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Kenro named UK & Ireland distributor for Braun Photo Technik

Kenro has been appointed the UK and Ireland distributor for Braun Photo Technik, the respected manufacturer of photographic accessories and presentation products.

Founded in 1915, the German brand produces a comprehensive range of digital products for a wide audience, including Bluetooth speakers, digital photo frames, video action cameras, as well as selling binoculars, batteries, chargers, bags and amateur tripod kits. The company are renowned for their range of Slide Projectors and accessories which are still available to the public.

Paul Kench, managing director of Kenro, said: “Braun Photo Technik is renowned for their rich history in creating products that meet the needs of their customers so we are delighted to be working with them. With Braun Photo Technik products, retailers will be able to tap into a new range of customers who are looking to purchase products which have multiple uses, and we are looking forward to bringing these products to the UK and Irish public.”

Kenro is a privately owned family firm, with 40 years’ experience as a major supplier to the retail industry. Founded in 1973 by Tony Kench, who continues to be involved with the management and development of the company, the business has since gone from strength to strength which can be attributed to their ability to consistently adapt to market trends and the on-going requirements of their customers.

Together with managing director Paul Kench, the team strive to provide the best possible service for their customers through continuously evolving their range of Photo Albums and Frames whilst scoping new opportunities to work with the most exciting and innovative brands. The company has a sales force covering the whole of the UK and Ireland, which is always on hand to offer support to retailers.

To view Kenro’s full range, or for details of your nearest stockist please visit www.kenro.co.uk. Alternatively call Kenro’s head office on 01793 615836 for further information. All products are displayed in Kenro’s showroom at the company’s Swindon Head Office, trade customers are welcome to make an appointment to visit.

Braun Photo Technik products will be available through Kenro in August 2013.

Fujifilm unveils Student Awards 2013 winner

Fujifilm Professional has announced the winner of its 2013 Student Awards. The winner is Nick Linnett of Leicester College who wins the coveted title of ‘Fujifilm Student Photographer of the Year 2013′ plus a fantastic prize package courtesy of sponsors Metroprint, the online arm of Metro, the long-standing London pro-lab.

Nick will be presented with £200 worth of Fujifilm films, a trophy, plus a professional quality portfolio by Metroprint (www.metro-print.co.uk) and a one-to-one printing/consultancy session with one of their top printers.

Nick’s image, a double-exposure shot of traffic lights against a bright building, impressed judges with its technical ability and striking colours. Explaining the inspiration behind his image, Nick said: “It’s a building many consider to be an eyesore, however I wanted to show it in a different way so decided to take some multiple exposures using my trusty Canon. I took this shot using double exposure in camera; I wanted to get the traffic light changing colour as well, and the result was better than I had hoped with the pastel colours of the building coming through really well and the whole effect being totally different to normal digital shots of this location. The only change I made was a slight crop.”

He continued: “I chose Fujifilm Superia 200 as I wanted something flexible for the variety of different shots I was planning and I found Superia 200 gives great results in just about every situation.”

The theme for this year’s Award was ‘The Colour Of….’ with students being briefed to capture an image that illustrates how colour lights up their world. The awards were open to all students in the UK, not just those undertaking courses involving photography.

All images were taken on Fujifilm Professional film and submitted via www.fujifilmstudentawards.co.uk and from these initial entries five monthly winners were chosen by Fujifilm and Metroprint, each winning ten rolls of Fujifilm film.

Director Steve Macleod of Metroprint said of the image: “This image struck me the moment I saw it even as a small jpeg attachment. The graphic nature and saturated colour instantly grab the viewer. On closer inspection the three-dimensional complexities of the image come to the fore. Nick has produced a strong image, one which more than fulfils the brief, it defines it!”

Norwich University of the Arts was the source of the most entries in the Awards with 184 submissions. The Department will be presented with a certificate and £200 worth of Fujifilm Professional film.

Gabriel Da Costa from Fujifilm Professional commented on the Awards: “Through the awards being open to all students this year, we were able to attract a variety of talent. Judging was a difficult task due to the quality of entries, but Nick’s image fits the brief perfectly and I am sure we will be hearing a lot more from him in the future.”

