Our client, Creativity Backgrounds is heading to Europe’s leading photograph trade show, Photokina this week and is actively looking for partnerships in wholesale, distribution and retail.
This is the remarkable true story of a man so driven to win, not just once but hundreds and hundreds of times, that he puts his own life at risk. Fred Archer was a jockey – by some measures the most successful one who has ever lived. But this feature-length screenplay has been written to appeal to a much wider audience than just the world of horseracing. It focuses on Archer’s relationships during a crucial few years of his life, with his associates, his family, the owners and trainers, even his rivals. And this fascinating and surprising tale of an almost-forgotten sporting hero has never before been told on film.
PhotoAid Global is the UK based photography service that connects photographers to charities and NGOs both here in the UK and abroad, and also curates exhibitions to drive awareness and revenue for good causes.
Workaid, winner of the Queens Award for Voluntary Service, tackles poverty by providing disadvantaged people with the tools they need to learn a skilled trade and earn a living. Since 1986, Workaid has helped around 100,000 disadvantaged people to break the cycle of poverty and build better lives for themselves and their families.
How did the partnership come about?
Dr Vanessa Champion is founder of PhotoAid and lives in Tring in Hertfordshire, she was looking for someone to fix up the old cameras that PhotoAid receives as donations. Mutual friends recommended she contact Workaid, based in neighbouring Chesham. One brainstorming meeting later with Rob Levine, chairman of Workaid, a partnership was forged.
“It’s great to form partnerships with organisations we have real synergies with and PhotoAid is definitely one of those.” Said Rob Levine. “At Workaid we are updating our website and social media presence; arresting and exciting photos are a critical part of that. When we connected with Vanessa it was clear that she had just the sort of skills and connections to help us down that path. Brilliantly, she is also building our own capabilities so that we are enabled to take better photos ourselves and can take advantage of opportunities whenever they arise. Ultimately all this will help us to attract more donors and volunteers, and give more meaningful and engaging feedback to those we already have.”
“I am so pleased to be partnering and supporting Workaid, their ethics and energy match ours,” said Vanessa. “We are running training workshops with their staff so they can take their own photos for website and social media collateral, plus running a ‘Volunteer’s Voice’, ‘If Tools could talk’, and hopefully helping to document the projects they are doing actually on the ground in Africa. Also Workaid are kindly storing the cameras people donate to us in their warehouse and helping to ship them to Africa for us. Note, that we also distribute our recycled cameras here in the UK and Europe.”
One of PhotoAid’s main photographers is David Newton, known to many in the photography world. David teaches extensively for Canon and also presents for SanDisk, Manfrotto and Lastolite, giving presentations and workshops all over the world. He, along with Ness, is running the first workshop at Workaid.
“In my work I spend a lot of time ‘taking’ pictures. The whole language around photography is in taking or capturing something, but there is very little giving. PhotoAid, and the partnership with Workaid, offers me the opportunity to give something back instead.”
PhotoAid is heading out to India in April for the charity, Born to be Beautiful. Later in the year we are also curating an exhibition of photography in the UK from the children of Ana by Karma, a charity based in Bhutan.
If you have old cameras, would like to be part of PhotoAid as a photographer, supporter or other capacity, or can donate time to fix up old cameras do get in touch with Vanessa at PhotoAid firstname.lastname@example.org “We all have something to give, and it’s like kick-starting positive karma, you give a little and buckets of goodness come back to you in return. Thanks to everyone in the industry who is supporting us, it means a lot.”
PhotoAid – Making a difference, one image at a time.
Some background on PhotoAid and Workaid:
PhotoAid Our Mission – PhotoAid Global celebrates photojournalism which inspires understanding and action through visual documentary. Covering human and animal rights & environmental awareness.
PhotoAid Services: Photography and Video, Expertise, Opportunities (see more below)
Workaid, winner of the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service, tackles poverty by providing disadvantaged people with the tools they need to learn a skilled trade and earn a living. Since 1986, WORKAID has helped around 100,000 disadvantaged people to break the cycle of poverty and build better lives for themselves and their families. They accept donations of unwanted tools and equipment which are collected from all over the UK and refurbished by a team of dedicated volunteers at the Workaid workshop. The refurbished tools are then sent to vocational training projects where they help vulnerable and disadvantaged people to learn trade skills and start their own businesses.
