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Meet the New ASMP Board

Voting has ended and the new ASMP National Board of Directors has been elected. They are:

Jenna Close (incumbent)
Mark Green (incumbent)
Charles (Stretch) Ledford (new)
Michael Weschler (new)

Congratulations to all!

Find out more here.


Image 14 Call for Entries

image-14 Image 14 is the 12th year of the ASMP NY Image Contest, a juried photo competition and exhibition. Each year, industry leaders and influencers come together on behalf of ASMP's New York Chapter to judge what they consider to be the finest in photography from the past year. The contest is open to submissions in two categories: Student & Professional, and there are multiple winners in each category. All images submitted must be created after January 1st 2013 and contest winners in each category will be exhibited in a Gallery show in New York in 2014. Deadline for submissions is May 1st and ASMP Members get a substantial discount. Get all the details here.

  • ASMP issued a statement concerning the recent announcement that Getty Images is opening 35 million images to online publishers to use free of charge. Getty acknowledges that many of its pictures are already being copied anyway, so the company is allowing "non-commercial" users (such as bloggers and tweeters) to embed its images with a code. When the image appears, it will include a Getty photo credit and will be linked to Getty's website, where viewers can have the opportunity to license the photo. Read ASMP's statement here. ASMP Executive Director Eugene Mopsik was also quoted in Bloomberg Businessweek. You can read the article here.

  • ASMP General Counsel Victor Perlman was quoted in a New York Times article entitled Photographers Band Together to Protect Work in 'Fair Use' Cases. ASMP submitted a Statement for use by the U.S. House of Representatives' Hearing on the Scope of Fair Use last month. You can read the NYT article here.

  • ASMP has submitted comments to the US Copyright Office on its Strategic Plan for the Recordation of Documents. General Counsel Perlman states, "We greatly appreciate the opportunity to contribute to the Copyright Office's process of building a system in and for the 21st century --- one that can take advantage of all of the benefits that a truly modern digital document recordation system can provide to all of its stakeholders, including both owners and users of copyrighted works." Read ASMP's submission here.

  • Good news for photographer Raphael Pirker. In 2011, Pirker, a skilled hobbyist and photographer, flew his Zephyr II craft over the University of Virginia campus and recorded photos and videos, which he sold to the university. In 2012, the FAA fined him $10,000, citing a number of violations including operating the aircraft in a reckless manner. Pirker and his attorney, Brendan Schulman, filed a motion with the NTSB to dismiss the penalty, questioning the FAA's authority to legally regulate drone technology. In a ruling Thursday, the NTSB granted their request to dismiss the fine. Read the decision here. The FAA has said it will appeal.
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Marketing the One True You
April 23rd
1:00 - 2:00 pm eastern

Marketing maven, Colleen Wainwright, has long noted that the most effective marketing is less about yelling and selling, and more about "the truth of you translated into the language of them." Join us as we discuss how to recognize and communicate the truth of you in your marketing efforts so you can reach and connect with the right audience for your work. Find out more and sign up here.

Good news! You can access recordings of our great ASMP webinars online here


The ASMP Board of Directors meeting was held February 27th & 28th in Austin, Texas in conjunction with the Texas Photo Roundup produced by ASMP's Austin/San Antonio Chapter. This allowed Board Members to attend the event. Minutes from the meeting will be available soon.


Jagdish Agarwal just had his 9th one-man-show of black and white photographs "Silent Hand of Time " at Jehangir Terrace Art Gallery, Kala Ghoda, Mumbai.

Tom Raymond received the highest individual award given by the American Advertising Forum, the "Silver Award", which is bestowed upon members for excellence in their contribution to advertising, remarkable community service, and fostering new talent. The East Tennessee / Southwest Virginia AAF affiliate has recognized only seven individuals with this award over the last 20 years.

Susan May Tell, Fine Art Chair of ASMPNY, produced the Fine Art Portfolio Review which was covered recently by L'Oeil de la Photographie. To see all the wonderful work displayed, go here.

pascal-depuhlPascal Depuhl's documentary "On Wings of Hope," Winner of Best of ASMP 2013, has been selected to be screened at the Palm Beach Film Festival on Sunday April 6th in the Lake Worth Playhouse's Stonzek Theatre in Lake Worth, Florida. For more info you can follow Pascal on facebook or on twitter.

larry-finkLarry Fink's book, Kindred Spirits, was one of the first projects for, a new publishing platform for contemporary art, merging today's global audience with the craft of traditional book publishing. MinorMatters selects, develops and promotes books with artists, seeking a minimum of 500 pre-sales within 6 months. The deadline for Larry to reach the necessary pre-sales to publish is March 31st. Find out more and buy the book here.

joel-mceachermJoel McEachern's "Intermission," a new first light landscape, is currently featured in Saw Palms, a literary journal published by the Department of English at the University of South Florida in Tampa. It is his first appearance in the highly regarded publication.

Lucie Wicker's photography exhibit featuring portraits of 23 Boston Marathon participants will be on display at Sweetgreen, in the Boylston Street store, for the month of April (starting April 6). Located at the finish line, the exhibit will run in conjunction with the events of the 2014 Boston Marathon. The photographs feature environmental portraits of runners who live and train in the Boston area. For more information about the exhibit, please go here.

