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Photo-Me Trading Update

Photo-Me ("Photo-Me" or "the Group"), the instant service equipment group, has issued its latest trading update, covering the third quarter from 1 November 2014 to 31 January 2015.

 

Trading

The Group is very encouraged by the performance of both its core photobooth business and its growing laundry business in the third quarter and in the year to date.

 

Profit before tax (PBT) in the third quarter was 12% higher than the same period last year on a reported basis, and 19% higher if considered at constant currencies. Turnover for the quarter at constant currency rose 3%.

 

 

Laundry

The roll-out of the Group's laundry product - branded Revolution - continues to progress well. At the end of January, a total of 898 units have been deployed since launch.

 

The gradual planned expansion of manufacturing capacity for the laundry business is progressing with a second manufacturing line operating in Hungary since mid-January 2015. The Group expects to achieve deployment of its 1000th unit during March 2015 and remains on track to deploy approximately 2,000 units by the end of 2015.

 

The results from the units in operation in France and Belgium (81% of the total units in operation to date) remain extremely encouraging and on the French machines which have been in operation for more than a year, the year-on-year increase in turnover in the most recent quarter was 21%.

 

Two of the Group's newer markets are Ireland and Portugal, and to date, both countries are delivering very strong results.  A total of 45 machines are now in operation in Ireland and Portugal. The units in Ireland are currently delivering the highest average monthly revenue per machine of any country with a number of units providing extremely good payback. The machines are well located - many are on multi-facility petrol stations close to campsites - demonstrating the attractiveness of the product. In the year to date, laundry revenues have grown to represent 12% of the turnover in Ireland. In Portugal, which only began trading in May 2014, laundry revenues are also continuing to grow rapidly to represent 21% of total Portuguese revenues in the latest quarter.

 

 

New product pipeline

 

The Group continues to develop its photobooth portfolio and is trialing 25 new Starck booths which incorporate the 3D figurine photobooth and currently has plans to launch this concept in the second half of 2015.

 

The Group continues to trial its carwash concept at 5 sites and already has strong interest from at least one supermarket chain in France. Early results have been encouraging and Photo-Me remains optimistic that the concept can be rolled out, but will report further on its plans when it reports its preliminary results in June.

 

The Group intends to launch its new generation and extremely modern Starck-designed digital kiosk later in 2015 and is optimistic that the new machines will be well received by the marketplace.

 

 

Outlook

 

The Group continues to perform well, with excellent cash generation.  In addition, the Group has a very strong balance sheet, which is enabling Photo-Me to rapidly develop its estate of highly profitable machines.

 

Despite the further strengthening of sterling against both the euro and the yen, the Group remains confident of delivering results at least in line with expectations for the year as a whole and reiterates its commitment to an increase of 30% in the total dividend for the current financial year.

 

The Group continues to view the future with great confidence based on the strong performance of the current portfolio supported by the planned roll out of new units and its growing pipeline of new products.

 

Motion competition winners announced

HARMAN Technology Ltd announces the winners of the UK Student Competition 2014 entitled "Motion". The annual competition for UK photography students attracted a record entry for 2014.

So many that it took the judges two sittings before they could decide which had met the Brief and complied with the competition Terms and Conditions. After long deliberation and several rejections the winners were finally chosen.

 

The title of 'ILFORD PHOTO Student Photographer of the Year 2014 - DARKROOM' is awarded to Elliott Jagger from Leeds College of Art for a print entitled "Light in the dark". The Runner Up was Laura Cogan of Lincoln College with "Almost there".

 

Andy Barton from The Manchester College takes the title of 'HARMAN technology Student Photographer of the Year 2014 - DIGITAL' with his winning print "Trebor", while Brydn Webb of Norwich University of the Arts was Runner Up with "Boot 2".

 

As well as their titles the winners receive an awards certificate and £150 to spend at harmanexpress.com, and will have their winning images professionally mounted and framed by ILFORD LAB DIRECT. The Runners Up also receive a certificate and £100 to spend at harmanexpress.com.

