Photo by Mike Calanan

This past weekend the first ever PhotoCamp Utah was held at East Bay Studios in Provo, Utah. The event was the culmination of two months of planning by a dedicated group of volunteers consisting mainly of the leadership of Photowalking Utah. I would have never imagined a short 18 months ago when a few of us local photographers began Photowalking Utah that it would lead to such a cool event as PhotoCamp Utah.

Morning Keynote Session
Reading the program during the opening keynote

Instead of rambling on about how great the day was, here’s a list of facts and highlights:

– Over 300 (including volunteers) in attendance
– 14 Training Sessions
– 10 Hours of Events
– 2 Keynote Addresses
– PhotoCamp Inspired session featuring 7 photographers
– Prize drawings for merchandise / services from sponsors including the grand prize of Adobe Photoshop CS4
– Catered lunch available at a great price
– Post-PhotoCamp Photowalk in downtown Provo
– All for a low $10 ticket price

Before the Morning Keynote Session
The opening keynote attendance was outstanding

What impressed me the most with being involved in the day was the feeling of camaraderie I felt among the attendees and volunteers. Just like a Photowalking Utah outing, new friendships were being made and old friendships renewed.

As I am writing this, plans are already being put together for next years event. With the experience the team gained from the inaugural session, next year’s event promises to be bigger and better.

Door Prize Drawings with Jeremy Hall
Jeremy Hall giving away doorprizes

And finally, huge thanks have to go to the team of volunteers that came together to host the day. Led by PhotoCamp coordinator Jeremy Hall, this group worked hundreds (if not thousands) of hours to make it all happen. It is this “giving back” attitude within the Utah photographic community that makes be feel so blessed to live where I do.

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PhotoCamp Utah Sponsors

Adobe – SmugMug Pro – Pictureline – O’Reilly – – Pixels Foto & Frame – PhotoShelter – AdoramaPix – International School of Photography