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April 2013 Newsletter

By April 1, 2013September 28th, 2017ASMP Newsletter



New Membership Categories Proposed
Based on the dynamic changes in the imaging profession, ASMP’s Membership Committee has endorsed new membership categories with a more inclusive, broader definition of ‘imaging professional’ and has invited comments on the proposal. An online Members Only webcast and Q&A with Membership Chair Jenna Close, ASMP President Shawn Henry, and ASMP Executive Director Gene Mopsik was held on April 4th to discuss the proposal. If you missed either, the proposal is here. Members are encouraged to email comments to According to Jenna Close, “The Committee wants to thank everyone for their thoughts, and we will be considering all of your comments as we go back to the Board later this month to continue the discussion.” More to come on this important issue!

ASMP Executive Board Announced
Following the election for the National Board of Directors seats, the Executive Board for 2013-14 has been selected. Congratulations to:

  • President Ed McDonald
  • 1st VP Gail Mooney
  • 2nd VP Jim Flynn
  • Secretary Jenna Close
  • Treasurer Irene Owsley

The new Officers will formally take their positions at the upcoming ASMP Board Meeting at the end of April.

Copyright Guide Now Available

state-of-the-art01ASMP’s newest educational resource, The Photographer’s Guide to Copyright,is now available! This FREE guide, released in partnership with PhotoShelter, contains valuable information to help you understand copyright law, learn how to protect your images and safeguard your work from infringement. The guide also offers in-depth interviews from ASMP contributors who address key areas including major trends in copyright today, how to incorporate copyright registration into a daily workflow, the risks to weigh before joining social networks, demystifying what counts as “Fair Use,” and copyright for motion. Download the guide here.

Best of ASMP 2013 Deadline Coming Up!

Member entries will be accepted until May 1st, so there’s still time to place your images—and your business – front and center in the photo world by submitting to the ASMP Bulletin’s 9th Annual Best of ASMP issue. The 20 photographers selected for the September issue are featured in print and online—in a detailed look at their creative vision, technical accomplishments, valued collaborations and more—through insightful interviews, illustrated by their strongest work. Best of ASMP seeks dynamic, eye-catching imagery and remarkable projects that stop us in our tracks. Learn more here.



  • ASMP Executive Director Eugene Mopsik gave a presentation at The International Press Telecommunications Council’s (IPTC) Machine Readable Rights and News Industry Day in Amsterdam recently. You can download most of the presentation slides and watch the presentations on video here.
  • ASMP General Counsel Victor Perlman recently submitted ASMP’s response to the Register of Copyrights’ recent call for a 3rd round of comments regarding possible solutions for copyright claims involving relatively smaller amounts of damages. ASMP had filed comments and testified in roundtables previously. Read the comments here.
  • The U.K. has announced the launch, due this summer, of the first phase of the Copyright Hub, called “website launch & education” in the Hooper report from July, 2012. “The initial website launch will provide an education portal for digital copyrights, and signposting to the appropriate rights licensing websites,” the report explains. Twelve organizations are providing services to the Hub in phase one including the Picture Licensing Universal System (PLUS), supported by ASMP.
  • ASMP recently joined with the National Press Photographers Association (NPPA) in a letter to the Hawaii House Speaker expressing strong objection to a proposed bill, SB 465, protecting celebrities from paparazzi. We are pleased to report that this so-called “Steven Tyler Act” has stalled because of lack of support.
  • Recently, Register of Copyrights Maria Pallante testified before the House Judiciary Subcommittee on the Courts, Intellectual Property and the Internet. With over 30 years since the last general copyright revision, unprecedented advances in technology and communications, and an increasing number of issues that courts and others are calling on Congress to address, the Register made the case to the Committee that it is now time to start thinking about “The Next Great Copyright Act” — a wholesale, general revision of the entire Act which you can read about here. ASMP General Counsel Victor Perlman commented, “The Copyright Act is in serious need of substantial revision, and we applaud the Register for taking the lead on this issue. However, the 1976 Act took more than 20 years of legislative work before it was enacted, and it will take time and effort for the next attempt at major reform to bear fruit.”




