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Goodwill Industries International and Ritz Camera Centers are sponsoring the "Believe in the Power of Work" photography contest which runs from Sept. 1 through Oct. 31, 2001 and is open to amateur photographers only. Entries should show the power of work to strengthen communities, families and individuals. The grand prize is $1,500 dollars in photographic equipment, and a total of $4,000 in prizes will be awarded from Ritz. For contest rules, or for more information, visit www.goodwill.org.
Konica And Pixel Magic Forge Alliance
Konica Photo Imaging and Pixel Magic Imaging (Pixel) have announced their new strategic alliance at the 2001 PMA Fall Trade Show. Pixel Magic and Konica will be working together to promote Pixel's line of digital imaging systems, including the Photo Ditto as part of an integrated solution with Konica's line of digital minilabs, including the QD-21 Super digital minilab system. The two organizations will work together in their sales and marketing efforts in order to promote this new alternative to retailers. As a result of the alliance, retailers in a wide range of marketing channels - including supermarkets, mass merchandisers, drug chains, camera specialty stores, card shops, copy shops and computer stores - will soon have access to a new suite of scalable, innovative imaging solutions, both analog and digital.

Epson America Inc. is expanding support for PRINT Image Matching technology by launching a dedicated Website, as well as making driver and software updates available, including PRINT Image Matching support for select photo printers. To help consumers understand the benefits of PRINT Image Matching and see the latest developments, Epson has launched www.printimagematching.com which provides a complete and updated list of partners and products, FAQs and more.
Global Kudos to Minolta
Minolta's DiMAGE 7 and Maxxum 7 have won the Technical Image Press Association (TIPA) Awards for Best Digital Prosumer Camera and Best Photo SLR Camera for the year 2001-2002 respectively. The Maxxum 7 was also awarded the European Camera of the Year 2001-2002 from the European Imaging and Sound Association (EISA) and Camera Grand Prix by the Japan Camera Press Club.
The TIPA Award winners are chosen by a group of editors and technical editors representing 30 European photography and imaging magazines from 12 countries. The EISA awards are chosen by the Photo Panel of EISA, representing editors and technical editors from the leading photo journals in Europe. The Camera Grand Prix is sponsored by the Japan Camera Press Club, comprised of technical writers representing 13 photo and camera magazines.
ACDSee Available for Mac OS X
The ACDSee 1.6 for Mac image viewer and browser software is now available for the Macintosh OS X. New features in version 1.6 include compatibility with OS X, TWAIN image acquisition and ability to read metadata contained in Exif JPEG images. ACDSee also offers the ability to play movie and soundclips including MPEGs and MP3s using QuickTime technology.

LexJet Direct has released the August edition of their Roll Call Newsletter. The quarterly newsletter designed for the wide format ink jet and photographic printing community offers helpful advice on issues affecting today's wide format digital printing professional. The LexJet Roll Call Newsletter is free to industry professionals. ... News Briefs BKA to Distribute Books
BKA has been appointed the exclusive distributor for Fountain Press, Hove Foto Books and Hove Books photography book titles. Fountain Press specializes in "workshop books"; Hove Foto Books offer User Guides for cameras and Hove Books features Collector books and books for Leica. ... Philips and Kodak Team Up
As more and more consumers are turning to viewing their digital images in the living room in addition to the computer room, Philips and Kodak have announced that Philips will manufacture a number of consumer electronics devices to allow for playback of the Kodak Picture CD. The first Philips products to offer Kodak Picture CD playback will be launched in 2002 and will include DVD-video players and an audio CD portable. ... EZ Prints Names VP
EZ Prints Inc., named J. Brewer vice president of Florida operations. Brewer joins EZ Prints from JoePix, a digital photography marketing promotions agency that was acquired by PhotoPoint Corp. last year. EZ Prints' Florida operations include the company's production operations and customer service center. Brewer will be responsible for managing the company's production and financial operations, technology architecture and infrastructure and overall customer service. ... Agfa Vista Wins EISA Award
Taking special note of its innovative Eye Vision technology, the European Imaging and Sound Association (EISA) has named Agfa's new Vista family of films as the "European Colour Print Film of the Year 2001-2002". The award was presented at special ceremonies marking the 20th anniversary of EISA on August 24, in Berlin, Germany. EISA is an association of more than 40 leading professional magazines from 20 European countries that deal with every aspect of photography, video, audio, home theater and multimedia. ... Eckerd Launches Quality Assurance Program
Eckerd Corp., just launched a photo quality assurance program in all Eckerd Express Photo Labs. The program states that no matter who develops the photos, if customers aren't satisfied with the results, they can bring in the prints and negatives they want corrected and Eckerd's Photo Experts will reprint them at no cost.

   







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