Communication Arts Magazine’s PHOTOGRAPHY ANNUAL: Deadline MARCH 11

From the competition website:

Deadline: March 11, 2008

“Enter the most prestigious competition for creativity in photography, the 49th annual Communication Arts Photography Competition. Any photograph first printed or produced between March 14, 2007 and March 11, 2008 is eligible. Selected by a nationally representative jury of distinguished designers, art directors and photographers, the winning entries will be published in the August 2008 Photography Annual. Over 70,000 copies of the Photography Annual will be distributed worldwide, assuring important exposure to the creators of this outstanding work. As a service to art directors, designers and art buyers, a comprehensive index will carry addresses and telephone numbers of the photographers represented.”

I encourage all of you are interested in having your work seen by art directors, designers, photo editors and more to apply; I love seeing the work that is accepted into the “Unpublished” section – often the first time I see the newest personal work of photographers, known or unknown to me. I also appreciate that the judging is done by committee, in person, rather than online, remotely. Judges are announced at the time of publication of this special issue of the magazine, and in the past there has been a wide mix of individuals representing multiple markets. Good luck! I can tell you being accepted in this competition has opened the door to new markets for many photographers.

Click here to read the FAQ’s

Click here to read “What to Enter”


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NY REGIONAL PORTFOLIO REVIEWS at CPW February 9th (Rescheduled)

The Center for Photography at Woodstock (CPW) is offering portfolio reviews for this group of eligible photographers; from their event listing on their website:

This event is open to anyone working within the photographic arts including film, digital, video, and photo-based installation and sculpture who reside full-time in one of the following New York State counties: Albany, Clinton, Columbia, Delaware, Dutchess, Essex, Franklin, Fulton, Greene, Hamilton, Montgomery, Orange, Otsego, Putnam, Rensselaer, Saratoga, Schenectady, Schoharie, Sullivan, Ulster, Warren, and Washington. (Proof of residency is required.)

The deadline for registration is FEBRUARY 1.

See the website for complete details.

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Debate on NYT BITS Blog Discusses Fair Use of Content

Recently on the New York Times’ BITS Blog (Business Innovations Technology Socity) there’s an interesting and informative “BITS Debate: Mixing It Up Over Remixes and Fair Use” by Saul Hansel. Worth a read. Now that Apple has announced that its iTunes will offer rental of commercially released films, the discussions regarding content distribution vial multiple platforms, and what are the rights and fees owed to creators, are ramping up.

It is more important than ever to keep current on industry guidelines on protecting your original content; two of the important photography organizations readers should be aware of are Editorial Photo and it’s COPYRIGHT resource section, and American Society for Media Photographers (ASMP) and it’s Copyright Tutorial

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Diane Arbus Archive to go to the Metropolitan Museum

There was a major announcement this week – the heirs of photographer Diane Arbus have arranged for The Metropolitan to own her archives through a part gift/part print-purchase arrangement, as noted in this article in the New York Times published yesterday. Click here to read the press release from the Met. This is wonderful news as the materials will be preserved and shared; in due time we can look forward to learning much about Arbus’ creativity, its roots and her thoughts stated in her diaries.

As Jeff L. Rosenheim, curator in the Met’s department of photographs stated in the Times piece, “Generally this kind of material doesn’t survive the artist.”

For future generations of artists, curators, critic and more, the more completely annotated your archive the better. It is important to consider how, and by whom, your work may or may not be presented, printed and/or licensed posthumously. Once again I remind all artists to take good care of their photographic materials and related papers, correspondence and other notations.   A detailed archive is an extraordinary gift to many!

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MVS Marketing Seminar in NYC: Saturday, December 8

I’m giving a marketing seminar in New York City on Saturday, December 8th, sponsored by En Foco and held at NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts in the Village. The seminar will run 10:00 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. (check in at 9:30) and cover a wide range of essential tools for marketing your work.

For full details click here.
Members of En Foco are given a discount on registration fees; I encourage all of you non-members to join En Foco and support this important organization.

Space is limited so register soon!

I look forward to seeing many of my readers there.

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Attorney Nancy Wolff speaks in Boston on Wednesday, November 14th

The New England chapter of the American Society of Picture Professionals (ASPP) is sponsoring a presentation by IP, digital media and copyright lawyer NANCY WOLFF.

Copyright Session and Book Signing with Nancy Wolff
DATE: Wednesday, November 17
Time: 6:30 – 8:30
Location: Pearson Education, 501 Boylston Street.
$5.00 ASPP members
$10.00 Non – Members
$5.00 Students

Wolff is a partner at the entertainment law firm of Cown, DeBaets, Abrahams & Sheppard in New York City. Her recent book The Professional Photographer’s Legal Handbook is a remarkable resource devoted to all sorts of legal issues dealing with copyright and trademark law in the imagery profession, as well as laws of privacy and publicity. She is the author of the “Professional Photographer’s Legal Handbook” (Allworth Press, 2007), a remarkable resource devoted to all sorts of legal issues dealing with copyright and trademark law in the imagery profession, as well as laws of privacy and publicity. Wolff is a well-known figure in intellectual property, digital media and copyright circles. She is a partner at the entertainment law firm of Cown, DeBaets, Abrahams & Sheppard in New York City.

Wolff has prepared “COPYRIGHT EDUCATION – PowerPoint Presentation” for the Picture Archive Council of America (PACA) that I encourage you to download and share (5.9 MB); it is free and can be found on PACA’s website in their “Library” section – click here to learn more.

Wolff was recently named Picture Professional of the Year by ASPP; click here to read the announcement. For more information and to RSVP: RSVP to: Deborah Nicholls at

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MVS Marketing Seminar 10/6 in Minneapolis: Last Days to Register

If you are planning on attending my upcoming marketing seminar in Minneapolis, there are a few seats remaining. The seminar runs from 1-5 next Saturday, October 6th, and is being held at the Minnesota Center for Photography.

I encourage you to pre-register to ensure your participation!

From the MCP Website:
“In this seminar, marketing expert Mary Virginia Swanson will provide insights into the most effective avenues for introducing your work to gallery and museum professionals. She will discuss the value of the national and international juried exhibitions, as well as portfolio review events such as FotoFest, Review Sante Fe, PhotoLucida, and key European festivals, as realistic avenues to industry professionals. Important gallery trade show such as AIPAID, Photo LA, and Photo Miami will be discussed from the perspective of helping artists determine which dealers will be most appropriate for their work.

Effective self-promotion materials will be shared with participants, as well as insights into conducting research toward compiling an effective mailing list. Professional practices necessary to successfully present your work will be discussed, as well as “talking points” when given the opportunity to sign with a gallery for representation.

Each participant will receive a copy of Ms. Swanson’s book, The Business of Photography: Principles and Practices (2007) as the seminar workbook.”

To register, contact BETH LEDNER in my office at: (520) 742-6311 to sign up. Discounts are given to students, and to MCP members. I look forward to seeing many of you there!

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