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Wedding Videography's Special Awards Nominations Deadline May 31
April 27, 2004

Sarasota, FL - Every year, WEVA International honors the exceptional achievements of its members by bestowing several Special Awards of Recognition. The 2004 Call for Nominations has been issued on the WEVA website and the association invites all members to submit nominations for consideration by the WEVA Special Awards Committee. The deadline for this year's nominations is midnight (EST), May 31, 2004.

The Special Awards will be presented at the 14th Annual WEVA EXPO on Monday, August 16, 2004 as part of the convention's Opening Night events. Any WEVA member may nominate another for the Walter Bennett Service to Industry Award, the Bob LeBar Vision Award, the WEVA 911 Community Service Award, as well as nominate videographers for induction into the WEVA International Wedding & Event Videography Hall of Fame.

Four 2004 nomination forms are now online at http://weva.com/nomination in the WEVA Special Awards lobby area. In addition, there is a listing of every previous WEVA Special Award recipient and WEVA Hall of Fame inductee.

The WEVA Wedding & Event Videography Hall of Fame opened in August 2000 at the 10th Annual WEVA EXPO with the unveiling of the Hall's historical "Tools and Technology" exhibit. The exhibit includes video equipment dating back to the beginning of professional videography along with special memorabilia commemorating the history of the industry.

The following year, At WEVA EXPO 2001, WEVA International announced the first WEVA Hall of Fame induction of videographers whose contributions to the professional wedding and event video industry nurtured its growth.

The Walter Bennett Service to Industry Award, named in memory of the pioneering videographer and local association founder from Tulsa, OK, was introduced in 1999. This Special Award honors the WEVA International 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, which was introduced in 2000, is named in honor of the groundbreaking video animator from Long Island, NY. The award recognizes the WEVA International member who has made innovative contributions to the development of the professional wedding and event video community by advancing unique ideas, and invoking a keen sense of entrepreneurial spirit, together with a strong sense of professional pride, raising the "bar" to new heights.

The WEVA 911 Community Service Award was established in 2003 to remember the sacrifices on September 11, 2001, and as recognition of the fact that 911 is a universal call for help. The award is an acknowledgment of an exemplary response by a WEVA International member in using their professional skills as a wedding and event videographer to be part of a solution or resolution to a particular community situation.

WEVA International is the largest nonprofit trade association representing professional wedding and event videographers. The association is dedicated to advancing the professional interests of wedding and event videographers worldwide through continuing education, technical support, group benefits, advocacy committees and professional development training. For more information regarding professional videography and WEVA International activities and membership, visit www.weva.com, or contact the association office at 941-923-5334 or email to info@weva.com.


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