Archive for December, 2014

PMA Membership Renewal – Subscription Now Due

We'd like to wish you a very Merry Christmas and a Happy and Prosperous New Year. PMA Members are reminded that subscription renewal invoices have been sent out and payment is now due for the forthcoming year. Membership provides a valuable range of benefits, so if you've not yet paid, please arrange to do so.

I am proud to be able to say that PMA will continue to support you in any and every way that we can. One of the greatest threats to the photo industry is the creeping erosion of the Photo ID market. PMA has been very active in the campaign to retain this business and, with your support, we have made great strides. We are in continuing dialogue with the appropriate Government agencies and the Post Office and are succeeding in retaining the photo industry as a prime source of ID photos. This is, in itself, a considerable achievement.
PMA is also instrumental in promoting picture taking and picture making and we are pleased to be able to support what has now become a global initiative: “Print it or lose it”

In 2015 we will also be supporting The Photography Show at the National Exhibition Centre in March.

Of course we continue to offer our list of very valuable benefits, one of which, the lower credit card commissions, can pay for your membership on its own in just a matter of weeks. The range of FREE professional advice offered by our Business Support Helpline has been extended to include all aspects of Employment law and Contracts of Employment as well as advice on Tax, VAT, Health & Safety and Landlord and Tenant issues. We also include Licensing and Copyright advice as well as consumer protection and commercial legal advice. The PMA Private Health Insurance scheme has been extended to include family healthcare and dental plans. Our Business Insurance policy also represents good value.

I hope you will agree that your PMA membership is very valuable and I am always pleased to hear from members about new ideas for membership benefits. Your renewal invoice is enclosed and I look forward to receiving your renewal confirmation.

Renewing is quick and easy: Renew online<>, mail your completed invoice, or email your attached invoice to me at [email protected]

Thank you for your continued support of PMA - we look forward to being of service to you.

Yours sincerely,

Don Kennedy
PMA International

PMA names four 2015 Distinguished Service Award recipients

PMA - The Worldwide Community of Imaging Associations announces four outstanding individuals are being honored with the 2015 PMA Distinguished Service Award in recognition for contributions to PMA and to the photo imaging industry as a whole. Recipients are: Nigel McNaught of PMA UK; Scott Brownstein of Brownstein & McCabe; Bob Hanson of Harold's Photo Experts; and Brian Wood of Photovision.

They will be recognized at an awards presentation on Jan. 5, 2015, during the PMA 2015 Conferences at Bally's Las Vegas, immediately preceding the Digital Imaging/Photography Conference and Marketplace, presented by PMA, at 2015 International CES in the South Hall of the Las Vegas Convention Center.

Scott Brownstein

During his 23 years at Kodak, Scott Brownstein was responsible for many advanced digital products including dye sublimation printing, "Create-A-Print" consumer operated kiosks and finally the Kodak PhotoCD system. In addition, Scott was also the founder and Chief Technology Officer of FujiFilm e-Systems, where he was responsible for the conception and development of advanced digital solutions for the professional and retail markets alike. While at Fuji, he was also the creative force behind 1-hour web-to-retail printing at more than 1,000 camera stores and over 3,500 mass merchandiser locations. He holds 20 U.S. patents.

He was the founding president of the Digital Imaging Marketing Association, served as a member of the Board of Trustees for PMA, and was also a member of the Board of Directors of PNI.

Since leaving Fuji in 2006, Scott has remained active as an independent imaging consultant and visionary to small and large photo industry stakeholders alike.

Bob Hanson

Bob Hanson is the president of Harold's Photo Experts, which operates four retail photo stores in South Dakota, North Dakota and Iowa. Harold's is a family-owned business that was started in 1910 by Emil Hanson, Bob's grandfather, as a portrait studio. Bob's three children are active in the business. Harold's has been an early adopter, and currently operates a central lab with full production capabilities that include film, scanning, wide format printing, press printing, video, sublimation printing, and framing. The company offers a comprehensive online ordering platform and employs a staff of about 60.

Bob served as a PMA Territorial Vice President in the 1970s, and was actively involved as a member of PMA's Retail Local Markets Committee in the 1990s and 2000s. He has also served on the PMA Board of Trustees, and the PMA Executive Committee as both treasurer and vice president. Bob has been a member of the Photographic Research Organization (PRO) for over 40 years, and served on the PRO Board of Directors, on the Executive Committee, and as Chairman of the Audit Committee.

Additionally, Bob is a member of Independent Photo Imagers (IPI) and contributed to the development of IPI's Marketing Services Program.

