Use of Personal Information and Disclaimers

Sony A7 Experience Photo Contest

1. Personal Information:

When registering for the contest, the contestant must provide accurate personal information to the Sponsor, including but not limited to information that establishes Contest eligibility. Entries that do not contain the required information will not be accepted. Personal information provided by contestants may be used to:

  • Notify winners of the results
  • Provide contestants with information about the contest
  • Announce the winning entries
  • Provide winners information about Phase II contest
  • Generate general statistical data

In addition to being included on web sites and in publications pertaining to the contest, the names of the winners will appear with the winning entries. Contestants may be required to give their dates of birth to establish their identities when requesting updates to their addresses and other personal information.

The Sponsor may disclose to judges and to third parties cooperating with Sponsor and overseeing the contest such personal information as may be needed for managing the contest.

In the event that a necessity should arise for the amendment of personal information, please contact a7experience@pelloevents.com. Please direct any inquiries regarding entry to the contest to Sarah Cook.

Sponsor will make reasonable effort action relating to the prevention of leaks, abuse, and falsification regarding personal information, but cannot guarantee that such reasonable action will prevent any leak, abuse, or falsification. With the exception of personal information pertaining to winners ("winners"), the Sponsor shall take steps to dispose of or erase all personal information submitted within a reasonable time following the conclusion of the contest.

2. Disclaimers and Stipulations:

Photographs submitted by contestants are restricted to works for which the Sponsor shall hold the copyright and any and all right, title and interest.

Once submitted, photographs will not be returned to contestants under any circumstances.

Entering the contest constitutes agreement to contest terms and conditions, including but not limited to terms and conditions relating to eligibility.

The Sponsor reserves the right of final judgment concerning items not expressly stated in contest Official Rules, including but not limited to any disputes relating to eligibility. Contestants who do not consent to the Sponsor's decisions may withdraw from the contest. All costs associated with withdrawal from the contest are to be borne by the participant.

The Sponsor may elect to suspend or postpone any or all of the contest if in its judgment the contest cannot be run smoothly, securely or without affecting the fairness of the judging due to circumstances beyond its control.

Contestants shall not make any claims regarding ownership of the submitted photographs or use of the photographs by Sponsor.

Contestants shall bear all costs of entering the contest. Winners are responsible for the payment of any taxes or fees levied on the prizes.

No response shall be provided to any inquiries regarding the judges’ decisions.

No Responsibility

Although entries are handled with the greatest possible care, the Sponsor does not accept responsibility for accidents, damage or loss during upload.

The Sponsor does not accept responsibility for damages arising from or related to circumstances beyond its control, including but not limited to computer viruses or unauthorized access to its servers. Except where due to the Sponsor's malice or gross negligence, the Sponsor does not accept liability for damages or other harm suffered by contestants as a result of participation in the contest.

Sponsor's Rights

The Sponsor reserves the right to publish all contestant photographs submitted onto its website after first round of judging.

Sponsor reserves in perpetuity the right to publish, reproduce, make public, display, print, distribute and screen winning entries on websites, in photo exhibitions, in all manner of media, and in facilities managed by or designated by the Sponsor, its affiliates, and overseas subsidiaries without further compensation to or the additional prior consent of the contestants. The Sponsor will display the names of the winners and the titles of the winning entries on its websites, at photo exhibitions and in other locations where the works are shown.

The terms and conditions of participation in the contest shall in all respects be construed in accordance with the laws of the State of California, U.S.A., for contracts formed within the State of California, and without regard to choice of law considerations.

Exclusive jurisdiction for resolution of any disputes between contestants and Sponsor shall be in the State and Federal District courts of California, with exclusive venue in San Diego, California and/or the Southern District of California, respectively.

Sony A7 Experience Photo Contest

OFFICIAL RULES

1. HOW IT WORKS:

Registered contestants will engage in a photo shoot on the day of the competition at a pre-arranged photo shoot time slot on the premises of a participating retail store. A list of participating retail stores and locations, by region, can be found at www.sony.com/a7experience.

Each participating retail store will provide a prepared set, including background, for the photo shoot, and a single model to be included in the photo shoot.

At the contestants’ pre-arranged time slot, contestants will be greeted and provided an overview of the A7 Camera photo shoot competition process by a Sony Brand Ambassador (BA).

Up to four (4) contestants will participate simultaneously on the set and with the model during each photo shoot time slot. The contestants in each photo shoot time slot will be provided up to ten (10) minutes to engage in the photo shoot. Actual time available for each photo shoot may vary, at the sole discretion of the BA on premises, depending upon the number of contestants.