Cardinal Newman College once again submitted the most eligible entries and receive a voucher for £250 to spend on product of their choice from www.harmanexpress.com

Steven Brierley, Director of Sales & Marketing at HARMAN said, "We have always had marvellous support from tutors and technicians in the colleges. It is no surprise that we continue to receive so many exceptional prints entered for our competitions. This year we were very nearly overwhelmed by the large number of entries that we had to judge from. I think the winners have shown excellent thought and technique."

 

All images that made it to final judging can be seen on our Flickr feed here

https://www.flickr.com/photos/harmantechnology/sets/72157650663906115/

Editor joins OVI

Former Group Editor of Archant’s photography titles, Adam Scorey, will be joining One Vision Imaging Ltd as Marketing Manager.

Adam brings a huge amount of experience with him, spanning over 22 year’s experience in the photography world, starting out as a professional photographer in the 90s and then for the last 12 years as a writer and editor.

About his new post, Adam Scorey says:

“I can't wait to get started with Derek and the team at One Vision,” says Scorey, “a company I have had a long association with and a lot of respect for their products, services and the reputation OVI has in the professional market place as a printing services company. As a senior management team, we have big plans for the company and it will be my job to not only communicate our message, but to help develop new product lines, services and look for new markets to gain market share in. OVI is a successful, dynamic and forward thinking business that is passionate about the professional photography market – a mindset that parallels my own. I can't wait to get started.”

Derek Poulston, Managing Director, One Vision Imaging, comments about his appointment of Adam to the senior management team:

“We’re absolutely thrilled to have Adam join us. His passion, drive and commitment to the industry is parallel to what OVI strives to achieve. Increasing our awareness and communication with our customers of today and tomorrow will only strengthen our position in the market“

Adam starts on the 1 March.

From advertising to sponsorship, editorial product requests through to sales enquiries and social media, please contact Adam on 024 7644 0404, 07769 172060 or by email [email protected]

AOP launches Student Awards

The Association of Photographers (AOP) has opened the doors on its 2015 Student Awards.

This year the AOP has partnered with innovative London prolab and art printer theprintspace who will be hosting the Awards ceremony and exhibition this summer.

Iconic London studio, Holborn Studios, will provide a day's free studio hire including a professional lighting set-up for the overall winner. Further prizes will be announced shortly.

The Awards carry four briefs, each set by a leading professional photographer, they are:
Social media: Animal conservation, set by Tim Flach
Create a cover photograph/background image for the social media platform of an organisation involved in animal conservation or rescue.

Product shots: Sense, set by Richard Maxted
Photograph props (clothes, shoes, books, records, etc.) from a Sense charity store. The aim is to surprise the viewer when they learn that the props came from a charity shop.

Brand Image: Charity, set by George Logan
Create a single image to highlight and promote a cause or charity that is important to the photographer. The image should be suitable for a marketing campaign.

Sunday supplement cover, set by Wendy Carrig
Shoot an eye-catching portrait suitable for the cover of a Sunday newspaper supplement.

The announcement of the AOP's Student Awards follows hot on the heels of the recent AOP Photography Awards. Many photographers put their current success down to winning an AOP Award, in terms of both publicity and recognition amongst their peers. The Student Awards offers an excellent springboard for an aspiring photographer.

The Awards are open to all students who are studying a course that includes photography (this may not necessarily be a full-time photography course). All images are submitted via the AOP's website - www.the-aop.org - and the Awards close on 30 April 2015.

There is an entry fee of £5.00 per image for AOP Student Members, whilst non-members pay £7.50 for each image submitted. Membership is free for those at AOP Affiliated Colleges or £25 for those who are not. For further information on becoming an AOP Student Member please go to http://www.the-aop.org/join-us/student

HARMAN Technology – 10 Years of Progress

2015 will see HARMAN Technology Limited complete 10 years of trading as ILFORD PHOTO. The company expresses a sincere thank you for all the support received in the last 10 years from Distributors, Retailers and Stockists around the world has ensured photographers, printers and labs have enjoyed continued access to ILFORD black and white products.