Nigel McNaught

Nigel McNaught spent 50 years working in the photo industry, starting as a shop assistant at a local photo dealer during his youth. He studied the science and technology of photography at university in London, and his first "real" job was using photography within a research department in the aerospace industry. He joined Polaroid in 1973 as a technical sales rep, and held many subsequent posts, including publicity manager at the time of the patent infringement court case with Kodak. He then headed up the national accounts sales team before moving to Olympus as general manager.

Nigel's career also included an international marketing role with Hope Industries and working with darkroom supplier De Vere before joining PMA as UK Director in 2003.

With PMA, Nigel introduced the very popular retail business forum program, which became a regular vehicle for the exchange of ideas. Among the many posts Nigel held over the ensuing 11 years was Chairman of the Skillset Imaging Forum, part of a government initiative to regularize training and qualifications in the creative industries.

He also headed the ongoing ID/passport photo campaign for specialty photo retailers, and frequently shared his extensive knowledge of the imaging industry and trends by speaking at sales conferences and meetings. Nigel has also been a regular contributor to a number of photo magazines.

Nigel retired from his role at Director of PMA UK in 2014, but says he "is surprised at how many telephone calls he still gets asking his opinion on matters photographic."

Brian Wood

Brian Wood fell in love with the photo industry when his parents bought a photo business in Salem, Ore., in 1968, where he began learning to dry and sort prints on a Pako drum dryer. By 1973, he was working after school in both the camera store and the photo lab. In 1977, he took over the photo lab side of the business and soon split it off from the camera store as a separate company. Over the past 35-plus years, he has built the business extensively, while taking the time to serve the industry in many capacities. In 1993, Brian joined IPI, and was invited to join the National Photofinishers Group (NPG), which he served as Chairman in 1996. Three years later, he helped merge NPG with the Buck Rogers Group, and became Chairman of Buck Rogers in 2001. Brian served on the board of IPI from 2006-2011, including positions of US National Chairman in 2006 and Chairman from 2007-2009. In 2008, Brian joined the PMA Executive Board, and served as President of PMA from 2010-2012. Brian currently serves PMA on the Board of Trustees.

Register for the PMA 2015 Official Business Session on Jan. 5, where Scott, Bob, Nigel and Brian will receive their award, as well as all the other exciting sessions and opportunities PMA has to offer in conjunction with CES this January, by visiting




Register now for the 2015 CES conference program, which brings together those who will shape our industry and the future itself. You won’t find a greater concentration of knowledge, insight and opportunity throughout your entire year.

The 2015 CES conference tracks include:
2nd Screen Summit at CES, presented by MESA
3D Printing, presented by TCT Magazine Personalize
Automotive Electronics, presented by CEA
Broadband, presented by Team Lightbulb
CES Government, presented by Upson Technology Group
Connect2Vehicle, presented by SAE
CONNECTIONS™ Summit, sponsored by Parks Associates
Content and Technology, presented by CEA
Digital Disruption, presented by ANA
Digital Health Summit, presented by Living in Digital Times
Digital Hollywood
Digital Imaging/Photography, presented by PMA
Entertainment Summit, presented by Variety
Fitness Tech, presented by Living in Digital Times
High Dynamic Range, presented by the Advanced Imaging Society
High Resolution Audio
ICCE (International Conference on Consumer Electronics)
Innovation Policy, presented by CEA
Intel Software: Aspire to Inspire, sponsored by Intel
Investing in Emerging Technologies, sponsored by Qualcomm Ventures
[email protected] and Family Tech Summit, presented by Living in Digital Times
Lifelong Tech, presented by Living in Digital Times
Lifestyle Technology, presented by CEA
Marketing and Engagement, presented by CEA
Mobile Content and Monetization, presented by Digital Hollywood
Research Summit, presented by CEA
Robotics, presented by Robotics Business Review
Sensors and MEMS Technology, presented by MEMS Industry Group
Sports Tech, presented by the Sports and Fitness Industry Association
Startup Business, presented by CEA
Storage Visions®, presented by Coughlin Associates
The Wireless Symposium & WiExpo, presented by NCTA-The Rural Broadband Association and the Rural Wireless Association
THX Certified Professional
Top Tech Trends, presented by CEA
TransformingEDU, presented by Living in Digital Times
Wireless and Mobility, presented by CEA

Industry Leaders Take the Keynote Stage 
The always popular keynote addresses not only set the tone for the entire show, they help influence the direction of our industry. Industry visionaries from key companies such as SamsungDaimler AGFord and Intel will take the keynote stage to share their vision of where technology is taking their company. View the full lineup.

