Photo-Me Trading Update

Photo-Me ("Photo-Me" or "the Group"), the instant service equipment group, has issued its latest trading update, covering the third quarter from 1 November 2014 to 31 January 2015.



The Group is very encouraged by the performance of both its core photobooth business and its growing laundry business in the third quarter and in the year to date.


Profit before tax (PBT) in the third quarter was 12% higher than the same period last year on a reported basis, and 19% higher if considered at constant currencies. Turnover for the quarter at constant currency rose 3%.




The roll-out of the Group's laundry product - branded Revolution - continues to progress well. At the end of January, a total of 898 units have been deployed since launch.


The gradual planned expansion of manufacturing capacity for the laundry business is progressing with a second manufacturing line operating in Hungary since mid-January 2015. The Group expects to achieve deployment of its 1000th unit during March 2015 and remains on track to deploy approximately 2,000 units by the end of 2015.


The results from the units in operation in France and Belgium (81% of the total units in operation to date) remain extremely encouraging and on the French machines which have been in operation for more than a year, the year-on-year increase in turnover in the most recent quarter was 21%.


Two of the Group's newer markets are Ireland and Portugal, and to date, both countries are delivering very strong results.  A total of 45 machines are now in operation in Ireland and Portugal. The units in Ireland are currently delivering the highest average monthly revenue per machine of any country with a number of units providing extremely good payback. The machines are well located - many are on multi-facility petrol stations close to campsites - demonstrating the attractiveness of the product. In the year to date, laundry revenues have grown to represent 12% of the turnover in Ireland. In Portugal, which only began trading in May 2014, laundry revenues are also continuing to grow rapidly to represent 21% of total Portuguese revenues in the latest quarter.



New product pipeline


The Group continues to develop its photobooth portfolio and is trialing 25 new Starck booths which incorporate the 3D figurine photobooth and currently has plans to launch this concept in the second half of 2015.


The Group continues to trial its carwash concept at 5 sites and already has strong interest from at least one supermarket chain in France. Early results have been encouraging and Photo-Me remains optimistic that the concept can be rolled out, but will report further on its plans when it reports its preliminary results in June.


The Group intends to launch its new generation and extremely modern Starck-designed digital kiosk later in 2015 and is optimistic that the new machines will be well received by the marketplace.





The Group continues to perform well, with excellent cash generation.  In addition, the Group has a very strong balance sheet, which is enabling Photo-Me to rapidly develop its estate of highly profitable machines.


Despite the further strengthening of sterling against both the euro and the yen, the Group remains confident of delivering results at least in line with expectations for the year as a whole and reiterates its commitment to an increase of 30% in the total dividend for the current financial year.


The Group continues to view the future with great confidence based on the strong performance of the current portfolio supported by the planned roll out of new units and its growing pipeline of new products.


Braun Master ActionCam – now updated

Kenro Ltd, the UK and Ireland distributor of Braun Photo Imaging products, has announced an updated version of its Braun Master Action Camera.

The Braun 'Master II' ActionCam is higher spec and includes a fantastic range of accessories, making it a serious contender in the growing Action Cam market.

Updated features are faster speed, better battery life, HD Slow Motion, Time Lapse and Image Stabilizer.

The new Ambarella A7L Chipset gives twice as much processor speed and battery life, meaning the Braun Master II ActionCam will keep up with the most demanding of activities.

Footage is captured via the Panasonic 16MP high sensitivity CMOS sensor and ultra-sharp glass f/2.8 lens. The camera is waterproof down to 60m with its special housing (included), and HD Slow Motion 120fps and Time-Lapse Movie features are included as standard.

The new Image Stabilizer makes jerky pictures a thing of the past and with the built-in Stereo Microphone, 2 inch LCD Screen, and included remote control, this camera is a delight to use. You can even turn your Smartphone into a remote control and playback device (iOS and Android).

While most people will use the camera for video, the Braun Master II ActionCam has a number of useful stills photo modes including multiple images per second, Time Lapse, continuous shot and a Self-Timer.

