PhotoCon Hawaii offers exhibits, workshops for photographers of all levels

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PhotoCon Hawaii is back for its second year!

It takes place Sept. 7-9 at the Neal S. Blaisdell Center, and features the latest in new products, innovative technology, and advanced techniques through specialty exhibits and how-to workshops.

Forty workshops cover a variety of topics, including astrophotography, street photography, real estate photography, food photography, and printmaking.

“As a working commercial photographer, I’ve been very fortunate to have traveled to most of the major photo conventions on the mainland over the past 30 years” said Ric Noyle, event organizer and one of the premier photographers in the Pacific Rim. “Last year I finally decided to produce one myself so that all of us like-minded image makers here in Hawaii could improve our skills and craft more. We had almost a thousand attendees and I hope to see many more this year.”

You don’t have to be a professional to attend. Amateur and enthusiast photographers and videographers of all ages are welcome.

“Parents who’ve got a child that is interested in photography, they would be very happy to be at PhotoCon Hawaii, because it’s designed for all levels of photography,” said Noyle.

Keynote speakers include Noyle’s son, surf photographer Zak Noyle, and award-winning adventure photographer Joel Grimes. “Joel is one of those people that anybody who likes photography would look at it and go damn, those are great pictures, just phenomenal lighting,” Noyle said.

Tickets cost $60, but you can score a $15 off coupon at event partners Kaimuki Camera, Hawaii Camera, ProCamera, and Pictures Plus through Sept. 5.

Admission to the three-day event is free for all high school students, teachers, and military who register online.

This year PhotoCon Hawaii is partnering with the State Department of Education to offer “A Day of Photography,” a free day of workshops for teachers and students exclusively on Sept. 7 from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Teachers may find out more information and register online.

Website: photoconhawaii.com

You can also help judge The Essence of Hawaii statewide photo contest here.

The judges selected their top 34 images from a total of 521 entries, and want your vote for the Viewers Choice Award.

“We’ve got people young and old creating images of Hawaii,” Noyle said. “I think that if a kid can create a great, powerful image, he can win too, equally.”

Those who vote will be automatically entered in a random drawing for a state-of-the-art Mavic Air Combo drone and six tickets to PhotoCon​​​​​​​. The approximate prize value is $1,360.

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