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Festival Images 2016 –  A Festival of Visual Arts

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The charming town of Vevey, located between Lausanne and Montreux on the shores of Lake Geneva hosts the Festival Images, Switzerland’s first biennale of photographic visual arts. The festival started in its actual form in 2008 and evolved into a major event. In four editions, it has almost doubled the attendance at each event, from an estimated 15,000 visitors in 2008 to 100,000 two years ago! This year’s edition which opened ...

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How To Gain Important Media Access

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What Determines Legitimate Press ID

It seems that some of the press card mills I have seen on the internet claim that one only needs a press card that “Looks Good” and it will get them access to many events.  IPA however challenges that notion and continues to state that the IPA Press Card is only an identification card that confirms our members status, expirations date and profession when displayed.

We have also seen a comment ...

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35th International Balloon Festival Château-d’Oex

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Since 1979 the small village of Château-d’Oex in a beautiful Swiss alpine valley of the Pays-d’Enhaut has been holding what has become today the largest balloon festival in the world, the International Hot-Air Balloon Festival. Each year, over 80 balloons are participating in the event and in the competitions that challenge the expert balloon pilots’ skills. For the public there are the opportunities to take balloon rides as well as view and photograph some of the most ...

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Rock and Flamenco by Patricia Vonne at the Montreux Jazz Festival

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Patricia Vonne at the Montreux Jazz Festival

The Montreux Jazz Festival and especially the free concerts are always full of surprises. It allows the public to discover different music styles as well as newcomers or musicians better known in other regions of the world.

The first week of the 47th Montreux Jazz Festival featured an impressive series of surprises. Amongst the rock band Redwood, the Irish folk song band The Castagniers, the Cuban Tempo Forte, the Slovenian Big Band KK covering ...

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Montreux Volley Masters 2013: Successful Start

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Montreux Volley Masters

This year’s edition of the Montreux Volley Masters opened yesterday. After a one-year break, the world’s most prestigious invitational women’s tournament is back. Each year the organizer invites 8 national teams among the best teams in the world. The event takes place outside the official tournaments of the International Volleyball Federation (FIVB) and the results do not count in the ranking of the teams.

For the teams it is a unique opportunity to measure themselves ...

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Zermatt Unplugged: Great Success for 2013

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Zermatt Unplugged Festival

The Zermatt Unplugged Festival is definitely not among the usual music festivals happening around the world. There is, of course, the pristine location in the Swiss Alps, the concept of a festival based on acoustic music as well as a very special stage set right on the ski slopes, the Sunnegga Sessions.

The 2013 edition from April 9th to 13th was an enormous success with seven sold-out concerts, enthusiastic audiences and an ambitious program of unplugged ...

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Belalp, Switzerland’s Secret Alpine Gem

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When one goes for a winter holiday or just a day excursion to the Upper Valais in Switzerland, the chances are high that the visitor will choose better known areas like Bettmeralp, Riederalp, Saas-Fee or the famous Zermatt. A few weeks ago, I attended and shot photographs of the Belalp Hexe, the craziest ski competition of the Alps where there are costumed witches and other bizarre skiers ...

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Sabah – Borneo 2011

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Malaysia

Trip report of a two week trip around the Sabah province on Borneo in Malaysia from April 2nd – 14th 2011.

I took an organized round trip to Sabah on the island of Borneo, located off the coast of mainland South East Asia. The tour operator is specialized in nature tours in small groups and we were just 6 participants with two tour guides for this two week trip to the province of Sabah, a Malaysian state.

Borneo is ...

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My First Year As An IPA Member

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Joining IPA

I joined the International Press Association (IPA) a bit more than a year ago. As my first year came to a close and my membership was up for renewal, I decided to check what the benefits of membership were for my first year at IPA.

As I went over my list of benefits, I thought it might make for an interesting article on our blog. I was sure many that are thinking ...

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