 

The company says… Schools, Colleges and Universities who have maintained their darkrooms, and in some cases successfully re-opened their darkrooms have inspired us. The ongoing enthusiasm from Lecturers, Technicians and Tutors provides a new generation of photographers with a firm foundation in darkroom skills.

 

Social Media has allowed us to create a closer relationship with our customers, and through surveys and feedback HARMAN technology Ltd has been able to research develop and provide new exciting products.

 

Notable achievements include the reintroduction of Single Use Cameras and ILFORD SFX 200 film, new black and white ILFORD MULTIGRADE ART 300 fine art paper, and more recently the extended range of ILFORD MULTIGRADE Fibre Base papers including CLASSIC and COOLTONE. The company has also successfully launched the Obscura by ILFORD, and HARMAN TiTAN Pinhole Cameras.

 

Our success with new and existing products continues to add excitement and extra value to the HARMAN and ILFORD PHOTO brands. We recognise that this success is due to the skill, dedication, and commitment of our staff. Their hard work ensures that the ongoing quality of our products and services remains second to none.

 

2014 has seen a growth in the volumes of film and paper sold around the world, which has been very encouraging.

 

Although photo products are the bulk of regular business the company has used the expertise gained from manufacturing silver based products to further Research and Development in new business areas for antimicrobial and cell separation technology.

 

Ten years on HARMAN technology Limited can be proud of its achievements and look forward to an exciting and prosperous future.

Hasselblad Masters 2016 Photo Competition is now open

The biennial hunt is on to find ten outstanding photographers worldwide who will win elite 'Hasselblad Master' honours for 2016.

Photographers looking to enter the new-look 2016 competition will have from February 16th until May 31st 2015 to submit three images in one or more of the following ten categories:

 

- Art

- Landscape/Nature

- Wedding

- Portrait

- Fashion/Beauty

- Products

- Architecture

- Wildlife

- Project//21

- Street/Urban

 

Perry Oosting, Hasselblad CEO said: "We have made some changes to the 2016 Competition - which reaches out to both professionals and young, ambitious and aspirational photographers. We look forward to supporting all photographers with our new competition platform.

The announcement of the 2016 Masters Competition on February 16th coincides perfectly with the launch of the new Hasselblad website, in line with the new competition platform.

"We believe the new Masters Awards 2016 programme is the most compelling ever for the world's most accomplished photographers. For this edition we have new categories and each of the ten winners will not only gain a Hasselblad Master accolade and global exposure but also a new high-end Hasselblad medium format camera," says Perry Oosting, Hasselblad CEO

Now, for the first time ever each winner will pick up a brand new high-end medium format Hasselblad camera alongside the ultimate honour of becoming an elite Hasselblad Master.

Winners of each category will be tasked to create a new and unique set of theme-based images using the latest Hasselblad camera equipment for the edition of the exclusive Hasselblad Masters Commemorative Book. The Book will be launched at a special trophy ceremony at photokina 2016 in Cologne. Winning photographers will be published on the Hasselblad global website, in other Hasselblad publications and various advertising promotions as well as presented at exhibitions around the world."

The rules have changed slightly for the latest competition. Every entrant still needs to upload three images per category but now the voting will be applied to individual images rather than the photographer. This means that the full gamut of photographic skill must be seen in one image. This change will improve every entrant's selection opportunities.

For the new category Street/Urban we are looking for not only comprising gritty street photography but the life of the city itself and the people who live in it.

?The judging process:

Hasselblad Masters are judged on their photographic ability; creativity; compositional skills; conceptual strength and technique - and are acknowledged to have made a compelling contribution to the art of photography.

Now photographers, who must have been working professionals for at least three years (other than in the Project//21 category) can submit images captured by any large format, medium format or 35mm- type DSLR camera providing 16MP resolution or higher. Images captured on film are also eligible, but they must be submitted digitally.

