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Canon Student Development Programme 2024 opens for entries

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Now in its eighth year, the programme has already helped pave the way for over 1,000 aspiring photojournalists, connecting young talent from across EMEA with some of the most influential names in the industry.

Up to 100 students to receive mentorship from industry experts representing established news agencies and news publications, as well as Canon AmbassadorsA shortlist of 25 students will be invited to take part in a four-day workshop in Girona, including a visit to Visa pour l’Image, where they can form new connections with professionals and peersApplications are being accepted between 12th February and 7th March to students across Europe, Middle East and Africai

DUBAI, UAE, Feb. 12, 2024 /PRNewswire/ — Canon Europe announces the call for entries for the eighth edition of the Canon Student Development Programme (CSDP), a prestigious annual programme designed to help aspiring photojournalists advance their careers. The industry-leading initiative offers access and exposure to experienced professionals from the photographic community and the opportunity to attend key industry events.

CSDP has established itself as an invaluable springboard to the next generation of photojournalists. Former alumni have gone on to work for reputable news agencies and internationally renowned publications and continued to build successful careers. 2022 alumni Mohamed Mahdy (b. 1996), whose work focusses on the hidden and often unseen communities in Egypt, has won a main prize at the 2023 World Press Photo awards in the Open Format category. Fellow alumni Alexandra Corcode (b. 2000) has been selected for the 2023 Tom Stoddard Award for Excellence with her intimate portrayal of loneliness and abandonment amongst the elderly generation in her home country of Romania. Finalists of the 2023 programme, Ebrahim Alipoor and Fatma Fahmy, have both been selected for the 2024 VII Mentor program, run by VII Academy.

The 2024 edition is open to students and internsi residing and studying in Europe, the Middle East and Africa, with applications running from February 12th until March 7th. A limited number of spaces will also be available to talent endorsed by industry professionals. Submissions will be judged by a panel of editors from Getty Images, Reuters Pictures, AFP and EPA who will decide on the initial cohort of the region’s most promising young storytellers.

One-to-one mentorships

The selected students will be partnered up with one of the programme’s expert mentors, with the aim to discuss their current work and longer-term career aspirations in dedicated one-to-one sessions. Virtual reviews throughout summer will help refine their new project proposal and current portfolio – with a particular focus on exploring different editing options and ways to further strengthen narrative skills and develop authorial signatures.

Canon Ambassador and photojournalist, Brent Stirton said, “This is a unique programme to meet and spend time with curators, editors and photographers – a real investment into the future of photography. Stats show that only a fraction of those who study photography survive in the profession long term, and I know that it will make a profound difference for those selected. Growing up in South Africa, there was no way that I could’ve accessed some of the best editors and photographers in the world when I was starting out, much less borrowing some of the best gear out there.”

Girona workshop and Visa pour l’Image in Perpignan, France

In September, up to 25 students will be invited to a four-day Canon workshop in a grand Catalan farmhouse in Girona, Spain, concluding with a final night’s stay at the Visa pour l’Image international photojournalism festival in Perpignan, France.

The workshop will offer an intimate forum to exchange ideas and build relationships with renowned professionals from the world of photography. Group portfolio reviews offer a rich learning opportunity for students and a chance to both critique the work of their fellow peers, as well as receive professional feedback on their own.

Aside from taking in the key exhibitions and evening screenings during Visa pour l’Image, students will also have the opportunity to participate in additional portfolio reviews and further expand their network.

To apply to be a part of the 2024 Canon Student Development Programme or view the entry criteria, please visit: https://en.canon-me.com/get-involved/student-development-programme/

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i For full terms and conditions, please go to this page: https://en.canon-me.com/get-involved/student-development-programme/terms-and-conditions/ 

About Canon Middle East 

Canon Middle East, a subsidiary of Canon Europe, is the operational headquarters for Canon in the Middle East based in Dubai, UAE.   

Founded in 1937, the desire to continuously innovate has kept Canon at the forefront of imaging excellence throughout its 80-year history with its commitments to invest in the right areas and capture growth opportunities. From cameras to commercial printers, and business consultancy to healthcare technologies, Canon enriches lives and businesses through imaging innovation.  Canon’s corporate philosophy is Kyosei – ‘living and working together for the common good’. In EMEA, Canon Europe pursues sustainable business growth, focusing on reducing its environmental impact and supporting customers to reduce theirs using Canon’s products, solutions and services. 

