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Redwoods near Mendocino by Kay Larkin

IAPP 2024 Summer Conference June 11-15

The 43rd International Association of Panoramic Photographers Summer Conference will take place in Mendocino, California from Tuesday, June 11 through Saturday, June 15, 2024. The Mendocino coast offers Pacific Ocean vistas, lighthouses, Redwood Forests, world-class wineries, and more!  For more information about the area visit North Coast | Visit California https://www.visitcalifornia.com/in/region/discover-north-coast.   IAPP members who would like to make a presentation at the Conference can schedule their talk with IAPP President Kay Larkin at kaylarkinphotography@gmail.com

Early Bird Conference Registration Fee by May 28 is $50

Conference Registration Fee after May 28 is $100

Student Registration Fee is $25   

You can Register a Guest for $25

All those in attendance excluding guests will receive a free 1-year IAPP Regular Membership. If you are already a current regular member, the 1-year free membership will be added to your current expiration date.


IAPP has reserved a block of rooms at the Harbor Lite Lodge in nearby Fort Bragg.   120 N. Harbor Drive, Fort Bragg, CA 95437.  http://harborlitelodge.com  When you call (707) 964-0221 or (800)-643-2700 mention the “IAPP Group Rate” and you will have a choice of a harbor-view room for $135 or no view room for $127 (not including 13% tax).

The closest airport to Fort Bragg/Mendocino is the Santa Rosa George Shultz (STS).  The drive from there is under two hours and takes you through Healdsburg which is the center of the Mendocino wine country.  Other airport options include San Francisco (SFO), Oakland (OAK) and Sacramento (SMF). The drive from these airports is about 3.5 hours.


To View the Photo Gallery, Go to: Conference Archives>2022 Conference in Rochester, NY

Rochester Conference Commentary by Lydia Sheckels

As members started to arrive, the buzz began about how great it was to finally meet in person again.  IAPP President Dave Kutz planned the conference, using his contacts in Rochester and his alma mater, Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT).   Our first full day was spent on the campus of RIT, which counts several members as alumni.  There was a far-ranging display of cameras, including a #10 Cirkut camera that was brought by Tom Bleich.  Tom gave a demo of the camera, including a photo shoot of all attendees near the Eastman Kodak Quad.  Presentations were given by The Photographic Historical Society of Rochester, and later in the day, TPHS member Robert Shanebrook, a retired Eastman Kodak employee and author of “Making KODAK film” spoke about how cameras were used for national security surveillance prior to the use of digital imaging satellites. In addition, Michael Peres, Gannett Chair – School of Photographic Arts and Sciences hosted us in the Big Shot Gallery, where he explained the elaborate process involved in staging Big Shot photos, of which there have been 34 since the program started in 1987.  http://bigshot.cad.rit.edu/

RIT students dropped by throughout the day to interact with members; many were intrigued by the various cameras and panoramic prints that were on display – an art form that was new to most of them.   We extend special thanks to Bob Rose, Associate Professor at RIT who helped us coordinate all the events on campus and is a newly elected Board member of the IAPP.  

On Friday, our day began at the Kodak Visitor Center which provided a great historical perspective of cameras and film.   From there we had several hours at the George Eastman Museum, which included the mansion where George Eastman lived, with a collection of antique cameras.  While there, we met Andy Davidhazy, retired professor at RIT and past member of the IAPP, who gave us an impromptu discussion of the history of the Cirkut camera, and how he has improvised hand-made cameras to tackle difficult assignments. From there we had lunch at the Genesee Brew House which had great photo opportunities of the Upper Falls, and returned to our meeting room for our membership meeting at which the new Board members were voted on and installed.  The photo competition followed, with difficult choices to be made.

Saturday was a field day that started with a visit to Lock 32 on the Erie Canal to watch several tour boats go through the lock.  We spent the rest of the day at Letchworth State Park, where the waterfalls were the featured subject for attendees.   Rainbows added to the mystique in late afternoon, and a few members lingered to watch the hot air balloons lift off at dusk. 

Our conference concluded with a banquet at Delmonico’s Steak House where we enjoyed each other’s company and conversation until we meet again.  We concluded with the awards for the photo competition given in three categories, with awards presented to: Nature/Landscape (David Orbock), Cityscape/Architecture (Tom Sheckels) and Other (Mark Segal).  We thanked Dave Kutz for his service as President and a well-planned conference, and congratulated Kay Larkin, our incoming President.

IAPP Board of Directors as of 9/17/22, updated 4/4/23

President – Kay Larkin

President Elect/Treasurer – David Berg

Secretary – Fran Gardino

Past President – David Kutz

Director – Chris Gjevre

Director – Tom Sheckels

Director – Bob Graham Jr

Director – Bob Rose