The Big Photo Show announces photo challenge winners

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Just look at that face! While on vacation in Maui, amateur photographer Audrey Campbell captured a moment of pure joy experienced by her 5-year-old great-great-niece, Brooke – and ended up with an image that beat out more than 830 entries for the Grand Prize in The Big Photo Show Seriously Fun Photo Challenge.

“In February, my sister and I took Brooke to Maui. It was her first trip, and she couldn’t stay out of the water. She got on her little boogie board, and she wasn’t afraid of those huge waves at all. She stayed in the water every single day, and I just kept taking pictures of her,” Campbell said.

She took the winning image, “Surfing Maui Waves,” with a Nikon D7000 that she bought two years ago. “I primarily use the Nikon, along with a Panasonic Lumix that I carry when I don’t want a big camera on me. The Lumix is easy to use because it’s a point-and-shoot, but it takes great pictures, and I like having a good camera that that can fit in my pocket,” Campbell said.

Last year, she took a 6-week photography class at Santa Monica College to learn more about manual shooting.

Campbell attended The Big Photo Show LA in 2013, and learned about the contest through an email sent to past attendees announcing the upcoming 2014 event. “I decided to submit three pictures. Two were scenery shots, and the one of Brooke.” TheBigPhotoShow_dates_250x223

Campbell is excited to attend The Big Photo Show again this year. “I will absolutely be at The Big Photo Show again! I thoroughly enjoyed it last year and I took some great pictures there. I photographed [Fireball Tim’s Hollywood] cars and the shooting arenas that were set up. I also attended some of the education sessions, and I learned a lot. I really thrilled by the session about the African Safaris and taking wildlife pictures. I would love to do that! One of the reasons I wanted to go to Hawaii was to take photographs of all the amazing scenery there. I even took a helicopter ride so I could get some better shots. Now I really want to go on a photo safari in Africa.”

She added, “I really loved everything about The Big Photo Show, but my favorite thing was listening to the instructors. I also went to a session on sports photography. I really enjoyed that, and I learned so much. This year, I will be going to more of the education sessions. My sister recently bought a new camera too, so I’m bringing her. She’s interested in learning more about how to use it, and we’re both excited to go there and take lots of pictures.”

Campbell said she is very thrilled to receive her Grand Prize package, which includes accommodations in The Big Photo Show host hotel for to three nights, admission to The Big Photo Show Los Angeles, a Canon Rebel T3i kit, a Canon Pixma printer, and a deluxe frame job from On the Wall Gallery & Frames.

Other contest winners

In addition to Campbell, there were several other big winners among more than 830 entries in the Seriously Fun Photography Photo Challenge. (View all the winning images here.) In the Professionally Judged category, in which Campbell took top honors, there were four other winners:

The 2nd place prize went to Pyae Phyo Thet Paing for the photograph, “Playing & Swimming.” The prize includes a Pentax K-50 camera, a$100 certificate from Nations Photo Lab, a metallic print from Fullerton Photographics, a LumiQuest Strobist Kit, and a mini flash umbrella.

In 3rd place was “The Kite Kid” by Brett Davies, who received a Sigma 18-250mm F3.5-6.3 DC Macro OS HSM lens, a Creative Kit by Macphun Software, LumiQuest Strobist Kit, and a mini flash umbrella.

Garret Graham took 4th place with “Up in the Air,” and received a Sony a3000 camera with 18-55mm lens, LumiQuest Strobist Kit, and a mini flash umbrella.

“Refreshed,” by Patrick Paul Roxas, claimed the 5th prize, including an Erin Manning Home Studio Lighting Kit by Westcott and Sunpak Ultra Pro 423 Carbon Fiber Tripod.

There were also three winners in the Popular Choice category.

Coming in 1st was Patrick Cory Brien, with his photograph “Bridge Over the Cooper.” Brien received a Panasonic Lumix ZS30 camera, a Westcott 304 5-in-1 Reflector Kit, and a mini flash umbrella.

Claiming 2nd place for “New York City” was Christine Workman, who received a Tamron SP 70-300 Di VC USD zoom lens, a Macphun Creative Kit, and a mini flash umbrella.

In 3rd place with her work “Colorado Clouds” was Samantha Jerred, who received a Tabelz laptop table and Macphun Creative Kit software.

