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WEVA & PMA Achieve 'World First' in Wedding Video Education
May 12, 2007

Sarasota, FL - An extraordinary two-day conference of cutting-edge workshops presented by Wedding & Event Videographers Association International (WEVA) last week at the PMA-Australia 2007 Imaging Technology Expo broke new ground on a global level by expanding professional development opportunities for wedding and event videographers in the Asia-Pacific region.

"Last week’s conference in Melbourne was an exciting and history-making event for our members, and our industry at-large, and was made possible through a dedicated strategic initiative developed jointly by WEVA and PMA. We are proud to be leading the effort to expand continuing education for wedding and event videographers worldwide," said WEVA International Chairman Roy Chapman.

"We fully expect the sharing and exchange of information that occurred last week to blossom in a profusion of new creativity in video. It's what makes this educational initiative so inspiring for our industry. We'll be announcing other programs at the international level shortly, including a WEVA ‘first-ever’ program in Europe next month."

Enthusiasm for the two-day video conference in Melbourne has already hit the Internet. “The video presentations from all tutors were jaw-dropping, and ‘how did they do that with one camera... or how was that effect done,’ were all answered. What we gained is what other members have missed out,” wrote Lynton Brown of Horsham, Victoria on the WEVA Forums. “It has made me look at my business outside the square and in a whole new perspective.”

An Australian videographer writing on another forum noted, “I was fortunate enough to fly to Melbourne for the WEVA seminars. For us, this was such a rare experience - it was the first time such a seminar has been organized in Australia. The information that was presented was extremely valuable."

At PMA-Australia 2007, the WEVA sessions, under the helm of WEVA's Director of Educational Development John Zale, incorporated video production and marketing workshops by WEVA Creative Excellence Award-winning videographers. The history-making team of WEVA presenters featured Chris Chibucos, Ross Herewini, Jenny Lehman, Natalie Neal, Teo Eng Tiong, and Dave Williams. Also featured on the WEVA platform, were state-of-the-art presentations by edit system trainers from Canopus/Grass Valley and Adobe Systems.

"The PMA-Australia 2007 Imaging Technology Expo was simply outstanding," Zale said. "The tremendous efforts of dedicated PMA staff in both the U.S. and Australia enabled the entire convention, including all of the individual sessions and the huge trade show to run smoothly and professionally from start to finish." PMA reported a record-breaking attendance for this year’s show, held at the Melbourne Exhibition and Convention Centre. Showcasing the world of imaging, the PMA Australia 2007 Imaging Technology Expo presented cutting-edge developments and trends in new technology from the major digital imaging companies and industry suppliers from Australia and overseas.

About Photo Marketing Association International (PMA)

As an international professional trade association, PMA® helps the worldwide photo imaging community achieve business success and adapt to new technologies. Its commitment to 20,000 members in 100-plus countries is part of an 82-year legacy that connects business owners to a network of knowledge and support.

PMA furthers this purpose through the development of educational programs and business services, marketing research, publications, and trade shows. For more information, visit PMA online at PMAI.org.

About Wedding & Event Videographers Association International (WEVA)

WEVA International is the largest professional videographers association and our industry's leading provider of education that's on the cutting-edge. WEVA is dedicated to advancing the professional interests of videographers worldwide through continuing education at events such as Wedding & Event Video Expo, technical support, group benefits, advocacy committees, and through new media including Wedding & Event Videography Resource Guide and streaming video on WEVA-TV.

Join WEVA now to access valuable WEVA membership benefits that can help you succeed in your business, including weekday job opportunities through ImageSpan's CurbStream, plus low-cost Visa/MasterCard Merchant Status, Equipment Insurance, E&O Insurance, the new Equipment Financing Program, WEVA NEWS MINUTE videos, WEVA On-The-Air podcasts, and more.

Membership also provides opportunities for professional videographer (MPV) accreditation, and system-training at WEVA EXPO 2007 our industry’s largest annual convention and trade show upcoming in August 2007. For more information contact the association at 941-923-5334 or email: info@weva.com

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