SuperSessionsSuperSessions for the 2015 CES include a look into the world of augmented reality, a preview of technologies to enhance human capabilities, the evolution of the smart home and smart watches and so much more. View the full schedule.

Purchase a Conference Pass and Save
The CES conference program also offers pass options as varied as the conferences and tracks themselves. Select from three value-added packages. The All Access Passoffers access to nearly every conference track. The Content and Advertising Pass is the must-have for anyone involved in marketing, advertising, content or entertainment. Or the CE Pass, perfect for a first-time conference attendee looking to sample CES conference content.

Don’t miss your opportunity to explore new worlds of knowledge with the 2015 CES conference program.

PMA members, contact PMA for your PMA Conference discount code.

Not registered for CES? Register today and shop for conferences at the same time. Purchase a conference pass and your CES registration is included.

Already registered for CES? Adding conferences is easy. Simply login using the email address and password you used to register, select the conference tracks or sessions you want to attend, add them to your shopping cart and check out. It’s that easy.

You can now find conference session details online. 

Retailers, photographers, professional imagers, and entrepreneurs from around the globe are headed to the PMA 2015 Conferences at Bally’s Las Vegas this January. Wonder what has them so excited? Great speakers, such as Tony Corbell, Ed Monahan, Charles Marshall, Georgia McCabe, Suzette Allen, Hans Hartman and many more have been confirmed! Check out the conference schedule online and then register to join them today.

The PMA 2015 Conference Pass lets you explore new ideas and solutions in photo retailing, school and sports photography, and much more. Get complete access to theDIMA and PSPA/ SPAA Conferences and the AIE Future Imaging Summit, as well as the Digital Imaging/Photography Conference and Marketplace presented by PMA at LVCC, South Hall and 2015 International CES exhibits and keynotes.

Register today to make sure that you don't miss out on this great opportunity.

For just $299 member, you will experience:

  • Networking at the Saturday evening PSPA/SPAA Welcome Reception, and all sponsored breaks and luncheons.
  • Top education in your choice of sessions held Sunday and Monday (includes DIMA, PSPA, SPAA, and AIE plus IS&T's TDPF Symposium).
  • An opportunity to see the latest products at the Vendor Reception Sunday evening.
  • The PMA Welcome Reception at Bally's on January 5.
  • Official Business Sessions on Monday and Tuesday.
  • All Digital Imaging/Photography Conference sessions at the Las Vegas Convention Center (South Hall meeting rooms) January 6-7 during International CES.
  • Exhibits Plus Pass, which includes access to the Digital Imaging/Photography Marketplace presented by PMA, and all International CES exhibits and keynotes January 6-9.

Haven't renewed yet? Don't miss out on the savings! Renew online, or call PMA at 1-800-762-9287.

Great room rates are still available at Bally's Las Vegas and neighboring properties. Book online today for the best possible rates.

See you in Las Vegas!

New Braun ActionCams released

Kenro, the UK and Ireland distributor of the Braun Photo Technik  product range, has announced the immediate availability of two new digital action cameras.

The Braun Jumper 720p ActionCam HD is a great looking video and stills camera that includes a waterproof housing (up to 3m).

The battery recharges via USB and lasts up to 70 mins operating time. The 720p/30fps Chipset and 5.0 MP resolution, combined with 90 deg wide angle lens and built in mic make the Jumper an ideal choice for many budget ActionCam situations.

Accessories included: WP Housing, Handlebar Mount, Helmet Mount, USB and AV Cables. Video format is AVI and the camera's supported OS is MS Windows.

SRP is £49.50 including VAT.

The new Braun Champion Full HD ActionCam provides 1920x1080p resolution. It benefits from WiFi function and has a waterproof housing giving usability up to 45m depth.

The Champion has a 5.0 MP CMOS sensor and 120 deg f/2.9 lens with H.264 movie file format giving 1080p/30fps or 720p/60fps. Data transmission is via USB 2.0 and there is also a mini HDMI interface. Micro SD Card capacity is 32GB (SDHC).

The unit can also operate as a car cam or webcam in addition to action movies and still photos (JPEG format). Operating time is 60 mins in WiFi mode and 110 mins without. Battery charging is via USB. OS supported is MS Windows.

Accessories included are: WP housing, helmet and bike mounts, suction cup, car charger, surfboard mount and sticker, remote control and USB cable.

SRP is £110.22 including VAT.