There's an HDMI connector, MicroSD slot (max 64GB) and recording formats are JPG for stills and H.264 / MP4 for movies. Video resolutions go up to NTSC 1080p 1920x1080 at 60fps.

As well as a fantastic specification, what sets this camera apart from the competition are the included accessories:

Waterproof Housing
Remote Control
Universal Mount
Curved Mount
Pad Mount
Roll Bar Mount
USB Cable
Charger for Remote
Adhesive Stickers (8pcs)
Magic Tape
Pivot Arm

Says Paul Kench, Kenro's managing director: "When Braun launched the original Master ActionCam consumers began to realise that there was a credible alternative to the market leading brand. Braun have come out fighting again with this new model which offers excellent quality and spec at a very attractive and competitive price."

SRP is £249.95 including VAT.

Kenro will be exhibiting at The Photography Show 2015, Birmingham NEC, 21-24 March, Hall 5 Stand F82. Please come and visit us to view our latest ranges.

For details of your nearest stockist please visit - alternatively call Kenro's head office on 01793 615836 for further information.

Motion competition winners announced

HARMAN Technology Ltd announces the winners of the UK Student Competition 2014 entitled "Motion". The annual competition for UK photography students attracted a record entry for 2014.

So many that it took the judges two sittings before they could decide which had met the Brief and complied with the competition Terms and Conditions. After long deliberation and several rejections the winners were finally chosen.


The title of 'ILFORD PHOTO Student Photographer of the Year 2014 - DARKROOM' is awarded to Elliott Jagger from Leeds College of Art for a print entitled "Light in the dark". The Runner Up was Laura Cogan of Lincoln College with "Almost there".


Andy Barton from The Manchester College takes the title of 'HARMAN technology Student Photographer of the Year 2014 - DIGITAL' with his winning print "Trebor", while Brydn Webb of Norwich University of the Arts was Runner Up with "Boot 2".


As well as their titles the winners receive an awards certificate and £150 to spend at, and will have their winning images professionally mounted and framed by ILFORD LAB DIRECT. The Runners Up also receive a certificate and £100 to spend at

Cardinal Newman College once again submitted the most eligible entries and receive a voucher for £250 to spend on product of their choice from

Steven Brierley, Director of Sales & Marketing at HARMAN said, "We have always had marvellous support from tutors and technicians in the colleges. It is no surprise that we continue to receive so many exceptional prints entered for our competitions. This year we were very nearly overwhelmed by the large number of entries that we had to judge from. I think the winners have shown excellent thought and technique."


All images that made it to final judging can be seen on our Flickr feed here

Editor joins OVI

Former Group Editor of Archant’s photography titles, Adam Scorey, will be joining One Vision Imaging Ltd as Marketing Manager.

Adam brings a huge amount of experience with him, spanning over 22 year’s experience in the photography world, starting out as a professional photographer in the 90s and then for the last 12 years as a writer and editor.

About his new post, Adam Scorey says:

“I can't wait to get started with Derek and the team at One Vision,” says Scorey, “a company I have had a long association with and a lot of respect for their products, services and the reputation OVI has in the professional market place as a printing services company. As a senior management team, we have big plans for the company and it will be my job to not only communicate our message, but to help develop new product lines, services and look for new markets to gain market share in. OVI is a successful, dynamic and forward thinking business that is passionate about the professional photography market – a mindset that parallels my own. I can't wait to get started.”

Derek Poulston, Managing Director, One Vision Imaging, comments about his appointment of Adam to the senior management team:

“We’re absolutely thrilled to have Adam join us. His passion, drive and commitment to the industry is parallel to what OVI strives to achieve. Increasing our awareness and communication with our customers of today and tomorrow will only strengthen our position in the market“

Adam starts on the 1 March.

From advertising to sponsorship, editorial product requests through to sales enquiries and social media, please contact Adam on 024 7644 0404, 07769 172060 or by email [email protected]

Marumi Neutral Density (ND) Filter ranges extended

Kenro, the UK and Ireland distributor of Marumi lens filters, has announced the immediate availability of a number of new Neutral Density (ND) filters to fit both stills and video camera lenses.

