Annual Conference

AIR 1 © Will Wilson

BIOCOMM 2023 Conference

May 16-19, 2023

This Conference is Now Over

BIOCOMM 2023 was held at the Drury Plaza Hotel in Santa Fe, New Mexico, one of the most popular destinations in North America.

The annual BIOCOMM conference provided a fabulous opportunity to meet old and new colleagues, network, discuss technical issues and establish new connections. This international conference included two keynote speakers, specialized presentation sessions and workshops.

Thanks You to all who prepared, presented and attended and we look forward to our next educational gathering.

Maria Ikenberg Lindberg Keynote Address

Auto Immune Response, 
Critical Indigenous Photographic Exchange, 
Connecting the Dots

Will Wilson, Diné Photographer

Diné photographer Will Wilson talked about his work which offers a counter narrative to romanticized visions of Native people that fix them in an unchanging past. With his lens-based artistry, Wilson challenges the traditional portrayal of the indigenous North American image and reclaims it for modern generations.

Wilson's art projects center around the continuation and transformation of customary indigenous cultural practice.

Anne Shiras Pioneer Lecture

Stalked by Technology – The Challenges of Forensic Image Interpretation

Gale Spring, FBPA

For over 40 years, Gale Spring has witnessed the impact and challenges of technology on the interpretation of images. At BIOCOMM 2023, he took us on a journey through time to look at how the photography landscape has changed.


BIOCOMM 2023 was an exciting and dynamic conference with a program full of educational workshops and presentations. Have a peek at the full program to get a taste of what was explored. 


One advantage to an in-person conference is the opportunity to attend hands-on workshops. We had a variety of workshops included in the registration. We traveled back in time to make a tintype in a workshop conducted by Will Wilson, our Maria Ikenberg Lindberg keynote speaker. Then jumped back to the present to learn the nuts and bolts of how to create a short YouTube video, from the initial storyboard, filming, editing and posting online. We also got in touch with our creative side to share individual interpretations of images taken in the local area.

Post-Conference Workshop

Directly following BIOCOMM 2023 there was a post-conference workshop on May 19. We were able to continue the networking with colleagues in a more relaxed and informal atmosphere, while still reaping the educational benefits of photography in the field.

We traveled in convoy to Ghost Ranch to tour and photograph the colorful and unusual landscapes made famous by Georgia O’Keeffe. Then onto Abiquiu where we toured O'Keeffe's home and studio.

Conference Registration

Full Conference Member $375
Full Conference Non-Member $495
1 Day Registration Member $135
1 Day Registration Non-Member $185
Retired or Emeritus $185
Student or Spouse $185
Post-Conference Workshop $130


The BCA conference was held at the historic Drury Plaza Hotel located in the heart of downtown in Santa Fe, New Mexico.

Room rates were $179 including a full breakfast and Drury's Kickback from 5:30 ‑ 7:00 pm every evening featuring free hot food and cold beverages for guests.

About Santa Fe

Santa Fe embodies a rich history, melding Hispanic, Anglo and Native American cultures whose influences are apparent in everything from the architecture through to the food and art. It is known throughout the world for it's diverse photographic culture. The city sits at an elevation of 7,000 feet. It also boasts 320 days of sunshine per year.


Getting to Santa Fe is easy. You can fly into Albuquerque, NM and rent a car or take the Groome Transportation shuttle from the airport to Santa Fe. The shuttle is $42 each way and requires 24-48 hours notice. Click on the link above for more information and to make a reservation.

Alternatively, you can also fly into the Santa Fe Regional Airport, a small airport with limited flights and services. 

Director of Conferences

If you require additional information about presentations or if you wish to present at a future conference, please contact Connie Johansen, RBP, FBCA, the Director of Conferences.