Three juries (internal jury, public vote and Masters Jury) will shortlist entries and nominate final winners in each category. The 24-strong Masters jury will comprise key editors, selected previous Masters winners and some of the most accomplished photographers in the world.

The 2016 jury will be unveiled later in the year; past jury members have included world renowned photographers such as Marco Grob, Steve McCurry, and Tim Flach.

 

Entries are submitted via www.hasselblad.com. Winners will be announced in January 2016.

For full details on competition download Masters 2016 Rules & Regulations: www.hasselblad.com/about/corporate/terms-and-conditions

Previous edition of Hasselblad Masters 2014 published in "Hasselblad Masters Vol. 4 - Evolve": www.teneues.com/shop-int/books/new-books-winter-2014/hasselblad-masters-vol-4

 

About Hasselblad

For over half a century Hasselblad has been the leading manufacturer and partner for photographers who work in the medium format environment and demand optimum quality and innovation.

In 1962 Hasselblad cameras gained iconic status following the decision by NASA to select them for space missions.

The H Camera System with its professional lens family and unique advancements is widely acknowledged as the most comprehensive digital camera system of its kind available today.

In 2012 the company launched into new market space with ranges of advanced cameras for enthusiasts.

Recently Hasselblad was the first to launch the fully integrated medium format camera system incorporating the latest in CMOS sensor technology: the H5D-50c. The latest CMOS-based product launches also include the CFV-50c digital back for V System photographers and a 200 Mpix Multi-Shot camera H5D-200c MS.

 

More information at www.hasselblad.com

The Photography Show, 21-24 March 2015, NEC Birmingham

Put the date in your diary now for The Photography Show as it’s sure to be an event not to miss. PMA’s Director of UK Operations, Don Kennedy, will be in attendance and any PMA members wishing to meet up for a chat should contact Don in advance on 0785 004 6464. (Also note PMA UK's new address as from 1st March 2015: PMA International, 3 Galena Road, London W6 0LT)

 

The organisers of the The Photography Show, Future Publishing, say their mission is "to create a photography day out you'll never forget". That's why, in addition to exploring the latest kit and seeing what's new from exhibitors, they've also planned some great activities for you to learn new skills, techniques and to create some fabulous photos.

 

Here's just a taster of what's in store for 2015:

 

NEW: Mobileography

 

Get tips and tricks on how to get the best from your mobile photography and the best apps and accessories available to get the best results from your images. View the full programme.

 

Student Programme powered by Canon

 

This programme takes place at 11:00-13:00 on Tuesday 24 March.

Find out what it takes to go from university into the realms of professional photography. Three keynote sessions will give you the opportunity to explore the myths and realities of being a pro. Hear keynotes from leading professionals including Simeon Quarrie and David Newton, plus insights from recent graduates and the chance to get your questions answered. View the full programme.

You can reserve your place on the student programme when you register for your show ticket.

 

NEW: Product Demos

 

Through a series of product demos, Panasonic, Sony and Fujifilm will be putting the spotlight on one of their cameras to give you an in-depth look at its features and capabilities. Taking place everyday in Piazza Suite 3 outside of Hall 5. (Places are limited and allocated on a first-come-first-served basis. View the full programme.

 

Adobe Theatre

 

Post production experts from Adobe will talk you through the essential skills needs to successfully edit your photos using Photoshop and Lightroom. View the full programme.

 

Super Stage Line-Up Revealed

 

An incredible line-up of photography heroes: Martin Parr, Mary Ellen Mark, Simon Norfolk, Susan Meiselas, Don McCullin, Tom Stoddart, Tim Flach, Michael Kenna and Lynsey Addario share techniques and the stories behind their career defining work. View the full programme.

Additional activity ticket required. See ticket information for further details.

 

NEW: Streetscape

 

This urban street scene style stage hosted by a range of professional photographers will help you learn how to get the most out of your street photography. View the full programme.

Photo opportunity - don't forget your camera!

 

IGPOTY Garden

 

Hosted by International Garden Photographer of the Year, bring your macro lens and learn the perfect techniques for nature and macro photography. View the full programme.