Contestants may provide direction to the model during the photo shoot. The BA has absolute discretion in determining whether any direction provided by a contestant is appropriate and will be permitted.

Contestants cannot adjust set lighting or the set dressing and background.

Contestants may take as many photographs as they wish during the photo shoot. Following each photo shoot, each contestant will select one (1) of that contestant’s photographs to submit for consideration by contest judges. Contestants will submit the photograph selected by uploading the photograph on a computer provided on premises as supervised by the BA; the photograph must be uploaded prior to the contestant leaving the premises of the participating retail store.

Following the original capture of the image, absolutely no manipulation of any kind is permitted in relation to any photo submitted for judging; a photo that has been manipulated will be disqualified.

A Contestant may participate in more than one photo shoot by registering for a photo shoot at more than one participating retail store. However, a Contestant participating in more than one photo shoot can still only submit a total of one (1) photograph for judging. Any Contestant participating in more than one photo shoot will accordingly be required to delete and withdraw from judging any and all other photographs that have been submitted.

As set forth more fully below, all photographs taken by contestants as part of the contest become the sole property of Sony Electronics Inc. ("Sponsor") and will not be returned. By entering the contest and submitting a photo for consideration by the judges, the contestant gives the Sponsor the right to use, edit, or publish the entry without further compensation.

The photographs taken during the competition will not be made publicly available during the contest, but will be maintained privately by Sponsor for consideration by the judges.

2. REGISTRATION:

No purchase or consideration is necessary to enter or to win.

Advance Registration.

Up to two (2) contestants will be allowed to advance register for each photo shoot time slot. To enter, contestants must submit an OFFICIAL ENTRY by registering for the contest online and by selecting the participating retail store at which contestant intends to compete. Once a contestant is registered, the contestant will receive by e-mail (1) confirmation of registration, and (2) a unique contestant identification ID number.

To assure contestant’s participation in the contest, the contestant must bring their ID number to the participating retail store with them at their appointed time they have signed up for.

Sponsor is not responsible for late, lost, stolen, misdirected, damaged, illegible, or incomplete entries.

On Premises Registration – Day of Contest.

Up to two (2) contestants per photo shoot time slot may register on the day of the contest at a participating retail store. However, contestants that register on premises may, because of time constraints and the number of on premises registrants, have less time allocated for the actual photo shoot and it is possible that on premises registration may reach a capacity wherein no further registrants can be accepted for participation.

All expenses incurred by contestant to participate in the photo shoot, including travel to a participating retail store, shall solely be the responsibility of contestant.

3. ENTRY PERIOD:

Online registration opens November 22, 2013. The time period for which online registration remains open for each participating retail store will vary based upon the date of the photo shoot contest at each participating retail store. Specifically, online registration, to the extent time slots are available, will remain open for each participating retail store location until midnight the day before such participating retail store holds that store’s photo shoot contest. Online registration will otherwise remain open until the final participating retail store location holds the final photo shoot contest on or about March 9, 2014.

4. ELIGIBILITY

One entry per contestant. Any contestant who attempts to register multiple times, and/or compete in more than one photo shoot, will be disqualified.

Must be age 18 or older at the time of registration to enter. Open only to legal U.S. residents, except residents of Puerto Rico and other U.S. territories and possessions. Contest is governed by U.S. laws and is subject to all federal, state and local laws. Void in any State, Puerto Rico, other U.S. territories and possessions and where prohibited by law. Employees and contractors of Sponsor, its subsidiaries or affiliates, their immediate families, or persons living in the same household of an employee of Sponsor, are ineligible. Employees and contractors of any participating retail store, its subsidiaries or affiliates, their immediate families, or persons living in the same household of an employee of any participating retail store, are ineligible. By participating in the contest, contestants agree to be bound by these Official Rules and the decisions of the judges, administrators and Sponsor, which shall be final and binding in all respects, and to release the Sponsor, their respective affiliates, divisions, subsidiaries, and all coordinating agencies from any and all liability, claims or damages or injuries arising out of their participation and/or the acceptance and use of any prize.

5. OWNERSHIP; EXHIBITION BY SPONSOR:

Sponsor shall own all right, title, and interest, including copyright, to photographs taken and submitted during the contest. Contestant, by entering and agreeing to the Official Rules, waive any ownership interest, including copyright, in the photographs. By entering the contest, the contestant gives the Sponsor the right to use, edit, publish and exhibit the entry without further compensation.

6. JUDGING:

Finalists Selection for Phase I: All properly submitted, eligible photographs submitted by contestants will be reviewed by a panel of ten judges selected by Sponsor. The judges may include, or consist solely of, employees and/or representatives of the Sponsor. Eligible photographs will be evaluated based on the application of the following criteria: Artistic Merit– 50% of total score; Technical Merit– 50% of total score. In the event of a tie, the photograph scoring highest in "Artistic Merit" section will be used to determine priority.