2013 marks the 28th anniversary of the competition, making it the longest running and most prestigious student photography awards in the UK. To see the winning image, plus all the monthly winners, go to www.fujifilmstudentawards.co.uk

PMA releases 2013 Rise of the Amateur Report

Photography has never been more popular or more accessible than it is today, and the number of people who consider photography a hobby or passion is constantly growing. These photo enthusiasts and advanced amateur photographers represent a huge opportunity for the imaging industry.

To help better understand this large and vital market, PMA has just released The Rise of the Amateur – 2013 Edition, the newest in an annual series of reports revealing the interests, behaviors, and buying habits of photo enthusiasts and advanced amateurs. Early in March 2013, more than 5,100 photographers were surveyed regarding their photo behaviors over the previous 12 months.

“The new Rise of the Amateur study shows that passionate photo enthusiasts spent an average of $1,824 on cameras, equipment and software in 2012, a 16% increase over 2011,” said Jim Esp, Executive Director of PMA. “The average time enthusiasts took pictures per week increased more than 9% in 2012 compared to 2011. We are excited to see this rise in both purchasing and activity, and the resulting growth in the imaging industry.”

Other findings include:

* Ownership of mirror-less system cameras increased almost 13% in 2012 compared to 2011.
* In 2012, more respondents made income from their photography compared to 2011
* Spending on photo services – printing, photo books, photo cards, etc. – declined in 2012, both in the U.S. and outside the U.S.
* The number of enthusiasts who took pictures with mobile phones daily or several times a week grew by 10%.
* Close to half of prosumers visit online photo communities every day.

The Rise of the Amateur Report – 2013 Edition (www.pmai.org/online/core/orders/product.aspx?catid=23&prodid=1094) is available now to PMA members for US $399. Non-members can purchase the report for US $699. It is available through the PMA Store by clicking here http://www.pmai.org/online/storehome.aspx. Previous versions of the annual report are also available, at a discounted price.

PMA President Allen Showalter interviews Congressman Steve Womack

The Marketplace Fairness Act, which requires on-line retailers with annual revenue of more than a million dollars to collect sales tax on transactions across state lines, passed the U.S. Senate in May and is now before the Judiciary Committee of the U.S. House of Representatives.

In a new interview now available on the DIMAcast, PMA President Allen Showalter talks to Congressman Steve Womack, co-author of the bill, about what this legislation would mean for retailers, consumers, and local economies.

The Marketplace Fairness Act is not a tax increase, Congressman Womack stressed. Consumers are required, under existing state laws, to pay sales and use taxes on the goods they purchase – but currently, online sellers simply are not required to collect the tax in the same way that local businesses do – which puts local businesses at a disadvantage.

“This bill is about fairness,” he stated. “The great tragedy in the lack of a Marketplace Fairness bill is the impact on businesses that are being turned into glorified showrooms.”
Provisions in the Marketplace Fairness Act dictate that states have to provide tax software free of charge to online businesses, and update it regularly; thereby mitigating the hardship this legislation will create for online retailers.

PMA President Allen Showalter added, “PMA stands in support of legislation to level the playing field for local businesses. Right now, brick-and-mortar retailers must charge sales tax for the same merchandise that people can buy online without paying sales tax. This puts brick-and-mortar retailers at a huge and unfair disadvantage. We urge PMA members and all local businesses to contact their Representatives in support of this much-needed legislation.”

Listen to the interview now on the DIMAcast by clicking here http://ec.libsyn.com/p/7/e/6/7e66271624d387cc/DIMAcast_349_PMA_President_Allen_Showalter_interviews_Congressman_Steve_Womack.mp3?d13a76d516d9dec20c3d276ce028ed5089ab1ce3dae902ea1d01cf8330d5cb5ca159&c_id=5892207. Be sure to look for an article on the Marketplace Fairness Act in the upcoming September/October issue of PMA magazine.