Says Paul Kench, Kenro's managing director: "Those looking for competitively priced, well featured ActionCams should check out these latest models from Braun. This is a growing market sector that Kenro has seen expand greatly over the last 12 months."

For details of your nearest stockist please visit - alternatively call Kenro's head office on 01793 615836 for further information.

AOP announces winners of this year’s AOP Photographers Awards

The AOP has announced the winners of its prestigious Photography Awards at a glittering ceremony on Thursday evening at the Business Design Centre in Islington. The ceremony, which was hosted by comedian and television entertainer Rowland Rivron took place before a packed audience, a true who's who of all the major names within the commercial photography industry. This year the Association merged the Photographer, Assistant and Open Awards into one bigger AOP Photography Awards creating 'a true celebration of the cream of photography'.

Winners on the night included Maak Roberts for Advertising Single, George Logan for Advertising Series, Noel McLaughlin for best project award and Matthew Murray who was presented best in category of the Open Award.

Steve Knight, Chair of the AOP made this comment: "This year it has been extremely difficult to pick the best in category because the quality has been so exceptionally high. Our curators have done an amazing job, providing us with some beautiful and striking images, which are displayed in our finalist's exhibition, free for people to visit at the AOP Photography Awards and Expo at the Business Design Centre, Islington up until 4pm on Saturday 13 December."

The winners were:

The Open Award - Moving Image - Paul Rees

The Open Award - single image - Matthew Murray

The Assistant Award, sponsored by The British Journal of Photography
·      Single - Josh Redman
·      Series - Emma Townsend

Non-Commissioned Portraits, sponsored by Bikini List
Single - Sam Barker
·      Single -  Cristian Barnett
·      Series - Sam Barker

Non-Commissioned Life
·      Single - Philip Haynes
·      Series - Julia Fullerton-Batten

Non-Commissioned Environment
·      Single - Gary Bryan
·      Series - Philip James

Non-Commissioned Objects
·      Single - Carol Sharp
·      Series - Michael Harvey

Non-Commissioned Fashion & Beauty, sponsored by Image Magazine
·      Single - Bernd Opitz
·      Series - Julia Fullerton-Batten

Project - Noel McLaughlin

Commissioned Editorial
·      Single - Gavin Kingcome
·      Series - Dan Burn-Forti

Commissioned Design
·      Single - Richard Wadey James
·      Series - Paul Calver

Commissioned Advertising, sponsored by Direct Photographic
·      Series - George Logan
·      Single - Maak Roberts

A gallery of finalist's images can be viewed here -
High res images are available on request.


Commissioned Advertising, Sarah Thomson, Head of Art Buying - Fallon

Commissioned Design, Miles English, Art Editor Of The Red Bulletin

Commissioned Editorial, David McKendrick, Creative Director

Non-Commissioned Portraits, Rankin, Photographer

Non-Commissioned Life, Sarah Pascoe, Head of Art Production BBH

Non Commissioned Environment, Tom Stoddart, Photojournalist

Non-Commissioned Objects, Claudio Napolitano, Jed Root

Non-Commissioned Fashion and Beauty, Daniel Moorey, Head of Print at adamandeveDDB

Project, Susie Babchick, Photographer Agent, RSA photographic

Assistant Awards, Mark George, Photographer Agent

Open Award Stills, Peter Bailey, Photographer Agent

Open Award Moving Image, Ed Webster, Commissioner, Art Director and Producer

Three new Kenro frames released for Christmas

Kenro, the well-known distributor of Gift Frames and Albums in the UK and Ireland has announced three new wooden frames in time for the festive season.

The new Chester series of wooden frames, in either black or white, has a traditional raised filigree design and removable picture mats. These frames have free standing easel backs and are supplied shrink wrapped in an individual bubble bag. Sizes are 6x4, 7x5 and 8x6 inches. SRPs start at £9.54 inc VAT.

In contrast, the Senator range of wooden frames has a very clean modern look with a 20mm wide flat profile by 29.5mm deep. Colours available are Black, White and Matt Silver.

Seven frame sizes are available ranging from 7x5 inches up to A3 size; the larger ones (11x14 inch upwards) are wall hanging only. Each frame is supplied shrink wrapped in an individual bubble bag. SRPs range from £7.98 to £18.42 including VAT.

Finally, the popular Frisco series of wooden frames has a new stable-mate: the Frisco Whitebrush. Together with the Black, Natural and Dark Oak colours, these frames have a 10x16mm profile with MDF backs and free standing easels. Each frame is supplied shrink wrapped with protective corners. Sizes range from 6x4 inch to A3 and SRPs are from £3.94 to £15.07 including VAT.

