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Agfa Launches International B&W Photo Competition
Black and white photography concentrates on the essentials. That defines its particular charm and, at the same time, its inherent challenge. To encourage photographers to embrace both its charm and its challenge, Agfa has announced "Action, Emotion & Memories," an international black and white photo competition being held from May 15 to August 15, 2003.

"What we're looking for is pictures from the midst of life, with an eye for atmospheres and emotions, for unforgettable moments," said Peter Lebovitz, Agfa Senior Marketing Manager. "The top three winners will find their competition photo and their name on the new packaging of Agfa Multicontrast range photo paper starting in 2004."

In addition, each photographer of the best 12 entries selected by the professional jury will be awarded a Leica camera. And, the winners will attract worldwide attention with the publication of their photos and names in a high-quality 2004 calendar that will be sold worldwide starting in October 2003.

Competition rules can be found on the Internet under the heading Pro Photo & Labs at More information on the competition also is available by e-mail at:

Polaroid: On The Road Again
For the second consecutive year, Polaroid will conduct its professional photography Road Show tour, a series of eight educational seminars across the US. Kicking off in New York City on May 13, this year's tour features a new roster of activities designed to inspire and promote creativity. This series of daylong seminars will feature interactive training sessions, new professional products, and artistic methods including lighting techniques and Polaroid input and digital output. Pieces from the Polaroid Collection will be available for viewing. The Polaroid Road Show is open to professional and amateur photographers, students and photography enthusiasts. To pre-register for a seminar or to obtain more information on a specific event, photographers can visit the Polaroid web site at or call (800) 662-8337, extension P400. Here are the remaining scheduled dates and locations for the 2003 Polaroid Road Show:
7/15--Samy's Camera, Los Angeles
8/5--Alkit Pro Camera, New York City
9/9--Showcase, Atlanta
9/23--Pittman, Miami
10/7--Calumet, San Francisco
10/21--West Photo, Minneapolis
10/30--Photo Plus East, New York City

65th Annual International Conference Of Photography
Mark your calendars: the 65th Annual International Conference of Photography will be held during the week of September 1-6, 2003, at the Adam's Mark Hotel in Houston, Texas. The week-long event, sponsored by the Photographic Society of America (PSA), promises high-quality informative and educational programs, workshops, and field trips, conducted by the most advanced members and professionals alike. Field trips to selected areas have also been arranged for before and after the conference. For more information, visit the PSA web site at: or contact: Icy Sowards, PSA, Conference VP, by phone: (708) 423-7727 or e-mail: