Archive for March, 2014

The inaugural Photography Show show gets off to a successful start

The Photography Show, the brand new event for professional and enthusiast photographers, opened its doors for the first time at Birmingham's NEC in March and welcomed 30,134 attendees (subject to audit).

The inaugural show treated visitors to a day out dedicated to all aspects of photography. Visitors arrived in their droves to get their hands on new kit, enjoy a range of activities and buy products from over 180 exhibiting brands and 400 seminars, workshops and demos.

Nigel McNaught, Director of UK Activities, PMA International comments; 'There was a fine buzz about the show, which started with the crowds queuing to get in on Saturday morning and continued right through until Tuesday afternoon. The visitors clearly came to learn and enjoyed doing so. There was activity everywhere for all to participate: taking better pictures leads to greater enjoyment.'

A variety of exhibiting brands, including Canon, Nikon, Panasonic, Samsung, Olympus and Fujifilm were on-hand to help visitors explore the latest kit and get updates on the latest innovations. Susie Donaldson, Marketing Director, Canon UK & Ireland adds; 'It was great to see the photography industry come together at The Photography Show. We wanted to bring photography to life for those visiting and we feel we achieved that with talks from our Canon ambassadors, supporting the Student Conference and the interactive elements of our stand like the Slo Mo booth and our EF lens bar. The show was a good opportunity for us to speak with people at all stages of their photography journey, from students wanting to take their next step to professional photographers looking for that extra bit of kit. For us it was a great show and the feedback we've had from our customers and partners is extremely positive.'

Adding to the visitor experience were icons and celebrities of the photography world including Rankin, Steve McCurry, Joe McNally and Terry O'Neill who captivated audiences in the specially created 500-seat Super Stage. The Live Stage and Catwalk featured diverse photography masterclasses for both the pro and the enthusiast, from shooting with fire and Darth Vader, to fashion and wedding photography.

The Studio and Adobe Photoshop and Lightroom Studios provided a more intimate environment for visitors to gain advice and tips from demonstrations on photography techniques and post-production editing.

Dr Michael Pritchard FRPS, Director-General, The Royal Photographic Society adds; 'The Photography Show was a break with the past. The speakers and events around the main exhibition brought in a new audience which was both large and engaged and undoubtedly benefited all exhibitors. The Society had its best exhibition ever and Future is to be congratulated on its achievement. The RPS looks forward to returning in 2015.'

Jonny Sullens, Head of Events, Future Publishing reflects; 'Year one of The Photography Show has eclipsed our expectations. This year's success has given us the confidence and opportunity to grow the event in the years to come. Without the results of an official audit on our figures, every early indication shows that this has been an astounding success and we could not have done this without the contribution to everyone in the industry. We are delighted to have produced a show that can become the focal point of the industry. In 2015 we will return to the Birmingham NEC from 21st - 24th March, but this time in hall five which will give us greater capacity.'

Getty Images makes 35 million images free for web use

In a controversial move Getty Images has made 35 million photos free to use for non-commercial purposes. Getty claims it is to help in the fight against copyright infringement but the decision has stirred the photographic community and triggered numerous arguments against it.

Websites, blogs and social media users can now embed images from Getty Images' library of content by selecting a photo and copying a HTML code to their own website. Getty Images will serve the image in an embedded player - as YouTube does - which will include the full copyright information and a link back to the image's dedicated licensing page on its website.

Getty's CEO, Jonathan Klein, says that "We are excited to open up our vast and growing image collection for easy, legal sharing in a new way that benefits our content contributors and partners, and advances our core mission to enable a more visually-rich world."

The new policy is mandatory for all contributors unless they contribute to elite Reportage by Getty or Contour by Getty. The move is a turnaround from the company's past which included suing churches, charities and small businesses for infringement.

This new 'deal' between Getty and people using the photos has been accused of being focused purely around monetisation. It opens the door for widespread advertising opportunities for Getty in the future such as clickable links however no such plans have yet been announced.

Many believe that the decision could put some photographers out of work. Jeff Moore, chairman of the British Press Photographers' Association, told trade magazine BJP. "It's going to put people out of work, without the shadow of a doubt. The first ones to fall will be small and independent freelancers and smaller agencies that are relying on small Internet sales."

