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The Eighth Annual "BEST OF" issue of the ASMP Bulletin is coming in September 2012. Give your images — and your business — a lift. Submit to the Best of ASMP 2012. See Top Story below for more details or go here.


2012 Election: Last Chance to Vote!

ASMP Election season is nearing its end for filling 5 available seats on the ASMP National Board of Directors. ASMP voting members must cast their online ballots by end of day on Thursday March 15th. Results will be announced March 16th. There's still time to find out more about the candidates and issues here. You can vote by logging in to and clicking the "Vote" link.

Best of ASMP 2012 Accepting Entries

Member entries will be accepted until May 15 for the 2012 issue of the Best Of ASMP. Any memorable project completed within the past year — from client assignments to personal work — is eligible for consideration. The 20 photographers selected for the yearly Best Of ASMP issue are featured both in print and online. In 2011, more than 150 projects were submitted and came in from most of ASMP's 39 national chapters, as well as many strong projects from ASMP's international membership. To take advantage of this great opportunity to showcase your work, sort through your database, size up your recent projects and start thinking about your submission now! For details and to submit, go here.

Cavanaugh Selected for Leadership Award

ASMP has nominated outgoing President Jim Cavanaugh as a recipient of the 2012 IPC (International Photographic Council) Leadership Award for representing ASMP's criteria and ideals. Jim's achievements include his involvement in copyright education around the country, his exploration of new business models, and his willingness to share insights and strategies as part of his effort to improve the position of working imaging professionals. Jim will be honored along with winners chosen by other professional photography organizations in New York in May.
  • ASMP and Professional Photographers of America (PPA) have jointly submitted comments to the Copyright Office in response to the Register's Notice of Inquiry regarding fees for copyright registration. The comments state that both organizations believe that registration fees should be reduced for simple registrations of single works where there is a single applicant and that applicant is the sole author and sole copyright owner of the work; that the fee reduction should apply whether the registration is submitted online or in hard copy, at least until such time as all registrations may be completed online; and that the Copyright Office should explore the possibility of creating fixed-fee accounts for professional photographers who submit applications online through an automated function of their digital asset management programs. To see the filing, go here.
  • The December ASMP News reported that photographers are getting sued in the state of California for the late payment of wages. The problem continues, and Scott Taylor, of Taylor and Taylor Associates, an ASMP preferred insurance provider, told us recently, "I just had another photographer get caught in the law and they are facing a huge penalty. Most of the people getting caught up in the law are from out of state. The penalty is steep for an unintentional infraction." So beware — and learn more here.
  The next meeting of the ASMP Board of Directors will be held April 3 & 4 in conjunction with the Palm Springs Photo Festival.
  ASMP will present a workshop at FotoFest 2012 in Houston on March 25th entitled "A Day of Vital Information for Artists." The morning seminar will cover these topics: What Every Artist Should Know About Copyright; Learn the Importance of Proper Storage, Backup and Archiving; and What Every Artist Needs to Know about Releases, Privacy Rights and Trademark. Presenters include ASMP Education Director Susan Carr, ASMP Board Member and Past President Richard Kelly, and ASMP dpBestFlow Director Peter Krogh. The afternoon will offer a hands-on Workshop on Registering Your Work with the Copyright Office. To register, go here.

ASMP will also have a booth and will present seminars at 2012 SPE (Society for Photographic Education) National Conference in San Francisco, March 22- 25. Seminars include: Breaking into the Biz, Judy Herrmann; What Every Photographer Should Know About Copyright and Releases, Richard Kelly; How to Leverage New Technologies to Build a Pro Photo Career, Jay Kinghorn; and Preservation, Access and Workflow: Media Management and the Creative Process, Peter Krogh. Find out more here.
  ASMP is presenting two seminars on April 5th at the Palm Springs Photo Festival. They are: What Every Artist Should Know About Copyright & Releases with Richard Kelly & Susan Carr and DAM! Digital Asset Management for Photographers with Peter Krogh. Learn more.
  Adele Aron Greenspun's exhibition, Between Color & Light, will be displayed at the Open Lens Gallery at The Gershman Y in Philadelphia through April 19. More info.
  Margaret McCarthy's photographs of the peace and social justice movements, including Occupy Wall Street, are currently featured in the beautiful online photography magazine, aCurator. Click aCurator to view the full screen magazine feature.
  Gail Mooney is proud to announce that Opening Our Eyes has been invited to two West Coast Film Festivals: San Luis Obispo International Film Festival & Los Angeles Women's International Film Festival. For more about the film go here
  In Memoriam: Sadly, longtime ASMP member Paula Lerner, an award winning photojournalist and multimedia producer, died of cancer on March 6, 2012. Read more about Paula here.