ND filters are particularly suited to digital photography, as camera sensors are very sensitive to light. On a sunny day, even using the highest f-stop and a fast shutter speed may not be enough to obtain a perfect exposure.

Plus, to create special in-camera effects such as shallow depth of field or movement of water, a slow shutter speed and/or wide aperture is required. An ND filter reduces the amount of light entering the lens, thereby enabling you to create these highly desired effects with ease.

The darker the ND filter, the wider your aperture or slower your shutter can be, allowing you to create some truly amazing effects that are just not possible without the use of such a filter.

Marumi's popular Digital High Grade (DHG) filter range has been expanded and now includes ND filters with a fixed density of 8, 16, 32 or 64 in filter thread sizes from 37mm up to 82mm.

Marumi has also launched a very high density filter (ND 100,000) to enable the shooting of solar eclipses, in thread sizes 58mm and 77mm.

For those who want full flexibility and to save space a new range of 'variable' ND filters have also been introduced. The Marumi Variable ND 2.5 - ND 500 filters are available in two sizes: 58mm and 77mm. These are in addition to the Marumi DHG variable ND filter range ND2 - ND400, with sizes from 49mm to 82mm.

Says Paul Kench, Kenro's managing director: "We have seen a big increase in ND filter sales. They seem to be the 'next big thing' for advanced stills photography effects and also for creating shallow depth of field for video. With filter sizes going right up to 82mm, even those with very large lenses will be able to use these filters to their advantage."

SRPs start at £40.44 for the fixed density filters and £125.40 for the variable filters, including VAT.

Kenro will be exhibiting at The Photography Show 2015, Birmingham NEC, 21-24 March, Hall 5 Stand F82. Please come and visit us to view our latest ranges.

For details of your nearest stockist please visit - alternatively call Kenro's head office on 01793 615836 for further information.

AOP launches Student Awards

The Association of Photographers (AOP) has opened the doors on its 2015 Student Awards.

This year the AOP has partnered with innovative London prolab and art printer theprintspace who will be hosting the Awards ceremony and exhibition this summer.

Iconic London studio, Holborn Studios, will provide a day's free studio hire including a professional lighting set-up for the overall winner. Further prizes will be announced shortly.

The Awards carry four briefs, each set by a leading professional photographer, they are:
Social media: Animal conservation, set by Tim Flach
Create a cover photograph/background image for the social media platform of an organisation involved in animal conservation or rescue.

Product shots: Sense, set by Richard Maxted
Photograph props (clothes, shoes, books, records, etc.) from a Sense charity store. The aim is to surprise the viewer when they learn that the props came from a charity shop.

Brand Image: Charity, set by George Logan
Create a single image to highlight and promote a cause or charity that is important to the photographer. The image should be suitable for a marketing campaign.

Sunday supplement cover, set by Wendy Carrig
Shoot an eye-catching portrait suitable for the cover of a Sunday newspaper supplement.

The announcement of the AOP's Student Awards follows hot on the heels of the recent AOP Photography Awards. Many photographers put their current success down to winning an AOP Award, in terms of both publicity and recognition amongst their peers. The Student Awards offers an excellent springboard for an aspiring photographer.

The Awards are open to all students who are studying a course that includes photography (this may not necessarily be a full-time photography course). All images are submitted via the AOP's website - - and the Awards close on 30 April 2015.

There is an entry fee of £5.00 per image for AOP Student Members, whilst non-members pay £7.50 for each image submitted. Membership is free for those at AOP Affiliated Colleges or £25 for those who are not. For further information on becoming an AOP Student Member please go to

HARMAN Technology – 10 Years of Progress

2015 will see HARMAN Technology Limited complete 10 years of trading as ILFORD PHOTO. The company expresses a sincere thank you for all the support received in the last 10 years from Distributors, Retailers and Stockists around the world has ensured photographers, printers and labs have enjoyed continued access to ILFORD black and white products.