Strong repercussions are expected in the move and the possibility of other stock photography websites following suit increases.

Capture both sides of your story with the Canon PowerShot N100

Canon has unveiled the PowerShot N100 - a brand new concept camera, packed full of innovative new technologies to effortlessly turn your images and movies into stories that you'll never forget. The PowerShot N100 is Canon's first compact camera to feature both front and rear facing cameras, allowing you to simultaneously capture your expression behind the camera as you press the shutter, helping you tell both sides of your story. The camera also features optical technologies similar to those found in the renowned PowerShot S Series, which produces exceptional quality images.

Dual capture
Unlocking the ability to capture action in front and behind the camera, the
PowerShot N100's new Dual Capture functionality ensures every emotion is encapsulated in a single image or movie, thanks to the rear-facing Story Camera. The PowerShot N100 records your expression as you shoot, either as a movie or still image, and combines it with the scene you've captured - ideal for when your reaction is just as important as the moment itself, such as watching a child's first steps.

Stills are guaranteed to look impressive with Canon's Smart Auto technology - it automatically determines the best settings to capture the perfect shot from 58 different scenes - from sunsets to smiling babies. You'll never miss a moment either, thanks to the inclusion of Canon's Hybrid Auto feature, which captures four seconds of movie footage before you press the shutter to take a still image. The PowerShot N100 also intelligently combines Hybrid Auto and the Dual Capture functionality to automatically record your expressions behind the camera two seconds before and after image capture. At the end of the day, the clips are merged into one 720p resolution movie to tell the behind-the-scenes story of your shooting experience.

The new Story Highlights mode is the perfect tool to help you easily tell your story, without the need for any editing. The mode automatically edits all of your special stories into one memorable video album for you to review and share. Using a unique algorithm and the powerful DIGIC 6 processor, the camera intelligently analyses pictures to produce a highlights video album by theme, date, or even by faces that have been registered in the camera. Select, organise and relive your cherished memories on demand by using the dedicated Favourite Button to instantly tag videos and images to feature in your highlights album.

Stories to be shared
Sharing stories from your day is easier than ever before, with the PowerShot N100's Wi-Fi functionality allowing you to wirelessly upload your stories directly to social networks1. Connecting to smartphones is easy - the customisable Mobile Device Connect Button with NFC support allows you to connect and start sharing, via Canon's CameraWindow app, in quick and simple steps. The Mobile Device Connect Button also allows easy backup to online cloud storage sites such as Google Drive(tm), or Flickr(tm), via CANON iMAGE GATEWAY. Using the CameraWindow app, you can even remotely control the PowerShot N100 directly from your smartphone's screen. Easily control the camera's most common features, such as zoom, flash, shutter and even self-timer, all from your phone - perfect for when you want to be a part of group shots, or you need to be discreet whilst capturing wildlife.

Stunning image quality your stories deserve
Your stories can be enjoyed for a lifetime, thanks to Canon's first-class image technologies. Capturing natural looking images in low light is easy with Canon's
HS System, an advanced combination of powerful DIGIC 6 processing and a
12.1 Megapixel 1/1.7-type high-sensitivity CMOS sensor. The PowerShot N100's lens provides the flexibility to capture sweeping landscapes using the 24mm ultra-wide-angle, and get closer to distant subjects with the 5x optical zoom. The rear-facing
Story Camera features a wide 25mm lens that works simultaneously with the front-facing camera, and is wide-enough to capture a couple behind the camera. Canon's industry leading Optical Image Stabilizer and Intelligent IS technology also ensure that images are sharp and clear, and even images or movies shot on the go are clear thanks to the enhanced Dynamic IS mode.

Creativity at your fingertips
Expressing your creativity is simple with the PowerShot N100's range of automatic shooting modes designed to enhance images. For moments where the foreground of your shot is important, a beautiful shallow depth of field effect can be created with the Background Defocus mode, which automatically blurs the background, recreating the effect of images similar to those captured using a SLR camera. You can also add a creative twist to images with Creative Shot, a unique shooting mode that allows you to capture six different versions of a single image. There are 46 different creative effects, grouped into four categories - Monochrome, Retro, Special and Natural - for you to pre-select from before you start shooting. All settings can be accessed and adjusted via the 7.5 cm (3.0'') tilt-up touchscreen, allowing you to shoot from a variety of unique and different angles.