  ASMP Executive Director Eugene Mopsik attended WPPI 2012 in Las Vegas last month where ASMP offered 4 seminars. He also traveled to New York to attend a meeting put on by the NY Chapter of the Copyright Society of the US entitled "The SOPA Opera: the Stop Online Piracy Act ("SOPA"), the Protect IP Act, the OPEN Act and Related Recent Legislative Proposals: What was in the Bills, Why they Failed, and Where to Next." Mopsik also attended the annual ABA IP Section Update from the Copyright Office in Washington DC.
  Mopsik will participate on a panel entitled Rights Management and the Digital Environment: Where Do We Go From Here? at the International Symposium on Emerging Issues in Copyright and Related Rights for Developing Countries and Countries with Economies in Transition. The program brings officials from 15-20 countries to discuss emerging issues facing developing countries, particularly in the area of enforcement, the digital environment, and collective management.

NEW! Insurance for Students and Educators

Fireman's Fund is pleased to be able to offer camera equipment insurance to fulltime students and educators who are members of ASMP. In order to qualify for this coverage you must be an enrolled student or a photography educator. There are two property coverage options to choose from. To find out more about the benefits of each option, go here


onOne Software Special Offer

onOne Software develops innovative and timesaving software solutions that make digital photography easier, faster and better. Through April 30, 2012, ASMP members get a special $50 discount off the Perfect Photo Suite 6 and the purchase price is only $249.95 (regular price is $299.95). To get this discount, go here.


Digital Workflow Not Work Slow Workshop Discounted

No one ever accused a creative mind of being organized. The two don't usually go hand in hand. But when you're a photographer, being organized is invaluable. And if you're shooting digitally, it's crucial. The D-65 workshops are a dynamic resource for photographers of any level. Offered in multiple cities starting in April ASMP members get a $200 discount. To get the discount, go here.


NABSHOW ® Discounts

ASMP will be the only photography association at the National Association of Broadcasters event in Las Vegas, April 14-19. Members get $100 off SMART Passes or Post|Production World Passes non-member rates. You can also get a free Exhibits-only pass. To get these great discounts, go here. Learn more about the show.


Palm Springs Photo Festival Discount

ASMP members qualify for a 10% across-the-board discount on all activities at Connect 2012, the Palm Springs Photo Festival which will be held April 1-6. The Festival is an intense week-long event for professional, emerging and serious advanced amateur photographers. Get the discount code and visit to get all the details and register.


New Agency Access Academy Offers Webinar

Agency Access has introduced its new Agency Access Academy with an on-demand and totally free webinar, Things You Never Learned in School, which will be available throughout March. Presented by consultants Amanda Sosa Stone and Jennifer Kilberg, “Things You Never Learned in School” is essentially a marketing consultation for freelance artists, covering important topics like elevator speeches, cold calls and the art of cultivating long-lasting client relationships. It is the first of a number of planned webinars covering important topics like brand-building and portfolio-editing. Register now! 


Volunteers with Heart provides soon to be deployed servicemen and women with professional photographs of their spouses and children at no cost. The photographs are printed on waterproof bi-folded cards, which fit securely in their uniform pocket. They also provide the family with a CD or downloadable link of up to 24 photos from their session. asks that photographers volunteer to help this worthy cause. To find out more, contact


Call for Art: Copyright Alliance's Digital Multi-Genre Art Show

The Copyright Alliance Digital Art Show will be displayed during their 5th anniversary celebration on May 17th in Washington, DC. The evening will include a panel discussion, reception, art show, and live music. Those interested in submitting can download the full specs (including awards) about the art show here.


Clarion Call 2012: STEPS TO SUCCESS

Seven photography experts will join commercial photography consultant Selina Maitreya for a 1 day event to deliver the precise formula to help commercial photographers have incredible success in their businesses. Clarion Call 2012, STEPS TO SUCCESS, a Professional Photography Telesummit will take place April 20, 2012 from 12noon EST-7pm EST.  Don't miss this FREE, live audio event hosted by Maitreya. Register here.


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Flower Photography Workshop

Barbara Bordnick will offer her acclaimed Flower Photography Workshop on April 14 & 15, 2012. The workshop is limited to six participants and held in her Manhattan studio. For details, email

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