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Local Video Associations Prepare for Creativity Re-Match at WEVA 2007
March 19, 2007

Sarasota, FL - "It was exciting for our local association in New York to participate in the BATTLE OF THE VIDEOGRAPHERS! at Wedding & Event Video Expo last year. The TV Commercial ShootOut was a Battle segment that brought forth terrific concepts and outstanding commercials. It challenged associations to think about how to promote video to the wedding industry. We're looking forward to a rematch!" said Kathy and Al Ritondo, co-founders of New York Professional Videographers (NYPV) based in New York City.

Last year, all-new and original 60-second TV commercials promoting professional wedding video were developed for national competition by associations in Pennsylvania, Kansas, New York, Illinois and Massachusetts. The 2006 WEVA Gold Cup Award for Best Commercial was won by the Greater Philadelphia Videographers Association (GPVA) (pictured here) along with $1,000 in prize money.

For local videographers associations, competition and creativity will converge at the national level this summer, August 13-16, 2007, at the WEVA 17th Annual Wedding & Event Video Expo. Got game? Then get your association entered in WEVA EXPO’s "BATTLE OF THE VIDEOGRAPHERS: Local Association Production ShootOut." Now’s the time to script a winner and join the 2007 Battle for this year’s top prize and the ongoing battle to raise awareness of the quality and the impact of professional wedding video.

"Winning the 2006 competition against other great local associations was a thrill and one of the best moments for many of us,” said GPVA President Natalie Neal. "The $1,000 in prize money was quickly earmarked for a new video projector to show our members’ work in literally the best light possible," Neal said.

"The 'Local Association Production ShootOut' was one of the most interesting Battles WEVA has put together. I loved the completely different points of view that each association used," said Judy Handley of the Kansas State Professional Videographers Association. "Mostly, I really liked the camaraderie that developed between the members of our association in the production of our entry -- and then the camaraderie we felt with the other associations that participated. It was a totally FUN experience - can't wait until this year's Battle!"

You can now see (and link to) last year’s 60-second TV commercial entries: Click Here to WATCH NOW!

WEVA International members are already using this innovative, multi-player link to promote the importance of professional videography. "The link to the commercials is perfect. I’m distributing it via e-mail to our leads list of nearly 4,000 brides," writes WEVA International member Paul Perhacs of Ohio. "The message of these commercials certainly portrays professional wedding video in a positive, and emotionally powerful manner."

Whether it’s working as a team, as Philly and Kansas did last year, or having your own preliminary contest to judge the best clip to represent your association, as Boston did, join the fun and excitement this summer and help promote our industry locally and nationally. For a 2007 BATTLE OF THE VIDEOGRAPHERS! official entry form e-mail WEVA's Director of Educational Development John Zale at jzale@weva.com. WEVA Industry News is a service of WEVA International.

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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