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|| SportsShooter.com: News Item: Posted 1999-09-27

News & Notes
By Robert Hanashiro

-The Image Bank was recently purchased by Getty for the rumored price of $187 million. In other Getty News revenues increased 15 percent in the second quarter, and digital sales as a percentage of total revenues also continued to rise. Revenues for the quarter were $55 million, up from $48.1 million during the second quarter of 1998. Last year, earnings were $8.4 million, or 17.5 percent of sales, during the second quarter. The Image Bank joins other Getty photographic holdings like PhotoDisc, EyeWire, Liaison, Tony Stone Images and Allsport.

-The Times-Mirror Company announced that it has placed the Sporting News on the sale block. Founded in 1886, TSN is the country's oldest sports publication and currently has a weekly circulation of 540,025. Rumors have been floating around since the announcement of several potential buyers, including Fox. Times-Mirror publishes the Los Angeles Times, Newsday, the Baltimore Sun the Hartford Courant, Popular Science, Golf Magazine and Outdoor Life.

-Amazon.com has entered the electronics and computer market. Already the internet's largest bookseller, Amazon.com seems to be pricing competitively in comparison with other large web-based resellers. The url for their electronic products is:
http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/subst/electronics/home/home.html/002-4006684-3
764633

- The White House News Photographers' Association still contest will make the change to all digital entries for the January 2000 judging. This new format will allow us to project each digital entry with a state-of-the-art digital projector resulting in exceptional screen quality. In addition, digital entries will allow us to use the entered scans for the book production, web site and exhibit panels, eliminating many hours of post-contest production work.

Switching to digital entries will also eliminate the time-consuming and tedious task of prepping slides for the contest. Entrants will now input all entry information including captions into the File Info area of Adobe Photoshop. Each entrant may enter their work on Zip disks or CDs (Macintosh platform preferred). No paperwork is required except for the signed entry form. This should make entering the contest far easier for most entrants.

Further details, including exact specs for the entries, will be posted on the WHNPA web site and sent to each member later this fall. We are currently working with Adobe and the book publisher to fine-tune the exact specs. We will also post on the WHNPA web site a sample image with a graded color scale which will be our guide for digital projection.

For those that want to get started scanning now, the basic specs are listed below. (However, we haven't yet determined the basic specs for pictures originally shot on digital cameras.) For those that won't be doing their own scanning, we are making arrangements with two area labs for special discounts on contest scanning. More information to come. We will provide the two labs with the sample image and the final specs.

Please note two other changes made by the contest committee. First, all portfolios must contain at least one entry from one of the Washington categories: On Capitol Hill, Washington Insiders/Feature, Washington Insiders/Portrait or Picture Story/Politics. Secondly, all picture stories will have a maximum of 12 photos per story.

The contest will be judged at the American University auditorium on Saturday and Sunday, Jan. 22 and 23. During the judging, most of the editing and discussion will take place as images are shown on the screen. We will have a virtual light table projected on screen during the final rounds. This should make the open judging much more educational for members and interested students.

BASIC WHNPA SCANNING SPECS FOR NEGATIVE OR TRANSPARENCY FILM

*RGB file or gray scale file saved as JPEG 8
*10 inches widest dimension at 250 DPI (for RGB, this should be about a 11-13 meg file; for gray scale, about a 3-4 meg file)
*NO unsharp mask

Please contact Pete Souza, Still Contest Chairman, for any questions.
Email: pete.souza@pressroom.com


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