Local Association Development
For many years, WEVA has been at the forefront of the growth and development
of Local Videographers Associations. A vital part of WEVA's committment to
Local Associations has been providing assistance in the start-up process.
WEVA has developed a Local Association kit, which is just one of the tools
available to members trying to start groups in their area.
One of the WEVA Forums is dedicated for local association
use, and links from the WEVA web site, to Local Association web sites, are
available. To enhance communication between Local Association leaders, WEVA hosts
Local Association leaders meetings each year.
Situations occasionally arise that require an unbiased perspective, for help
in arriving at a fair resolution. The Ethics Committee has provided
assistance with member-to-member disputes, as well as with client/member
Public Relations Committee
A fair and accurate portrayal of wedding videographers in the media is vital
to WEVA. The Public Relations Committee brings the WEVA message to the
bridal press, the mainstream media, and to wedding industry informational
Special Awards Committee
In addition to the Creative Excellence Awards, which recognize individual
artistic achievement, WEVA has several dedicated awards:
The Walter Bennett Service to Industry Award, named in memory of of a video
pioneer from Oklahoma, was introduced in 1999. This honors the WEVA member
who, through donation of time; through service to fellow videographers by
teaching or writing; by service in a local association or on a national
level; strives for exemplary professionalism that lights a pathway for other
videographers to follow.
The Bob LeBar Vision Award was introduced in 2000, and is named in memory of
the ground-breaking video animator from Long Island, New York. This award
honors the WEVA member who has made innovative contributions to the
development of the professional event video community. The winner will have
advanced unique ideas, invoked a keen sense of entrepreneurial spirit, and,
combined with a strong sense of professional pride, "raised the bar" for
The WEVA Hall of Fame
This concept was actually introduced at WEVA Expo 2000, with a "Tools and
Technology" exhibit. A popular feature at that Expo, the exhibit showcased
video equipment from as far back as the mid-to-late 1970's, including open
reel video recorders and single tube cameras. The following year, at WEVA EXPO 2001, WEVA inducted the first individuals whose contributions to the wedding and event
video industry nurtured its growth.