- Photography and Video
We source professional photographers in different parts of the world to document your charity’s story. We have been generously supported by Fujifilm UK, Loxley, Genesis Imaging, and others.
PhotoAid provides full service support from booking a photographer right through to the design of a book, organizing an exhibition or creating an event.
We also run educational programmes here in the UK and on location, with photographers and local people, from the youngest child to the oldest grandmother!
Talks – invite us to speak to your club or group. We give advice on how to monetise your photography when you return, raise awareness of your cause, and tell inspirational stories, of which there are many from standing in a deafening silence while surrounded by 200 Ankoli cattle in the heart of Africa to covert photography in a third-world prison …
We know and work with highly trained and motivated photographers, all of whom have stories to tell. If you are interested in hosting a talk or lecture do get in touch. Read some fascinating stories on F8, the editorial and news publishing arm of PhotoAid.
One of our board of advisors is an expert on central and eastern Africa and can give valuable advice on the region, and who can also visit your company/ organisation to advise in more detail. We also have an expert on security in the Middle East and other conflict zones. Confidentiality assured.
PhotoAid Global helps broker photography with NGOs doing good in remote places around the world. Offering unique life-changing experiences for the photographer and financial and awareness life-lines to these smaller charities who are working at grassroots level. A perfect symbiosis to pull all the threads together. On a global scale.
We also support local charities from Rotary to Youth football associations, amateur groups desperately needing promotional images through to helping give opportunities to up-and-coming photographers.
Our Founder, Dr Vanessa Champion, is a former London newspaper Editor, published writer, international art and photography judge, and documentary photographer. She is also Director of Dragonfly Communications, based in the UK and Direcotr of ARGENTA Fine Art. She will be your point of contact for marketing support and advice.
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PhotoX is thrilled to announce two of Photography’s most loved professionals, Prof. Brian Griffin D.Univ. (BCU) Hon. FRPS. and publisher and editor David Kilpatrick are joining our Judging panel which also includes Dr Michael Pritchard, Chief Executive of the Royal Photographic Society, Cristina Cellini Antonini, Founder & Co-Director, ArtRooms and international photographer Hania Farrell, who won the Art Gemini photography prize in 2016.
Brian Griffin is one of the most unconventional, renowned and influential creative portrait photographers working in Britain today, his work is featured in many museum collections including the Victoria and Albert Museum, National Portrait Gallery London, Art Museum Reykjavik Iceland, Arts Council London and Museum Folkwang, Essen, Germany. A much-revered photographer, Brian received the “Freedom of the city of Arles, France” in 1987 and went on to publish the seminal book “Work” in 1988 with a one-man show at the National Portrait Gallery. He has been decorated with accolades recognizing his influence on the photographic world, including receiving the “Centenary Medal” from the Royal Photographic Society in recognition of a lifetime achievement in photography. October 2017 will see the publication of “Gig” a book on the history of his music photography. READ MORE
David Kilpatrick is the esteemed photography magazine editor and publisher who set up Icon Publications Ltd in 1987 with his wife Shirley to publish photographic magazines and has done so ever since. Icon currently publishes Cameracraft and Master Photography (f2 Freelance Photographer merged with Cameracraft which replaces it as the title). He was Associate Editor of Photo Technique and then went freelance, contracting as editor of The Photographer. A few years later he had a chance to buy a local photography business in partnership with a friend of his who subsequently bought him out enabling him to buy a Nottinghamshire farmhouse and convert the range of barns into studio, offices and darkroom. After many successful years, he and his wife moved north of the border to Scotland, to set up one of the first digital bureaux, producing magazines, books, leaflets and catalogues and specialised in the technical side of a new workflow. READ MORE
Dr Michael Pritchard (UK): has joined the judging panel for new photography award PhotoX, launching January 2017. Chief Executive of The Royal Photographic Society, Dr Pritchard is a photographic historian and was a photography specialist at Christie’s, with a PhD in history of photography. Michael has been a selector on a number of international competitions, including the HIPA Awards, Travel Photography of the Year, Spider Awards, Terry O’Neill Award, and several student photography competitions. He lectures internationally and publishes regularly on photography.
Call for entries: enter here www.photox.co.uk closes 30 April 2017
- Jan 12th – PhotoX 2017 launch at The Green Rooms and call for entries
- April 30th – PhotoX competition closes
- May 9th-15th – First stage judging, selection through online portal
- June 21st, 16.00 – 18.00 – Second stage judging, physical selection at the GreenRooms.
