PhotoAid Global partners with Workaid.

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.

PhotoAid Partners with Workaid. Left to right Rob Levine of Workaid, Vanessa Champion of PhotoAid and David Newton lead trainer for PhotoAid who is running the first course. Photo credit Angus Thomson.

PhotoAid Partners with Workaid. Left to right Rob Levine of Workaid, Vanessa Champion of PhotoAid and David Newton lead trainer for PhotoAid who is running the first course. Photo credit Angus Thomson.

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 makeadifference@photoaid.org.uk  “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.

PhotoAid Partners with Workaid. Photo credit Angus Thomson.

PhotoAid Partners with Workaid. Photo credit Angus Thomson.

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)

www.photoaid.org.uk     make@difference@photoaid.org.uk

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.

 www.workaid.org

  1. 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.

  1. Expertise

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.

  1. Opportunities

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.

Connect on Social media:

Twitter @PhotoAidGlobal

Instagram @photoaid

Facebook PhotoaidGlobal

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Brian Griffin, David Kilpatrick join Dr Michael Pritchard on the PhotoX judging panel

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.

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Brian Griffin by Ashley Franklin

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

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David Kilpatrick

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

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Dr Michael Pritchard

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.

 

 

AOP Student awards opens 23rd January 2017

c51a5199-0ec4-4a13-b228-0e4f24dd07f7Call for entries for the AOP Student photography competition opens on 23rd January and closes at 5pm on 7th April. There are three categories: People, Places and Things.

The Awards are open to all students studying a recognised photography course and provide a perfect springboard into the world of professional photography. Judges are Rachell Smith for People, Howard Kingsnorth for Places and Karl Taylor for Things.  Winners will be announced at the Awards presentation at Downstairs at Mother on 6 July 2017.

Aside from recognition and kudos, winners receive prizes, have their winning image exhibited at the AOP Student Awards, the AOP Photography Awards in October, feature in the AOP Photography Awards Book, travel to the Retina Photography Festival in Edinburgh and The Photography Show in Birmingham over the following year. As part of the Student Awards, there is the AOP Affiliated Course of the Year award and AOP Affiliated Course Lecturer of the Year awards.

The Starting Out conference will take place at Holborn Studios on 6 July 2017 as part of the Student Awards.  Seamus McGibbon, AOP’s General Manager ‘Our Student Awards are always hugely popular, and showcase the incredible talent of our Student members and others studying photography. It’s a brilliant way to support new emerging talent and get a first look at the potential stars of tomorrow’

The Association of Photographers is the UK’s leading organisation representing professional photographers working in the creative industries. Formed almost 50 years ago, our 1,850 members include professional photographers, photographic assistants, students, affiliated courses, affiliated businesses, photography agents and those working in the image-making industry.

For more information please contact Charlotte Giles on charlottegiles@aophoto.co.uk , visit www.the-aop.org or ring the office on 020 7739 6669.

For an overview of the 2016 AOP Student Awards including the winners, click here http://www.the-aop.org/awards/awards-archive/the-student-awards/aop-student-awards-2016

PhotoX – New International Photography Prize launch

 

photox_logoLaunch of PhotoX – Call for Entries New international photography opportunity, hosted at two London venues,  £2000 cash fund and photographic prizes.  Building on the success of the ArtGemini Prize now in its fourth year, the prize founders are proud to announce the launch of PhotoX, an exciting new prize for established and emerging photographers with a cash fund of £2000, plus photographic prizes and two curated art exhibitions in London.

“This is a substantial new opportunity for photographers wanting exhibition opportunity, financial support for their projects and to have their work seen by industry leaders,” said Jimmy Lek, Founder of PhotoX. “We launched PhotoX as a dedicated photography prize as a result of the increase of photography entries we received on our main ArtGemini Prize. We hope to be able to support more photographers this way.”