Says Paul Kench, Kenro's managing director: "Our Kenro wooden frames have stood the test of time and continue to be one of our best selling lines. These latest updates give retailers even more choice for their customers."

To view Kenro's full range, or for details on becoming a stockist please visit - alternatively call Kenro's head office on 01793 615836 for further information and to request a catalogue.

All standard orders received by 1pm are shipped the same working day. Orders can be placed by phone, email or fax, or online via the dedicated trade website.

Kenro is exhibiting at the Spring Fair Birmingham NEC, 1st-5th February, Hall 4, Stand B03. Their new catalogue will be available from the stand.

2014 International Travel Photographer of the Year Awards winners

From pilgrims making perilous progress 14,000ft up in the Himalayas to cave divers exploring the cenotes of Mexico, from the bleak beauty of skeletal trees to the warm tones of Himba jewelry and colourful bands of rock in Northumberland, and from bicycle adventures in Norway to the lives of honey-hunters in Bangladesh, the winning images in the 2014 international Travel Photographer of the Year awards give a glorious view of life on this planet.


The winning images and short films can be viewed on and will be displayed in a magnificent exhibition at London's Royal Geographical Society (with IBG) from July 24th- September 5th 2015.


British photographer Philip Lee Harvey took the overall prize - and title of Travel Photographer of the Year 2014 - for elegant portfolios depicting the rock-hewn churches of Lalibela, Ethiopia and the Himba of Namibia.


The title of Young Travel Photographer of the Year 2014 went to 17 year-old Samuel Fisch of the USA. He is the first person to win this title twice, having also won it back in 2012. His latest set of winning images - graphic blocks of colour showing details in Burano, Italy - were very different to those from 2012, showing his diversity.  Young TPOTY 15-18 was won by 18 year-old Georgia Mulholland of Australia with vivid shots of the Greek islands, while Michael Theodric of Indonesia (age 12) won the 14 and under category with an atmospheric black & white portfolio of Java.


Italian amateur photographer Massimiliano Fabrizi was voted winner of the New Talent category for his subtle and understated images of Cuba. Rufus Blackwell's quirky, short timelapse film of Kumhb Mela, the largest gathering of people on Planet Earth, was a vivid and colourful contrast to Fabrizi's portfolio. Comprising more than 80,000 individual images, it secured the British photographer first prize in the HD Video category.


Malaysian oral implantologist, Nick Ng Yeow Kee, won the Tribes portfolio category with his intimate black & white portraits of elderly people in China, while Dutch photographer Marsel van Oosten took top honours in the Earth, Air, Fire, Water category, with his eerie images of dead camelthorn trees in the fog in Namibia. And the Spirit of Adventure category was won by Poland's Piotr Trybalski with a portfolio depicting an epic cycle trip along the Norwegian coast.


Johnny Haglund of Norway scored not one but two first places in the single image categories,, winning Monochromal with a wonderfully sympathetic portrait of an elderly woman in Colombia, and One Moment with a striking image of 'Les Sapeurs' in the Democratic Republic of Congo. And Joshua Holko's winning image in Wild & Vibrant was both suitably wild and vibrant. The Australian photographer had captured the moment a polar bear looked up from consuming a recent seal kill, its bloodied face and the seal carcass standing out vividly against the white fur and snow.


Entries were received from professional and amateur photographers from over 100 countries, and the awards were judged by a hugely respected international panel, including Daria Bonera (Italy), photo agency director and photo editor and editorial coordinator for 'Touring' - National Geographic Traveler Italy - internationally renowned portrait, fashion and fine art photographer, Barbara Bordnick (USA), award-winning photographer and picture editor Eamonn McCabe (UK), wildlife photographer Chris Weston (UK), and Manfred Zollner (Germany), deputy Editor in Chief of FOTOmagazin.


Awards and prizes in detail

Travel Photographer of the Year 2014 Philip Lee Harvey will receive £2,500 and a Plastic Sandwich personalised leather print book or iPad case. In addition, a private showcase of his travel photography will be staged within the Travel Photographer of the Year exhibition.


Samuel Fisch, the Young Travel Photographer of the Year 2014, wins £250, a Plastic Sandwich iPad case or print portfolio and a place on a Young Photographers Alliance mentoring programme, while Michael Theodric and Georgia Mulholland, the winners of the 14 and under and 15-18 age groups receive £100 plus a Photo Iconic imaging critique session, to help them develop their photographic skills. Three young British photographers - 16 year-old George Warr, 11 year-old Will Jenkins and 10 year-old Arthur Allen - who were Runners-up in their categories, each receive a bundle of goodies from the Travel Photographer of the Year Collection of books and cards.