PowerShot N100 Key Features:
* Dual Capture with rear-facing Story Camera
* HS System for superior lowlight results
* Ultra wide, bright 5x zoom lens with Intelligent IS
* Effortlessly create albums with Story Highlights
* Wi-Fi with NFC
* Large tilt-up touchscreen
* Hybrid Auto with Dual Capture
* Creative modes

Pricing and availability
The new PowerShot N100 will be available from May 2014 with an SRP of ?349/?419.

 

Street Action Photographic Competition Winners Announced

Street Action Photographic Competition Winners Announced

Graham Nicholls Winning image entitled 'Street Artist'

The Society of International Travel and Tourism Photographers have announced the winners of the Street Action Photography Competition.

For this month's competition we were looking for images with strong clear narratives, so images of people engrossed in an activity was greatly encouraged.

Graham Nicholls from Timsbury, Somerset image was chosen from over 370 images entered.

Graham explains a bit about the image "She had a sales stand just outside of the Abbey churchyard in Bath adjacent to the Pumprooms and was demonstrating her art to passers by and selling to anyone interested. I took the image in colour, converted it to black & white and used Topaz adjust to give it a bit of grit.

It was taken on 27th August 2013 with a Canon 450D Iso 200 at 1/200 F5.6 using a Canon 55 - 250 lens."

Graham has won 12 months membership to The Society of International Travel and Tourism Photographers (SITTP).
Phil Jones, The Societies CEO says, "This image captures the true essence of the artist and portrays the street scene. A well captured moment in a photojournalistic style."

He continues, "The competition had a very high standard which made judging very difficult, the range of entries was very broad and we have seen everything from the street buskers to street parties."

2nd place was Jack Ladenburg from London and 3rd place were Robert Moore from West Midlands were both been awarded 6 months membership to the SITTP photographic organisation.

Here are the winners -

1st place - Graham Nicholls http://sittp.com/act/entries-14.htm
2nd place - Jack Ladenburg http://sittp.com/act/entries-15.htm
Joint 3rd place - Robert Moore http://sittp.com/act/entries-16.htm

Also there were 13 highly commended images:

http://sittp.com/act/entries-17.htm

Take a look at all the images entered here

http://sittp.com/act/index.htm

Check out our new comp 'Cityscapes'

http://sittp.com/city/

Benro unveils robust backpacks for outdoor photographers

Kenro, the official UK and Ireland distributor for the acclaimed Benro range of camera bags and tripods, has introduced the Falcon series, a selection of innovative and hard-wearing baggage solutions, designed to make an outdoor photographer's life a little easier.

There are two choices in the series, the Falcon 400 and the Falcon 800, both available in a camouflage finish.

Specially designed to meet the needs of the outdoor wildlife photographer, the Benro Falcon series of backpacks teams well-built design with supreme weight-distribution. Manufactured from abrasion resistant PT1200D PU and water repellent materials, the bags feature adjustable shoulder, chest and waist belts ensuring maximum comfort. The bottom of the bags is reinforced with a shockproof and abrasion resistant pad, prolonging the backpacks life and making cleaning easier.

Its clever design allows photographers to store maximum kit into one, compact backpack with the ability to also carry tripods, iPads and other accessories. Both also feature smaller pockets for SD cards and memory card readers for ease of use and quick retrieval, as well as a concealed pouch for wallets and credentials. A rain cover is included and there is also a water bottle pocket and removable divider.

The Falcon 400 is capable of carrying up to 1xSLR and 1x400mm lens plus accessories. The 800 version has the capacity to hold 1xSLR and 1x800mm lens plus accessories. A pro lens cushion is built into both backpacks to protect your lens from moving.

Paul Kench, managing director of Kenro, made this comment: "Benro are renowned for the quality of their world-class tripods and I'm delighted to see that same attention to design, build quality and functionality has been applied to their new range of outdoor backpacks. Bird and wildlife photographers spend huge sums on their equipment and they need to protect their investment."

The Falcon series in camouflage has an approximate SRP ranging from GBP169.80 to GBP180, depending on size.

For further information call Kenro's head office on 01793 615836 or visit the website at www.kenro.co.uk

 

Gitzo introduces more advanced technology to Mountaineer Range

When Gitzo launched the original Mountaineer in 1994, it was the world's first carbon fibre tripod. After 20 years, Mountaineer is still leading the way, continuing to evolve and define the latest tripod technologies.

