In the fast-paced world of petroleum industry advancements, the triennial World Petroleum
Congress (WPC) stands as an iconic event, often referred to as the "Olympics" of the petroleum sector. In 2023, this prestigious event was held in the vibrant city of Calgary, attracting over 5000 delegates from all corners of the globe. As photographers hailing from Montreal, we were fortunate to be a part of this incredible event, thanks to a stellar contract with Aramco and the opportunity to capture the essence of WPC 2023 through our lenses.
A Warm Welcome and Exceptional Hospitality
The journey began with a warm welcome and exceptional hospitality that set the tone for our time in Calgary. The organizers ensured that we felt at home, orchestrating seamless arrangements and making our stay truly memorable. The hotel accommodation provided was nothing short of amazing, offering a comfortable retreat after our bustling days at the congress.
Connecting with Industry Experts
One of the most rewarding aspects of WPC 2023 was the opportunity to interact with fellow participants. The friendly and engaging atmosphere encouraged networking and establishing valuable contacts within the industry. Conversations flowed effortlessly, and we found ourselves immersed in discussions about technological advancements, the role of natural gas and renewables, industry management, and more.
Exploring Calgary's Vibrant Culture
Calgary, with its vibrant energy and diverse culture, provided the perfect backdrop for this prestigious event. The city's 17th Avenue was a hub of activity, brimming with charming restaurants and bustling life. We embraced the local flavors and found a few hidden gems, adding to the overall joy of our stay.
Corporate Event Photography of the WPC 2023
Amidst the bustling crowds and electrifying atmosphere, our main task, as corporate event photographers, was to capture the defining moments of the congress, especially the awards ceremony. The challenge lay in delivering high-quality photos to our clients within minutes of the awards being presented. However, equipped with advanced technology and a diligent approach, we successfully transferred photos directly to our phones and swiftly uploaded them, meeting the expectations of our esteemed clients.
A Glimpse of Dignitaries and Performances
The event was graced by distinguished dignitaries, adding an extra layer of grandeur. Notable personalities included Alberta Premier Daniele Smith, the Mayor of Calgary adorned with dark glasses, and the Federal Finance Minister, distinguished by his glasses. The event also featured captivating performances by Cirque du Soleil and other talented artists, adding to the overall allure of WPC 2023.
An Extravaganza of Exhibitions and Entertainment
The expansive event space, comprising two buildings interconnected with tents, hosted a
massive exhibition. Delegates had the chance to explore cutting-edge advancements and engage in entertaining games, all while enjoying the delectable offerings from food trucks scattered around the venue. The organization of the event was impeccable, showcasing the efforts put into making WPC 2023 a resounding success.
In conclusion, our experience as photographers for Studio 55 at WPC 2023 in Calgary was truly remarkable. From the delightful hospitality to capturing the vibrant essence of the congress, every aspect was a testament to the remarkable strides and global impact of the petroleum industry. We extend our gratitude to Aramco for the opportunity and eagerly look forward to future ventures that allow us to freeze time through our lenses and share these incredible experiences with the world.