Featuring: Frank Meo, The Photo Closer
Wednesday, April 24, 2013, 1:00 – 2:00 pm eastern
Additional Q & A at from 2:00-2:30
For over 25 years, Frank Meo, The Photo Closer, has represented some of the most talented and esteemed photographers in the world. Our conversation will focus on the Creative Call, when clients phone photographers to ask for an estimate. We’ll discuss how to shift that dialog away from price, towards value so you can win the job without being the lowest bid. Get ready to sharpen your sales and negotiating skills with one of our industry’s top experts!

This exciting webinar is free for all live attendees. Join us Wednesday, April 24! Note: This live event will be recorded. Access to the recording will be free for ASMP Members ($4.99 for non-Members) and recordings of prior webinars are available here.

Coming in May! Larry Volk and Danielle Currier of No Plastic Sleeves. Wednesday, May 29th, 1:00 – 2:00 pm eastern.

Palm Springs Photo Festival: April 28-May 3 (see info under Exclusive to Members below)


On the Road is Coming!
ASMP is proud to join WPPI, PhotoPlus Expo and Kelby Training for On the Road, a new series of 2-day photography workshops for students, emerging and established professional photographers.  From sound business practices to hands-on technical training, On the Road provides everything you need to build a successful photography practice in Commercial/Editorial or Retail markets. Go here to find out more details and how ASMP members save $50 off the $249 admission. More will be coming soon about these upcoming workshops!

  • Chicago: May 20 – 21
  • Atlantic City: June 3 – 4
  • Los Angeles: July 15 – 16
  • Las Vegas: August 5 – 6


The ASMP Board of Directors will meet in Palm Springs during the Photo Festival April 29th – 30th. If you have an issue to bring to the attention of the Board, email


connect-with-the-best-01Karen I. Hirsch’s artwork will be shown at Chicago’s Millennium Fine Art Gallery in a show titled Shape, Rattle & Roll running from  May 3rd to May 31st.  It is an exhibition of artwork with the common denominator of color, form, texture and balance and is dedicated to the artist’s mother, Anita C. Hirsch. Learn more here.

Gail Mooney and her partner/daughter Erin Kelly will be presenters at the World IP Day event held by the Copyright Office in Washington D.C. on April 24th. The theme of the event is “Creativity – the next generation” and Gail and Erin will discuss their film, Opening Our Eyes, and the importance of copyright to independent creators.

Stephen Mallon’s latest motion project commissioned by the New York Times magazine documenting two days at the Metropolitan Opera is now live! See it here.

connect-with-the-best-02David H. Wells’ photo essay, Foreclosed Dreams, will be on display April 19th – May 12th at the Yellow Peril Gallery in Providence, RI. The exhibit explores the empty homes and foreclosed dreams in the wake of the foreclosure crisis. More info here.

Rena Durham taught a master class on ‘editorial concept shoots for kids’ at WPPI in Vegas in March.

Rosanne Olson is having an exhibit, Rapture, at the Robin Rice Gallery in NYC May 8-June 16. The opening is on Wednesday, May 8 from 5:30 to 8:30. More info at

Robert Farber’s 90 image retrospective, Moods – A 40 Year Visual Journey, opened this month at the Museum of Modern Art Dubrovnik. For more info, click here.

Frans Lanting’s LIFE: A Journey Through Time with music by Philip Glass will be performed by the Hartford Symphony Orchestra on April 27th in Hartford, Connecticut. In addition, there will be a  presentation by Frans Lanting on April 26, and the exhibition of his LIFE photographs at the Hartford Public Library and the Bushnell Center for the Performing Arts from April 8th to May 3rd. For tickets to the concert, go here.

Jamey Stillings’ photography is included in an exhibition running through April 28th in London. The exhibit is entitled Landmark: The Fields of Photography and is a sweeping overview of the rich genre of 21st Century Landscape photography. More info here.

In Memoriam: Sadly, Hugh Ackroyd, an ASMP life-member, passed away in November at the age of 99.  He was one of the first photographers in the northwest to join ASMP.