Photo opportunity - don't forget your camera!

 

30 Under 30

 

An exciting competition that selects 30 of the best emerging photographers under 30 on the international scene, showcasing and acknowledging new talent. Find out more here.

 

NEW: Filmmaker Theatre

 

A selection of sessions for a range of abilities bringing you tips and tricks for filming great footage on your camera. View the full programme.

Sponsored by BlackMagic Design

 

Behind the Lens

 

Intimate workshops run by highly respected professional photographers covering a range of genres, plus tips and advice. View the full programme.

 

Live Stage

 

Professional photographers demonstrate how to tackle a diverse range of shoots, from unique, challenging subjects to portrait, wedding and fashion. View the full programme.

Photo opportunity - don't forget your camera!

 

NEW: Beginners' Masterclass

 

This progamme takes place on Saturday 21 and Sunday 22 March.

If you're at the beginning of your photography journey this half-day conference will help you to demystify terms, techniques and equipment - learn how to take control of your camera. View the full programme.

Additional activity ticket required. See ticket information for further details.

Sponsored by Panasonic

 

NEW: Build your Creative Team

 

This programme takes place from 16.00 - 17.00 on Monday 23 March in the Bowens Lounge.

Being a photographer is not just about taking amazing pictures. You also need to be able to style a shoot which includes finding the right model, makeup artist and hair stylist. This can be a daunting and frustrating process. That's why the Master Photographers Association (MPA) are bringing you a networking event like no other. This session is perfect if you want to meet and network with a range of models and stylists  -  the beauty of it is they're all in one place! Find out more and reserve your place.

 

NEW: The Ask us Anything Hour

 

This advice clinic takes place in the Bowens Lounge on Tuesday 24 March from 16.00-17.00.

Whatever stage you're at in your career the Creative Advice Network are sure they can help you take it further.  The team at the Creative Advice Network understand where you're coming from and are here to help you identify and make sense of the areas you need to improve in your business.

 

Portfolio/Website review and progression

Advice on client market place expansion

Advising on Estimates and Day Fees & usage

Restructuring your business

 

This advice clinic is for professional photographers. Find out more and book your place.

Brought to you by the Creative Advice Network.

 

NEW: Lomography DianaF+ Workshop

 

This programme takes place on Saturday 21 and Sunday 22 March.

Test out exciting interchangeable lenses and instant film capabilities on the iconic 1960's DianaF+ camera, experiment with a range of lenses and much more. View the full programme.

Additional activity ticket required. See ticket information for further details.

 

Pro Conference

 

This programme takes place on Monday 23 and Tuesday 24 March.

Keep up-to-date with current market trends and learn from business experts on how to stay on top of them. View the full programme.

Additional activity ticket required. See ticket information for further details.

 

Nikon School

 

As well as advice from the team of Nikon experts on the all new and dynamic Nikon Stand (D31/E31), you can also benefit from the free seminars from top photographers including; Kate Hopewell-Smith, Kirsty Mitchell and John Write from Nikon School which will run throughout each day. Find out more and view the full programme.

 

DIY Framing & Mounting Workshops

 

Learn how to mount and frame your own pictures. Join the UK School of Framing for workshops and seminars giving you top tips on how to mount and frame your own pictures. View the full programme.

Additional activity ticket required. See ticket information for further details.

 

Lomography Konstruktor Workshops

 

This programme takes place on Saturday 21 and Sunday 22 March.

Join Lomography's workshop and take your analogue experience to the extreme by building your very own camera from scratch - the very first DIY SLR camera in the world! View the full programme.

Additional activity ticket required. See ticket information for more details.

 

Pro Happy Hour

 

Professional photographers don't often get together so don't miss this brilliant networking opportunity! Join fellow pros in the Bowens Lounge from 17:00 - 18:00 on Saturday and Sunday and enjoy a few drinks on us, share ideas, challenges or catch up with friends old and new. (Show entry badge required for entry).

