Highlighting the best in photography“Imaging Asia 2005,” an international photography competition and an imaging technology, services and products exposition, will be held at the Daegu Exhibition and Convention Center (EXCO) from March 24 to 27.
The co-hosts of the event are the Professional Photographers of America (PPA) and Professional Photographers of Korea (PPK). The event is an offshoot of the center’s winning the right to host the Asian Pacific Print Competition from the PPA last August.
Professional photographers from Asia can compete in four categories: fine art, portrait, commercial and digital image photography.
International judges from the professional associations will choose the winners, who will receive PPA Master awards.
There is also an exhibition featuring critically acclaimed work by professional photographers. One thousand photographs, including the winners of the International Print Competition at Imaging U.S.A. 2004, as well as Asia-Pacific photographers’ work which is part of the Asian Society of Photographers Loan Collection, will be on display.
The photo exhibitions also include pictures of Korean celebrities taken by Kim Jung-man and Park Sang-hoon and nude photographs by Lee Jae-gil, as well as work by Japanese photographer Hideki Fujii.
The event offers seminars given by PPA master photographers. The seminar subjects are studio management strategy, digital painting, studio marketing and children’s photography.
The event will also showcase photographic and imaging equipment, including cameras, printers, studio accessories and books from more than 200 Korean and foreign companies.
“I hope Imaging Asia 2005 in Daegu will give us an opportunity to show the potential of Korea’s photographic and digital imaging industries and upgrade the domestic photo equipment industry,” said Baek Young-hwan, chairman of the Photo Artist Society of Korea.
Pre-opening seminars by PPA masters on issues such as digital painting and the work of young artists are scheduled for March 22 and 23.
EXCO plans to provide discounts of up to 30 percent on KTX high-speed train fares for participants and spectators. To obtain the discount, call (02) 770-1900.
For information, visit www.imagingasia.co.kr.
by Limb Jae-un