The Big Photo Show is the premier event for everyone who loves photography, from photo enthusiasts, to amateur photographers, to pros. The event returns to the Los Angeles Convention Center on May 17-18, 2014, with exhibits from top camera, accessory and software manufacturers and dealers; more than 40 education sessions for photographers at beginner/intermediate or advanced levels; live models arenas where attendees can shoot side-by-side with professional photographers, who will share tips and tricks; displays of amazing photo products to sell, give, or keep; breathtaking framing and design techniques; and much more.

All events and beginner/intermediate level classes are included in the $25 ticket price. Purchase tickets online or at the door.

For more information about exhibiting or sponsorship opportunities at The Big Photo Show, contact Jeff Frazine at jfrazine@pmai.org.

The Big Photo Show LA announces advanced level photography education

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TheBigPhotoShow_dates_250x223The Big Photo Show is two weeks away, and we are pleased to announce yet another exciting thing we have to offer: advanced and specialized photography education sessions.

“Last year at The Big Photo Show LA, our extensive range of education sessions were standing-room-only,” said PMA president Bill Eklund. “Photo enthusiasts and intermediate-level photographers took full advantage of the opportunity those sessions presented to improve every aspect of their photography skills. But we had many requests from more advanced photographers for education sessions at their level. This year, we are happy to announce we are fulfilling that need with a full slate of courses to choose from, taught by some of the most acclaimed photographers in the world.”

These higher-level sessions will be taught by some of the world’s most renowned pro photographers, including Kevin Gilbert, Stephen Burns, Peter Read Miller, David Stock, Lee Varis, Colin Smith, Lee Kohse, David La Neve, Bob Killen, Nick Lowell, Glynn Lavender, and Eddie Barber.

 The Big Photo Show – the premier event for everyone who loves photography, from photo enthusiasts, to amateur photographers, to pros – offers exhibits from top camera, accessory and software manufacturers and dealers; live models arenas where attendees can shoot side-by-side with professional photographers, who will share tips and tricks; displays of amazing photo products to sell, give, or keep; breathtaking framing and design techniques; and so much more, including two Education Theaters, where attendees can attend any of 40-plus sessions to help them improve their photography skills.

All events and beginner/intermediate level classes are included in the $25 ticket price. Specialized and advanced level classes are available for $49 per session; $149 for a full day (4 sessions); or $199 for two full days (8 sessions). Learn more about beginner/intermediate and specialized/advanced courses here.

All of this, and so much more, will be happening at the Los Angeles Convention Center May 17-18. Purchase tickets online or at the door.

For more information about exhibiting or sponsorship opportunities at The Big Photo Show, contact Jeff Frazine at jfrazine@pmai.org.

The May/June issue of PMA magazine is here

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MayJun2014_250x328Tomorrow is May 1, which means the start of National Photo Month, The Big Photo Show — and that the May/June issue of PMA Magazine, Connecting the Imaging Communities, is here!

In this issue, learn how getting kicked out of their location became the best thing that ever happened to Precision Camera, and discover how Erin Manning and Kevin Gilbert use speaking engagements to build their businesses. Read an overview of everything that’s happening at the upcoming Big Photo Show in LA, May 17-18, and find out why ArcSoft’s facial recognition technology is changing the way people use images.

Also in this issue:

  • Offering photo classes can be easy – and might be the key to your future success
  • Research presented at GfK’s Imaging Summit shows a brighter future for photo retail
  • The 2014 AIE Future Imaging Summit panel on sharing explains current trends
  • How “customers first” has built a multimillion dollar business for Joseph and JoAnn Callaway
  • A look at “My PMA:” Long-time members share what they gain from being part of PMA
  • Image Witness is helping photographers protect their work online
  • PMA resources to help you promote National Photo Month in May

The Big Photo Show announces new, first-time exhibitors

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Exciting news: several new companies will be exhibiting for the first time in The Big Photo Show at the Los Angeles Convention Center on May 17-18, 2014.