 

Harman releases statement regarding Ilford Imaging Switzerland GmbH

HARMAN technology Limited and its portfolio of brands including the ILFORD PHOTO Range is not connected to ILFORD Imaging Switzerland GmbH who have been reportedly declared bankrupt.

Peter Elton, managing director at HARMAN technology Limited, based in Cheshire, said: ”Although I’m saddened to learn of the difficulties faced by ILFORD Imaging Switzerland GmbH, I can confirm that HARMAN technology Limited, based in the UK, is in no way commercially connected to this business.

“Any developments at ILFORD Imaging Switzerland GmbH will have no impact on HARMAN technology Limited and its products and services. We remain committed to providing traditional black and white ILFORD PHOTO products and our business continues to thrive.

“I can report that HARMAN technology Limited is in excellent financial health with exciting plans in place to enable us to continue achieving our ambitious growth targets.”

UK retailers welcome landmark proposal to curb excessive card fees

UK retailers have today welcomed a landmark proposal to cap card processing fees, which could support the industry by up to 362 million every year and strengthen its ability to invest and deliver value for customers.

The European Commission has proposed new regulations to cap interchange fees, which retailers pay to card schemes and banks to process payments customers make using credit and debit cards. These currently vary from 0.1 per cent to 2.5 per cent, costing UK retailers £850 million a year.

The British Retail Consortium (BRC) has been campaigning for a decade to cap the unjustifiably high fees, which are absorbed into retailers’ costs. The average charge for credit cards is 0.9 per cent of the transaction, but the legislation would cap these fees at 0.3 per cent and debit card fees at 0.2 per cent.

The cap will apply initially to cross-border payments, rolling out to UK rates within two years.

Helen Dickinson, Director General of the British Retail Consortium, said: “We’re delighted with this landmark proposal. Capping these excessive and anti-competitive fees will support the UK retail industry by £362 million a year, boosting the industry’s ability to invest and innovate while continuing to deliver lower prices and value for customers.

“While this is great news, there is a real opportunity for the Government to go further and faster by making more substantial and immediate cuts through the proposed economic regulator for payments – this means that UK consumers could benefit much more quickly.”

Impossible launches new iOS app

Impossible have created a bridge between the digital and analogue worlds with the release of their first ever iOS application, “The Impossible Project” App. Designed together with nxtbgthng (www.nxtbgthng.com), the team that brought Soundcloud to the iPhone, the app is a key element in the operation of Impossible’s soon-to-be-released Instant Lab.

The free App also gives users a direct mobile point of access to the world of Impossible while bridging the twin worlds of analog and digital. The application will be released online, free, through Apple’s App Store at the end of this month (July, 2013).

One of the main functions of the App is the operation of the forthcoming Impossible Instant Lab. By simply selecting a photo from your iPhone and placing the phone on the Instant Lab you can transform your digital photo into a unique, analog instant photograph.

The App also comes with an integrated scanning tool for analog instant photographs, making it easier than ever before to digitize and share those images. While scanning with conventional desktop scanners can be time-consuming, the Impossible Project App ensures those analog photos can be digitized and shared with friends from anywhere in just seconds.

The App gives direct access to the Impossible User Gallery; a worldwide analog instant photo sharing platform constantly updated by the community Impossible users across the globe. Users can browse, comment and even upload photos straight from their phone.

Integrated directly into the App is a Film Shop, allowing users to re-stock on film (whether that be for the Instant Lab or another analog instant camera) with just a click of a button.

According to Oskar Smolokowski, Impossible’s Head of Special Projects, “Developing the app was a big step for us. We take great pride in the fact that all of our products are ‘hands on’ and need a level of physical interaction to be experienced. At the same time so many of our users – ourselves included – connect online to share and talk about our analog experiences. One of the things we tried to do with the app was to make those connections much easier – for example, you can now scan and share your photographs right from your phone.”

He adds, “The best part for me is that we preserved the interactive nature of our products, even on iOS – to use the Instant Lab you actually need to put your phone on top of it, screen facing downwards.”

Hasselblad set to launch UK’s first ever ShootLDN event this autumn

Hasselblad is bringing the Shoot concept – launched as ShootNYC in New York five years ago – to The Old Truman brewery in E1 on October 2 and 3.