Not all judges will see all entered photographs; judges will be assigned a subset of all entered photographs for initial review. A total of ten (10) winners will be selected from all of the eligible submissions received following the completion of the photo shoot contests at each participating retail stores.

Contestant photographs will be narrowed by the ten judges until a set of photographs – the finalists - will be selected for review by a panel of four (4) judges, including current Sony Artisans.

This panel will make the Phase I final selection of ten (10) winning images, using the criteria above.

Sponsor reserves the right to award less than ten (10) Phase I prizes if there are not a sufficient number of appropriate entries received to award all available prizes.

Selection for Phase II: All ten Phase I winners receive a prize package including an expenses paid trip to Alaska, below. During Phase II, the ten contestants shall compete during field photo shoots for a grand prize winning photograph. The ten photographs submitted during Phase II shall be posted by Sony online and the winner of the best overall photograph shall be selected by public, popular vote.

7. NOTICE TO WINNERS AND CONFIRMATION OF ACCEPTANCE:

Winners of Phase I will be selected the week of March 10, 2014. Winners will be notified on March 13th, 2014. Winners must respond with notification that they will participate in the Phase I Winner trip by March 18, 2014 .

Winners must review the notification and documents sent to them and, in the event they accept the terms and conditions, to fill out the required items, sign the form (or, if replying by E-mail, accept the terms and conditions electronically as specified in the E-mail message) and deliver them to the Sponsor either by mail or through electronic means on or before the date stated in the documents.

Please note that failure to respond within _5__ days of the date, on which the organizer sends the notification E-mail, whether due to server malfunction or any other cause, will result in disqualification. Entrants should therefore notify the organizer of any changes to their E-mail addresses using the entry page on this website. The Sponsor does not accept liability for any disadvantages that may arise as the result of inability to receive E-mail. Return of the Prize notification as undeliverable, or the inability of Sponsor to contact the potential Prize winner due to insufficient, inaccurate or incomplete contact information provided, will result in disqualification and an alternate may be selected at the Sponsor's discretion. Failure of any winner to respond within the time required in the winner's Prize notification shall result in disqualification and the Sponsor reserves the right to award the affected prize to the next eligible winner.

8. PRIZES/AWARDS:

Phase I.

  • Each Phase I Winner will receive a 3 night / 4 day trip to Alaska. Prize includes 3 nights lodging (selected by Sponsor, room and taxes only) airfare (one coach/economy class airline ticket per winner, arranged by Sponsor), three meals per day (provided by Sponsor). Expenses outside airfare, lodging, transportation to scheduled activities, and provided meals are the sole responsibility of winner. Costs or expenses relating to any guest accompanying any winner shall be the sole responsibility of contestant; contestant’s guest shall not be allowed to participate in educational activities or the Phase II contest.
  • Phase I prize exclusive trip dates - March 27-30, 2014. These dates are unchangeable because all contestants must be present for Phase II competition.
  • No substitution for this prize considered.
  • Approximate retail value of the prize will not exceed $5,000 per person.

Phase II.

The winner will receive the honor of being a Sony Artisan for one year.

Prizes are subject to change without notice and cannot be exchanged, transferred or redeemed for cash. No substitution for prizes will be considered.

The approximate retail value of the Phase I prize and Phase II prize will not collectively exceed $5,000 per person.

9. RELEASES:

Phase I and Phase II Prize winner must agree to certain terms and conditions related to eligibility, release of liability, and Sponsor's use of any Phase I or Phase II winner's name, Official Entry, and/or likeness for publicity, advertising and promotional purposes, without compensation (unless prohibited by applicable law) as part of the prize claim process. Noncompliance with any of the above may result in disqualification. Except as set forth above, contestants’ personal contact information will only be used for notifying them if they are one of the winners.

