The Fine Print


Payment is due upon registration for IPS workshops. All fees are to be paid in U.S. funds. Acceptable forms of payment include cash, check, bank draft, Paypal, VISA, MasterCard and Discover. All refund requests must be in writing and are subject to our refund policy.


Discount Plans

IPS does our best to keep workshop costs low. We ofter periodic discounts and incentives to register for workshops that include early registration discounts, free t-shirts, and multi-workshop discounts. Our general policy is to offer a $100 early registration discount for students who register 6 weeks before a workshop. This may not be true for all workshops. Follow IPS on Twitter (@ipsphoto) and Facebook (@ipsphoto) to keep up with any current offers.

We are pleased to offer repeating students a 50% discount on tuition for a class they have already attended, either Prizewinning Photography or Prizewinning Photography 2. There is no repeat student discount for the Portraiture and Lighting workshop. Students should contact the IPS office to register with this first-come, first-served discount limited by the total number of full-tuition students. (This discount is NOT available for advanced workshops, online Photo Challenges or international workshops. This discount may NOT be combined with any other offer.)


Withdrawal and Refund Policy

Class size is limited in our workshops and your participation is important to us. Once your registration has been confirmed for a workshop, we are counting on you to attend. We’d rather transfer your registration to another workshop than see you cancel altogether. However, if you must withdraw from a workshop, we provide the following refund policy:

  • If you cancel your registration more than 6 weeks before the start of the workshop, we refund all monies paid, less a $100 non-refundable deposit. (Example: $585 in tuition, minus $100 deposit = $485 refund)
  • If you cancel your registration between 6 weeks and 14 days prior to the start of the workshop, we can refund 50% of the tuition cost and 100% of housing costs. (Example: 50% of $585 in tuition + $200 housing = $492.50 refund)
  • We are unable to issue a refund if you cancel your registration 14 days or less prior to the start of the workshop.

(We understand that tragedies occur, and rather than add insult to injury by losing valuable funds through unforeseen and unplanned circumstances, we are open to considering appeals to this policy. These should be in writing and postmarked no later than 7 days after the workshop start date.)


Workshop Cancellation

Unfortunately, we are occasionally required to cancel a workshop because of low enrollment. (This review process occurs 4-6 weeks prior to the workshop.) In the case of a workshop cancellation, we will refund all monies paid, in full. WE CANNOT BE RESPONSIBLE FOR NON-REFUNDABLE TRANSPORTATION COSTS UNUSED BECAUSE OF WORKSHOP CANCELLATION. Our limit of liability is to return all monies paid to IPS.

IPS reserves the right to cancel this workshop in the event of war, natural disaster, act of God, or death or serious illness of one of our instructors. In the event that IPS is forced to cancel this workshop the limit of our financial liability will be to refund all funds paid to IPS by participants. IPS is not responsible for any other expenditures including airline tickets.


Dress Code

In order to maintain professional decorum, workshop attendees are requested to abide by the following guidelines for the duration of the course.

  • Casual, modest-fitting slacks, jeans or skirts at least knee-length when sitting
  • Athletic pants or shorts for free time and recreation
  • Clean-cut polo shirts, button-down shirts, or t-shirts free of obnoxious graphics or writing
  • Comfortable shoes for extended periods of walking

These are not intended to guide your choice of clothing at home, but rather to promote a consistent standard for those attending our workshops.



The consumption of alcohol is not permitted at any IPS event regardless of participant age.


Copyright, Model, and Liability Release

All participants at IPS workshops agree to the terms of the 2013 Photographic, Model, and Liability Release Form, which is available here and fully incorporated herein by reference.


Instructor Replacement

It is the nature of the business that occasionally a listed instructor is unable to participate because of a change in his or her professional schedule. If we are forced to replace an instructor, we will do so with someone of similar credentials/abilities. When time permits, we will inform all those registered and update our online workshop information.


Waiting List

If you apply for a workshop that is full, we can place your name on a waiting list. We occasionally have students cancel, allowing us to transfer others from the waiting list to the workshop.


Fine Print

Choice of law and venue.  These terms, and your participation in PhotoEx:Italy, shall be governed by and construed in accordance with the laws of the State of Minnesota.  All suits brought as a result of or to construe or enforce these terms shall be brought only in a court located within the State of Minnesota, County of Stearns.

Violation of law.  Participants shall not violate any applicable U.S. federal, state, or local law, or the law of any other applicable jurisdiction.

Waivers and Amendments.  A waiver of one of these terms is not a waiver of others.  No modification of or alteration to these terms shall be binding unless in a writing signed (or otherwise acknowledged in writing) by the parties.



Upon receipt of your registration and deposit, IPS will reply promptly (normally three business days).  Submission of your registration and payment does not guarantee your place; rather, it constitutes an offer by you to be bound by these terms.  These terms will not become binding upon IPS, and your place at our workshop(s) is not reserved, until IPS confirms this to you in writing.


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