- June 22nd, 18.00 – 21.00 – Private View and announcement of the winners with prize presentation (by invitation only). IF YOU WOULD LIKE AN INVITATION PLEASE CONTACT US
- June 22nd – July 1st – Exhibition of the 35 short-listed works, with workshops, portfolio reviews and seminars running during the two weeks.
We are working with www.pixelrights.com and www.smartframe.io. A revolution for photographers, artists, auctions houses, picture agencies, anyone using images online. When you share your images anywhere, they come back to you like a kite on a string, so you don’t lose the IP, the lead or importantly the sale. If you sign up for the PRIME account with Pixelrights your images are also protected with ImageRights, which means they search AUTOMATICALLY for your images used on the internet and if they are used, you can make a claim which ImageRights handle for you.
Pixelrights offer stunning website portfolios for photographers, artists, museums, agencies, fashion houses, graphic designers, House agents, anyone using images online, each image is protected using a brand new image format, which looks set to take over as the image format on the internet.
With SmartFrames the image is served as an encrypted data stream which is scrambled and unreadable to any traditional software. When the image is requested that data stream is decrypted in the viewer’s browser using a shared key. The image is then reconstructed on the page. All this happens instantly and with no loss of performance or speed over a JPEG. Interactive content, watermarks, credit & caption information and sharing tools can all be added simultaneously.
READ MORE ABOUT IT ON ALAMY’S WEBSITE: http://www.alamy.com/blog/smartframe-from-pixelrights
For more information or to arrange a demo, please contact:
Luke Vines: email@example.com / +44 (0) 7880 713037
Rob Sewell: firstname.lastname@example.org / +44 (0) 7583 920087
Never before seen in the UK, the new printing technology and display product Shimmerdisc – Photographic Sequin Displays, will be unveiled for the first time at The Sign and Digital Show, NEC, Stand K12 19-21 April 2016.
This will be start of the World Wide launch of Shimmerdisc.
What is it? Shimmerdisc is a blanket of individually printed sequins. Each disc is individually printed creating pixel perfect images. Each module is reverse printed and optically clear. The finished effect presents a display that looks almost 3D and with the most amazing movement.
Come and see our 67,500 sequin display – Stand K12
With over 5000 sequins per square metre, Shimmerdisc offers Photographic quality shimmering brilliance using thousands of light-reflecting discs to create inspiring, eye-catching moving image displays. It is used to add the WOW factor to Boardrooms, VIP nightclub walls, Home Art, Retail POS, Outdoor Display, Theatre, Exhibitions, Gigs. Modular and scalable. Each disc is individually printed creating pixel-perfect images.
Interior designers, architects, photographers, artists and branding agencies now have a brand new tool in their display portfolio, Shimmerdisc. Designers can exploit a full colour pallet including white to add depth, turning a plain foil sequin into a pixel of magic. Scalable to any size from 1 square metre to billboard size.
Already commissioned by household names, Shimmerdisc, adds animated brilliance to design.
“Our patented modular disc display can be custom printed – plain or reflective,” says Andrew Ainge, founder and inventor of Shimmerdisc. “The bigger the display the more impact it has. A 1000 x 1000mm display is the smallest we will do – 5625 discs. Wall Installations typically have around 100,000+ discs. Truly stunning.”
Designers, architects, the press and branding agencies are invited to stand K12 to see the product demonstrated for themselves and take advantage of 10% off on all orders placed at the show.
Contact us to book an interview with the inventor, Andrew Ainge.
ArtGeminiPrize 2016 PAINTING & PHOTOGRAPHY in collaboration with Asia House, in collaboration with Asia House. Call For Entries opens 5 April 2016 4th edition £5000 Cash Prizes for winners. Acceptable media: Paintings include oil, acrylic, mixed media, drawing, ink, watercolour, calligraphy & original print; Sculpture; Photography & digital art. Exhibition of shortlisted works at Asia House, London in September 2016
Deadline: 10 July 2016 Details: www.artgeminiprize.com facebook: Like Us/artgeminiprize twitter: Follow us@argeminiprize instagram: @artgeminiprize
“Dragonfly Communications is proud to support this great Art Prize again this year, offering artists and photographers the chance to exhibit in a unique London location.”