2013 Spring Morro Photo Cancelled

Posted by on Oct 23, 2012 in Blog | 1 comment

Morro Photo Expo Spring 2013

We are sorry to announce that due to unforeseen issues we have had to cancel this Spring Expo. All registered attendees will be issued a a full refund shortly and also will receive a discount on the next scheduled Expo. We are sorry for any inconveniece. Please check back soon for further information.

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Morro Photo Expo Donates $8000 for Scholarships and Community Support

Posted by on Jun 9, 2012 in Blog | 2 comments

“students will use the scholarships to further their studies”


Morro Bay High School Seniors, Jazmine Franklin, Alyssa Hudson, and Yoselin Cuevas were each awarded a $1000 scholarship on June 12 by Morro Photo Expo. The students will use the scholarships to further their studies in college. Each of the students completed two years of photography classes, maintained a GPA of at least 3.0, submitted five photographs and wrote an essay about their photography. Sue-Lyn Dorrough, a winner of last year’s scholarship was awarded an additional $500 to continue her studies at Olivet Nazarene University in Illinois.  The committee also donated four Canon cameras for students’ use at the Morro Bay High School Graphic Arts and Photography Department.

Morro Photo Expo also donated $1500 to the Natural History Museum for the purchase of binoculars, tripods, and a spotting scope to help visitors to the sea otter mobile unit at Morro Rock more easily view local wildlife. An additional $1500 was donated to the Morro Bay Art Association.

The Morro Photo Expo, a non-profit organization, is a 3-day event with a keynote speaker and 40+ workshops held each year in Morro Bay. The Expo provides photographers of all skill levels the opportunity to improve their technical and creative artistry in an encouraging, friendly, and social environment.  For information on future Expo events, go to www.morrophotoexpo.com .

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Thank You!

Posted by on Apr 15, 2012 in Blog | 0 comments

A big thank you goes out to everyone who attended our weekend of photography during Morro Photo Expo!  We had our largest attendance ever.

Over 50% of our respondents have replied to our survey (now closed) and over 95% rated the expo “Excellent” or “Good”, plus our instructors topped those ratings at 97%!  Among the comments we received …

“I was really impressed first by the organization of the event.  It seems that you thought of everything.  All the help, the help phone number, the texting communication.  Excellent communication.  I loved the wide variety of class subjects, and the knowledgeable teachers.  Art Morris was a hoot and I got several points from him.”

” Website rocked.  Online registration great.  Online pre-handouts a plus.  Exceptional organizational team.”

“The incredible hard working organizers.  Getting Artie here was huge.  Showcasing local talent.”

And suggestions…

” Maybe have some of the most popular classes repeat, it was hard to chose.”

” Good weather, but you can’t control that – or can you?”

We were so pleased with our raffle and donations this year which exceeded $2000!  We have already purchased cameras for the photography class at Morro Bay High School; look for a coming Blog on our scholarship winner.  Our top raffle prize winner from High Sierra Workshops went to Cindy Tarango and the winner of the master class with Artie went to Neil Silverman.

Our photography contest winners can be viewed here.

We are sponsored by the Morro Bay Art Association, a non-profit 501(c) corporation.  Thanks to MBAA as well as the many volunteer assistants, instructors, and committee members that made this possible.

Barb and Howard Ignatius
Morro Photo Expo Co-Chairs

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Contest Winners Announced!

Posted by on Apr 15, 2012 in Blog | 2 comments

Thanks for everyone who entered the Morro Photo Expo Contest. Our judges have reviewed all your images and here are the winners:

1st Place: Cayucos Sunset by Joe Steed


Cayucos Sunset


2nd Place: Hummingbird, SLO Botanical Garden by Tom Lott


Hummingbird, SLO Botanical Garden


3rd Place: Fremontodendron by Ron Kindig


Fremontodendron 'Pacific Sunset' ECU 120330 Kindig


Honorable Mention: I See You! by Monica Silver


I See You!


Best Time Lapse Video: Dawn Beattie




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Welcome Morro Photo Expo Participants!

Posted by on Mar 29, 2012 in Blog | 0 comments

As a reminder, bring your packet that contains your schedule, maps, and your badge. You’ll receive your badge holder and lanyard in your first class, or come to the help desk Friday afternoon.

The reception is from 5-7pm on Friday at the South Bay Community Center in Los Osos. You will receive your t-shirt and see various vendor tables, plus enjoy some appetizers with your friends. Mini-classes will be held on Lightroom 3 vs. 4 and Getting the Most from your I-Phone camera.

Friday evening will end with a presentation on the Life of an AP Photographer, beginning at 7pm in the South Bay Community Center.

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Posted by on Mar 23, 2012 in Blog | 0 comments

by Cheryl Strahl


They are the people at the Help Desk who greet you with a big smile and tons of information to share.  As Instructor Assistants, they are waiting at the door to your next class ready to check your name off the list and help you.    They are local photographers who just happen to have specialized in an area of photography that they are anxious to teach and share with you as Instructors in that classroom.   They hand you a t-shirt, then present delicious snacks for you at the Reception.  They will ask you “what are you seeing?” or help you with a camera setting at the photo shoots, as well as watching out for your safety.  They have put up posters, and talked publicity with local merchants to get the MPE word out.   They prepare and stuff the registration packets that are sent out.  They cheerfully answer the Help Phone when you call with a question. Who are THEY?  They are the heart of MPE : our valuable and talented VOLUNTEERS!

Our volunteer list is extensive – as is the list of assignments and tasks that are required to make the MPE 2012 run smoothly.  Many of our volunteers are photographers who are arranging their volunteer schedule around classes.  Several instructors are also volunteering as Instructor Assistants in other classes, and the MPE Committee members are active in all aspects of the Expo.  The Reception alone has ten dedicated volunteers!

If you are a volunteer, we are grateful for each and every one of you, and thank you for the generosity of your time and efforts.  The Expo could not run without you!

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