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Meet Tom Kennedy

New ASMP Executive Director Tom Kennedy took the reins of the organization on January 1st. According to Tom, "I believe the key to ASMP's future lies in fully serving our members at every stage of their lives and careers, bringing photographers and clients together to address the common challenges we face, and finding solutions that can be shared for the benefit of all. I look forward to productive conversations that will engage us all in moving toward these common goals." You are invited to join Tom online to discuss the future of ASMP during three January webinars. Choose from any of the following dates: January 26 from 3 - 4 pm, January 27 from 1 - 2 pm or January 28 from 2 - 3 pm (all times are EST). Don't miss this opportunity to ask questions and communicate your thoughts about the organization by signing up now.


Candidates to Run for ASMP National Board

Five candidates have declared their intention to run for seats on the ASMP National Board of Directors. They are:

Irene Owsley New Mexico chapter (national board, running for reelection)
David Zentz Los Angeles chapter (current chapter president)
John Welsh Philadelphia chapter (current chapter president)
Frank Rocco New York chapter (current chapter president)
Troy Fields Houston chapter (past chapter president)

There are 4 available seats on the Board. Each candidate has provided a statement and will answer questions submitted by ASMP voting members. Voting begins next month online, so if you are a Professional or Life Member, plan to vote between February 28 and March 15! To find out more, go here.


Renew Your ASMP Membership to Stay Connected!

If you've received an email renewal notice, there's still time to continue your membership! As a member, you are part of the premier trade association for the world's most respected photographers. Membership gives you access to all the information and support you need to learn, grow and succeed. You have the resources of ASMP.org and dpBestflow.org, plus ASMP's advocacy, education, networking, discounts and more. See our updated list of benefits here.


ASMP Bulletin Goes Digital

In 2015, ASMP will publish 2 all-digital editions of the Bulletin plus 2 print & digital editions in order to take advantage of broader digital publishing options like the inclusion of motion. You can view the End of Year issue here. This issue features an animated GIF from Stewart Cohen on the cover, a fascinating story on hybrid video/still photography business models, an in-depth interview with ASMP's new Executive Director and more. Download the FREE Bulletin App from iTunes, Google Play, the Amazon Appstore or the App Store on your iOS device.

  • More on drones...CNN has entered into a Cooperative Research and Development Agreement with the Federal Aviation Administration to advance efforts to integrate Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) into newsgathering and reporting. The FAA currently prohibits the use of drones in news coverage. Journalists and media companies argue, however, that doing so restricts their First Amendment rights. Learn more here.
ASMP Educational Programs

What's Working in Social Media Today?
Wednesday, February 18th
1 - 2 pm (EST)

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 asmp.org/webinars.


ASMPLA Announces Photo Contest Winners

Congrats to the winners of ASMPLA's Margins photo contest! They are: Alex Aristei, Amanda Bjorn, Cate Brown, Ian Campbell, Teresa Flowers, Brian Hodges, Michael Hernandez, Brian Leatart, Michael Magers, Chloe Meynier, Wasim Muklashy, Carter Murdoch, Daisy Noemi, Frank Ockenfels III, Simia Rassouli, Hamish Roberston, Rhombie Sandoval, Joe Snipes, Eleanor Stills, James Walker, Graham Walzer, Barbara White, Shelly Strazis and Andrew Ryan. Curator: Yasmin Alishav, Assistant Curator: Jordana Sheara. The winners' work will be displayed at Photo LA from Jan 15-18 and LA Chapter President David Zentz invites everyone to come see the exhibition at booth #720.

ASMP Colorado Holds Exhibition

It's Personal is an exhibition highlighting the work of the late Philippe Halsman and current members of ASMP Colorado. Philippe Halsman was the first president of ASMP. The works of Jordan Spenser, Paul Rubner, John Nangle, Kim Mobley, Larry Lazlo, Ron Johnson, Diane Huntress, William Horton, Joseph Gamble, Connie Dines, Karen Desjardin, Rich Clarkson, John Blake, Allen Birnbach, and Patricia Barry Levy are also displayed. The ASMP Colorado exhibition will be shared in two Denver locations, McNichols Civic Center Building and the Buell Theater at DCPA and begins January 22nd. More info can be found here.


Noted fashion photographer, member Ellen von Unwerth, captured the Golden Globes backstage portraits, immediately after winners left the stage, for The Hollywood Foreign Press Association, which then uploaded the photos to the @GoldenGlobes Instagram account. See these wonderful photographs here.