Call for entries:  enter here www.photox.co.uk from the 12th January 2017.

img_7552-768x768*PRESS LAUNCH PARTY INVITATION – Come and join us for a celebration launch on Thursday 12 January 6 – 8.30pm at the ground-breaking new The Green Rooms, supported by the Mayor of London. GreenRooms Hotel, 13-27 Station Rd, Wood Green, London N22 6UW

RSVP on Eventbrite

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/launch-reception-for-photox-the-new-photography-prize-tickets-30854963025

 

PhotoX 2017 Timeline

  • 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).
  • June 22nd – July 1st – Exhibition of the 35 short-listed works, with workshops, portfolio reviews and seminars running during the two weeks.

PhotoX

  • Prize fund over £2000, including prize for the best monochrome entry, a public choice prize, print voucher generously supported by Genesis Imaging, photobook collection by nphoto, professional website hosted by Pixelrights and an Artist Residency Prize at the GreenRooms.
  • 2 curated exhibitions – The Green Rooms and the New Artist Fair Truman Brewery.
  • Partnerships and Supporters – with Genesis Imaging, CafeArt, Royal Photographic Society, Pixelrights, ARGENTA, nphoto, New Artist Fair, GreenRooms, Eastern Art Report, Art Criticism Today. We are seeking a Media Partner.
  • Judging panel – Dr Michael Pritchard FRPS, Chief Executive, Royal Photographic Society; Karen Harvey, Creative Development Director, Shutter Hub; Cristina Cellini Antonini, Founder & Co-Director, ArtRooms; Hania Farrell, Award-winning international photographer.

Our Venue – The Green Rooms

Hosted at the ground-breaking new The Green Rooms. Supported by the Mayor of London, The Green Rooms is the UK’s first arts hotel. We will be exhibiting in their stunning multi-use gallery, with high ceilings, polished wood flooring, a beautiful original central skylight which can accommodate up to 200 people. The interior has been lovingly restored by renowned London architects SODA.

The GreenRooms, 13-27 Station Road, Wood Green, London, N22 6UW. The Green Rooms enjoys a prime position directly opposite Wood Green Underground Station, on the Piccadilly Line, 12 minutes from King’s Cross.

Founder – ArtGeminiPrize 

PhotoX 2017 is founded by ArtGemini, London’s global art prize which is now in its fourth successful year. Last year the prize was hosted at Asia House and attracted thousands of entries from 34 countries. ArtGemini is itself the brain child of Jimmy Lek, international fine art dealer.

Charity Partner – CafeArt supporting UK and worldwide homeless artists. PhotoX will also award a prize to the winning entry of one of the artists who submitted through CafeArt.

To interview the Founder, Jimmy Lek, high res images, discuss media or other partnerships, please contact our Creative Director, Dr Vanessa Champion +44 7747 025361  creative@dragonflycommunications.co.uk

Recent interview on Huffington Post

£1million secured investment for growth

 

Along with the £1million investment secured for growth, Pixelrights have appointed three industry leaders* on their Board in the form of Christina Vaughan, founder of Image Source and former Vice President of PACA and former President of CEPIC as new Chairman, James Rutherford CIO of Hermes SourceCap and Bill Flind CEO of Ipsotek as Non-executive directors.

They have now expanded their in-house team to 17, moved to Farringdon, and set up offices for their technology development in Poland.

They have also expanded across the web into new platforms, licensing their image technology to major players from image libraries to digital asset management companies such as Sodatech, Capture, MEMAT, Xpertise and Image Protect, who are now integrating the technology into their platforms and extending it to their clients.

Pixelrights are also working with associations and brands from the RPS to Metro and Fujifilm with joint promotions with all the major camera retailers from WEX and Calumet to John Lewis and London Camera Exchange.

Photographers can now sell prints as a self-fulfil option or select a print partner, they have more designs to choose from to build their sites and they have the opportunity to learn from industry leaders from articles on their new newsletter and blog, plus photographers can connect on social media with their members’ community.

