Last month I wrote that APA National President Theresa Raffetto, APA VP and Advocacy Chairman Michael Grecco and myself were making a trip to Washington, DC to meet with people on Capital Hill to reintroduce APA as American Photographic Artists and to express our views on copyright issues. Let me say that it was a great trip and exceeded expectations. The press release issued to APA members after the trip is presented as an article further down in this issue of insideAPA but I’d like to say hearing Intellectual Property Enforcement Coordinator Victoria Espinel speak at the Copyright Alliance membership meeting was extraordinary. Our meeting with the US Copyright Office was an opportunity to reconnect and hear about what that office is working on to help improve the registration systems. They were very willing to listen to issues our members have experienced in registering and suggestions on how to improve the process.
On Capital Hill we meet with counsel for both House and Senate members of the respective Judiciary Committees. No one was able to say when orphan works bills will come up again but they all agree it will happen at some time. APA’s leadership in preventing the 2008 Orphan Works bills from the Senate and House will continue. APA has not forgotten how those bills would have created hardship for professional photographers and we will be proactive in future efforts.
July was one of the best membership growth months in APA history. The expiration of the 2010 membership promotion campaign was the main contributor but I’d like to say that APA benefits at any price and any time are a fantastic value. The more you take part of member discounts and exclusive member services the more value you receive. For those current APA members just remember that when you renew on time, before your expiration date, you will receive an additional month of membership onto your term. This is an ongoing THANK YOU to those dedicated APA members that renew on time.
Lastly, it is time for the annual APA photo contest, The APA Awards. On September 1, 2010 the submission process will be open. More info is to come but this years contest offers the greatest value in prizes ever. Winners in 9 categories will receive exciting prizes from contest sponsors that include ADBASE, PhotoShelter, FoundFolios, liveBooks, Agency Access, Canon and Apple. Dripbook is the site host for this years contest and it promises to be an efficient system for entry and judging. APA member’s entry fees remain a great value but remember the contest is open to all photographers, not just members.
APA has some great programs coming up so be aware of your chapter’s events. Your chapter leadership works hard at bringing education to you. Get out and meet them and other photographers at those events.
It’s a great organization and I’m privileged to serve.