2011 Convention: May 7 in Milwaukee

Jim Biever, left, the official team photographer for the Green Bay Packers, Jack Gruber, center, a staff photographer at USA Today, and David Joles of the (Minneapolis) Star Tribune will headline the Wisconsin News Photographers Association’s 2011 Convention as presenters on Saturday, May 7, 2011, at the Radisson Hotel Milwaukee West (Mayfair). Two of our longstanding, supportive vendors and sponsors, Canon and Nikon, will both be on hand with representatives and demo equipment. It is free to attend for WNPA members.

Click here to view a detailed schedule.


Jim Biever. Photo by Dan Powers

Biever has been the team photographer for Green Bay’s NFL football franchise for more than 30 years. His father, the late Vernon Biever, was also a longtime Packers team photographer. View an audio slideshow WNPA member Dan Powers produced on Jim Biever in 2009 here.






Jack Gruber

Gruber is one of five staff photographers at the national newspaper with about 1.8 million readers. He has traveled extensively covering wars and strife in Afghanistan, Iraq, and Darfur, as well as several summer and winter Olympics. View Gruber’s website here.





David Joles in an Olivia, Minn., blizzard

Joles, a staff photographer at the Star Tribune since 2005, previously worked at the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. He is a four-time WNPA Photographer of the Year, and was Minnesota’s Photographer of the Year in 2006. Joles returns to Wisconsin to share his latest work; among it, his continuing coverage of his own 8-year-old daughter Gracie’s fight with a brain tumor.





About this year’s convention

The 2011 WNPA Convention will be a one-day affair, Saturday, May 7, beginning at 9 a.m. and ending around 5 p.m. A detailed schedule is posted here.

The Radisson Hotel Milwaukee West is located at 2303 N Mayfair Rd, Milwaukee, WI 53226. This is an extremely convenient location for those WNPA members coming in for the day from out of town. With highway road work going on in that area, however, please allow some extra time in your travels.

This might be a first. There is no cost to attend for WNPA professional and student members. Photographer non-members may attend for $25 (professionals) or $5 (students) and receive full WNPA membership good for the remainder of the year. General public interested in attending our speakers’ presentations may attend the whole day with a suggested donation of $10.

WNPA members and those receiving membership at the door will be eligible for door prizes from our generous and supportive vendors: Adobe, BeachTek, Honl Photo, Lexar Media, Lowepro, LumiQuest, Manfrotto, Roberts Distributors, Soundslides, and Think Tank Photo. Our annual contest winners will also be receiving plaques and some valuable prizes from Canon and Nikon.

We want to thank our sponsors in addition to those prize and award donors listed above. These kind folks gave generously to help keep WNPA strong: the Wisconsin Newspaper Association, the Wisconsin Newspaper Association Foundation, and Gannett Wisconsin Media.

3 Responses to “2011 Convention: May 7 in Milwaukee”

  1. Dan Powers says:

    Hope to see lots of folks at our annual event. We have a great line up and fun stuff to give away too! Spread the word and see you there…Dan.

  2. Dan Currier says:

    I would like to attend the May 7 program. Do I have to register in advance or can I do it at the door on the morning of the seventh. I would like to join your organization. I recently joined the Illinois group since I live in Arlington Heights, Ill., and worked for the Daily Herald for 19 years, and most recently the Chicago Sun Times Media as a reporter and photographer. I am looking be change my career in journalism and become a photojournalist in the midwest. This outing would be a great help in my finding out what is available in Wisconsin. I am originally from Milwaukee and graduated from UWM. I also worked for the old Milwaukee Sentinel in the sports department from 1980-83. Look forward to this event. Dan Currier

  3. Michael P. King says:

    Hi Dan,

    We aren’t doing pre-registration this year, so I would simply plan on registering at the door. We’ll begin doing registration around 8am, as our first speaker, Jim Biever, will start around 9am. (A detailed schedule will be posted soon).

    It will be great to meet you at the convention, Dan! Please spread the word and tell your Illinois friends to come on up, too!

    Best regards,

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