World Press Photo of the Year 2005

WPP 2005

Mother and child at emergency feeding center, Tahoua, Niger, 1 August 2005
photo by
Finbarr O’Reilly of Reuters

The international jury of the 49th annual World Press Photo contest selected a color image of the Canadian photographer Finbarr O’Reilly of Reuters as World Press Photo of the Year 2005. The picture shows the emaciated fingers of a one-year-old child pressed against the lips of his mother at an emergency feeding clinic in Niger. A devastating swarm of locusts and the worst drought in decades left millions of people short of food in the African state. The picture was taken in Tahoua, northwestern Niger, on 1 August 2005.
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Noorderlicht 2006 Photofestival


Focus on South and Southeast Asia

In 2006 the 13th edition of the Noorderlicht Photofestival will be held at various locations in and around Leeuwarden, with the main exhibition in the Fries Museum and Museum Het Princessehof. Just like Africa Inside (2000), Mundos Creados (2002) and Nazar (2004) before, the event is structured so as to devote attention to non-Western photography: South and Southeast Asia.Although interest in this particular quarter of the world has increased sharply since the tsunami, Asian photographers still enjoy little recognition in the West. Submissions & more 

WPP results contest 2006 to be announced

Results contest 2006 to be announced 

WPPThe judging sessions started on Saturday 28 January and will continue until 9 February. This year 4,448 professional photographers from 122 countries entered a total number of 83,044 images; 182 photographers more than in 2005. The jury will award prizes in 10 theme categories and select one image as the World Press Photo of the Year 2005. The theme categories are: Spot News, General News, People in the News, Sports Action, Sports Features, Contemporary Issues, Daily Life, Portraits, Arts and Entertainment, and Nature. The world premier exhibition of the award-winning photographs will open at the Oude Kerk, Oudekerksplein in Amsterdam on Monday 24 April 2006. The exhibition will be on show until 18 June 2006 and will subsequently travel to over 85 cities around the world.

Kodak’s digital sales overtake film

newkodaklogo-front-11.gifKodak digital sales made up 54% of total revenue for 2005, marking the first time in the company™s history that digital revenue exceeded film. The news came on the same day that the company reported that total losses for this year could top $1 billion, after the fifth consecutive quarter of losses – due mainly to the restructuring that the shift to digital required. On the positive side, sales of Kodak digital cameras are up.

Fujifilm cut jobs, move some production to China

According to reports on various news wires Fujifilm Japan has announced that it is to cut 5,000 jobs (1,000 in Japan, 4,000 abroad) by September, this out of around 76,000 fujifilm_logo.gifworkers in the photo segment. There will also a shift of some production from Japan to China. A company spokesperson is quoted as saying “structural reforms include the reduction of approximately 5,000 people from the imaging solutions segment”. What future for SuperCCD?

PMA 2006 Show Report – Preview

pmalogo.gifPre-PMA 2006: Just under one month away and the presence of the PMA trade show can already be felt with no less than 36 new product announcements (including a few from CES). We’re expecting many more in the next four weeks or so and so have already activated our PMA 2006 show report. This special live article will enable you to stay up to date with the latest product announcements as well as following our live minute-by-minute reports from the show floor (during show hours).

Pentax *ist DL2

Pentax has announced a minor upgrade to the *ist DL – but only for users in Asia and Canada. The *ist DL2 offers a couple of extra focus points, a few new scene modes andpentax_istdl2.gif a couple of bits of silver plastic (where the DL was all-black). Looking at the spec the DL2 appears to be the Pentax version of the Samsung GX-1S, announced earlier this month, and may be an indication of the intention to sell the future cameras as Pentax branded in some markets and Samsung cameras in others (namely Europe and the US). more »

Olympus E-330 (EVOLT) Digital SLR, previewed

Pre-PMA 2006: The cherry on the top of a raft of new Olympus products today is the new E-330 (to be known in North America as the ‘Olympus EVOLT E-oly_e330.gif330′). The E-330 has a similar appearance to the E-300 (although slightly narrower) and inherits many improvements seen on the E-500, however it has one major new feature. The seven-point-five megapixel E-330 is the first digital SLR designed to provide a full-time live view on its LCD monitor while still providing a usable through-the-lens viewfinder. It provides two live view modes, the first uses a small CCD sensor integrated into the viewfinder chamber, the second mode uses the main sensor but this blocks the viewfinder and disables auto-focus. We have a detailed hands-on preview of the E-330 available

S3 Pro buffer upgrade available

fuji_s3.gifFuji Photo Film USA is now offering the same hardware upgrade for the FinePix S3 Pro as originally launched in Japan in September 2005. The upgrade doubles the camera’s internal memory capacity from 128MB to 256MB. This increase in buffer space means up to 8/16 RAW/JPEG frames (Wide dynamic range) or 17/33 RAW/JPEG frames (Standard dynamic range) in a single burst.

Olympus FE-115 & FE-150

oly_fe150.gifPre-PMA 2006: Olympus has announced today the FE-150 and FE-115; 5 megapixel cameras that won’t break the bank. The FE150 has a 3x optical zoom, 2.5-inch LCD and movie recording capability all wrapped up in a slim metal casing. The FE115 has a 2.8x zoom and features a ‘one button, one function’ design.

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