Mountaineer is our 'all-purpose' carbon tripod family, both extremely rigid and light in weight. Understandably, Mountaineers are the most popular tripods in the Gitzo range.
Now stiffer and stronger than ever, with newly developed Carbon eXact tubes and a refined top spider design, they are also faster and easier to use with evolutions in the G-lock system, Ground Level Set mechanism, and leg angle selectors.

'Carbon eXact' tubing and structure
New Mountaineer tripods maintain the lightweight characteristics of preceding Carbon 6X models, but are even stiffer, thanks to the fibre composition of our Carbon eXact tubing and tube dimension optimizations that include larger diameters of lower leg sections.

In addition, the top spider and column lock have also been improved, contributing to the tripod's rigidity.

Enhanced usability and comfort
New Mountaineer tripods feature G-lock Ultra, a redesigned version of Gitzo's signature leg lock system G-lock. G-lock Ultra has even more comfortable operation and reduced risk of debris entering the tubes and locking mechanisms. It is fine-tuned for the smaller differences in tube diameter between leg sections of Carbon eXact tubes, contributing to increased stiffness of the legs.

The Ground Level Set mechanism, which lets the photographer remove the centre column to get the camera closer to the ground, has been completely redesigned for faster operation. A single simple unlocking ring under the column's upper disc frees the column while keeping the upper disc solidly in place on the tripod, with no need to unscrew and re-fit the upper disc and hook as in previous versions.
Models in the updated Mountaineer range

There are ten tripod leg sets and three complete tripod and head kits in the new Mountaineer range, covering Gitzo's size-related Series 0 (the smallest) up to Series 3. Each series has three and four section models available, while Series 2 and Series 3 also have a special long four section model for increased height.
For more information, visit www.gitzo.co.uk

Kenro launches new Braun Digital Photo Frames

Kenro, the UK and Ireland distributor of Braun Photo Technik, has announced 3 new additions to its digital photo frame range.

The Braun Digi Frames are designed to be a modern addition to any home or office. Models are PC independent and some feature LED Backlight Technology, allowing even higher picture rendition. The three new additions are the DF71, DF7040 and DF1580. All frames handle SD, SDHC, MMC cards and USB memory sticks.

The stylish black matte DF71 has a high quality 7"digital TFT LED screen with LED Backlight technology and a resolution of 480 x 234 pixels. The DF7040 also has excellent illumination with the same screen but a resolution of 800x600 pixels and a bigger frame is the DF1580 with a 15" LCD screen and a resolution of 1024 x 768 pixels.

With two built in stereo speakers, the larger DF1580 is a great device for video clips and music files and also comes with an infrared remote control allowing even more flexibility and freedom. Another great feature of this particular model is the option of plugging in headphones or additional speakers.

Show off photos in transitional styles and variable speeds whilst having the option to zoom, rotate and control picture brightness. The frames also have a useful clock and calendar function and an easy to use screen menu available in many different languages. The frames can be used in landscape or portrait format and mounted to a wall if desired.

SRP is between ?40.50 and ?160.80 inc VAT.

Says Paul Kench, Kenro's managing director: "This is a growing market for retailers and as prices are coming down for even better features, now is the perfect time to stock up on these desirable gift items."

For further information call Kenro's head office on 01793 615836 or visit the website at www.kenro.co.uk

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Cheil UK creates first user-controlled camera-bot

Cheil UK has created a web user-controlled camera-bot, the first of its kind, called the NX Rover, for Samsung to showcase the unique connectivity of the Galaxy NX Camera.

Inspired by Mars exploration rovers, the NX Rover is equippedwith the Samsung GALAXY NX Camera, the first interchangeable-lens camera with 3G/4G LET and Wi-Fi sharing capabilities.

To demonstrate the amazing capabilities of the Galaxy NX Camera, the NX Rover will be sent on an international trip to a series of extraordinary places and events. Planned tour stops include visits to London Super Comic Convention - Europe's biggest comic convention, access to an FC Bayern Munich training session, on-location in Iceland, and an after-hours visit to a major London museum.