Exhibiting for the first time this year will be Acrylicpress.com, the Association of Personal Photo Organizers, Apresfoto, Arca-Swiss Intl., Bay Photo, California Center for Digital Arts, Clickers & Flickers Photo Network/Magazine, Diversified Imaging Supply, ExpoImaging, Forever, Fujifilm North America, Fullerton Photographics, Hoodman, KEH Camera, Kelby Training, Macphun Software, Nations Photo Lab, Panasonic North America, Athentech Perfectly Clear, Red River Paper, Tamron USA, timeshel, ToCAD America Inc., and Woodland Hills Camera.

These new, first-time exhibitors will join returning exhibitors including Sony, Sigma, Samy’s Camera, Paul’s Photo, Tuttle’s Camera, Fromex Photo & Digital, Acratech, SKB Cases, Lee Filters, Topaz Labs, and several others.

“The Big Photo Show offers imaging companies an incredible opportunity to build relationships with consumers who are passionate about photography — generating great brand awareness and enlarging their market share,” said PMA President Bill Eklund. “We are thrilled to welcome all our first-time and returning exhibitors to The Big Photo Show, where they will interact face-to-face with the most active and enthusiastic imaging consumers from all throughout the Southern California area.”

Celebrate 175 Years of Photographic History

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World Photo Day 2014 is August 19th, and the date marks a special anniversary: 175 years since the first permanent photographic process was patented and freely released to the world in 1839.

The World Photo Day organization is encouraging businesses, organizations and social groups across the world “to leverage the power of photography by engaging their communities as part of a global photography celebration.”

“So often, we forget that there was once a time that we couldn’t instantly share moments with friends and family across the globe,” says the organization’s founder Korske Ara. “Today, we take photography for granted.” But the first commercially available 35mm film camera was developed only 90 years ago. The digital camera became popular just 20 years ago and 15 years ago, camera phones didn’t exist. “Today, everyone is impacted by the influence of photography.”

For ideas on how you can use World Photo Day to connect with your community, visit www.worldphotoday.org.

Fireball Tim and his Hollywood “star” cars return to The Big Photo Show

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TheBigPhotoShow_dates_250x223Hollywood legend and TV personality/producer Fireball Tim Lawrence and his stable of Hollywood cars will return to The Big Photo Show, May 17-18 at the Los Angeles Convention Center. The Big Photo Show is for photo enthusiasts, advanced amateur photographers, pros, and everyone who loves taking pictures.

Sponsored by Sony, several famous vehicles will be featured in Fireball Tim’s Hollywood Car Showcase, provided by LA’s premiere build house, Picture Car Warehouse. Fireball Tim has designed some of the most recognizable vehicles in the world, creating cars and motorcycles for companies like Disneyland and Universal Studios. You have seen his vehicles in Avengers, Priest, Knight Rider, Batman, Son of the Mask, Pitch Black, Jurassic Park, X-Men, Gone in 60 Seconds and more than 400 other movies and TV programs.

“I’m really excited to be back for this year’s Big Photo Show, which is going to be even bigger and better than last year. It’ll be awesome — I’ll have all new movie cars for photo buffs to snap, and I will be teaching a Car Photography Seminar each day of The Big Photo Show at 11:30 a.m. We’ll be shooting some really cool movie cars and movie bikes, learning angles and space division. Plus, I will share ideas on how to enhance your shots with Photoshop, Instagram and all online networks – and take SuperSelfies!” Fireball said.“I’m eager to spend two days in the coolest photography convention ever, because this year the technology and tools are even better.”

Among the “star” vehicles Fireball Tim will be bringing to The Big Photo Show are the “General Lee” from Dukes of Hazzard, the Camaro from the new movie 22 Jump Street, the motorcycles from the movie Priest, the Continental from the Justin Timberlake film In Time, and the new 2015 Cadillac Escalade that will soon be featured on Fireball Tim’s show, 5Minute Drive.

Fireball Tim has appeared on the Speed Channel, TLC, Discovery and The Auto Channel. He is also author of the children’s book, “Fireball Tim’s Big Book of Wacky Rides,” and the forthcoming “Fireball Tim’s Big Book of Wacky States,” and will be signing books at The Big Photo Show.

For more information about exhibiting or sponsorship opportunities at The Big Photo Show, contact Jeff Frazine at jfrazine@pmai.org.