In Memoriam: Sadly, Paul Figura, Emmy-award winning photographer and director, passed away February 28th at the age of 51. A long standing ASMP member based in Jacksonville, Florida, Paul was a significant force in the business and will be missed.

Connect With the Best in ASMP's Best of March 2014, featuring artists Leland Bobbé & Scherley Busch. Go here to see their work!


ASMP Executive Director Eugene Mopsik and Director of Content Strategy Judy Herrmann attended the WPPI Conference & Expo in Las Vegas, where ASMP had a booth. They were also in Baltimore for the SPE National Conference.

Mopsik and General Counsel Victor Perlman traveled to Washington DC to participate on the Copyright Office Round Table on Orphan works. This is part of an ongoing series of meetings as part of the Copyright Office's information gathering effort.


Have ID Badge, Will Travel

As James Salzano found out, it pays to have an ASMP Member ID. "I recently have had 5 domestic trips within a 6 week period and spent all too much time in airports. The ASMP card proved to be such a big help in identifying me as a real media member..." But James found a challenge in getting the United Airlines ticket counter to locate the media rate on their system. So here's Jim's tip if you have a similar problem: it's under "gg bag media." You can order your Member ID Badge from your Profile page!

Stillmotion Offers 10% Discount

ASMP Members save 10% on all registration options for Emmy-award winning Stillmotion's Storytelling With Heart - and also get a free Field Guide to Filmmaking (a $79.00 value!). Storytelling With Heart will be touring the US and Canada until April 6, giving participants a set of approaches to turn every film or video they create into a much stronger experience, a deeper story, and a more emotional connection with their audience. Storytelling With Heart is all about the approaches that make you successful on every shoot. Get the info and discount info here.

Tour Discount for Members

Need Light? Speedlite! Tour shows participants how to master the techniques and harness the possibilities of small strobes and how to create beautiful and dramatic photos in any situation using only Speedlites. Every attendee gets to shoot with their own camera during a 2-hour "free shoot" photo session with live models. ASMP Members get $10 off daytime workshop tickets (regular price $119). For more info and the full list of tour cities/dates, go here.

Save on Vincent LaForet's Directing Motion Tour

This is a 32-city tour teaching the art of camera direction and movement to filmmakers. The instruction takes place in a two-part educational format: a 7-hour daytime workshop demonstration and a 3-hour evening seminar lecture. Students may attend the workshop, the seminar, or both. Exclusive to ASMP members: Register between March 26 and April 9 to save $25 on the "Full Experience" package price which includes both workshop and seminar. Take advantage of this ASMP discount, which is the best available! Find out more and register here.

Save 10% on Palm Springs Photo Festival

palm-springs-photo ASMP members get the best available discount (10%) for Connect 2014 taking place April 27 - May 2. The Palm Springs Photo Festival is where you can spend three exhilarating days with a celebrated, real-world master photographer and two days presenting your work to industry experts and attending important seminars. Find out more about the event/discount here.

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.


YPA Educational Lecture Series

Young Photographers Alliance is holding a lecture series designed to help photographers find their bearings in the complex and sometimes-scary photography industry. They will learn the realities of what it takes to "make it" from a variety of different photographers and industry experts who have navigated the industry to make a career for themselves. This month they share the work of three great NYC portrait photographers (Kareem Black, Dustin Cohen and Matt Salacuse). Event takes place on Wednesday March 26th from 7:30-10PM at Steve Giralt Photography Studio, located at 347 W. 36th Street, Rm # 1502.

To register go here.

Call for Entries: 34th Annual Spring Photography Contest

Presented by Photographer's Forum Magazine and sponsored by SIGMA, early entry ends April 14th, and final entry date is May 12th. There are prizes of over $10,000 in cash and equipment. Winning photos will be published In the November 2014 Issue of Photographer's Forum Magazine and all finalists will be published in the book Best of Photography 2014. Find out more and enter here.

Apply to the Eddie Adams Workshop

apply-now The Eddie Adams Workshop is an intense four-day gathering of the top photography professionals, along with 100 carefully selected students and professionals with less than 3 years of experience. The photography workshop is tuition-free, and the 100 attendees are chosen based on the merit of their portfolios. Applications are due by May 31 for the October workshop. Learn more at

Calling All Photojournalists!

PhotoShelter's latest free guide, Pricing Your Work: Photojournalism, has tips to connect with potential news clients and publications, info on fees and terms you should expect, plus negotiating pointers and resources to help build your career in this field. This guide is the third in a series with Wonderful Machine's CEO Bill Cramer packed with tips to help you price your work and cut your best deal. Download your copy here.

Silo City Photography Workshop Coming Up

silo-city-photography-workshop Mark Maio and Julio Alverez offer rare access to 6 acres of historic Silo City grain elevators and the Francis G. Ward Pump Station in this photography workshop offered from June 6th - 8th in Buffalo, NY. Find out more here.

Flower Photography Workshops Held

barbara-bordnick Barbara Bordnick's Flower Photography Workshops will be held on May 16th & 17th and on June 19th and 20th in her NYC Flatiron District Studio. For more info, go here.

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