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Message From the Executive Director

New ASMP Executive Director Tom Kennedy talked with a number of ASMP members during three webinars held in January. What did he learn? "I was very excited to encounter the spirit and commitment of ASMP members which came through very clearly in our webinar conversations. It was apparent that Chapter leaders and members are seeking strong ties with National Board members and staff to address key issues. Many good ideas were put forward during our conversations. I was particularly heartened by the willingness of members to engage as we work to realign ASMP's mission and vision." If you have ideas you'd like to share, contact Tom at by e-mail or phone (215) 451-2767 ext 201.


Voting to Begin for ASMP National Board

Professional and Life Members can vote between February 28 and March 15 for the ASMP National Board of Directors. The 5 candidates running for 4 seats are: Irene Owsley, New Mexico chapter; David Zentz, Los Angeles chapter; John Welsh, Philadelphia chapter; Frank Rocco, New York chapter; and Troy Fields, Houston chapter. Candidate statements can be viewed at any time here.

  • ASMP issued a statement in response to Sports Illustrated"s lay-off of 6 photographers on staff. Executive Director Tom Kennedy also reached out to the magazine to try to learn more about the decision. You can read the statement here.

  • ASMP is working with a coalition of industry groups including NPPA, APA, PPA and GAG to develop a set of recommended guidelines for image contest rules that would establish fair and equitable relationships between contest sponsors and entrants. ASMP has also reached out to the American Institute of Architects (AIA) to request their support for the adoption of fair contest rules within the architecture and interior design industries.

  • Earlier this week the FAA announced proposed rules for commercial sUAS (drone) use. We caution our members that these rules are not finalized yet and current restrictions remain in place. There will be at least a 60 day public comment period during which ASMP will be collaborating with our industry partners to present comments and concerns. You can read the proposed rules here.
ASMP Educational Programs

What's Working in Social Media Today?
Wednesday, February 18th
1 - 2 pm (EST)
Additional Q&A at until 2:30

Social Media can help you build an engaged audience of dedicated clients and evangelists or it can be an enormous time waster that takes you nowhere. Join us for a conversation with Rosh Sillars, who literally wrote the book on social media for photographers. Rosh will talk about what's changed, what's the same and how to make social media work for you. Register now.

ASMP Webinar MP4s
ASMP members can watch and listen to recordings of ASMP's popular Business as unUsual and evolution/revolution webinars whenever and wherever - with or without internet access. Simply download the new MP4 files at


Mick Rock will star in On the Record with Mick Rock, a music-themed series on Ovation, America's only arts network. The series features Rock as he visits cultural capitals with music stars like Josh Groban, Kings of Leon, and more. The series is set to premiere in March 18 at 10PM ET. Learn more about Mick here

Art Wolfe's Earth is My Witness Presentation: Benaroya Hall will be held on April 15 in Seattle. Art will present a selection of his photography along with intimate stories about his encounters that exemplify his boundless curiosity about the world. For more information, go here.

Jagdish Agarwal has started a photo art gallery in Mumbai city, India which is dedicated to showing and selling prints. He is also the founder of the 1st photo library of India - DINODIA Picture Agency. The new gallery displays and promotes prints for homes, offices and restaurants. Photographers can send sample prints with artist statement to

Let Us Promote Your Work!

Do you have a project you are especially proud of? Work that is innovative, interesting, impactful? ASMP would like to showcase the work of members to our tens of thousands of newsletter subscribers, Facebook friends, and Twitter followers. To submit your work to be featured, write to and send us a link to the project you'd like to have displayed along with a sentence or two describing the project. We will try to feature as many members' projects as possible on an ongoing basis. This is an excellent opportunity to display your work to a large audience!


The next ASMP National Board of Directors meeting will be held in Orlando, FL from February 25 to 27. Members who have questions/issues they would like the Board to discuss are invited to contact Board Chair Gail Mooney at


Get the Best Discount Available!

ASMP Members enjoy the best discount available on the Palm Springs Photo Festival! Save 10% on all fees for reviews, workshops, daily registration and more. Spend three exhilarating days with Mark Seliger, Dan Winters, Frank Ockenfels III, Jock Sturges, Ron Haviv and other celebrated master photographers. Present your portfolio to some of the most sought-after ad agencies, magazines, galleries and more. ASMP members, click here to get your 10% discount.

