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SPE Northwest Chapter includes:
Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, Washington, Wyoming

Chair J. Jason Lazarus
Vice Chair/Secretary Rani Robison
Treasurer Jennie Castle
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Upcoming Conference

In Our Own Voices: Culture / Identity

- Fairbanks, Alaska   |   September 13 - September 15, 2019

Explore the Last Frontier this upcoming fall with our 2019 Chapter Conference - being held at the University of Alaska - Fairbanks!

This two day conference will provide one track for peer-reviewed international presenters, panelists, workshops artists and portfolio reviewers while also dedicating an entire track to Alaska-based photographers, indigenous artists and educational opportunities.

The theme, which is "In Our Own Voices: Culture / Identity", invites a wide array of photographers and educators to share their talent with our international guests and local artists.

Our two day business expo will be open and free to the public, and will feature a wide variety of major corporate sponsors, local businesses and educational opportunities.


The upcoming 2019 SPE-NW Chapter Conference will feature two full days of conference workshops, panel discussions, research lectures, and image-maker presentations. Two tracks of conference presentations will feature regional and international presenters along with a strong representation Alaska-based artists and professionals. We welcome submissions from photographers, educators, artists, students and do not require that proposals incorporate cultural and/or identity elements, although we encourage artists and speakers in those topics to submit. We warmly accept submissions from professionals that are not SPE members as well as people living outside of our region. Thank you for your interest and do not hesitate to contact our Conference Chair through email (provided below) or via SPE-NW's Facebook and Instagram pages. Come join us for the beautiful fall weather in Alaska's interior and explore the taiga during a hike in the fall colors, get the chance to view amazing auroral displays in our night skies and experience our local indigenous culture. 

We encourage submissions in the following categories:

  • Workshop / Hands-on Training / Outside Photo Explorations (3 hour)
  • Image-maker Presentations (45 minute)
  • Teaching methodology & research (45 minute)
  • Panel discussion (3-4 people, 90 minute)
  • Lightning round artist presentation - for single bodies of work (15 minutes)

Deadline and Submission Guidelines

Proposal submissions are due by May 1st at 11:59pm, AKST. Please submit your proposals through our submission form link available below. 

Please have the following prepared prior to submitting:

  • Proposed presentation style, title of presentation, and name(s) of presenters
  • Equipment needs for your presentation (power, projector, darkroom, studio space, computer lab, etc)
  • Biography of each presenter,
  • Image-based or image-maker presentations must include no more than 10 images
  • Up to 500 words dedicated to your proposal concept. 


Any questions? Want to help sponsor our upcoming event? Please contact Conference Chair J. Jason Lazarus at

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