Deadline: SIMA 2016 Awards
The Social Impact Media Awards (SIMA) call for entries for the 4th annual international documentary film and video competition. The deadline ends on October 27th – however, entry fees are higher for late entries.
The SIMA Awards celebrate documentaries from around the globe that increase the awareness to global injustices and inspire activism. Filmmakers can choose between following categories: Documentary Feature (>40min), Documentary Short (<40min), Impact Video Innovations and Impact Video Creative.
Potential topics are Refugees, Agricultural Development, Discrimination, Micro Finance and Art as Advocacy. More examples for what the jury is looking for can be found on the official website.
Winner of last year’s award for best documentary was director Marc Silver’s „Who is Dayani Cristal“. The film starring Gael García Bernal depicts the story of the deadly journey of a migrant worker. 
Industry: Smart Camera Market 2015-2020
According to Future Market Insights‘ market report „Smart Camera Market: Global Industry Analysis and Opportunity Assessment 2015-2020“ the global sales of smart cameras are anticipated to grow rapidly, with about 30 million units shipped by the end of 2015 – and probably 86 million in 2020.
While the consumer segment accounts for the highest demand, smart cameras for the healthcare and pharmaceutical segment come second.
Asia – Pacific (excluding Japan) is the largest market in terms of value, whereas Latin America is the fastest growing region. 
Topic: The State Of News Photogaphy
World Press Photo (WPP) has announced the first annual survey on photojournalism that focuses on the state of photojournalism as a global profession.
The study that was conducted by the University of Stirling, the University of Oxford’s Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism and the World Press Photo Foundation presents findings from an online survey. The survey was completed by 1,556 photographers who entered the 2015 WPP Contest.
The most important finding first: Even though 75% of photography professionals are making less than $40,000 a year, 66% are happy with their job. Still almost everyone is aware that „photography is at a crossroads“ due to the digital revolution.
On the other hand, personal websites and social networks are seen as important with only 11% never using it.
Unsurprisingly, image rights protection is seen as a great issue, as well as image manipulation which 76% of the respondents call a serious problem. (Also read: Integrity of the Image report) 
Photography: Being Your Own Wedding Photographer
In case you are planning your wedding and do not have enough money left for a wedding photographer, this idea could be your lifesaver: Be your own wedding photographer. It is cheap but, of course, you should have the talent for the execution.
Liisa Luts did that – not for monetary reasons but because she is a professional wedding photographer who did not want the stress of a big wedding. And so she decided to have a small celebration and shoot her own photos.
The outcome looks very personal and unique and will work for everyone who likes to be different. You can view her photos here. 
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