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Industry Leaders To Be Honored

The PhotoImaging Manufacturers & Distributors Association (PMDA) has announced the names of three photographic industry leaders and a professional photographer who will receive top honors at the 36th PMDA Annual Awards dinner on February 10, 2001 in Orlando, Florida. The awards will be given out on the eve of the Photo Marketing Association (PMA) trade show. PMDA will honor Shigeo Ono, chairman of Nikon, as Person of the Year. Other honors to be given that night are:

  • Technical Achievement Award to Yasushi Oishi, representative director of Fuji Photo Film
  • Professional Photographer Award to George Kalinsky
  • Lifetime Achievement Award to Henry Froelich, chairman of the executive committee, Mamiya America Corp.

"I believe that this year's honorees symbolize the true spirit of our industry, and have unquestionably earned, through their hard work, devotion, and ingenious contributions, the honor that PMDA is presenting to them," said Rod H. King, president of PMDA and vice president and general manager of consumer markets for Fuji Photo Film U.S.A., Inc. For more info, email bclarkpmda@aol.com.


Leica Launches Art Program

Jim Marshall

With the help of noted rock 'n' roll photographer Jim Marshall, Leica has launched a new scholarship program intended to develop the artistic skills of aspiring photographers. Developed in cooperation with Marshall, the "Leica Camera/Jim Marshall Scholarship Photo Contest" is open to all college juniors and seniors with either a major or minor in photography.

Marshall and a panel of four judges will evaluate images based on aesthetic impact and award the winner a cash prize of $2,500 and a new Leica M6TTL with a 35mm f/2 aspheric Leica lens.
Students may submit single images or a series of up to 10 photos. All single images must have been taken with a 35mm camera in 2000 or 2001; collections must haven been completed in 2000 or 2001. Entries must be postmarked no later than March 31, 2001.
"I want to encourage young photographers to develop the artistic skill that allows them to capture a compelling image as it develops," Marshall said.
Marshall has worked nearly his entire career in the music business and is renowned for his candid and revealing shots of the Beatles and Janis Joplin. He was a chief photographer at both the Monterey Pop Festival and the original Woodstock.
For more information about the contest call 1-800-222-0118.


IPC Presents Awards

Rainer Schmidt (second from l.), executive director of Photoindustrie Verband, received the Industry Leadership Award from the International Photographic Council (IPC) for his contribution to the industry. Robert Voit (second from r.) was awarded the first IPC/Sophie Smoliar Scholarship. Also attending the ceremony were Tom Dufficy (l.), IPC vice president; Stacie Errera (c.), IPC director, and Hans Ernst (r.), vice president of Photoindustrie Verband. For more information, contact James Chung c/o Fuji Photo Film U.S.A. at 1-800-755-FUJI.


PIMA Elects Officers for 2001

The Board of Directors of the Photographic & Imaging Manufacturers Association, Inc. (PIMA) has elected a new slate of officers for 2001. James R. Barron, vice president of Internet development at the Polaroid Corporation, has been elected president. PIMA's two current vice presidents, Charles P. Marham, president at Kind & Knox Gelatine, and Charles S. Brown, Jr., director of global manufacturing and senior vice president at Eastman Kodak, were re-elected, as was vice president/treasurer Stephen C. Schuster. Schuster is president of Konica Graphic Imaging U.S.A. Thomas J. Dufficy, PIMA executive vice president and secretary, has retired and will be succeeded by Michael C. Nier. All officers will serve one-year terms. For more information, visit www.pima.net.


IPC Donates Cameras to U.N.


B&H Expands Lighting Department

The B&H Photo/Video Superstore in Manhattan has revamped and expanded its lighting department. The department's floor space has tripled in size, allowing B&H to exhibit entire product lines and lighting kits. According to B&H store manager Gary Eisenberger, the lighting department was redesigned in response to customer feedback, particularly from pro shooters.


First Internet Photo Convention

Photographers and photo professionals will no longer have to travel great distances to attend conventions and trade shows. A new online service will bring photo companies, products, and educators onto one Web site for what is being billed as "the world's first Internet Photographic Convention and Trade Show." Called EClub Convention.com, the service will also include a print show contest open to all photographers.
"The convention lasts all year long and, with the photographers' permission, will be emailed to them weekly," said Larry Hersberger, EClub Convention.com's president.
Registration for EClub Convention.com is free. The first convention email was slated to go out on January 1, 2001. For more information, log on to www.eclubconvention.com.

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