Category: Global

Monday, October 31, 2011

Registration for WPPI 2012 Now Open

Mark Goldstein | Global
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Registration for the WPPI 2012 convention and trade show is now open. WPPI is the biggest show in the world for wedding and portrait photographers and takes place at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, NV, from February 16-23, 2012.

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Canon Aids Flooding Relief Efforts in Thailand

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Global
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Canon has offered a donation of 50 million yen to support flood relief efforts in Thailand. Beginning in late July and described by a Thai official as “the worst flooding yet in terms of the amount of water and people affected,” the disaster has claimed more than three hundred lives and inundated many industrial areas (including camera factories and printer manufacturing plants owned by Canon and its competitors). “We at Canon extend our heartfelt condolences to all those affected by this disaster and our thoughts go out to the victims and their families,” Canon said in a statement. “The Canon Group is providing aid for victims of the floods and support for recovery efforts in the affected regions with a donation of 50 million yen.”

Friday, October 21, 2011

Blackstone Buys into Leica

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Global
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Blackstone, one of the world’s leading investment and advisory firms, indirectly through a holding company, a 44% minority stake in Leica, to support the latter’s international growth plans. Dr. Andreas Kaufmann, Chairman of the Supervisory Board of Leica commented on the transaction: “With Blackstone we have gained an experienced and internationally established strategic partner, which also understands and appreciates the established brand philosophy and business model of Leica. Following the successful turnaround of the business and record sales last year, we are now focused on the continued development of the brand, its products and our growth plans into new markets such as Asia, South America and the Middle East.”

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Behind the Scenes at the Nikon 1 Factory

Mark Goldstein | Compact System Camera, Global
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An exclusive behind-the-scenes look at the Nikon 1 Factory in China.

Monday, October 3, 2011

Ricoh Establishes Pentax Ricoh Imaging Company

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Global
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Ricoh has announced the establishment of Pentax Ricoh Imaging Company as its wholly owned subsidiary. Ricoh’s acquisition of Pentax’s camera business from Hoya had been made public earlier this year. Today’s announcement means that the deal has now been completed-

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Agency Access Acquires ADBASE and FoundFolios

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Global
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Agency Access has announced the acquisition of ADBASE and its division providing online portfolios, FoundFolios. “This move positions Agency Access to be the top photo marketing and illustrator marketing resource provider,” the company says. ADBASE and FoundFolios will become divisions within Agency Access, maintaining their websites, brand identity and product offerings, and will continue to operate from their Toronto location.

Monday, September 12, 2011

Getty Images to Capture London 2012 Olympic Games in 3D

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Global
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Getty Images has announced that it will shoot the London 2012 Olympic Games in 3D. The agency, which first used 3D photography when covering the Royal Wedding in April, will be deploying a handful of 3D-dedicated photographers “to ensure the best still shots are captured”.For further information on Getty Images’ involvement as the official photographic agency of the International Olympic Committee, visit the website below.

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Getty Images ‘Grants for Editorial Photography’ 2011 Recipients Revealed

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Global
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Getty Images has announced that five photojournalists have been selected to each receive a grant of US$20,000 to pursue their documentary photography projects. The recipients include Alvarro Ybarra Zavala for ‘Colombia, in the eternity of sorrow’, Walter Astrada for ‘Violence against women in Norway’, Stanley Greene for ‘The E-waste Trail – China/ Pakistan/ Nigeria’, Liz Hingley for ‘The Jones family’ and Joan Bardeletti for ‘The KILL (the African Gays) BILL’. For more information about the grant recipients and their winning projects, visit the website below.

Monday, August 29, 2011

DayMen Group Acquires Joby

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Global
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DayMen Group has announced the acquisition of Joby, a San Francisco-based manufacturer of photo, mobile and lighting accessories, including the award-winning GorillaPod (pictured). Since it was founded over six years ago, Joby has grown from a start-up to a company with distribution in over 65 countries. DayMen has been distributing Joby in Canada since 2007 and Australia since 2008. “DayMen will bring its extensive distribution network and our history of building great brands to the Joby line of products,” said Gil Roberts, DayMen CEO. “Together, we can accelerate the growth of our business and build the global presence of our Lowepro, Acme Made and Joby brands, as well as the many outstanding third-party brands we distribute around the world.”

Monday, August 15, 2011

EISA Awards 2011/12

Mark Goldstein | Global
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The EISA awards for 2011/2012 have just been unveiled. Among the 15 winners in the Photo Awards section was the Canon EOS 600D (pictured) as Best European Camera, Fujifilm FinePix X100 for European Advanced Compact Camera, and Panasonic LUMIX DMC-G3 for European Compact System Camera.

Website: EISA Awards 2011/12

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Corbis Images Acquires Splash News

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Global
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Corbis Images today announced the acquisition of Splash News. Founded in 1990, Splash News is a leading independent entertainment news and photography agency with more than 3,000 active photographers in entertainment hubs throughout North America, Europe, Latin America and Asia Pacific. “With the addition of Splash, Corbis will provide our customers the most comprehensive, unique and differentiated offering in the high-growth entertainment sector—from candid celebrity to high-end portraiture to motion,” said Gary Shenk, CEO of Corbis.

Nikon and Getty Images Gallery Announce Partnership

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Global
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Nikon today announced its headline sponsorship of the world-renowned Getty Images Gallery in London. Founded in 1996, Getty Images Gallery is London’s largest independent photographic gallery.  The Gallery’s aim is to showcase the most memorable as well as rarely seen imagery, through its programme of exhibitions which are all open to the public throughout the year. Adrian Murrell, Senior Vice President, Getty Editorial said: “We are delighted to welcome Nikon as headline sponsor of the Gallery.  We are very excited about the forthcoming opportunities to partner together and showcase iconic content.”