For winning the Tribes portfolio category, Nick Ng Yeow Kee will go to the hugely photogenic Indian festival of Holi with luxury travel specialist cazenove+loyd. Niko Vavdinoudis (Greece) was Runner-up, Arne Strømme (Norway) Highly Commended, and Tim Gerard Barker (Australia) Commended.


As winner of Earth, Air, Fire, Water Marsel van Oosten receives £1,000 plus 12 bottles of Cutty Sark Storm blended Scotch whisky. Peter Karry (UK) was Runner-up, while Ignacio Palacios (Spain/Australia) was Highly Commended and Thomas Haney (USA) and Nicolas Lotsos (Greece) Commended.


Piotr Trybalski receives a suitably adventurous prize for Spirit of Adventure - the use of a splendid Harley-Davidson(r) motorcycle for a weekend, plus a magnificent, and valuable, Harley-Davidson(r) leather jacket, courtesy of Warr's Harley-Davidson(r) of London. Terry Steeley (UK) was Runner-up, Marsel van Oosten (Netherlands) Highly Commended and Gonçalo Barriga (Portugal) and Barbara Dall'Angelo (Italy) Commended.


Timothy Allen (UK), a former overall winner of the awards, took the judges' Best Single Image award in the Tribes and Spirit of Adventure portfolio categories, while Jakub Rybicki (Poland) received the same award in Earth, Air, Fire, Water. They will each receive a 24" exhibition quality Giclée print from Genesis Imaging.


As his reward for winning the New Talent category, Massimiliano Fabrizi will spend a day being mentored by a TPOTY judge - a superb learning experience for any would-be professional photographer - plus receive £500 and a personalised Plastic Sandwich leather portfolio book or iPad case. Adam Balcy (Poland) was Runner-Up, Wupeng Lu (China) Highly Commended and Felicia Simion (Romania) Commended.


For winning Monohromal and One Moment, Johnny Haglund will go on European city breaks to Paris and Bruges with Railbookers, and receive a Giclée print from Genesis Imaging. Joshua Holka will go on a city Break to Cologne for his success in Wild & Vibrant. In Monochromal, Sue O'Connell (UK) was Runner-up, Nicole Cambre (Belgium) Highly Commended and Neil Buchan-Grant and Philip Field (both UK) were Commended. Marco Urso (Italy) was Runner-up in Wild & Vibrant and Commended for a second image, Mike Reyfman (USA) Highly Commended, and Andrew Newey (UK), Tim Bird (UK), and Jason Freeman (Australia) were Commended. In One Moment, Ly Hoang Long (Vietnam) was Runner-up, Germán Gutiérrez (Spain) Highly Commended and Marco Urso, Ming Ong (Singapore), Bruna Brandão (Brazil) and Beniamino Pisati (Italy) all Commended.


Rufus Blackwell receives £500 for winning the HD Video category, Travel Shorts. Olivia Rutherford (UK) was Runner-up and Eric Nathan (South Africa) was Commended.


For further information on the awards, please visit

Kenro to exhibit at Exeter Giving & Living Show

Kenro, the well-known distributor of Gift Frames and Albums in the UK and Ireland will be exhibiting at the Giving & Living Trade Fair at the Westpoint Exhibition Centre in Exeter, 11-14 January 2015.


Visitors to the show will be able to visit the Kenro team in Hall A stand A220 where they'll be able to see all the latest Gift Frame and Album ranges and pick up a copy of the latest catalogue.


Some of the latest frames include the new Chester series of wooden frames, in either black or white, with a traditional raised filigree design and removable picture mats. These frames have free standing easel backs and are supplied shrink wrapped in an individual bubble bag. Sizes are 6x4, 7x5 and 8x6 inches.


In contrast, the Senator range of wooden frames has a very clean modern look with a 20mm wide flat profile by 29.5mm deep. Colours available are Black, White and Matt Silver. Seven frame sizes are available ranging from 7x5 inches up to A3 size; the larger ones (11x14 inch upwards) are wall hanging only. Each frame is supplied shrink wrapped in an individual bubble bag.


The popular Frisco series of wooden frames has a new stable-mate: the Frisco Whitebrush. Together with the Black, Natural and Dark Oak colours, these frames have a 10x16mm profile with MDF backs and free standing easels. Each frame is supplied shrink wrapped with protective corners. Sizes range from 6x4 inch to A3.