 

Pro Networking Drinks

 

Join us on Monday 23 March from 17:00 - 20:00 and enjoy this opportunity to get together with fellow pros, have a drink on us and swap ideas and challenges. View the full programme.

Sponsored by 3XM Solution

 

Bowens Lounge

 

The Bowens Lounge is exclusively for professional photographers and members of the imaging trade. With your show badge you will gain access to a relaxing lounge where you can take a break from the busy show floor, catch up on some work or have meetings with friends and colleagues. You will also receive a free coffee voucher for the lounge when you get your show badge pack in the post.

If you haven't already book your ticket for The Photography Show 2015 and join us for a great day out!

 

Book Tickets here:

 

http://www.photographyshow.com/Content/i-class-fa-fa-ticket-i-Booking-Tickets

PMA elects Gabrielle Mullinax as President for 2015-2016

In a history-making vote, PMA elected Gabrielle Mullinax, owner of Fullerton Photographics in Fullerton, California, as president for 2015-2016, marking the first time in its 91-year history that PMA has elected a female president.

Fifteen years ago, as an entrepreneurial photographer and young mother, Mullinax bought a minilab and joined the ranks of the photo industry. At the cusp of the digital age, this was a analog film processing lab without so much as a computer onsite. With a deep, inherent understanding of her target market - women like herself - Mullinax devised creative, unique promotional campaigns and new product innovations that proceeded to turn Fullerton Photographics into one of the most successful specialty photo stores in the United States. Not only did Gaby spur remarkable growth in her business, but she also transformed the landscape of the retail photo world overall. As a leader at PMA and a speaker for imaging industry organizations such as IPI, PRO and FotoSource, Mullinax generously shares her ideas with others, many of whom have adopted them and achieved similar success.

"As the new President of PMA, Gaby is bringing not only her knowledge and experience of this industry, but also her endless imagination, her undaunted spirit and her absolute refusal to fail," said John Segall, of Lifetouch, Inc. "Her passion for this industry and its success is unparalleled, and her leadership is exactly what the industry needs."

Outgoing President Bill Eklund of Sharp Photo in Eau Claire, Wis., said, "Gaby is taking over leadership of PMA at the perfect moment, as we are committing to revitalizing PMA just like she revitalized her business. She is the right person at the right time. I can't think of a more qualified leader for the job."

In her acceptance speech, Mullinax noted, "We are taking a fresh look at the possibilities. We are envisioning what PMA would be if it was a brand new organization, coming into existence now for the first time. We are using that picture to restructure, to build something new that serves the current and evolving needs of our members today, and of our future members.

"This is your PMA, and we invite you to join with us in reinventing it. As a unified industry, we will be a powerful force for change, growth and development," she continued. "Together, we can help consumers realize and embrace the fact that pictures matter. We can do this, because we believe in photos. We believe in this industry. We believe in PMA."

In related news….

The PhotoImaging Manufacturers and Distributors Association (PMDA) honored PMA President Gabrielle Mullinax with its Visionary Award at the 2015 PMDA International Awards Dinner on January 5, held at the XS Nightclub at Encore in Las Vegas, Nev.

One of the highest honors awarded in the imaging industry, the PMDA Visionary Award is bestowed on individuals whose work helps shape the photo business space and blaze a trail for others to follow.

"We are delighted that PMDA has chosen to recognize and honor our newly elected president of PMA with the Visionary Award. Gaby's leadership has been vital to setting PMA's path into the future, just as it has been in redefining the entire concept of the photo retail business," said PMA CEO Georgia McCabe. "Now, as she takes on her most important role yet in leading PMA as President, it's wonderful for her to be recognized as the true visionary she is. Gaby is so richly deserving of this award."

"We're proud to acknowledge Gaby as a true visionary in our industry," said Jerry Grossman, Executive Director of PMDA. "Her creativity and spirit bring a certain spark that is admired by her peers, and her enthusiasm for innovation is something that we all should emulate. The PMDA is thrilled to recognize her contributions with our 2015 Visionary Award."

