Camera & Imaging Products Association (CIPA) was established on July 1, 2002, as an international organization and is headquartered in Tokyo, Japan.
The purpose of CIPA is to facilitate the further growth of our members who are engaged in the development, production or sale of standard film cameras, digital cameras, and related devices, instruments and software by dealing with problems of the industry, such as environmental problems, inadequate compatibility or interoperability between products, and the maintenance of fair market competition, and by promoting research and information exchange. CIPA is also the organizer of CP+, CAMERA & PHOTO IMAGING SHOW in Yokohama.
SIPEC (Syndicat des entreprises de l’Image, de la Photo et de la Communication l’Information – Image, Photo and Communication Companies’ Association)
Founded in 1975, SIPEC has become a real focal point for the Image, Photography and Communication professions. It represents everyone involved in the photo equipment and printing solutions market – general public and professionals -, which accounts for over two billion euros in estimated sales.
Amongst the image chain products manufactured or distributed in France by our members are cameras, lenses, flashes, printers, photo accessories, binoculars, image processing equipment, printing terminals, mini-labs and large-format printers. This activity gives rise to monthly statistics.
SIPEC is involved through discussions and initiatives to promote photography and its environment in the world of Digital, Multimedia and Networks. SIPEC is a member of USPII, Union des Syndicats Professionnels de l’Image et de l’Information.
Founded in 2005, USPII ’s members include the leading companies in the Image and Information sector and represents sales estimated at over five billion euros spread across three areas of activity – equipment, consumables and services.
This union encourages cohesion between members of the image and information sector and provides them with the means to pursue their actions: gathering statistical data, publishing sector-based indicators lobbying ministries, providing information to the public, communication and organising professional events.
The International Photographic Council (IPC), a multinational, non-profit, non-commercial organization, is composed of representatives from every major sector of the photographic industry. Founded in 1974, the IPC is dedicated to increasing worldwide recognition of photography as a universal means of communication, through the adoption of a motto, “Peace through Understanding, Understanding through Photography, the Universal Language.”
An early major achievement by the IPC took place in 1978 when the U.S. Postal Service issued a commemorative stamp honoring photography. Industry and government leaders said the stamp would help stimulate greater public interest in photography as a universal communications medium.
In 1983 the United Nations officially recognized the IPC as a Non-Governmental Organization associated with the U.N. Since then, both organizations have co-produced many photographic exhibitions addressing serious and major global issues such as Aging, Population Growth, Endangered Species and other subjects of universal interest. In addition to being displayed at U.N. Headquarters in New York, these exhibitions are circulated to selected international locations. As a photographic industry association, the IPC promotes and encourages photography not only through international exhibitions and conventions, but with scholarships, through key business and professional speakers, and other programs of interest . It is the only photographic industry organization which communicates the benefits of photography outside the industry. The IPC looks forward to a promising future with a continuation of current programs and development of new and exciting projects.
I&P Europe – Imaging and Printing Association is a European association of product manufacturers and technology providers for the imaging and printing industry. I&P Europe members’ products include conventional and digital materials and their processing solutions.
Focus is on Compliance Management in Health, Safety and Environment. In today’s business world regulatory compliance is an important factor for success. Business partners are more demanding in aspects of compliance, while markets are becoming increasingly discriminating. If regulatory requirements are not met in time, a company can lose sales, customers, and even entire markets.
New pieces of legislation and rapid implementation cycles result in extremely high time and cost pressures for companies. I&P Europe assesses the impact of new and existing legislation on its members’ businesses and co-ordinates advocacy to defend the interests of the industry. The joint monitoring and action on a wide range of issues enables cost saving and efficiency gains for member companies. Ultimately, all our activities are aimed at lowering the costs for members while ensuring regulatory compliance.
The wellknown PHOTO+MEDIEN FORUM KIEL was already founded in 1957 as an institution for training and advanced education in the area of photography. At that time in the beginnings it was called „Fachschule des Deutschen Photo- und Kinohandels, Kiel“.
Meantime there are trainees in the qualified jobs retail dealer, photographers, photo lab technician and photo designer. In addition to this the PHOTO+MEDIENFORUM KIEL offers the photographer course EVA: within 30 months the participants learn not only how to take a photo, but also creativity in their job and business administration for a successful sef-marketing.
Furthermore there is a wide range of seminars and workshops – for example photographic topics, but also trainings in sale and in leadership of employees. For every topic you also can demand for a personalized coaching oder an inhouse workshop.
Every two years the PHOTO+MEDIENFORUM KIEL invites to the big get-together „Branchentreff“ – a welcome opportunity for information exchange and of course to have a party. Thanks to the sponsoring of the Photoindustrie-Verband and the koelnmesse the PHOTO+MEDIENFORUM KIEL is represented at the photokina with an own fair stand and hosts a festive gala evening with several presentations of prizes and an entertaining show.
Nationwide photo and imaging competition
The Deutscher Jugendfotopreis is the most prestigious photo and imaging competition for children and young people in Germany. It looks back on a long and successful tradition: the first award was presented by the federal youth ministry at photokina 1962. The Deutscher Jugendfotopreis reflects both youth culture and the latest media trends. Participation is open to children and young people up to 25 years of age, who are creative in photography as a hobby, in their vocational training or studies or within project groups. 7,000 children and young people contributed 36,000 pictures to the Deutscher Jugendfotopreis 2010. The competition is organized by the Centre of Films for Children and Young People in Germany (KJF). Photoindustrie-Verband supports this well-established initiative by making available group prizes for photography in schools.
DEUTSCHER VERBAND FÜR FOTOGRAFIE E.V. (DVF)
For over 100 years DVF (German Society for Photography) has been the active forum for photo clubs and amateur photographers – and for all those who want to become photo enthusiasts. The DVF membership consists of members from some 350 local photo clubs throughout Germany and numerous direct members. Many DVF members are photo experts and all rounders. In an honorary role, they pass on their practical and theoretical knowledge to the friends of DVF and other interested parties. DVF offers a wide range of activities and services to members: photo competitions with attractive prizes at regional and nationwide levels and for various groups of participants, practice-oriented photo courses and workshops, captivating photography tours, and prestigious exhibitions in artistic amateur photography. Furthermore, DVF increasingly gives idealistic and financial support to photography for young people. DVF is the German member of the Fédération Internationale de l’Art Photographique (FIAP).
The Deutsche Gesellschaft für Photographie (DGPh)
sees itself as an organization whose activities predominantly concern the cultural interests of photography and related imaging media. These activities include both the conventional process of photography and its many different fields of application in art, science, education, journalism, industry and politics, as well as the non-conventional methods and new forms of imaging media. The DGPh wants to be an open forum for all people interested in photography and a representative body for the public presentation and interpretation of future-pointing photographic work.
In its interdisciplinary member and organization structure, which covers the different divisions of “imagery”, “education and advanced training”, “history and archives”, “art, marketing and law”, “medical and science photography” as well as “science and technology”, the DGPh is able to deal with corresponding issues in a cross-sectoral context.
With public events it wishes to actively contribute to socially relevant and ongoing issues concerning technical imagery in our day and age. It was with this in mind that the sections organize workshops and lectures and the DGPh founded prizes and awards. These honours - the Cultural Award , the Dr.-Erich-Salomon Award and, last but not least, the Erich-Stenger Award - are conferred upon personalities and photographic institutions whose imaging, scientific, journalistic or social work has acquired particular recognition.