ASMP Members save $100 on NAB

The National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) annual expo brings nearly 98,000 media and entertainment professionals together for over 500 skill-building sessions and a tradeshow featuring nearly 2,000 exhibitors. ASMP members save $100 off a Smart Pass, which gives you access to nearly everything NAB has to offer or registration for the Post | Production World Conference at NAB, featuring educational programs specifically for creators. Learn more about NAB at ASMP members, click here to get your $100 discount.

Special Discount on WPPI Conference

The premier industry event for wedding and portrait photographers, WPPI 2015, will be held in Las Vegas, February 26 - March 5. This year, WPPI features almost 50 Photo Walks, over 200 classes, 150 speakers and special events like Joe McNally's Keynote, a pool party and more! And don't miss Your Roadmap to Success with Judy Herrmann on March 4 from 3:00 - 4:30 pm. Use promo code ASMP50 to save $50 on a Full Platform Pass at Members click here to save $75!

Take advantage of all the great benefits offered exclusively to ASMP members! Go here to see all the ASMP Member Benefits that save you money, increase your knowledge and make running your business easier.

  • ASMP Executive Director Tom Kennedy and General Counsel Victor Perlman traveled to Washington D.C. to connect with the Copyright Office, as well as key staffers to U.S. House and Senate members likely to be influential in copyright reform efforts. They also spoke with other related organizations representing visual creators. This is part of an ongoing effort for ASMP to find common ground going forward.

  • Kennedy will also be talking to a class at SVA (School of Visual Arts) in New York on March 11, 2015 and, later in March he will participate as a featured speaker at the 6th annual Schuneman Symposium at Ohio University in Athens, Ohio, a two day event co-sponsored by the Scripps School of Journalism and the School of Visual Communication.

Deadline Extended: PDN Photo Annual Call for Entries

The PDN Photo Annual competition deadline is February 3. It is a great opportunity to have your work viewed by a jury of influential photo editors, creative directors, art buyers and gallerists and includes over $40,000 in cash awards and prizes. Find out more about this ASMP-sponsored competition here.

What Photographers Are Saying

PhotoShelter's annual survey, The Photographer's Outlook on 2015, is now available. Photo professionals and enthusiasts share their plans to tackle this year, including business & marketing goals, plus challenges they expect. And - ASMP's Strictly Business blog is named as one of the top blogs professional photographers follow. You can read it here

Register This Week to Save

Register by February 20th to save on the Society for Photographic Education's annual conference, Atmospheres: Climate, Equity and Community in Photography, in New Orleans, from March 12 - 15. Don't miss ASMP's industry seminars on March 12, featuring Vision + U = Success with Jennifer Kilberg and Amanda Sosa Stone, Growing Your Audience: the Secret Sauce is You with Andrew Fingerman, Estimating with Confidence with Lynn Kyle and Amanda Sosa Stone and Launch Your Career with Judy Herrmann. Learn more and register at

Join a Unique Photo Tour to Myanmar

Myanmar for All Seasons: A Unique Photo Tour presents the opportunity to join award winning travel photographer and ASMP member Paul Sivley along with internationally acclaimed photo guide Win Kyaw Zan on a photo adventure unlike any other. The tour is August 11-22 in a very intimate group setting to avoid the crowds, get better rates, and be able to photograph fascinating cloud patterns behind objects of green, gold and red. For more info, go here.

Silo City Photography Workshop to be Held in May

Join ASMP member Mark Maio and Jim DiVitale for rare access inside and around 6 acres of historic Buffalo grain elevators & the Francis G. Ward Pump Station from May 14 to 17. Photographers who favor abandoned industrial spaces for both their aesthetic as well as their historical and architectural significance will especially enjoy this setting. Learn more here

Teaching Position Available

Member Craig Satterlee is retiring after 36 years at Northwest College in Wyoming. The Photographic Communications Department is looking for a replacement with advertising photography experience. Craig says, "If you know of anyone interested in teaching, please pass this along and have them apply. I'd like to see someone who's part of ASMP. It's a great place to work!" More info here.

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