As part of the free and interactive professional seminar and product demonstration programme Hasselblad has arranged for one of the four original Hasselblad Lunar Surface cameras (as used in training by astronaut teams, including Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin) to be available at ShootLDN. Visitors to the event will be invited to step onto a special moon landscape set and capture themselves holding a piece of iconic photographic history.

Mark Witney, Hasselblad UK marketing and communications supervisor said: “ShootLDN is set to be the prime autumn focal point for not only professional photographers but also photo-assistants, advanced students and any imaging professionals who want to keep updated with cutting edge products and techniques now employed in the professional digital image capture market. In fact, even if you aren’t a pro ShootLDN will still be an inspirational event for photographers of all skill sets.”
He added: “Shoot was launched by Hasselblad USA five years ago with a pledge to help construct a photographic community. Since then Shoot events have been held in Los Angeles, Paris and Amsterdam. Now the formula is coming to London. And it’s free.”

ShootLDN will host a comprehensive programme of photography-related lectures and workshops run by leading industry professionals, including photographers; photo agencies; picture editors; model agencies and fashion houses.

Said Witney: “We will have numerous live shoots and demonstrations going on- and they will cover a wide range of photo-disciplines, including fashion; still life; cars; portraiture and weddings. And the venue is open plan so delegates can wander as they please, from one live shoot to the next, and engage with hands-on equipment opportunities as they go.”At the two day show Hasselblad event partners, broncolor, Wacom, Adobe, EIZO and Epson will showcase key products to assist photographers with every stage of workflow and a special Adobe Mini-Theatre will host hourly tutorials and demonstrations, covering Photoshop, Lightroom and the Adobe Creative Cloud suite of products.

Added Witney: “In addition to all this we will also showcase a gallery of images from our prestigious Hasselblad Masters competition – and visitors to the event will get a chance to mingle and chat with some of the Hasselblad Masters. Then, at our special (and free) social evening on Wednesday October 2 (6pm -10pm) photographers can rub shoulders with their contemporaries in a completely relaxed environment.”

Visit www.shoot-ldn.co.uk or email: [email protected] for more information

Future launches The Photography Show

Future has announced the launch of a brand new consumer photography event to fill the loss of Focus on Imaging called The Photography Show. Here is the official press release sent today by Future:

“Future, the international specialist media group and leading digital publisher, today announces the launch of a major new consumer event in the photography sector: The Photography Show.

This new consumer and professional event will combine highly interactive features to entertain and engage consumers, with dedicated conferences and events for the trade and retailer attendees. The Photography Show will be a ‘must-visit’ event for amateurs, professionals and retailers.

Future is the world’s leading publisher of photography magazines, with an amazing portfolio of successful brands online, on mobile and in print. Digital Camera World is the UK’s best-selling monthly photography title in both print and digital. Photography Week is the world’s best-selling digital weekly photography magazine. Practical Photoshop is the UK’s best-selling Photoshop magazine. N-Photo and PhotoPlus are the world’s best-selling Nikon and Canon magazines respectively. Future’s photography brands reach more than one million enthusiasts each month and our photography websites deliver more than 2.5 million page impressions.

The Photography Show will bring all this experience and enthusiasm to life for the UK’s growing audience of amateur photographers, with some of the biggest names in the industry unlocking the secrets of their craft. The show floor itself will be brimming with hundreds of exhibitors, the very latest kit and accessories, and an array of interactive opportunities to get involved. A full-spec studio suite will also be created on-site for visitors wanting to get hands-on in a professional environment, and themed areas including a Wildflower Garden will be specially created to ensure all subject interests are fully catered for. More activities will be announced in coming months, including details of a major gallery exhibition.

Future’s head of Photography Matthew Pierce says: “The imaging industry is evolving at speed and we believe there is a real opportunity to create a dynamic and inclusive event with photography at its core which will deliver a broad audience of imaging enthusiasts. Future has a world-leading portfolio of Photography brands and is recognised internationally for its innovation. The Photography Show will be another example of that.”