Canon invests heavily in R&D, delivering the richest and most innovative products and services to satisfy customers’ creative needs. From amateur photographers to professional print companies, Canon enables each customer to realise their own passion for image. Further information about Canon Middle East is available at www.canon-me.com  

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Verndale Welcomes Max Fresen as Chief Experience Officer

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New CXO Brings Over Two Decades of Experience in Advertising and Marketing to Lead the Agency’s Experience Design Team

BOSTON, March 5, 2024 /PRNewswire/ — Verndale, a digital experience agency headquartered in Boston, MA, announced the appointment of Max Fresen as their Chief Experience Officer (CXO). Max joins Verndale from BRANDtho, where he successfully led as CXO, bringing with him over two decades of invaluable experience in the advertising and marketing industry.

Following 2023 investments in the strategy team, Verndale welcomes a new CXO to steward innovation in experience design.

As CXO at Verndale, Max will play a pivotal role in charting the agency’s future. He’ll lead the experience design team and drive initiatives that align with the organization’s strategic goals.

Chris Pisapia, CEO of Verndale, shares, “As we steer Verndale through our transformative growth as a company, our focus on delivering business value remains. Balancing technical expertise with strategic creativity is key. Following our investments in the agency’s strategy team in 2023, we’re thrilled to announce Max Fresen’s hire to steward innovation in experience design. This move expands our creative services and reflects our commitment to redefining digital experiences and propelling clients’ initiatives forward.”

Max’s recruitment reinforces the agency’s commitment to excellence and innovation. In his role as the head of experience design, Max will be responsible for delivering engaging and impactful experiences across all channels and platforms, contributing to Verndale’s evolution as a strategic partner to its clients.

“I’m thrilled to join Verndale at this pivotal moment in the evolution of communication arts. In an era where generative technologies have made the once impossible commonplace, capturing customers’ attention and building a brand has become more challenging than ever,” comments Max. “Navigating the intersection of art and science is now essential for a company’s success. With Verndale’s decades of experience crafting tech-enabled experiences at an enterprise scale, we’re uniquely positioned to be the ideal partner for this transformative journey. I’m excited to contribute to Verndale’s mission and drive impactful outcomes for our clients and their customers.”

Max’s extensive experience and leadership at previous agencies prime him to lead and grow the Experience Design team and drive outcomes for our clients. His passion for pushing the boundaries of technology and psychology and his commitment to making the world a better place through design and innovation make him a valuable addition to the Verndale team. 

About Verndale

Verndale is a digital agency that designs, develops, and delivers high-performing websites and ecommerce experiences. The agency guides clients in creating more human experiences in a digital world and is committed to pushing boundaries, achieving growth objectives, and optimizing digital experiences for its clients and their customers. Verndale offers digital strategy, experience design, digital marketing, customer relationship management (CRM), and sales quoting solutions. The agency leverages best-in-class technologies to deliver clients custom solutions that stand above the rest.

As a recognized Optimizely Premium partner, Verndale has earned seven MVP awards, holds 60 certifications, and boasts 30 global accreditations. In 2023 and 2021, the agency was honored with the Optimizely Partner of the Year award. Verndale is also North America’s leading Sitecore Enterprise Solution provider and Platinum partner. With nine MVPs and 25 certified developers, Verndale’s specializations include Experience Platform, XM Cloud, OrderCloud, CDP & Personalization, and Content Hub. 

For more information about Verndale’s innovative solutions and industry expertise, visit verndale.com. Get in touch with us at hello@verndale.com.

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EMA Research Webinar to Explore How Enterprises Can Be More Successful with Their Network Automation Initiatives

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According to new research from EMA, only 18% of network automation initiatives are a complete success

LAFAYETTE, Colo., March 5, 2024 /PRNewswire-PRWeb/ — Enterprise Management Associates (EMA™), a leading IT and data management analyst research and consulting firm, today announced it will host a research webinar titled “Enterprise Network Automation: Emerging from the Dark Ages and Reaching Toward NetDevOps,” based on recent research by Shamus McGillicuddy, EMA’s vice president of research covering network management. The research explores the challenges and opportunities of network automation for enterprise IT organizations.

