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Duggal Receives Award from Photographic Processing Magazine

Bill Schiffner, editor in chief of Photographic Processing magazine, a sister publication of PTN honored Baldev Duggal as the magazine's 2002 Imager of the Year. The award was presented during PhotoPlus Expo in New York City last month. On hand for the award presentation were Agfa Consumer Imaging's Dan Unger and Dan Kinsley. Pictured (left to right): Dan Unger, Bill Schiffner, Dan Kinsley, and Baldev Duggal.

A Digital Day in the Life of Africa

One hundred photojournalists recently traveled to the continent of Africa, covering 53 nations in 24 hours for the new Day in the Life of Africa, photographed completely with digital cameras. Olympus was the project's underwriter and provided cameras and dye-sub printers as well as training and on-site support.

Each photographer was equipped with a 5-megapixel Olympus E-20 SLR-type digital camera and 4-megapixel C-4040 Zoom compact digicam. The photo shoot produced over 50,000 digital images, of which only 250 made it into the final book. All proceeds of Day in the Life of Africa will be used to fund AIDS education programs in Africa.

The photo pictured is entitled Djénné, Mali by Jeffrey Aaronson"A priest outside the massive Grand Mosquée complex in Mali's medieval city of Djénné. The largest mud-brick building in the world, the mosque is reinforced with a sturdy network of internal timbers. Built in 1905, it was modeled on a mosque first erected on the site in the 11th century. Every year after the rainy season, much of the population of Djénné helps repair and resurface the mud walls."

Fujifilm Launches Pro Imaging Centers

With the one-year anniversary of Fujifilm's first Professional Imaging Center at Alkit Pro Camera in NYC, the company announced the opening of four new Professional Imaging Centers at: Glazer's Camera in Seattle, WA, Penn Camera in Beltsville, MD, Showcase Photographics in Atlanta, GA, and Zeff Photo Supply in Belmont, MA. The Imaging Centers provide pro and amateur photographers with hands-on demonstrations of Fujifilm's complete line of imaging solutions, from capture to output.

"The Fujifilm Professional Imaging Centers are a direct extension of our commitment to meeting the needs of our commercial and retail lab customers and the photographic community which they serve," said Bruce Mitchell, vice president of Sales, Commercial Markets Division/Dealer Channel, Fuji Photo Film U.S.A., Inc.

Sprint and Sanyo Unveil Camera Phone

Sprint and Sanyo have released the PCS Phone by Sanyo 5300 with built-in digital camera. The cell phone will support PCS Vision applications and services including downloadable games, animated ringers and screensavers. The suggested retail price of the PCS Phone by Sanyo 5300 is $399.99.

The phone offers a built-in VGA quality digital camera with a digital zoom and flash. The camera features a self-timer, white balance, color tone, and brightness adjustments. Photos can be uploaded to the web and shared through the PCS Vision Pictures website at www.pictures.sprintpcs.com.

Caller ID options include identification through the telephone number, one of six colors or Photo-Caller ID

Three More Photobition Labs Sold

Photobition Philadelphia has been sold back to its original owners. Joseph B. Thompson and Joseph B. Thompson III have repurchased the lab and imaging facility; and will return it to its previous name of Berry & Homer which was founded in 1898.

Photobition Display of Edison, N.J., has been purchased by Randy Miller and Randy Strausman; and has been renamed: Premier USA Inc. Both of the new owners had worked for Photobition Display.

Photobition Seattle was recently purchased by former VP and general manager Ron Incontro and two investors. Before being bought by Photobition, the lab had previously been named Ivey Seright; the new name of the lab, post Photobition will be Ivey Imaging.

People on the Move

Miller Joins Spectra

Joe Miller, former senior director of photo merchandising for Eckerd Drug Co., has joined Spectra Merchandising International as VP of sales and marketing, Digital Imaging. Miller will be responsible for marketing Spectra's Polaroid and Cool-iCam brand products in the consumer digital imaging market.

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