New Zealand D-Photo - - FOCUS NEWS -

Within the rapidly chang­ing, and some­times un­pre­dictable, world of photography, its strong­est sup­port­ers, of­ten each with their in­di­vid­ual pas­sions for the craft, con­tinue to add fuel to its fire.

The Pho­to­graphic So­ci­ety of New Zealand (PSNZ) be­stows a num­ber of service awards to mem­bers who have made a sig­nif­i­cant con­tri­bu­tion to the So­ci­ety. Of th­ese awards, the PSNZ Service Medal is one that has been given out so few times that you can count them on one hand. Ger­ard Emery, of CR Kennedy pho­to­graphic dis­trib­u­tors, is the lat­est re­cip­i­ent of the award. The pres­ti­gious medal is awarded for service of an out­stand­ing na­ture.

Pre­sented at an exclusive CR Kennedy Hon­ours Ban­quet, PSNZ Pres­i­dent, Peter Robert­son, noted that CR Kennedy has con­tin­ued to sup­port the So­ci­ety through­out the dif­fi­cult times fac­ing the pho­to­graphic in­dus­try. Robert­son also noted the hard work put into the re­la­tion­ship be­tween the PSNZ and the dis­trib­u­tor, say­ing it en­sures, “that this sup­port de­vel­ops into a mu­tu­ally ben­e­fi­cial long-term re­la­tion­ship — a ro­mance, rather than a one-night stand.”

Of Ger­ard him­self, Robert­son says, “[he is] is a strong ad­vo­cate for the So­ci­ety within his in­dus­try, con­stantly push­ing, prod­ding and ca­jol­ing his col­leagues to sup­port us. In both spirit and ac­tion, he is one of us.”

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