Pixelrights websites will also be further enhanced this year as the service grows from strength to strength. It will be under-going some significant feature-based enhancements that will bring it to the top of its game.

“We are confident that Pixelrights in the coming months will become the most compelling option for anyone looking to build a website,” said Shaun Curry, founder of Pixelrights. “We want to show that our roots are in photography and that we understand this better than any other platform. Also providing the very latest technology to help photographers gain more from using the internet to promote their work. You only have to read our reviews on Google to understand what we mean to the photographic community.”

Pixelrights are pleased to announce they were invited to the DMLA conference in New York and the ACE Picture Library conference in London to present their new .PXLR image format, which uses their revolutionary SmartFrame technology. Recently featured by Alamy, their SmartFrame innovation is taking the image industry by storm offering substantially more protection than the standard jpg format online.

All images on the Pixelrights platform are protected by SmartFrame which reduces image theft and ensures attribution wherever they are shared.

Pixelrights have significant new features in development for the Smart Frame technology which will allow it to be shared on any website outside of our own platform framework,” continued Shaun. “To add to these exciting new developments we have decided to introduce our WordPress plugin, that will provide free use of the Smart Frame to around 70 million WordPress based websites. This is implemented or redacted at the flick of a switch, it is incredibly powerful and simple to use.”

FOR MORE INFORMATION, INTERVIEW THE FOUNDERS, WALK THROUGH THE WEBSITE BUILDER, LEARN MORE ABOUT SMARTFRAME TECHNOLOGY AND ITS IMPACT ON THE PHOTOGRAPHY MARKET, ETC,

CONTACT VANESSA CHAMPION, MARKETING DIRECTOR

vanessa.champion@pixelrights.com + 44 7747 025361

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Sweet Cornbread in a Brewery

Don’t miss a fantastic Line-up of Music on SATURDAY 17th September from 18.00 presented by MuzicMeet at Haresfoot Brewery BERKHAMSTED  in aid of a very good cause – Hector’s House Tickets  from this link http://www.wegottickets.com/event/363003   and can be purchased at the brewery shop Thursday to Saturday.

Compere will be Mike Naylor of BBC Three Counties radio. There will be a BBQ and a fine selection of craft ale straight from the brewery , wine and other refreshments

Headliners are sweetcornbread  This band are amazing –  fantastic energy ( I defy you to stay still) and  cross-genre playing a range of more traditional and electric instruments with stunning 3 part harmonies – definitely one of the best live bands I have seen and they went down very well at the brewery last time.

The latest act to join us “ANECHOIC” are an amazing mix of electronic and country, performing an electronic take on the songs of Leadbelly and featuring the hugely talented Alice Fredenham on vocals. Alice performed My Funny Valentine on Britains Got Talent and was an immediate sensation when she wowed the panel with her singing and shy charm and Simon Cowell described her as being like “Liquid Gold”. Her performance of My Funny Valentine on You Tube has 39 MILLION views!

April Blue are a highly accomplished Pop, Rock and R&B crossover act. Pete & Dunk are king of acoustic harmony and are extremely popular locally – Simon and Garfunkelesque.  DodoBones – quirky engaging acoustic music “wood rock” genre – lead singer Robbyn Snow is captivating

Haresfoot Brewery, live gig

Haresfoot Brewery, live gig

SmartFrame from Pixelrights

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, copyright protection, using new SmartFrame technology. your images are displayed in the image format .pxlr For more information and to try a portfolio for your self for free, use this link: https://www.pixelrights.com/r/REF2961058

Pixelrights, copyright protection, using new SmartFrame technology. your images are displayed in the image format .pxlr For more information and to try a portfolio for your self for free, use this link: https://www.pixelrights.com/r/REF2961058

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: luke.vines@pixelrights.com  / +44 (0) 7880 713037

Rob Sewell: robert.sewell@pixelrights.com / +44 (0) 7583 920087