The company says… Schools, Colleges and Universities who have maintained their darkrooms, and in some cases successfully re-opened their darkrooms have inspired us. The ongoing enthusiasm from Lecturers, Technicians and Tutors provides a new generation of photographers with a firm foundation in darkroom skills.


Social Media has allowed us to create a closer relationship with our customers, and through surveys and feedback HARMAN technology Ltd has been able to research develop and provide new exciting products.


Notable achievements include the reintroduction of Single Use Cameras and ILFORD SFX 200 film, new black and white ILFORD MULTIGRADE ART 300 fine art paper, and more recently the extended range of ILFORD MULTIGRADE Fibre Base papers including CLASSIC and COOLTONE. The company has also successfully launched the Obscura by ILFORD, and HARMAN TiTAN Pinhole Cameras.


Our success with new and existing products continues to add excitement and extra value to the HARMAN and ILFORD PHOTO brands. We recognise that this success is due to the skill, dedication, and commitment of our staff. Their hard work ensures that the ongoing quality of our products and services remains second to none.


2014 has seen a growth in the volumes of film and paper sold around the world, which has been very encouraging.


Although photo products are the bulk of regular business the company has used the expertise gained from manufacturing silver based products to further Research and Development in new business areas for antimicrobial and cell separation technology.


Ten years on HARMAN technology Limited can be proud of its achievements and look forward to an exciting and prosperous future.

New Reflecta 3-in-1 Film and Print Scanner released by Kenro

Kenro, the UK and Ireland distributor of the popular range of Reflecta imaging products, has announced the immediate availability of the new Reflecta 3-in1 Scanner (model 64220).

This versatile scanner will enable you to digitize your slides, and negatives, plus photos in sizes 9x13, 10x15 and 13x18 cm.

The scanner has a CMOS image sensor with 3 white LEDs and resolution is 1800 x 1800 dpi at 5M pixels (3600 interpolated) with 24-bit colour depth. Scanning time is just 2 seconds.

Images can be viewed on the 2.4inch display and the scanned files then stored onto SD, SDHC, MMC, MS and MS Pro memory cards. The files from the memory card can also be transferred onto computer via USB 2.0.

35mm film strips of up to 6 images can be scanned, or up to 3 mounted slides in the provided holder. A holder is also included for photographic prints.

Says Paul Kench, Kenro's managing director: "This is a very versatile product and it's unusual for a film scanner to also digitise prints, making this a one-stop shop for your scanning needs."

SRP is £106.38 incl VAT.

For details of your nearest stockist please visit - alternatively call Kenro's head office on 01793 615836 for further information.

New Reflecta VisiLux StudioKit 130

Kenro, the UK and Ireland distributor of Reflecta Imaging and AV products has announced a new entry-level two-head lighting kit for photographers.

The Reflecta VisiLux StudioKit 130 is aimed at those wishing to set up a low-cost home studio or for taking portraits on location.

The Reflecta Kit comprises 2 x 130Ws flash heads, 2 x lighting stands, 2 x 92cm Octagonal Softboxes, 2 x sync cables and a carry bag.

Simple to operate, the VisiLux 130 Flash Heads have a stepless output adjustment of 1/1 to 1/32, giving variable brightness for digital or film photography, for lighting the subject or the background.

The Octagonal Softboxes are particularly suited to portrait photography, giving a soft, even illumination to faces. Recycle time is between half to 3 seconds and each light comes with a very useful modeling lamp (max 50W) so you can see the effect of the light before taking the picture.

Colour temperature of the flash is daylight 5500K +/- 200K and synchro voltage is 5V. The trigger methods are: sync cable, sensor, test button and remote control.

Each flash head weighs just 0.8kg and maximum light stand height is 190cm. Weight of the total kit in its carry bag is just 6kg.

Says Paul Kench, Kenro's managing director: "The compact size and low weight of this kit will particularly suit those starting out in portrait photography where the photographer visits the customers' home. It is powerful enough to allow the shooting of babies, pets, children and small groups and it has an extremely attractive price point."