Dave Welling's coffee table book, Sanctuary, spans his 28 year relationship with the Wildlife Waystation, one of the largest wildlife rescue facilities in the United States. The book contains wildlife stories and photographs of many of the 75,000+ wild animals that have made their home, either permanently or for a period of time, at the Waystation. All proceeds are donated to the Wildlife Waystation. Learn more here.

Mark Maio's article, The Digital Age of Ophthalmic Imaging, was recently published in Retina Today magazine. The article can be downloaded here.

Art Kane's impressive work has been collected into one, beautifully curated, comprehensive, volume published by Reel Art Press. Learn more here. Kane was a member of ASMP from 1959 until his death in 1995. Art was the recipient of the ASMP Lifetime Achievement Award in 1984.

Karen Hirsch's fine art photography was selected for a two-month group exhibit at the Palm Beach Photographic Centre during FOTOfusion. The exhibit opens on January 20th. FOTOfusion is an annual gathering of world-class photographers, editors and curators and it is celebrating its 20th anniversary this year.

Two of Joe Squillante's abstract color photographs have been selected for Line Describing a Cone, Tri-State Juried Exhibition at The Katonah Museum of Art January 18 - February 15. More info here.

In Memoriam: Sadly, photojournalist Enrico Ferorelli passed away recently. Born in Rome in 1941, Ferorelli moved to New York in 1971 where he stayed throughout most of his photography career.


Get a 10% Discount From PixOasis

PixOasis, the easy-to-use image delivery platform designed by photographers for photographers, has recently re-launched with a new design, faster uploads, new features and lower prices. Sign up today for a free starter plan (no credit card required) and see why thousands of pro photographers worldwide depend on PixOasis. ASMP Members are offered a special promotional 10% discount off of the regular low prices. Go here for more information.

Get the Best Discount Available!

Registration is open for the 10th Palm Springs Photo Festival to be held
April 26 - May 1. ASMP members get a 10% discount on all activities including reviews, workshops, daily registration and more. Spend three days with a celebrated, real-world master photographer and two days presenting your work to industry experts and attending important seminars. Meet new friends and walk away with a renewed passion for photography! To get the discount, go here

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 www.nabshow.com. ASMP members, click here to get your $100 discount.

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.


Tom Kennedy and Director of Content Strategy Judy Herrmann attended a Philadelphia Chapter board meeting on January 12, where they discussed the value of local community building as well as immediate and long-term goals and priorities for ASMP.

Tom Kennedy and National Board Chair Gail Mooney will join ASMP Director Stretch Ledford at an ASMP Chicago/Midwest retreat January 30 - February 2. Stretch will provide an updated Chapter Leadership Training presentation and Gail will present a new program, Photographers Helping Photographers Help Themselves. Tom, Gail and Stretch will also discuss their aspirations for the Society and answer member questions. A summary of that discussion will be available to members in early February.

ASMP Executive Director Tom Kennedy attended the National Geographic Photography Seminar in Washington, DC on January 15. Tom also travels to Palm Beach later in the month where he will attend FotoFusion and participate in a panel discussion entitled Photography in a Multi-Platform World - The Promise and the Peril with Whitney Richardson and Adam Stoltman.

On January 14, ASMP past president Richard Kelly moderated a panel discussion for the National Geographic Creative Business Meeting entitled Social Media for Photographers 2.0 featuring PhotoShelter Chairman & Founder Allen Murabayashi, Time Magazine Photo Editor Kira Pollack and art buyer, producer and consultant Amy Yvonne Yu.


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.

Register Early to Save on SPE Conference

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 Launch Your Career with Judy Herrmann. Learn more and register at www.spenational.org/conference.

Get Free Admission to the WPPI Conference Show Floor

The premier industry event for wedding and portrait photographers, WPPI 2015, will be held in Las Vegas, February 26 - March 5. Use promo code WPPIEXPO by January 16th to get free admission to the show floor. Don't miss Your Roadmap to Success with Judy Herrmann on March 4 from 3:00 - 4:30 pm. Find out more and register at www.wppionline.com.

Architectural Photography Workshop Offered Next Month

Jeffrey Totaro is offering a workshop at the Palm Beach Photographic Centre from February 17 - 21 entitled Architectural Photography in the Digital Realm. The traditional means of shooting architecture with film and a view camera have evolved into digital capture. This workshop allows you to explore the new methods of problem solving that digital allows. Learn more here.

PhotoShelter's New Guide Can Help Build Your Business Plan

PhotoShelter's new guide, The 2015 Photo Business Plan Workbook, is now available. It's a step-by-step guide to help photographers build a solid business plan this year. Download it here.

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