Network automation continues to be a science project for too many companies. With this research, I tried to identify a path forward for IT decision-makers.

According to EMA’s new research, only 18% of network automation initiatives are a complete success. This indicates that network automation remains a significant challenge for many organizations. The webinar will provide insights and guidance to help organizations improve the success of their network automation initiatives.

During this webinar, McGillicuddy will share highlights from this new research, including:

Why nine out of ten IT organizations rely on a mix of vendor solutions and do-it-yourself network automation toolsHow network teams establish an authoritative network source of truth to drive effective network automationHow network teams validate network changes and monitor network complianceWhat pitfalls organizations should look out for on their network automation journey

“The IT industry has been attacking the problem of network automation for decades, and we still cannot get it right,” McGillicuddy said. “There are countless reasons for this ongoing struggle, including complexity, data quality and authority problems, and budget issues. As a result, network automation continues to be a science project for too many companies. With this research, I tried to identify a path forward for IT decision-makers.”

This independent research is sponsored by EfficientIP, IPFabric, NetBox Labs, NetBrain.

The webinar will take place on Tuesday, March 12 at 2:00 p.m. Eastern. Registration is available at: https://info.enterprisemanagement.com/enterprise-network-automation-webinar-pr

About EMA
Founded in 1996, EMA is a leading IT analyst research firm that provides deep insight across the full spectrum of IT and data management technologies. EMA analysts leverage a unique combination of practical experience, insight into industry best practices, and in-depth knowledge of current and planned vendor solutions to help their clients achieve their goals. Learn more about EMA research, analysis, and consulting services for enterprise line of business users, IT professionals, and IT vendors at https://www.enterprisemanagement.com

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Pioneer in Cyber Insurance in Brazil Receives $1.5 Million Funding

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Bluecyber, which offers digital protection insurance to SMEs and families, will expand its operations in Latin America

SÃO PAULO, March 5, 2024 /PRNewswire/ — Bluecyber.insure, a pioneering insurtech in cyber insurance in Brazil, has received a $1.5 million investment from VCs Invisto.com.vc and Bossa Invest, as well as strategic investors from the insurance market. “This investment reflects the investors’ confidence in Bluecyber’s mission to simplify and expand insurance coverage for digital life protection of SMEs and families throughout Latin America, an underserved market with an estimated gross written premium (GWP) of USD 17.3 billion,” says Eduardo Rocha, CEO of Bluecyber.

The investment has already enabled the acquisition of Ismac.io, which developed an innovative Managed Detection and Response (MDR) platform. “This solution allows Bluecyber to continuously monitor its insured portfolio, detecting and responding to security incidents swiftly and efficiently, minimizing the impact of attacks, and delivering more value to the insured, as well as reducing the frequency and severity of claims,” explains Daniel Arruda, Ismac’s founder, who will take over the management of risk and compliance at Bluecyber.

In addition to financial compensation for claims such as data breaches, fines related to local General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR), legal fees, and digital identity theft, the monthly cyber protection insurance subscription offers a help desk for everyday technological issues, antivirus, vulnerability monitoring, risk management, and incident response.

“We are confident that this new phase will be a watershed in the cyber insurance industry, offering innovative and comprehensive solutions,” says Bluecyber’s co-founder Claudio Macedo.

About Bluecyber

Founded in 2021, Bluecyber is a Managing General Agent (MGA) specializing in cyber insurance. It develops products tailored to the needs centered around customer-centricity, structures underwriting capacity with reinsurers and insurers, and cultivates innovative distribution channels. The B2B product sales are conducted entirely digitally through non-traditional channels, including internet providers, software and hardware manufacturers, as well as insurance brokers. Bluecyber aims to conclude 2024 with 10,000 subscribers, striving to simplify cyber protection. Seguros Sura, one of the largest insurance groups in Latin America, serves over 20 million insureds across seven countries and is the issuer of the policies, complying with all regulatory requirements.

 

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