Other PMDA honorees include Person of the Year Go Miyazaki, President and CEO of Fujifilm North America Corp.; Technical Achievement Award, Wataru Otani, Ricoh Co.; Lifetime Achievement, John Clouse, Nikon Inc.; Professional Photographer Award, Joe McNally.

PMA announces new CEO Georgia McCabe

The Board of Directors of PMA have announced longtime industry veteran Georgia McCabe has been appointed Chief Executive Officer and Executive Director. Georgia is a well-known visionary and industry leader who will be bringing in a new and exciting era for PMA and its members.

"There has never been a more thrilling time in imaging, yet the industry faces a lot of challenges. There is such a need for a guiding force to pull it together and lead the charge into a future filled with opportunity, and that's what we're going to do. Welcome to a new PMA," said McCabe.

PMA has been serving those in the imaging industry for close to a century - but over the past 20 years, the photo business has evolved into a very different field. "The imaging industry is a whole new world from what it once was, and PMA is transforming along with it. Our purpose as an organization is to provide for our members in new ways, creating new value and new avenues to success. To do that, we are rebuilding PMA from the ground up." McCabe said. "We are dedicated to communication - actively seeking the input of our current members, and our future members, so we can create the new PMA together. We invite the people who comprise this amazing industry to join with us as we build a bright, thrilling future for us all."

"Georgia brings a wide-ranging, unique background and skill set to PMA, including business, technology and marketing, along with a remarkable depth of knowledge of the industry and how to connect with today's consumers. She is also something of a legend in the imaging field," said PMA President Bill Eklund of Sharp Photo in Eau Claire, Wis. "Her creative vision and innovative thinking led to an array of exceptional achievements in her previous positions at IBM, Kodak and Fujifilm; as well as in her own business, as an entrepreneur. We are happy to welcome Georgia to the helm of PMA, and so very excited to work with her as we develop a vibrant and strong organization that will bring the industry together and meet the needs of our members today and tomorrow."

"I am thrilled to see Georgia McCabe appointed as the new CEO of Photo Marketing Association," said Manny Almeida, Senior Vice President & General Manager, Electronic Imaging Division, Fujifilm North America Corp. "Georgia brings a deep understanding of our industry and most importantly the passion to bring the necessary innovation and collaboration to the Association, the supplier community and the dealers. Congratulations, Georgia, I am looking forward to supporting your efforts."

Tom Curley, Business Development Manager, Panasonic North America, stated, "In this amazing age of digital transformation that is affecting all aspects of our lives, Georgia McCabe has the leadership skills and industry experience to guide the Photo Marketing Association into the future, and make imaging relevant once again."

Rick Smolan, former TIME, LIFE and National Geographic photographer, and co-creator of the "Day in the Life" book series said, "Georgia McCabe is an outstanding leader and visionary. What Georgia brings is a unique ability to see possibilities where others see obstacles. I experienced this first hand with her when we launched Alice to Ocean. It was the first book to have digital images included that help accompany the journey in print. Her appointment as CEO of PMA can only mean very good things for the imaging industry. Under her direction, PMA is poised to unite the industry and help create greater opportunities for us all."

2014 Trade Awards winners at The Societies Convention

The Societies' Trade Awards winners have been announced. There were 15 categories from the Best Professional DSLR to the Best Professional Photographic Service. Each category winner received a trophy and most of all the satisfaction of knowing that over 7,500 photographers think that their product or service is the best in the industry. So after all the votes were verified and counted, the results for each category are as follows:

 

1

The Best Professional Digital Camera.

 

The nominees are

Canon 1DX

Canon 5D Mark III

Fujifilm X-T1

Nikon D4S

Nikon D810

Nikon D800

Olympus OMD-M1

 

Winner of the Best Professional Digital Camera for the second year running is Canon 5 D Mark III

 

2

The Best Professional Laboratory.

 

The nominees are

Loxley Colour

MPIX

One Vision Imaging

Sim Imaging

 

The Winner for the Best Professional Laboratory for the second year in a row is One Vision Imaging.

