Plus, you always want to be in the host hotel if possible. Fifty percent of the reason to even be at a convention is about networking. You miss out on too much if you're off property at another hotel.
Because I've been in the industry as long as I have, every year I get a dozen emails three weeks before any major convention from friends who can't find a room, hoping I've got some mystery stash of hotel accommodations. While there used to be a day when I often did, especially when Hasselblad was an exhibitor or I had responsibility for WPPI, those days are long gone. Don't wait until the last minute to get your hotel booked!
There are four shows listed below. This doesn't mean there are only four big shows kicking off the new year, just that these are the conventions I know best. Check with your state associations for other key regional conventions worth attending. You should attend every professional photographic event you can!
Click on any of the banners to find out more and if you're going, don't wait to book your hotel. Don't create a "You snooze. You Lose" scenario!