Taxes or other fees personal to contestant arising from prize winnings are the sole responsibility of contestant. Sponsor is not responsible for technical, hardware or software failures of any kind, lost or unavailable network connections, or incomplete or garbled computer transmissions that might limit a consumer's ability to participate in the contest by accessing and printing out an Official Entry Form. Sponsor reserves the right to cancel or modify the contest or disqualify a participant if fraud or technical failures destroy the integrity of the contest as determined by the Sponsor. IMPORTANT: ANY ATTEMPT TO DEFRAUD OR VIOLATE THE RULES IN ANY WAY IN CONNECTION WITH THIS CONTEST WILL BE PROSECUTED TO THE FULLEST EXTENT OF THE LAW AT SPONSOR'S SOLE AND ABSOLUTE DISCRETION. SPONSOR RESERVES THE RIGHT TO MAKE ANY INVESTIGATION INTO THE ELIGIBILITY OF A PARTICIPANT AND DELAY THE AWARD OF ANY PRIZE DURING THE INVESTIGATION FOR ANY PERIOD OF TIME DEEMED NECESSARY AND PENDING THE RECEIPT OF ANY AND ALL INFORMATION DEEMED NECESSARY. IF SPONSOR SUSPECTS ANY PARTICIPANT OF ATTEMPTING TO DEFRAUD OR VIOLATE THE RULES IN ANY WAY, SPONSOR RESERVES THE RIGHT TO DISQUALIFY THAT PARTICIPANT FROM THIS AND ALL FUTURE SPONSOR PROMOTIONS. SPONSOR'S DECISIONS RESULTING FROM ANY SUCH INVESTIGATION SHALL BE FINAL AND BINDING IN ALL RESPECTS. With respect to the Official Entry, Sponsor, its successors and assigns shall retain worldwide, in perpetuity, all ownership rights to the entrants' Official Entry, including the photographs, and any part thereof which Sponsor may, in its sole discretion, modify, edit, add to, delete from, distribute, license, duplicate, use, and otherwise exploit in perpetuity in any manner or forum whether now known or hereafter created. All Contest Entries must be in keeping with Sponsor's image and may not be offensive or inappropriate, as determined by judges in their sole discretion. Sponsor reserves the right, in its sole discretion, to disqualify entries not keeping with Sponsor's image or that are inappropriate or offensive. By accepting any prize, winner and Winning Site Entity agrees to release and hold harmless Sponsor from any claims or liability relating to participation in the contest or acceptance or use of the prize (except that this release shall not affect any product warranty otherwise applicable to a product awarded as a Prize). By entering the contest, the contestant agrees to release and hold harmless the Sponsor, and Sponsor’s respective affiliates, divisions, subsidiaries, and all coordinating agencies and contractors, from any and all liability, claims or damages or injuries arising out of their participation in the contest and/or the acceptance and use of any prize.

10. LIST OF PRIZE WINNERS:

Names of all Prize winners will be available online after the termination of the contest.

a7 Experience

THE a7 EXPERIENCE

Sony a7 Compact Full-Frame Interchangeable Lens Camera

View photos from the top 10 Photographers. Vote for your favorite photographer to nominate as the next Sony Artisan of Imagery.

only with Sony

A NEW FRAME of MIND.

Never has something so small been so big. No other full frame, interchangeable-lens camera is this light or this portable. Up to 36MP of rich detail. A true-to-life 2.4M OLED view-finder. Wi-Fi sharing. It’s all the full-frame performance you ever wanted—in a compact size that will change your perspective entirely.

Please review our contest rules and disclaimers.

the experience

  1. Find a location near you to reserve an appointment or find walk-in times
  2. Bring your own lenses to try on the a7 camera – it works with lenses from other camera makers
  3. Take some amazing photos at the a7 experience event and submit your best photos for judging
  4. Pack your bags for Alaska (Please review our contest rules and disclaimers.)
Sony a7
a7 Experience

find a location

Choose a nearby location for your a7 Experience.