Executive Director Eugene Mopsik was joined by Judy Herrmann, Gail Mooney, Chris Hollo, Ed McDonald, Shawn Henry, Richard Kelly, and Jay Kinghorn at the NAB Show (National Association of Broadcasters) in Las Vegas where Gail, Richard, Judy and Jay were presenters.


NEW! Camera Gear Discounted
Custom SLR is now offering ASMP members 15% off any order of camera strap solutions and other gear including the C-Loop, Split Strap, M-Plate and ProDot. They manufacture most of their products in the USA and deploy eco-friendly business practices. For more info, go here.

NEW! 5% Off OWC
Other World Computing sells high-performance computers and components, including memory, fast disks and SSDs (solid state drives) for Mac and PC products. It also specializes in reliable backup and workflow systems. OWC is now offering members 5% off MPG Pro Workstation and MPG Pro Laptop (as currently recommended by Mac Performance Guide), as well as any additional hardware ordered at the same time as an MPG Pro unit. For more, go here.

10% Off Dogbark Annual Hosting offers a reliable Web Hosting service, designed for less technical people. It offers a range of pricing and capabilities to suit every need. ASMP members get 10% discount on Annual Hosting Packages. Find out more here.

Palm Springs Photo Festival Discount
ASMP Members receive a 10% discount at The Palm Springs Photo Festival, April 28th – May 3rd. Visit for details.  Members click here to receive the discount!

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YPA Seeks Applicants for 2013 Mentoring Program
Escape” is the 2013 theme for the annual Young Photographers Alliance (YPA) mentoring program, which provides encouragement and assistance to young photographers entering the photography field. The program will take place this summer over a ten week time period and gives students the ability to work with successful industry professionals to fine tune their craft, create images for their portfolios, develop business skills and explore markets for their work. ASMP is a major sponsor of YPA, and encourages qualified members to consider applying by the deadline of May 10th. For complete information, go here.

Call for Entries
Image13 is an international photo contest run by the New York chapter of ASMP. Submissions are open to professional, serious amateur and student photographers. First-prize winners in each category (professional and student) will have their winning image published in a full page ad in PDN magazine as well as in a promotional email. Enter online at Submission deadline is May 1, 2013!

Photographers Lecture Series Online
The International Center of Photography, with support from ASMP, launched The Photographers Lecture Series to provide a forum for distinguished photographers to present their work and discuss their ideas and techniques. This unique series is archived and available FREE online at

2013 PDN’s 30 Series Announces Upcoming Dates
ASMP is one of the sponsors of  PDN’s 30 seminar series planned for Santa Monica College 4/25, Palm Springs Photo Festival 4/29, Rochester Institute of Technology 9/26, and Photo Plus Expo 10/26. The free events will be moderated by PDN’s Editor Holly Hughes and each panel will include three of 2013 PDN’s 30 recipients, a leading industry professional, and a Sony Artisan of Imagery. Please join us and stop by the ASMP table at one of theTransitions: Strategies for Young Working Photographers seminars! For more about PDN’s 30, go here.

Global Picture Survey Available
fyi02In 2012 the GSIM Research Group carried out the first global survey on over 2,400 image suppliers on a truly worldwide basis. The survey covers detailed information on 250 image suppliers that commercially trade usage rights on pre-produced still (photography, illustrations etc.) and moving images (video footages). The findings of this survey are published in a series of three reports and can be downloaded FREE of charge by clicking here.

AOP Competition Call for Entries Now Open
aop-awardsThe Association of Photographers (UK) Open Awards is a photographic competition in which professional photographers, assistants, students and amateurs compete on equal terms. There are no categories, its aim is simply to showcase outstanding individual images, whatever the style or subject matter. Call for entries for the 2013 Open Awards is now open and the deadline is May 31st. Learn more here.

Canon AFJ Award Submissions Invited
The French Association des Femmes Journalistes (AFJ) and Canon France are launching, with Images Evidence, the thirteenth competition of the Canon Female Photojournalist Award granted by the Association des femmes Journalistes (AFJ). The deadline for application is May 31th, and the 2013 rules and application can be downloaded here.



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