Some of the latest new Albums include the Tundra, which is a lightly padded bookbound album with an embossed pattern. It features a 50x50mm frame on the cover in which to place a favourite photo. The available colours are Red or Dark Grey and each album will hold 200 photos 6?4? / 10x15cm in memo pages with writing space next to each photo.


Also new and proving very popular are the brightly coloured Flower and Summer Breeze Nature Series Albums. Each book-bound slip in album holds 200 6x4 inch photos and is supplied in a protective jacket.


In addition Kenro will be exhibiting the rest of their comprehensive range of Gift Frames and Albums.


Says Paul Kench, Kenro's managing director: "After attending the Exeter show last year, there was a great deal of interest in our frame and album ranges, especially as many of them are unique to Kenro. As a long established family run firm we pride ourselves on excellent service and value. Please come and have a chat with us."


To view Kenro's full range, or for details on becoming a stockist please visit - alternatively call Kenro's head office on 01793 615836 for further information and to request a catalogue.


All standard orders received by 1pm are shipped the same working day. Orders can be placed by phone, email or fax, or online via the dedicated trade website.


Following the Exeter Trade Show, Kenro is also exhibiting at the Spring Fair Birmingham NEC, 1st-5th February, Hall 4, Stand B03.

Latest Hasselblad lenses set to star in future Hollywood blockbusters

Some of the world's leading cinematographers mingled with key Hollywood figures at a packed Los Angeles theatre venue on Dec 9th for the launch of latest cutting edge camera technology that will be used to make future big screen blockbusters.

Film-makers were invited to 'test drive' the new ARRI Rental ALEXA 65 camera system, which comes complete with specially adapted Hasselblad HC lenses.

ARRI says the new system (available from January) comprises camera, lenses and a complete image workflow, and has been developed to capture images of 'staggering intensity and definition'.

Said ARRI Managing Director Franz Kraus, "Our goal was simple - to meet and surpass the image quality of 65 mm film. Harking back to the golden age of 65 mm widescreen film-making, the ALEXA 65 camera is a scaled-up version of our ALEXA XT, equipped with a sensor slightly larger than a 5-perf 65 mm film frame that is able to capture an uncompressed and quite astonishing ARRIRAW 65 mm image.

We wanted to build a camera for the most demanding applications in film-making and envisi- oned a true 65 mm format camera, sharing as many of the technology and imaging attributes of ALEXA as possible. The dynamic range and colorimetry are retained, but to these is added a far greater capacity for capturing fine detail."

He added: "The depth of knowledge within our group, as well as close collaboration with our partners, has enabled us to develop new technologies that will help realize some very special future productions."

Ove Bengtson, Hasselblad Product Manager said: "The Linwood Dunn Theatre - the newest state of the art screening facility for The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (founder of The Oscars Awards) was the obvious venue for the launch of this superb piece of cinematographic technology."

"Hasselblad is delighted to partner with ARRI Rental on the evolution of the ALEXA 65 - a pivotal industry product that showcases the outstanding engineering skills of both companies."

Neil Fanthom, ARRI Rental Global Technical Marketing Executive said: "The 50-110 mm Zoom 65 and the eight Prime 65 lenses, ranging from 24 to 300 mm, utilize high-performance optics from Hasselblad HC lenses, re-housed in robust, cine-performance lens barrels co-developed with IB/E Optics. Equipped with ARRI's Lens Data System (LDS), the lenses permit frame- accurate metadata about focus, iris and zoom settings to be recorded with the image stream, aiding both on-set shot-making and visual effects tasks in post. In addition, a Vintage 765 lens range - originally developed to partner the ARRIFLEX 765 65 mm film camera - has been adapted for use with the ALEXA 65."

"These lenses also utilize original Hasselblad lens elements and provide a classic filmic look with a gradual, soft roll-off across the frame. In the ALEXA 65 we have the best of Hasselblad optics, new and the old being utilised on what we hope will become recognised as the best large format digital cinema camera in the world."

Hasselblad Optical Design expert Per Nordlund said: "Our HC lens range - now adapted for ALEXA 65 as the Prime65 range - is designed for use on what we like to think of as the best digital still image cameras in the world. Cameras available with large format sensors up to 60 MP, and also available in special versions producing image files with up to 200 MP resolution. In the HC range we have been able to achieve a very high level of resolution, while keeping distortion and light fall-off under good control.