Renowned pros to teach at The Big Photo Show

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Coming from as far away as Australia, many of the best and best-known photographers in the world will be in Los Angeles May 17-18, teaching photo enthusiasts, advanced amateurs, and even other pros how to hone their photography skills at The Big Photo Show

Best of all, most of these 40-plus exciting courses are included in the $25 registration fee – offered to attendees at no additional charge.

 

Among more than 20 top instructors are:

•       Jefferson Graham, author of “Video Nation: A DIY Guide to Planning, Shooting and Sharing Great Video,” technology columnist for USA TODAY, and the host and producer of USA TODAY’s Talking Your Tech and Talking Tech video series.

•       Peter Read Miller, Sports Illustrated photographer who has also shot for Time, Life, People, Money, Playboy, Runners World, Newsweek, USA Weekend and The New York Times. In addition to covering 8 Olympic games and 34 Super Bowls, Peter has shot 14 NBA finals. He has covered the Stanley Cup Finals, The World Series, The Kentucky Derby, The NCAA Basketball Final Four, Men’s and Women’s World Cup Soccer Finals and the World Championship of Freestyle Wrestling in Krasnoyarsk, Siberia.

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•       Kevin Gilbert, former White House photographer, chief photographer for The Washington Times, commercial photographer for The Discovery Channel, and photographer for Mark Burnett Productions’ “Eco Challenge,” “The Apprentice,” “The Contender,” and many others.

•       Erin Manning, host of the DIY Network’s The Whole Picture, who has also appeared on NBC’s TODAY, CBS’ The Early Show, and That Morning Show on E!. She is the creator and host of the popular Digital Photography 101 DVD series and is the author of Portrait and Candid Photography and Make Money with Your Digital Photography.

lee varis•       Lee Varis, Hollywood photo illustrator and commercial photographer, whose work has been featured on movie posters and CD covers, and in National Geographic and Fortune magazines, among many others. He is also author of the bestseller Skin: The Complete Guide to Digitally Lighting, Photographing, and Retouching Faces and Bodies.

•       Glynn Lavender, one of Australia’s leading professional photographers and head of premier photography education company Creative Photo Workshops, which provides dynamic photography training to photographers in Australia, New Zealand, and throughout North America.

These are just a few of a stellar lineup of highly acclaimed photographers and educators who will bring an incredible wealth of knowledge and experience to attendees.

In addition to this remarkable opportunity to learn and enhance your photography skills, The Big Photo Show will also offer more hands-on education in the Photo Shooting Zone and Learning Centers — and so much more, including live model shoots led by top photographers from Popular Photography and American Photo magazines; the Creative Product Zone, where you can discover everything you never knew was possible to do with your images; breathtaking framing and design techniques; and the Photo Doctors, where you can have equipment problems “diagnosed,” and discover how to take full advantage of everything your camera can do.

All of this and more will be happening at the Los Angeles Convention Center May 17-18. Register for The Big Photo Show, and learn what else you can do at this thrilling photography event, at www.thebigphotoshow.com.

The Big Photo Show is a series of photography events for the millions and millions of U.S. consumers who consider themselves photo enthusiasts. The Big Photo Show will have exhibits from imaging suppliers, retailers and service providers; as well as an array of educational opportunities for attendees offered by professional photographers, framers and other experts. Among many other things, attendees will learn how to take better photos; what new innovations are available in equipment and services; and the coolest new ways to creatively display their images.

For information about exhibiting or sponsorship opportunities at The Big Photo Show, contact Jeff Frazine at jfrazine@pmai.org.

 

Former Sony VP Mike Kahn brings new “gig” to The Big Photo Show

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Mike Kahn newYou probably saw our recent announcement that Entertainment Radio News will once again be broadcasting live from The Big Photo Show, and we are very excited to welcome them back. ERN will broadcast their nationally syndicated and internet radio programs including Popular Technology Radio, Working Mother Radio, and Popular Science Radio from the show. You also might have noticed, when reading that announcement, a name very familiar to many in our industry among the show hosts: Mike Kahn.

Yes, it’s that Mike Kahn, our good friend and former Vice President of Partnership Marketing at Sony Electronics. Mike recently became host of  Popular Technology Radio, in which, along with Pop Tech’s impressive array of regular contributors and guests, he covers all the latest news, products and gossip concerning the wide field of consumer technology and entertainment.