SRP is £227.94 including VAT.

For details of your nearest stockist please visit - alternatively call Kenro's head office on 01793 615836 for further information.

Hasselblad Masters 2016 Photo Competition is now open

The biennial hunt is on to find ten outstanding photographers worldwide who will win elite 'Hasselblad Master' honours for 2016.

Photographers looking to enter the new-look 2016 competition will have from February 16th until May 31st 2015 to submit three images in one or more of the following ten categories:


- Art

- Landscape/Nature

- Wedding

- Portrait

- Fashion/Beauty

- Products

- Architecture

- Wildlife

- Project//21

- Street/Urban


Perry Oosting, Hasselblad CEO said: "We have made some changes to the 2016 Competition - which reaches out to both professionals and young, ambitious and aspirational photographers. We look forward to supporting all photographers with our new competition platform.

The announcement of the 2016 Masters Competition on February 16th coincides perfectly with the launch of the new Hasselblad website, in line with the new competition platform.

"We believe the new Masters Awards 2016 programme is the most compelling ever for the world's most accomplished photographers. For this edition we have new categories and each of the ten winners will not only gain a Hasselblad Master accolade and global exposure but also a new high-end Hasselblad medium format camera," says Perry Oosting, Hasselblad CEO

Now, for the first time ever each winner will pick up a brand new high-end medium format Hasselblad camera alongside the ultimate honour of becoming an elite Hasselblad Master.

Winners of each category will be tasked to create a new and unique set of theme-based images using the latest Hasselblad camera equipment for the edition of the exclusive Hasselblad Masters Commemorative Book. The Book will be launched at a special trophy ceremony at photokina 2016 in Cologne. Winning photographers will be published on the Hasselblad global website, in other Hasselblad publications and various advertising promotions as well as presented at exhibitions around the world."

The rules have changed slightly for the latest competition. Every entrant still needs to upload three images per category but now the voting will be applied to individual images rather than the photographer. This means that the full gamut of photographic skill must be seen in one image. This change will improve every entrant's selection opportunities.

For the new category Street/Urban we are looking for not only comprising gritty street photography but the life of the city itself and the people who live in it.

?The judging process:

Hasselblad Masters are judged on their photographic ability; creativity; compositional skills; conceptual strength and technique - and are acknowledged to have made a compelling contribution to the art of photography.

Now photographers, who must have been working professionals for at least three years (other than in the Project//21 category) can submit images captured by any large format, medium format or 35mm- type DSLR camera providing 16MP resolution or higher. Images captured on film are also eligible, but they must be submitted digitally.

Three juries (internal jury, public vote and Masters Jury) will shortlist entries and nominate final winners in each category. The 24-strong Masters jury will comprise key editors, selected previous Masters winners and some of the most accomplished photographers in the world.

The 2016 jury will be unveiled later in the year; past jury members have included world renowned photographers such as Marco Grob, Steve McCurry, and Tim Flach.


Entries are submitted via Winners will be announced in January 2016.

For full details on competition download Masters 2016 Rules & Regulations:

Previous edition of Hasselblad Masters 2014 published in "Hasselblad Masters Vol. 4 - Evolve":


About Hasselblad

For over half a century Hasselblad has been the leading manufacturer and partner for photographers who work in the medium format environment and demand optimum quality and innovation.

In 1962 Hasselblad cameras gained iconic status following the decision by NASA to select them for space missions.

The H Camera System with its professional lens family and unique advancements is widely acknowledged as the most comprehensive digital camera system of its kind available today.

In 2012 the company launched into new market space with ranges of advanced cameras for enthusiasts.

Recently Hasselblad was the first to launch the fully integrated medium format camera system incorporating the latest in CMOS sensor technology: the H5D-50c. The latest CMOS-based product launches also include the CFV-50c digital back for V System photographers and a 200 Mpix Multi-Shot camera H5D-200c MS.


More information at