The opportunity to use the old lenses for ARRI 765 on the new ALEXA 65 adds another dimension to this camera. Now cinematographers can use those old lenses they know from the past side by side with a very modern and high-performing set of lenses. I think it very neatly ties together past and present."

Recent films serviced by the ARRI Group include: 'Noah', 'Gravity', '12 Years a Slave', 'The Monuments Men', and 'The Wolf of Wall Street'.

* Significant interest in the new camera had already been shown pre-official launch by cinematographers attached to high-profile feature films.

Two new Reflecta USB Record Players announced by Kenro; vinyl sales on the increase

Kenro, the UK and Ireland distributor of Reflecta audio and imaging products, has announced the immediate availability of two new USB Record Players.

With sales of vinyl records at an 18-year high (BBC News 28.11.14), interest in the medium is causing a resurgence in record players. What better than to use one that will also digitize your treasured music collection?

The Reflecta USB-Record Player LP-PC is a basic model that allows you to digitize records easily with its included Audacity software, for both Mac and PC computers, via the built-in USB interface.
Operation is simple and the software even removes unwanted clicks and other noise from the recording, resulting in a digitized music file (MP3 or WAV) you can take anywhere.
RCA line-out is also included so you can hook up to an amplifier and listen to the record directly. Speeds are 33, 45 and 78 RPM, so all types of records can be played and digitized.
Features include an auto-stop switch, Smooth Drive, replaceable pickups and a dust cover. Power is via USB. RRP is £51.36 including VAT.
The next model up is the Reflecta USB-Record Player LP-SD/USB, which has the following additional features:
- No PC needed
- Built in speakers and amplifier
- Stores music files direct to USB Stick or SD Card

- 3.5mm headphone connector

- AUX-in connector to link up external device, such as a tape deck

You can use this as a stand-alone record player, listen to your records and at the same time digitize them, with no other equipment needed. SRP is just £74.28 including VAT.

Says Paul Kench, Kenro's managing director: "These record players are designed to be great fun for all age groups and will make ideal Christmas presents."

For details of your nearest stockist please visit - alternatively call Kenro's head office on 01793 615836 for further information.

Digital Distribution signs distribution deal with Rotolight

Rotolight, multi award winning LED Lighting manufacturer has appointed Digital Distribution LTD, as a distributor to the Specialist Photographic retail trade.


Rotolight are at the forefront of high quality, portable lighting for both the video and photographic markets, becoming the go-to brand for on-camera, studio and location lighting solutions. As consumers adopt continuous lighting to enhance their Photographic and Video requirements, retailers need to be at the forefront of the consumer revolution and this new partnership gives retailers the opportunity to exploit the expanding LED Lighting market.


"This is an exciting new venture for both Rotolight and Digital Distribution which will enable us to increase our market share and most importantly give retailers the opportunity to sell advanced LED lighting to a wider market. Digital Distribution have come on board just as we have announced seasonal price repositioning that will ensure a high demand from consumers."

Chris Eady - UK Sales Manager, Rotolight


The family-run company has been making award-winning lighting kits from its home at Britain's famed Pinewood Studios and the multi-award Rotolight RL48 and accessories represents the pinnacle of its innovation.

The RL48 Ringlight runs simply on three AA batteries, and is a unique alternative to flash that connects easily to most DSLR's, compact system cameras or video cameras, allowing users to capture beautiful exposures in any environment. The Rotolight RL48 kits and range of accessories such as mounting studs, clamps and highly popular articulating arms are now available from Digital Distribution.


"We are delighted to be taking over the distribution of Rotolight products at such an exciting time. With the realignment of Rotolight kit pricing and growing demand for LED lighting systems we expect to witness a great deal of interest"


"We are currently at the early stages of cameras capable of 4K UHD video recording, a sector that is looking to offer the largest growth for cameras in 2015, the Rotolight Sound & Light kit taps perfectly into this channel and after the card and case looks to be the most obvious accessory required"


" We are always looking for quality products to add to our range and it is even more motivating when the product is British made as is Rotolight"


"Our sales staff are currently receiving training on the full Rotolight range of lighting and accessories and will have product to demonstrate to our customers on their next visit, but in the meantime if information is required immediately they can give me a call"

Ron Deprez - Sales Director, Digital Distribution


The Rotolight RL48 Ringlight is the ideal lighting accessory to compliment Samsung's latest 4K compact system camera now also available from Digital Distribution.

For further details of distribution and Rotolight products contact Ron Deprez at Digital Distribution. Telephone: 01442 230022.