Popular Technology Radio broadcasts via syndicated radio every Saturday from 9:00-11:00 AM PT on 41 stations nationwide in markets including; Chicago, San Francisco, Phoenix, Seattle, Orlando, St. Louis, Nashville, Grand Rapids, Memphis and Jacksonville.

Mike has also shaken up the consumer technology world with the advent of the Pop Tech Testers program which allows consumers to try out the latest and greatest technology first-hand. Testers are given the opportunity to provide real, relevant feedback live on Popular Technology Radio.

Kahn commented, “I am thrilled to be hosting Popular Technology Radio for ERN. My mission: share new technology that makes our lives better, easier and most importantly, fun.”

He will be doing just that at The Big Photo Show in Los Angeles on May 17. Be sure to listen in!

Entertainment Radio Network to broadcast live from The Big Photo Show

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TheBigPhotoShow_verticalWe are excited to welcome Entertainment Radio Network back to  The Big Photo Show LA at the Los Angeles Convention Center, May 17, 2014! Entertainment Radio Network produces nationally syndicated and internet radio shows including Popular Technology Radio, Working Mother Radio, and Popular Science Radio – all of which will be broadcasting live and recording episodes from The Big Photo Show. Program hosts Mike Kahn, Alan Taylor, and Bettina Bush will be onsite, covering news, technology, equipment, creative photo display and product ideas, and more, as well as interviewing exhibitors, photographers and attendees at the event. Several programs will air live, and others will be recorded for later broadcast.

To listen live, please visit the ernlive.com website with the links below:

Popular Technology Radio from 9-11am PT

Popular Science Radio from 12-1pm PT

Working Mother Radio from 9-10pm PT

Mike Kahn, Host of Popular Technology Radio, which is heard by over a million listeners coast-to-coast, commented, “I am thrilled to be broadcasting for the second year in a row at the Big Photo Show LA. Our mission at Popular Technology Radio is to bring our listeners the facts on the latest technology that makes our lives easier and more interesting. Understanding the advantages of imaging capture and sharing that knowledge has mass appeal to our fans. Be sure to tune in to Popular Technology Radio for all the coverage of The Big Photo Show.”

“We are so happy to welcome Entertainment Radio Network back to The Big Photo Show LA, where they will again be broadcasting live from the show floor. This is a great way to not only share all the excitement of the event with ERN’s huge national audience, but also get all those listeners even more enthusiastic about photography, camera equipment, photo education and creative output ideas,” said PMA President Bill Eklund.

For more information about exhibiting or sponsorship opportunities at The Big Photo Show, contact Jeff Frazine at jfrazine@pmai.org.

Panasonic joins growing list of exhibitors at The Big Photo Show LA

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TheBigPhotoShow_verticalI’ve got great news for people who love photography in Southernpanasonic logo California: They will get to discover, try, and buy innovative new equipment from Panasonic, which will be one of our many exciting exhibitors at The Big Photo Show in Los Angeles, Calif., May 17-18.

Panasonic joins a growing list of exhibitors including Sony, Sigma, Fujifilm, Tamron, Samy’s Camera, Popular Photography and dozens of others.

At The Big Photo Show, Panasonic will be presenting the company’s entire line of Lumix camera products, featuring the G Series interchangeable lens mirrorless cameras. Thousands and thousands of photo enthusiasts in Southern California will discover Panasonic’s leading camera technology, including the Lumix GH4, which captures video in 4K resolution, as well as the company’s complete line of Micro Four Thirds compatible lenses for Lumix cameras.

“Panasonic is excited to be exhibiting at The Big Photo Show and presenting our line of Lumix cameras and lenses, as well as our entire line of Adventure products,” said Thomas Curley, Business Development Manager for Panasonic North America. “Our camera products are of interest to professionals looking for the latest in hybrid imaging or video production gear, as well as photo enthusiasts seeking a great picture taking solution for family or fun – and we think the Big Photo Show is the perfect place to be. See you in LA!”

The Big Photo Show is a series of premier events for photo hobbyists, amateurs photographers and pros, offering the latest photography equipment; photography education, at both beginner/intermediate and advanced levels; live model shooting arenas, where attendees can shoot side-by-side with successful pros, who will offer tips and tricks; creative photo product displays, and much more.