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Collages.net, www.collages.net, is the winner of Professional Photographer magazine's "Hottest Product of the Year" for its turnkey "online proofing" services and award winning "Wedding Day CD." The company also has a turnkey program for laboratories that requires no capital outlay for the lab. It's an outstanding program for photo finishing labs that want to provide a simple solution for their photographers to post events online. Collages.net also designs, builds, and hosts studio Websites for professional event photographers. For more information, visit www.collages.net.
Smith Fund Winners
Nikon and the W. Eugene Smith Fund announced Maya Goded as the overall winner of the 22nd annual W. Eugene Smith Grant, and awarded her a $30,000 grant. Her winning photographic essay, The Neighborhood of Solitude: Prostitutes of Mexico City, focused upon her hometown, Mexico City and the inequality and transgression facing its women.
American Scott Houston and German photographer Nikolaus Geyer, received W. Eugene Smith Fellowship Grants of $2,500 for the passion and integrity of their work.
Photo © Blue Pixel NikonNet Covers Eco-Challenge New Zealand
NikonNet (www.nikonnet.com) and its "On The Road Again" series head halfway around the world to the mountains of New Zealand for Eco-Challenge New Zealand 2001, a J. Mark Burnett expedition. NikonNet will rely on Blue Pixel, a team of six professional photographers using Nikon equipment, to relay photos and updates to the site in real time. This event marks the second time NikonNet has offered live, real-time coverage through its "On the Road Again" series. The Blue Pixel team will have to endure incredible conditions including camping on glaciers and traveling by boat, horse and even helicopter to get their shots. The team has been covering the Eco-Challenge for the past six years and usually shoots close to 10,000 pictures throughout the span of the event.

Fujitsu Ltd., Tokyo, Japan, has developed a camera module with a CMOS image sensor for mobile phones called the "MB86S02," and began shipping the product on Oct. 4, AsiaBizTech News reported. The new camera module features a resolution of 357 x 293. Fujitsu said it is the smallest lens-equipped camera module in the CIF format for mobile phones, measuring 7.80mm x 6.98mm x 4.98mm.

Throughout the two weeks leading up to and including the Miss America telecast on Sept. 22, Miss America veteran photographer Bruce Boyajian once again captured contestants' activities, from rehearsals to the final competition itself and for the second year in a row, he selected the Epson Stylus Photo 2000P to print these photographs.
"We want the photographs to be as special as each of these outstanding young women," said Robert M. Renneisen Jr., president and CEO of the Miss America Organization. "The Epson printers enable us to give the contestants the highest quality photographs quickly and conveniently that they will treasure for the rest of their lives."
Recollections
Recollections upgraded its myPublisher.com Website, offering new tools for consumers to create personalized hardcover coffee-table books from their uploaded digital images. Visit the site at www.myPublisher.com for more.

This year marks the 10th anniversary of Fujifilm PhotoPals, a dynamic and free educational program, developed by Fuji Photo Film U.S.A., Inc. and Scholastic Inc. For more than a decade, this program has successfully matched students across the country for letter and photo exchanges. PhotoPals stresses the important role photography plays in all forms of communication, including letters, journalism and schoolwork.
One of the new elements of our program is the Fujifilm PhotoPals Website, www.fujifilmphotopals.com, making it easier for teachers to access curriculum ideas and offering more ways for students to interact with each other. Students will learn about photography and have the opportunity to share pictures with their PhotoPals and even create their own class homepage.

Hanover, New Jersey was the site for the fourth annual Photofair and Friends Employee Training Evening last month. Madison Photo's Jerry Harmen once again organized a spectacular event for photo specialty retailers to gain valuable knowledge in a number of helpful and profitable sales techniques. The evening was structured to expose the attending retailers and their employees to a wide variety of 'Product Type' specific sales techniques.
Topics included selling traditional film and camera products, staying enthusiastic at work, and merchandising your sales counters for increased sales.
The use and sales of telescopes, film scanners, DV Editing, and printers and flatbed scanners were also covered.
One of the most important conclusions reached throughout the evening was regarding sales of cameras — whether digital or film — and the importance of qualifying your customers so you can help them select the camera that will suit their needs. This is one of the caveats that separates photo specialty retailers from everyone else.
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