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PRESS RELEASE: PNY Salutes Jay L. Clendenin: 2008 ‘Eyes of History’ Political Photo of the Year Winner
Company Co-sponsors Annual Gala Honoring Outstanding Photojournalists
PARSIPPANY, N.J. – May 19, 2008 – As part of its ongoing commitment to recognize and support the photojournalist community, PNY Technologies®, Inc. cosponsored the White House News Photographers Association’s (WHNPA) annual gala awards dinner on May 10, 2008. The black-tie event recognizes the finest photojournalists for the best images of the President, political leaders and major news stories.
PNY presented Jay L. Clendenin of Aurora Photos with the Political Photo of the Year Award. His compelling image captured Senator Barack Obama ‘staring down the competition’, Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton. The two senators were seated near each other during the annual State of the Union address. To view Jay’s winning photo and the rest of this year’s award winning images, please visit: http://www.whnpa.org/contest/eyes2008/stills/politicalphoto/01/1.shtml
With a broad spectrum of coverage taking him from the White House and Capitol Hill in Washington, to Guantanamo Bay, the campaign trail, and most recently the red carpet of the Oscars, Jay. L. Clendenin has been living his photographic dream for more than 10 years. Receiving his Journalism degree from San Jose State University in 1998, Jay honed is skills at the Hartford (Ct.) Courant newspaper and a freelancer. In 2003, Jay landed in Washington, where he was based until last October when he accepted a job at the Los Angeles Times.
“As one of our newest corporate sponsors and a leading manufacturer of high performance flash memory, PNY is equipping our members with the gear they need to help capture, create and store life’s greatest moments,” said Heidi Elswick, business director, WHNPA. “PNY’s support helps the association provide professional and educational outreach to its members through its scholarships, programming, an annual competition, and industry celebration at the annual Eyes of History Gala.”
In recognition of his achievement, Clendenin also received an assortment of PNY Optima Pro Ultra High-Speed (266x) CompactFlash cards and an Optima Pro Attaché 8GB USB Flash drive. Nearly 1,000 guests, including government dignitaries and industry celebrities received a customized USB Flash Drive to commemorate the evening from PNY.
“We are honored to support the WHNPA as well as the photojournalists who capture historic moments of our time,” said Tony Gomez, vice president, sales and marketing, PNY Technologies. “In addition to sheer talent, it is important that the right equipment is used to capture these award-winning moments, including reliable, high capacity and high speed flash memory cards. Our sponsorship of the WHNPA allows us to reinforce PNY’s ongoing commitment to the photojournalism community—whose members are at the forefront of video and photographic technology.”
PNY Optima Pro™ performance flash cards are designed for serious professional and amateur photographers who demand fast, durable, and reliable memory cards. PNY memory cards are available in capacities up to 32GB and speeds of 266X and Class 6 (6MB/sec), offering faster click-to-click performance to capture fast-moving action and once-in-a-lifetime moments.
PNY offers a broad selection of products through its licensed partners including HP, Polaroid, National Geographic and the WHNPA. The company’s partner memory cards and USB drives are compatible with popular printers, retail kiosks and digital picture frames so photographers can print and share their digital images.
Launched in 2008, PNY’s new photography community micro-site was created for amateur, enthusiast and professional photographers alike. Visitors will find photo tips, event information, photo contests and special offers at http://www.pny.com/photography .
About PNY Technologies
Established in 1985, PNY Technologies® Inc. is a leading manufacturer and supplier of memory upgrade modules, high capacity flash memory cards, USB flash drives, portable hard drives as well as consumer and professional workstation graphics cards. The company’s photography, mobility, 3D gaming and business solutions are widely available from major retail, e-tail and wholesale outlets internationally. Headquartered in Parsippany, N.J., PNY maintains facilities in North America (Santa Clara and Orange County, Calif., Miami, Fla. and Parsippany, N.J.), Europe (Benelux, France, Germany, Italy, Norway, Spain, United Kingdom,) Asia (Taiwan and China) and Latin America.
The PNY logo is a registered trademark of PNY Technologies, Inc. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners. Copyright © 2008 PNY Technologies, Inc. All rights reserved.
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(First posted on Monday, May 19, 2008 at 18:10 EDT)