

Register Now for the Free Expo and Free Keynotes! 

Douglas Kirkland – A Life in Pictures
Keynote: Thursday, Oct. 27th 12:00-1:00 p.m.
Sponsored by Canon

Join Kirkland for intimate observations about his remarkable 50+ year career; from his Look magazine portraits of Marilyn Monroe, through his years at LIFE, to his work in film and advertising.

Shane Hurlbut, ASC – The HDSLR Revolution and the Impact on Hollywood
Keynote: Friday, Oct. 28th 12:00-1:00 p.m.
Sponsored by Canon

Hurlbut has shot 2 feature films, 20 shorts and over 100 commercials on the HDSLR platform. Come see and learn how it’s being integrated into Hollywood films at a staggering rate and how Hurlbut has turned this small still camera into a movie making machine.

Frans Lanting, Thomas Mangelson & Art Wolfe – A Force for Nature
Keynote: Saturday, Oct. 29th 12:00-1:00 p.m.
Sponsored by Epson

For the first time ever, three of the world’s most acclaimed nature and outdoor photographers come together to share images and insights on how photography is shaping ideas about our natural world. Join this unique event featuring presentations and a live moderated discussion.

Like Many other conferences there are different levels there is a Free Expo pass and there is a gold expo pass that is only $50 for a limited time.

here’s what you get with the gold expo pass

Gold Expo Pass Benefits Include:

  • A 3-day pass to PhotoPlus Expo Oct. 27-29 and a 2-day pass to WPPI NYC Expo Oct. 27-28, 2011
  • Exclusive onsite Customer Service Desk – avoid regular registration lines and save time
  • Special Gold Expo Lounge – a place to take a break or network with other serious photographers
  • Priority admission to keynote sessions – early access to the best seats
  • Tickets to the 9th Annual Lucie Awards honoring the greatest achievements in photography. Oct. 24, 2011, 7:00 p.m., Rose Theatre, Jazz at Lincoln Center, New York, NY. Limited availability.
  • PhotoPlus Expo Swag Bag – packed with the official 2011 PhotoPlus Expo Gear Guide, t-shirt, B&H discount coupon, cool exhibitor giveaways, Rangefinder and PDN magazines, a NYC coupon book and more!

Golden Ticket Raffle Entry – New for 2011. Twenty (20) lucky Gold Expo Pass purchasers will find a Golden Ticket in their PhotoPlus Expo Swag Bag and win an amazing prize (you can check out the prizes on the url above).

*Free Expo Pass offer expires Oct. 25, 2011. Don’t miss it, don’t wait!

How to win it… Contest ends 11:59pm EST. October 19th, 2011.
1 winner will win a gold expo pass… Tell us what is your make and model of the camera you photograph with is and please include some method for us to contact you in the comment (twitter or email).

You get 1 extra entry for tweeting about this contest (you can do this daily). Must contain the following information: #GoldExpoPass @PhotoPlusExpo @dadarocks http://dad.tc/p4pFMT — and you must also leave comment on this blog with the link to your tweet.

Example: I want to win a @PhotoPlusExpo #GoldExpoPass in this #giveaway from @dadarocks  – http://dad.tc/p4pFMT

You get 1 extra entry for following us on twitter – twitter.com/dadarocks

You get 1 extra entry for following them on twitter – twitter.com/PhotoPlusExpo

You get 1 extra entry for becoming a FAN on Facebook – facebook.com/DaDaRocks you must comment that you’re a fan

You get 1 extra entry for becoming a FAN on theirs Facebook – facebook.com/PhotoPlusExpo you must comment that you’re a fan

You get 1 extra entry for recommending a friend to become a Fan on Facebook – facebook.com/DaDaRocks they must comment that you sent them and you must comment here for the entry

You will have 24 hours to reply before we pick another winner!

Disclaimer: Thanks to PhotoPlus Expo for this raffle prize. Please note this is limited to the USA.