Every year CEPIC brings together picture agencies from all over the world and becomes, for a few days, the Centre of the Picture Industry. After Barcelona in 2013, this year’s Congress was held in the heart of Berlin, only a few blocks away from the Brandenburger Tor.Â
For an industry that is rapidly assimilating the challenges that photography is experiencing these days, with over 500 participants from 280 agencies from 35 countries the congress was a huge success. The central location, the venue, the seminars, the technology, the networking area, overall logistics, the seminars and even the music at the Annual Party; all was beautifully organized by CEPICÂ´s new Congress Manager Carlos Vicente and his team who received much praise for an insuperable work. Despite the amount of participants everything worked without flaw, allowing delegates to concentrate in their networking endeavor of making new business contacts while also attending very informative seminars and conferences. Â Conferences ranging from topics both highly technical to intensely informative, such as Client Panel, Video Metadata within the IPTC, Social Media, Google Image Search latest news, the Cultural Heritage debate, from the RDI to the CIF and detailed politics on coming EU legislation all gathered extraordinary attendance, much larger indeed than many previous Congresses.
The annual industry party organized for all delegates took place at the Kalkscheune, a wonderful location just a few streets away from the Congress Center with a beautiful central court, making it possible to enjoy the wonderful weather we had in the German capital. A live band contributed to a relaxing atmosphere, greatly appreciated by delegates, involved in continuing to build their yearlong relationships.
As part of any good stay in Berlin, CEPIC made sure that participants also had the opportunity to discover the city with tours and tickets for museums made available, thanks to itsÂ Sponsors and Partners. Without them the CEPIC Congress 2014 wouldn’t have had such great support at every level and wouldn’t have become this successful.
âA great Congress was just closed in Berlin ten days ago, I could say that it was one of the best events that CEPIC has ever organized. We were impressed to see the response: a good number of Â Delegates and companies coming to Berlin for their annual gathering; great participation in our seminars, all proving how important it is to be informed on what is happening and how it may affect our daily business. We did our best to bring the best speakers to inform us about the most burning matters and the response has stimulated us to keep this high quality in coming years.Â We offer our huge appreciation for the support we recieve, year after year, from the very important companies that sponsor CEPIC to be able to organize this event. To all of them, sponsors, speakers, delegates a big thank you. We are now working to meet all of you in 2015 with an even better Congress.â
– Alfonso GutiÃ©rrez, CEPIC President –
“I am so happy that Berlin, our home town here at CEPIC office, has worked out so well as a Congress venue! With over 500 delegates from 35 countries and all sides of the picture industry represented, CEPIC this year has shown again that it remains a must-attend event.”
– Sylvie Fodor, CEPIC Executive Director â
Sponsors and partners of the Congress were BING,Â images.de, ksp, dpa-picture alliance, age fototock, la collection, news aktuell, epa, reeldealhd, blitzbude, bpk, ctk fotobank, BVPA, hemis,Â IPTC, ICOMP, RDI