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TIPA launches Picture This photo competition The PN- affiliated international Technical Image Press Association (TIPA) has launched a second initiative alongside its annual trade awards, in inviting photographers to ‘Picture This’. Open to everyone, this competition is different in that it’s looking for images that best show an engagement with photography and photo gear, highlighted by categories including ‘My Camera and I’, ‘My Camera in Action’ and ‘What’s in My Camera Bag’. Free to enter, photographers can submit up to five images in each category, with each offering a €500 cash prize. Additionally, there is an overall grand prize for best in show, which comes with a €1500 reward. A panel of experts, comprising the editors of TIPA member publications, will choose the winning entries. “TIPA members share their avid and passionate involvement in photography throughout the year in their work on magazines and websites dedicated to all aspects of the imaging art, craft and trade,” says the association. “Consider this call for entries as an invitation to all photographers to celebrate that shared passion.” Selected entries will also be shared on the TIPA website, Head to the below URL to submit your or your customers’ entries and read the usual T&Cs.

Save the date for The Societies’ January show

Fujifilm unveils pocket-sized Instax

The Societies, best known for its largest component part the SWPP, is returning to its regular January slot for its annual London Photo Video Convention and Trade Show in 2024. The dates you need for your diary are 17-20 January, with the gathering of photography enthusiasts and professionals once again taking place at the Novotel London West in Hammersmith.

Open to all, entry to the trade show part, which runs from the Thursday through the Saturday inclusive, is absolutely free if you register online before 1 January (it is £10 otherwise). With Sony, Canon, Epson, Fujifilm, Permajet and Photomart just some of the leading names already lined up to display their latest products, supported by retailers Park Cameras and

Camera Centre UK, the trade show offers attendees a comprehensive schedule, set to include live demonstrations and lectures. “There’s no question this show is a ‘must do’ event for all serious photographers,” The Societies CEO Colin Jones tells Photography News . “Our message is quite simple: don’t miss it!”

Fujifilm’s popular Instax camera releases show no sign of letting up with the launch of the Instax Pal. Described as the range’s ‘first ever pocket-sized digital camera’, the shoot-only compact device is designed to work alongside Instax Link smartphone printers (whether mini, square or wide format) – as the camera itself doesn’t feature a built-in facility to generate prints. Alternatively, its images can be transmitted via Bluetooth to any compatible smartphone. Five different colours are available for the Pal that are sure to appeal to teenagers and the young at heart: milky white, powder pink, pistachio green, lavender blue and gem black. An Instax Pal Silicone Case also comes in five colours (priced at £12.99 for all except the black version, which is £14.99), while a new mini film Soft Lavender (£8.99 for ten sheets) is available on launch. Available now, most colourways of the camera cost £89.99, apart from the black version, which commands a premium at £104.99.

Latest Vanguard tripod is great leveller

Accessory specialist Vanguard has announced a new Alta Pro 3VL series tripod. This removes the centre column – while still providing the ability to extend the device to 1800mm (or 1.8m) – and instead introduces a new CNC-machined levelling system promised to ensure straight and speedy set-up on any terrain. The manufacturer is proud of its latest three-section innovation, believing it to be Vanguard’s most stable tripod to date. Focusing on the video market, the system comes with an Arca- compatible VEO PV-18 video head with a 15kg load capacity, making it suitable for long, heavy lenses or spotting scopes too. There are two tripod models available, one constructed from aluminium alloy at £349.99 and the other in carbon fibre at £449.99, which come with a padded carry bag with handles and shoulder strap. For further information, swivel your head to the URL below.

HOLD FAST The Alta Pro 3VL is suitable for long, heavy lenses and spotting scopes

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