Friday, July 8, 2011

Kenko-Tokina Acquires Cokin Filters

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Accessories, Global
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Kenko-Tokina has acquired the famous French filter manufacturer Cokin SAS. Renowned for its square filter system, Cokin SAS will be renamed Cokin France S.A.S.U. but will remain an independent company keeping its own manufacturing, marketing and worldwide distribution network. Marc Heintz, Cokin’s Director of Sales, said: “Kenko brings to us a strong backing of finance and supply of raw materials, which will allow us to expand and bring new innovative products to the market once again.”

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Canon, Fuji to Enter CSC Market?

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Global
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According to two recent reports by Reuters, both Canon and Fujifilm are considering to enter the highly competitive but potentially lucrative compact system camera (CSC) market. Fujifilm - for whom a move like this would also mean a re-entry into the interchangeable-lens camera market at large, which it practically left more than two years ago with the discontinuance of the Fujifilm S5 Pro DSLR - also said it planned to attain the third position in the digital camera market by 2014. Canon’s Masaya Maeda has been quoted as saying that they are “considering the technical aspects” of launching a mirrorless system. He also added that Canon’s camera production has now returned to the level where it had been before the March earthquake forced it to halt manufacturing at its Kyushu plants.

Source: Reuters
Canon considering compact mirrorless camera
Fujifilm aims to be world No. 3 in cameras

Friday, July 1, 2011

Ventizz Capital Acquires Hasselblad

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Global
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Ventizz Capital Fund IV L.P. has agreed to acquire 100 percent of the shares of Hasselblad from Hong Kong-based Shriro Group. Founded in 1941 in Gothenburg, Sweden, Hasselblad has become the world market leader in the field of high-end medium format cameras. The extraordinary quality of the company’s products became famous in 1962 when Hasselblad cameras were selected for NASA space missions, which resulted only a few years later in the first world-renowned images taken on the moon. Shriro, a long-standing Hasselblad distributor in the Asia-Pacific region, has held ownership of the company since 2003.

The parties have agreed not to disclose the purchase price.

Ricoh Buys Pentax Imaging Systems

Mark Goldstein | Global
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Ricoh has bought Pentax Imaging Systems for $124.2 million / 85 million Euros. The transfer of Pentax Imaging Systems, essentially Pentax digital cameras, will be made by October 1st 2011. Pentax’s other businesses (digital camera modules, DVD pickup lenses, endoscopes, artificial bones, and voice synthesis) will continue to be devloped by Hoya.

Jonathan Martin, General Manager, Pentax Imaging Systems UK said: “Ricoh is globally renowned within the digital camera industry, having successfully brought a range of products to market since its inception in 1939. We are extremely pleased with today’s announcement and see this as the natural next step in the evolution and continued development of the Pentax brand in the UK and abroad. With Ricoh’s involvement we can continue to grow the Pentax business in the UK and ensure we maintain our commitment to provide our customers with innovative, cutting edge, high quality products to suit all camera users.”

Friday, June 24, 2011

Getty Images Announces 2011 “Grants for Good” Recipients

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Global
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Getty Images have announced that photographers Gwenn Dubourthoumieu and Alex Masi, along with communications strategists from GVA Studio and the Bhopal Medical Appeal, have been selected as the recipients of this year’s Getty Images Grants for Good. Created in 2009, the Getty Images Grants for Good were introduced to help nonprofits use the power of imagery to promote positive change in the world and help communicate their stories more effectively. The project that Gwenn Dubourthoumieu and GVA Studio will pursue is called “Raped Lives”, and it aims to create imagery for a sensitisation campaign organised by the nonprofit association Des Femmes pour la Promotion et le Développement Endogène (AFPDE).  The intent is to inform local communities about their rights, influence them to stop discriminating against sexual violence victims and urge the victims to abandon their silence and to take legal action. “Open Wounds – Bhopal 1984 – 2011” is the project proposed by Alex Masi.. This project will document how the deadly legacy of chemical contamination is now affecting children living within the city.

Friday, June 10, 2011

Standing Up, Moving Forward

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Global
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Fujifilm has just announced a television special feature entitled ‘Standing Up, Moving Forward’, which introduces the efforts of all the people involved in relief and reconstruction activities in the aftermath of the Great East Japan Earthquake. The special feature is being broadcast from June 10-12 by Japan International Broadcasting. UK viewers can see the ‘Standing up, Moving Forward’ programmes on NHK (SKY channel 518) today, tomorrow and on Sunday at the times listed in the announcement below.

Friday, May 13, 2011

Nikon Becomes Licensee of London 2012

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Global
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The London Organising Committee of the Olympic Games and Paralympic Games (LOCOG) has confirmed that Nikon UK Limited has become a licensee of London 2012. In addition to producing a licensed range of Sport Optics, including binoculars, telescopes and laser rangefinders for spectators and competitors, Nikon UK has also been appointed as Sole Supplier of Sport Optics for use by officials at a number of Olympic and Paralympic sports including Sailing, Archery, Shooting and Athletics.

Friday, April 29, 2011

Getty Images Acquires PicScout

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Global
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Getty Images has announced that it has acquired PicScout, a leader in identifying image use, metadata and licensing information on the web. Getty Images will invest in PicScout’s technology and continue to work across the entire image industry, to improve and expand protection of Intellectual Property, thus ensuring a stronger overall content licensing industry, the company said in a statement. Offir Gutelzon, co-founder and CEO of PicScout added, “The acquisition will make it possible for PicScout to accelerate its position as a market innovator and as one of the world’s largest indexes of owner-identified images. It will allow PicScout to continue its rapid support of content owners and content users, who seek an integrated solution for image identification and use.”