B & H Photo
New York
420 9th Ave.
New York, NY
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National Camera
Maple Grove (Dec. 6)
12055 Elm Creek Blvd. N.
Maple Grove, MN
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WB Hunt
Melrose (December 6 & 7)
100 Main Street
Melrose, MA
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Bedford's Camera
Oklahoma City (December 6 & 7)
3110 North May Avenue
Oklahoma City, OK
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Precision Camera
Austin
2438 West Anderson LaneSuite B-4
Austin, TX
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KSP (Keeble & Shuchat)
Palo Alto (December 6 & 7)
290 California Ave
Palo Alto, CA
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National Camera
Edina (Dec. 7)
7101 France Ave. S.
Edina, MN
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Bedford's Camera
Little Rock (December 13 & 14)
11 400 North Rodney Parham Road
Little Rock, AR
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Willoughby's
New York
298 5th Ave., at 31st Street
New York, NY
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Talls Camera
Bellevue
168 Bellevue Square Bellevue Square Mall
Bellevue, WA
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Unique Photo
Fairfield (December 14 & 15)
123 US Highway 46 West
Fairfield, NJ
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Mike's Camera
Boulder
2500 Pearl Street
Boulder, CO
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WB Hunt
Melrose (January 10 & 11)
100 Main Street
Melrose, MA
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Glazers
Seattle (January 11 & 12)
430 8th Avenue North
Seattle, WA
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Adorama
New York (January 12 & 13)
42 West 18th Street
New York, NY
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Samy's
Los Angeles
431 S. Fairfax Ave.
Los Angeles, CA
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WB Hunt
Manchester
4 Vinton Street
Manchester, NH
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Cardinal Camera
Charlotte
3351 Pineville Matthews Rd
Charlotte, NC
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Mike's Camera
Dublin
7192 Regional Street
Dublin, CA
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Dodd Camera
Cincinnati
6475 East Galbraith Rd
Cincinnati, OH
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Bel Air Camera
Los Angeles
10925 Kinross Avenue
Los Angeles, CA
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Cardinal Camera
Lansdale
810 W. 2nd Street
Lansdale, PA
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Sony Store
Aventura
19501 Biscayne Boulevard - Space 1609
Aventura, FL
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Sony Store
Roosevelt Field
630 Old Country Road, Unit 1120A
Garden City, NY
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San Jose Camera
San Jose, CA
1600 Winchester Blvd
Campbell, CA
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PROCAM
Livonia
34224 Plymouth Road
Livonia, MI
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Dodd Camera
Beavercreek
4404 Indian Ripple Rd.
Beavercreek, OH
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Sony Store
Sony Plaza
550 Madison Ave
New York, NY
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Samy's
San Francisco
1090 Bryant St
San Francisco, CA
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National Camera
Golden Valley (February 7)
9300 Olson Memorial Highway
Golden Valley, MN
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Dodd Camera
Cleveland
2077 East 30th Street
Cleveland, OH
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Wolfe Camera
Topeka
635 Kansas Ave.
Topeka, KS
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Norman Camera
Kalamazoo
3602 S. Westnedge Ave
Kalamazoo, MI
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National Camera
Roseville (February 8)
2401 Fairview Avenue
Roseville, MN
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Calumet
Chicago, IL
1111 N. Cherry Ave C
Chicago, Illinois
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Creve Coeur Camera
Saint Louis
11615 Olive Blvd
Saint Louis, MO
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Calumet
Escondido
830 W Valley Pkwy Ste 330
Escondido, CA
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Calumet
Oak Brook, IL
1600 W 16th St
Oak Brook, Illinois
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Sony Store
Century City
10250 Santa Monica Blvd
Los Angeles, CA
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Sony Store
Stanford Shopping Center
359 Stanford Shopping Center
Palo Alto, CA
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Sony Store
Fashion Valley
7007 Friars Road
San Diego, CA
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Sony Store
South Coast Plaza
3333 Bristol Avenue
Costa Mesa , CA
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B & H Photo
New York (February 19)
420 9th Ave
New York, NY
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Samy's
Santa Barbara
614 Chapala St
Santa Barbara, CA
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Camera Company
Madison (February 21)
4232 East Towne Blvd
Madison, WI
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Horn Photo
Fresno
7945 N. Blackstone Ave
Fresno, CA
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Houston Camera Exchange
Houston Camera Exchange
5900 Richmond Ave.
Houston, TX
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Camera Company
Madison (February 22)
6742 Odana Rd.
Madison, WI
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Roberts
Carmel
12761 Old Meridian
Carmel, IN
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Sony Store
Houston Galleria
5015 Westheimer Road
Houston, TX
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Looking Glass Photo & Camera
Berkeley, CA
1045 Ashby Avenue
Berkeley, CA
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KSP (Keeble & Shuchat)
Palo Alto (Feb 28 & March 1)
290 California Ave
Palo Alto, CA
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The Shutterbug
Portland
501 SW Broadway
Portland, OR
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Bedford's Camera
Oklahoma City (Feb 28-Mar 1)
3110 North May Avenue
Oklahoma City, OK
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Mike's Camera
Sacramento
2200 J Street
Sacramento, CA
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Arlington Camera
Arlington Camera
544 W Randoll Mill Rd
Arlington, TX
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WPPI Expo
MGM Grand Las Vegas

Las Vegas, NV
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Kenmore Camera
Kenmore
6708 NE 181st ST
Kenmore, WA
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Adorama
New York (March 5 & 6)
42 West 18th Street
New York, NY
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Rockbrook
Omaha
2909 S. 169th Plaza #100
Omaha, NE
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The Shutterbug
Salem
3932 Commercial St S
Salem, OR
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Glazers
Seattle (March 7 & 8)
430 8th Avenue North
Seattle, WA
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Unique Photo
Fairfield (March 8 & 9)
123 US Highway 46 West
Fairfield, NJ
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Mike's Camera
Denver
610 16th Street Mall
Denver, CO
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