Samsung will be giving keen photographers the opportunity to take control of the NX Rover and get behind the lens of the Galaxy NX like a true professional. Fans can shoot online, on a PC, from wherever they are, and share their photos via 3G, 4G or Wi-Fi.

For this, Cheil has built an interface which will give users real time control of the camera via a 'point and click' function. Users can also control the arm of the Rover which can extend up to 2m high. Other functions include; up/down movement of the arm, 360-degrees pan and tilt/pivot of the camera, as well as focus and zoom. Blue LED lights on the head of the camera flash to indicate that the photos are being taken.

For the chance to go live 'behind the lens' and share in the NX Rover's European journey, consumers simply have to visit the dedicated microsite, http://www.samsung.com/nxrover. Here they can learn more about the Galaxy NX, the campaign and check out the NX Rover's event schedule.

The NX Rover microsite, built by Cheil UK, will also showcase the best images taken by consumers. Visitors can get tips and watch insight films created with some of Getty Image's top photographers, as part of the recently announced Samsung and Getty Images partnership.

Stephen Taylor, vice president of brand and retail at Samsung Electronics Europe, said: "We're giving people all over Europe access to shoot some wonderful places and events, full of extraordinary photo opportunities.

"Cheil UK has created a unique piece of technology that will allow people everywhere to experience the amazing image quality and instant photo sharing capabilities of the GALAXY NX Camera."

Matt Pye, COO at Cheil UK added: "This is a hugely exciting project for Cheil UK. Samsung is always searching for compelling ways to showcase its innovative products - the NX Rover does just this. The camera-bot has been seamlessly built around the GALAXY NX Camera to create a human, intuitive and authentic 'hands-on' photographic experience for the user at home.

"We wanted to reignite the spirit of adventure and put the NX in to the hands of the photographers everywhere, and do it in a way that did justice to this game-changing product. Through the NX Rover keen photographers will have the opportunity to see and capture some of the world's most interesting places and characters in an entirely new way. It truly is the ultimate product demo."

Canon unveils the new EOS 1200D and the EOS Companion app

Canon has unveiled the EOS 1200D - a new entry level DSLR that makes capturing beautiful photographs and Full HD movies easier and more enjoyable than ever before. Designed for first-time DSLR owners who want impressive results straight out of the box, the EOS 1200D will launch alongside an EOS Companion app1 for mobile devices, which offers helpful tips and tutorials to help you get the most out of your new camera and other cameras in the EOS range. The EOS 1200D combines Canon's world class imaging system with a range of intuitive, easy-to-use controls and automatic shooting modes, ensuring that no matter what your skill level, capturing images that always do your memories justice is simple.

With the help of the new EOS Companion app and easy to navigate quick start guide, you'll be able to easily learn about the camera's button layout and features, so you can take your first steps to shooting special moments more confidently. The app provides a range of expert tutorials and step-by-step exercises to take you through photography basics at a pace to suit you, with an 'Inspire' section suggesting combinations of popular subjects such as pets or people, with photographic instructions, such as information about speed or perspective. The app also features a troubleshooting guide to provide helpful tips on improving your photos and combating the most common type of problems, such as blurry or overexposed images, as well as tips on composition for groups and landscapes.
Images packed with detail

The EOS 1200D ensures that your special memories can be relived in vivid, beautiful detail and remembered for years to come. Colourful, high quality stills - perfect for creating large-scale prints as gifts or for showcasing proudly around the home - are captured using an 18.0 MP APS-C CMOS sensor and Canon's DIGIC 4 processor. As light levels fade, the images you capture will look just as vibrant, thanks to the camera's impressive low light capabilities. A 9-point AF system featuring points spread right across the frame ensures that no matter what you are shooting, the entire scene is captured in striking, detailed quality. With rapid continuous shooting you can also shoot a series of images at up to three frames per second - ideal for capturing bursts of fast moving action.

From birthday celebrations to holiday adventures, you can trust the EOS 1200D to always capture stunning results. Using the Scene Intelligent Auto mode, which automatically selects the most appropriate combination of camera settings, it's easy to shoot with the right settings every time.