 

3

Best Professional Flashgun.

 

Juls: The Nominees for this category are

Canon Speedlite 580EX II

Canon Speedlite 600EX-RT

Nikon Speedlight SB-900

Nikon Speedlight SB-910

 

Winner for the Best Professional Flashgun for the second year running is Canon Speedlite 600EX-RT.

 

4

The Best Professional Inkjet Paper.

 

The Nominees for this category are

Canon Platinum PT101

Fuji Pearl

Hahnemuhle Photo Rag

Permajet Oyster 271

 

Winner for The Best Professional Inkjet Paper is Permajet Oyster 271.

 

5

Best Professional Studio Accessory.

 

The Nominees for this category are

Canon EOS Remote App

Click Props

Damian McGillicuddy Light Modifiers

Datacolor Spyder4

 

Winner for the Best Professional Studio Accessory is Click Props.

 

6

Best Professional Album Range.

 

The Nominees for this category are

Folio Albums

Graphistudio

Loxley Colour

Sim Imaging

 

Winner for The Best Professional Album Range for the second year running is Loxley Colour Bellissimo Albums.

 

7

Best Lighting.

 

The Nominees for this category are

Alien Bees

Bowens Gemini 500R

Elinchrom Ranger Quadra RX

ProFoto B1

 

Winner for The Best Lighting for the second year running is Elinchrom Ranger Quadra RX.

 

8

Best Professional Photographic Training.

 

The Nominees for this category are

Aspire Photography Training

CreativeLIVE

John Denton Training

Photography Farm

 

Winner of The Best Professional Photographic Training for third year in a row is Aspire Photography Training.

 

9

Best Software.

 

The Nominees for this category are

Adobe Creative Cloud

Adobe Lightroom

Light Blue

Portrait Professional

 

Winner of the Best Software is Adobe Lightroom.

 

 

10

Best Professional Lens.

 

The Nominees for this category are

Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L II USM

Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM

Fujifilm XF 56mm

Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 70-200mm f/2.8G ED VR II

Nikon 24-70mm f/2.8

 

Best Professional Lens is Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM.

 

11

Best Professional Printer.

 

The Nominees for this category are

Canon Pixma Pro 1

Epson Stylus Pro 3880

 

Winner of the Best Professional Printer is Epson Stylus Pro 3880.

 

12

Best Professional Frame.

 

The Nominees for this category are

Kaleidoscope

Loxley Colour

One Vision Imaging

Ultimat

 

The Winner of the Best Professional Frame is One Vision Imaging.

 

13

Best Customer Service.

 

The Nominees for this category are

Light Blue

One Vision Imaging

Portrait Professional

The Click Group

Zenfolio

 

Winner of the Best Customer Service is Zenfolio.

 

14

Best Website Provider.

 

The Nominees for this category are

SmugMug

The Design Space

theimagefile

Zenfolio

 

Best Website Provider is Zenfolio.

 

15

Best Stand at the Convention.

 

The Nominees for this category are

GF Smith

Canon

Aspire Photographic Training

Loxley Colour

Photography Farm

 

The Winner of the Best Stand is G F Smith

 

16

Best Professional Product of the Year 2014.

 

The voting for this award has been done slightly different this year and this award has been given to the company who has had the most votes in one single category.

 

The Nominees are

Adobe Lightroom

Aspire Photography Training

Canon 5D Mark III

One Vision Imaging

Permajet Oyster 271

Zenfolio

 

Winner of the Best Professional Product of the year 2014 is Zenfolio.

 

The trade play a very important part in our organisation and without them we would not be able to put on events such as the January Convention and Trade Show without them, we would therefore sincerely like to thank everyone for their continued support.

The Societies are a group of organisations incorporating the interests of all aspects of photography. The membership is open to full-time professional, semi-professional and the serious enthusiast.

 

The Societies

6 Bath Street

Rhyl

LL18 3EB

Tel 00 44 0 1745 356935