Editor - 14th November 2016

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By the time this edition of Pixel lands on your counter, staff room or inbox, the team will be tying up final details for the prestigious 2016 Pixel Trade Awards. Back for the 12th year running, the event promises to deliver an evening that’s second to none.

avant-pta-167For the 12th year, the Pixel Trade Awards are back and will be returning to the Grange City Hotel in London’s east end. Taking place on Friday 2nd of December, the Trade Awards are once more on hand to recognise and celebrate the achievements of the photographic industry, including retail, supply, manufacture and innovation, rewarding those who provide a professional, efficient and faultless service in their sector of the industry.

Considering the success and feedback received from the last two years of the Pixel Trade Awards, the decision to host this year’s event at the Grange City Hotel rested on the hospitality, accommodation and service and amenities provided by venue, and what better way to spend an evening than with drinks, great company and a breathtaking view of the Tower of London?

Proceedings will kick off with a champagne reception, closely followed by and welcome from Pixel Editor, Simon Skinner, when the Pixel Trade Awards’ guests will then get the chance to devour the luxury three-course meal provided by The Grange City Hotel’s team of talented chefs and waiting staff.

Once dinner has been served, the illustrious awards will then be presented to the victorious industry professionals, and this year’s award categories are as follows:

  1. Independent Minilab Retailer of the Year
  2. Print Franchise of the Year
  3. Print Manufacturer of the Year
  4. Mass Channel Retailer of the Year
  5. Multiple Specialist Retailer of the Year
  6. Independent Specialist Retailer of the Year
  7. Web Specialist Retailer of the Year
  8. Consumer Specialist Magazine of the Year
  9. Distributor of the Year
  10. Accessory Manufacturer of the Year
  11. Camera Manufacturer of the Year
  12. Outstanding Contribution to the Industry

Last year saw a variety of industry professionals take home trophies from a variety of different categories. 2015’s winners included Digipix Ilford FDIS, Fujifilm Imaging Services, Kodak Alaris, John Lewis, London Camera Exchange, Park Cameras, WEX Photographic, Amateur Photographer, Intro 2020, Manfrotto and Sony itself, while just some of the almost victorious brands in the form of runners up included Swains International, Sigma Imaging, Phoenix Photographic, Snappy Snaps, DNP, Argos, Calumet and Canon.

During the 2015 awards, our host, Hal Cruttenden, whose comedic presence lifted the evening to a real fun-filled state, albeit near the knuckle at times, the awards have earned a reputation for delivering great entertainment for all those present. This year is set to be equally, if not more upbeat than ever before, with the announcement of our 2016 host.

adam-bloom-2-hiresWhile sponsors of this year’s event – Sony and Nikon – have been known for some time, the celebrity comedian for the Pixel Trade Awards 2016 has yet to be announced… But without keeping you waiting any longer, we are proud to announce that our host for the event is none other than Adam Bloom!

Performing at the 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2001, 2004 and 2007 Edinburgh Festivals along with his own sell-out tour of Britain, Adam Bloom is one of Britain’s most inventive comedians, and is set to bring a completely fresh, comedic angle to the Pixel Trade Awards.

Further emphasising his popularity, he has also sold out theatres and festivals in Melbourne, Sydney, Auckland, Wellington and Cape Town. Back in July 2013, Adam Bloom made his 5th appearance at ‘Just For Laughs’ in Montreal, as well as being a part of the 2004 ‘Just For Laughs Comedy Tour,’ playing to more than 42,000 people in 17 cities across Canada. He has also written 3 series of ‘The Problem with Adam Bloom’ for BBC Radio 4, as well as making a number of TV appearances, including The Young Person’s Guide to Becoming a Rock Star and Comedy Lab – both of which aired on Channel 4, BBC 2 programmes Never Mind the Buzzcocks, Mock the Week, The Stand-up Show and Edinburgh Nights, BBC 1’s Head on Comedy, along with The World Stands Up and The Comedy Store on Comedy Central.

Adam Bloom has also been celebrated in the past with a number of awards himself. Back in 1998, Adam was the winner of the Polygram Video Punters Comedy Award and the Time Out Award (for best stand-up), as well as being nominated for the Stella Artois Award in 1999. He also won the Shooting People Comedy Award at the 2011 London Short Film Festival and was a nominee at the Chortle Awards for Best Club Comic.

avant-pta-49Pixel Editor, Simon Skinner said ahead of the awards: “It’s hard to believe that we are so close to the 12th annual trade awards ceremony. It remains one of the only opportunities for the trade to get together behind closed doors and to really let our hair down. The event offers a fantastic opportunity for the whole trade to meet, be they manufacturers, dealers/buyers or suppliers. Returning to the Grange City Hotel has been a really simple choice as they have looked after us so well since the awards first moved there in 2014. Needless to say that I am really looking forward to Adam’s set too. I’ve seen him live before and he’s a comic at the top of his game”.

Jason Clark, Sales Manager of Photo Channel at Sony UK Ltd commented on their sponsorship of the 2016 event: “Sony is pleased to be sponsoring the Pixel Trade Awards for the 2nd year running. As an industry we face opportunities and challenges together and the awards are a great chance to recognise retailers and manufacturers who are making a difference. There has never been a more exciting time to be part of the photographic industry and we look forward to celebrating with the winners on awards night.”

So, now you’re no longer being kept in the dark and know all the details about next month’s Pixel Trade Awards, get booking! Seats are filling fast, so to book your space for this year’s event, contact Lee Mansfield on 01323 819007 or email


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