Sony New Zealand and the AIPA are pleased to formally announce the winners of the inaugural Sony / AIPA Assistant & Student scholarship competition.

After much consideration, Kristian Frires won the Assistant category and Unitec student Rebekah Robinson won the Student category.

Mr Frires receives a new, top-of-the-line, Sony Alpha 900 D-SLR camera featuring a full-frame 24.6MP CMOS sensor, and a Carl Zeiss Vario-Sinnar T* 24-70mm / F2.8 lens, together valued at $8,000. He also receives a one week paid internship at Photo New Zealand stock image library, including return flights to Christchurch, and a $400 cash prize courtesy of the AIPA.

Miss Robinson receives a $1,600 cash prize from Sony New Zealand and the AIPA.

Both recipients will also receive two years membership in the AIPA, a one year subscription to D-Photo magazine, a selection of photography books, and a raft of other prizes.

The judges were impressed by the high standard of entries, which resulted in the judging process taking longer than initially anticipated. In the end it was a combination of exceptional print quality and outstanding conceptual vision that determined the winners in each category.

"Sony is proud to be involved in this competition, helping support emerging talent to break into the photography industry," said Sam Williams, Sony New Zealand's Marketing Manager for Digital Imaging Products.

"I'm sure we'll see Mr Frires and Miss Robinson's names attached to high profile photography events in the future."

Click here to view the winning Assistant portfolio by Kristian Frires

Click here to view the winning Student portfolio by Rebekah Robinson



One of Auckland's best-known production spaces has been given a new lease of life and is now available to hire as a location for film, television production and stills photography.

The landmark black building next to Prego at 230 Ponsonby Road which has housed Reynolds TV, Auckland Audio, Digital Masters and most recently, Croydon Studios, has been renamed Central Studios and can be booked for short-term and long-term hire.

The versatile two-storey space offers a choice of three studios, each of which can be hired independently. The largest - Studio #1 - measures an impressive 16mx11mx6m (large enough for film and TV sets), is fully sound proof, has a two-walled cyclorama, two makeup rooms and comes equipped with a lighting rig. It has a dock-way for easy access by lighting and film trucks.

The two smaller studios are ideal for still shoots. The ‘L'-shaped Studio #2 has a concrete floor with white walls, while Studio #3 features polished wooden floors.

The owners of more than 30 years turned down recent offers to sell the high profile property and instead remain committed to providing the film, television and photography industry with a convenient centrally located studio.

Photographer Craig Owen, TV3, Automatic Films, and Flying Start are among those who have already lined up to make use of the space.

"Everyone agrees there's a real lack of good studio space in central Auckland and that's definitely been a source of frustration and limited what can be produced in the city," says John McDonald, Head of Light Entertainment and Sport at TV3. "It's great to have this option available."

Central Studios has parking for 13 cars, wireless internet, and of course Auckland's best cafes are all within walking distance.


Brent Webling, a spokesperson for the Commerce Minister, has denied that the government has called a moratorium on further amendments to the Copyright Act, and confirmed that the work to draft an acceptable substitute section 92A (re ISPs) continues. However, there is no word that the Artists' Resale Right Bill or repeal of the Commissioning Rule will be revived any time soon.


The American Society of Media Photographers (ASMP), joined by the Graphic Artists Guild, the Picture Archive Council of America, the North American Nature Photography Association, and several prominent individual photographers, has filed documents in opposition to the proposed settlement of the consolidated copyright infringement actions against Google instituted by the Authors Guild, Inc. and the Association of American Publishers, Inc. ASMP and the other trade associations represent thousands of photographers, graphic artists, and other copyright owners who assert that they were excluded from the process as well as from the proposed US$125 million settlement.

Earlier this year, ASMP published a statement expressing concerns about the class action settlement between authors, publishers and Google, and indicated its intention to file objections. Since that time, the four professional associations have joined forces, working together to oppose the settlement which excludes photographers and graphic artists from millions of dollars in payment, as well as from participation in future revenues to be generated by Google under the proposed settlement. ASMP Executive Director Eugene Mopsik said, "ASMP believes that the proposed settlement has far-reaching consequences for the work product and livelihoods of creators of visual images. Through this filing, we hope to stop a settlement that would hurt our members and those of our sister organizations, and to participate in obtaining a fair and equitable solution."

According to the filing, the Proposed Settlement purports to serve both the public interest and the interests of the class members as well as Google, but it would, in fact, serve the financial interests of only a select few while irrevocably damaging the interests of others. ASMP General Counsel Victor Perlman said, "The vast majority of photographers and graphic artists, whose works have been and continue to be digitized by Google without authorization, and who have been members of the plaintiffs' class since June 2006, would neither receive compensation for past infringement nor any benefit going forward." Perlman added, "The visual arts community has copyright interests at stake that are just as important as the copyright interests of authors and publishers that this Proposed Settlement is designed to protect."