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SHORTS & BRIEFS: October 22

A series of short stories and snippets from the wonderful world of photography!AIPP rallying for APPA entries…CCP slaps Sony with $200K fine for causing offence

AIPP rallying for APPA entries…

Due to Covid restrictions, the 2021 Australian Professional Photography Awards (APPAs) were put back to March next year, but now it seems there’s a possibility that there won’t be sufficient entries to run the prestigious annual awards.

With just two weeks of the extended entry date left (closing date is November 10) the AIPP is appealing for more entrants.

‘The 2021 APPA + State Awards must be financially viable to run,’ wrote an admin in the AIPP’s community Facebook page this week. ‘The awards become financially viable when a certain amount of entries are received in the system – if we don’t hit this target, we simply cannot afford to run our incredible print awards.

‘If you love APPA and want to see these awards proceed, PLEASE ENTER!’ she urged.

The AIPP is advising entrants not to go to the trouble and expense of actually printing and matting their entries until an announcement on November 11 as to whether the awards will actually proceed.

CCP slaps Sony with $200K fine for causing offence

The Chinese Communist Party has fined Sony one million yuan, roughly $200K, for ‘damaging the dignity of the Chinese state’ by schedule a product launch on a national day of significance.

July 7 marked the 84th anniversary of the beginning of the Sino-Japanese War which officially brought WWII to Asia. Sony planned the international launch of the ZV-E10 on this date, but the widespread and fierce Chinese backlash resulted in the global delay of the product launch.

While Sony Europe attributed the delay to a components shortage, Sony assured Chinese ‘netizens’ (social media users) it promptly cancelled the launch after this ‘misunderstanding and confusion’.

According to Japan’s Kyodo News, the Market Supervision and Administration Bureau in Chaoyang District in Beijing slapped Sony’s China division with the one million yuan fine.

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