Moving memories - Full HD movie recording
For those moments that need to relived time and time again, the EOS 1200D also shoots impressive Full HD video (1080p). A wide range of easy-to-use controls gives you the freedom to get creative with movies as your skills develop - offering control of exposure, focus and sound levels so special moments are captured just as you enjoyed them. For a professionally edited feel, Video Snapshot mode allows you to record a series of short video clips and automatically joins them together in the camera for a summary movie of your occasion.

Artistic creativity, with just one touch
Adding a unique twist to each shot can be achieved with just a touch of a button, thanks to the EOS 1200D's range of in-camera Creative filters. A choice of five different popular artistic styles, such as Miniature effect, Fish-eye and Toy camera, can be applied either before or after a shot is taken - allowing you to instantly add a creative feel to enhance the drama and atmosphere, or simply bring a completely different perspective to your images.

Designed for you
Compact and lightweight, the EOS 1200D can be carried with ease, ensuring you can embrace every opportunity to capture the moment. The camera's layout of large, intuitively-placed controls is easy and instinctive to use, making it quick to get to grips with different settings when you're shooting on the move. Designed to be flexible to suit your shooting style, the EOS 1200D features a bright optical viewfinder to help you frame your shots, and a 7.5cm (3.0'') LCD screen for shooting in Live View mode. The sharp 460k-dot resolution LCD is the perfect way to review stills and movies straight after capture, or with groups of friends.

When you're ready to take your photography to the next level, simply change the lens on your EOS 1200D to one of a selection of over 70 Canon EF lenses - each one giving you a different perspective that'll help you to explore your creativity and take photos that really stand out. With the EOS Companion app you'll find details on the EOS 1200D's wide range of compatible lenses and accessories.

EOS 1200D - key features:
* Great quality from a large sensor
* Detailed images you can crop and print at large sizes
* Clear pictures even in low-light
* Easy-to-use Scene Intelligent Auto mode
* Built-in Feature Guide and Companion smartphone app
* Full HD movies with Video Snapshot
* Bright 7.5cm (3.0") LCD screen
* Be artistic using Creative filters

Pricing and availability
The EOS 1200D will be available from March 2014 with the following SRPs:
* EOS 1200D body only - GBP349.99/419.99
* EOS 1200D EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 DCIII - GBP399.99/489.99
* EOS 1200D EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS II - GBP449.99 /539.99

For more information please visit: http://www.canon.co.uk/EOS_1200D

 

Donuts Set to Open First New Internet Domains to the Public

Starting Wednesday, Internet users will be able to register addresses in targeted, specific new domains like .BIKE, .SINGLES, and .CLOTHING, among others; company marks more than 100 signed contracts to cement continual gTLD roll-outs this year.

The largest registry for new generic top-level domains (gTLDs), will kick off the general availability period for seven new Internet domain names, marking the beginning of a new era for the Internet in which users will have unprecedented choice in how they identify and brand themselves online.

The gTLDs-the first of hundreds Donuts will launch this year-are .BIKE, .CLOTHING, .GURU, .HOLDINGS, .PLUMBING, .SINGLES, and .VENTURES. Anyone can register names in these gTLDS on a first-come, first-served basis from accredited registrars worldwide. Then weekly for most of 2014, Donuts will roll out additional gTLDs. Next Wednesday, February 5, .CAMERA, .EQUIPMENT, .ESTATE, .GALLERY, .GRAPHICS, .LIGHTING and .PHOTOGRAPHY will be open for registration by anyone interested in an online identity connected to these terms.

Donuts, the largest of the new gTLD program's applicants, is the first to launch gTLDs in the Latin characters used in English, Spanish, French and other worldwide languages.

"Starting this week, new, relevant and specific Internet naming options will be available on a scale never before seen," Donuts co-founder and CEO Paul Stahura said.

"This is a unique opportunity for businesses, brands, organizations, and individuals to find an online identity that speaks precisely to their products, services and interests."

Donuts Surpasses 100 Names Under Contract
In addition to this launch, Donuts hit another major milestone when it signed its 105th new gTLD contract with the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN).

Donuts is the first new gTLD registrant to reach that mark and has executed more agreements than any other registry operator.

"We have ambitious goals as part of our commitment to leading the development and
innovation of the new gTLD marketplace," said company co-founder and Executive Vice President Jonathon Nevett. "Reaching 105 gTLDs under contract is a good landmark, but we won't be satisfied until all of our remaining contracts are completed and all our gTLDs are fully available to the public."