The Photography Show will be supported by a major six-figure marketing campaign, including targeting Future’s own leading technology brands T3 and TechRadar.com, which, as the UK’s biggest tech review site, reaches over four million tech enthusiasts every month.

Future’s head of Events Jonny Sullens adds: “The Photography Show is a great example of Future unlocking the potential of it’s market leading brands. I am really excited at the prospect of bringing such an innovative and exciting market to life over four days at the NEC. Extensive industry research pointed to the NEC as the venue of choice for the photography market. Their operating team is first class and I am looking forward to delivering a fantastic event for both amateur and professional photographers.”

The UK photographic industry has already reacted with enthusiastic support:

BPI News Publisher Clive Insley says: “The launch of the Photography Show is great news for the entire imaging industry. A national UK photo show in March at the NEC is the vital springboard needed by the trade to launch the latest products and services to thousands of their customers. For professional photographers and enthusiasts it’s the focal point for everything photographic under one roof at the right venue and at the right time of year.”

Royal Photographic Society Director General Dr Michael Pritchard adds: “The RPS is delighted that Future has launched the Photography Show at the NEC as the industry needs an annual showcase to promote itself. Future has some ambitious plans and the RPS will be supporting them.”

Adobe Principal Solutions Consultant Richard Curtis says: “The UK photographic market is an important part of the creative industries, so it’s good news that Future has stepped in to lead a replacement for the already successful Focus on Imaging show at the NEC. It sounds like they have some exciting plans and we’re keen to hear more.”

The Flash Centre Managing Director Chris Whittle adds: “Focus on Imaging was the right show, in the right place and at the right time so we are pleased that Future has launched The Photography Show at the NEC in March 2014.”

PMA Director of UK Activities Nigel McNaught adds: “The photo industry needs a showcase for its products and services and I am delighted to learn that the new event from Future will be very ‘hands on’ combining demonstrations with education sessions. PMA is pleased to support this initiative.”

For more information on The Photography Show please contact Jonny Sullens at [email protected] or 0207 042 4301 and 07980 862345.”

2014 early bird member discount now available

The PMA Conferences will be held January 5-6, 2014 at Bally’s Las Vegas in conjunction with the 2014 [email protected] at The LVH and the 2014 International CES.

With your 2014 Membership, you can sign up today to receive your $50 early bird discount! All members from your firm are also entitled to receive the early bird discount, so be sure to register all your staff before August 1.

DIMA 2014 will feature tracks and sessions covering retail strategy and marketing, photo publishing and custom photo products, professional tips and tricks, and new trends happening in photo.
PSPA/SPAA 2014 sessions will include professional photographic tips such as posing and lighting, as well as a full array of business topics to grow your business and assure profitability.

For just $249 early bird/member, you will experience:

* Networking opportunities at the Saturday evening PSPA/SPAA Welcome Reception, all sponsored conference breaks, and Conference Luncheons
* Top education in your choice of sessions held Sunday and Monday (including DIMA and PSPA/SPAA programming).
* An opportunity to see the latest products at the Vendor Reception Sunday evening
* The PMA Welcome Reception at The LVH on January 6.
* [email protected] and receive an Exhibits Plus Pass, which includes access to all International CES exhibits and keynotes January 7-10.
* All [email protected] Conference sessions at The LVH (formerly the Las Vegas Hilton) January 7-9.

Haven’t renewed yet? Don’t miss out. Renew online, or call PMA at 1-800-762-9287. As an added bonus, renew your 2014 membership before July 1 and receive a chance to win an iPad!

Download the 2014 member early bird registration form by clicking here http://www.pmai.org/PMA_CES.aspx?id=24236 and return it today! Special member early bird pricing will end on August 1 at midnight EST.

Bally’s Las Vegas is the official DIMA, PSPA/SPAA, and PMA headquarter hotel. For more information on booking rooms and other hotel rates, click here http://www.pmai.org/PMA_CES.aspx?id=24210.

Book early! Rates begin as low as $45 plus taxes so rooms will go fast!