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http://www.snapizzi.com/ PRESS RELEASE: snapizzi Enhances Photo Technology to Automatically Collate Various Photos of a Single Athlete from Multiple Photographers

Improved Tags Used to Provide Participant Photos for Boston's Vision 5K

Santa Barabara, CA (PRWEB) June 12, 2009 -- Online photo site snapizzi, the one-stop shop for portrait and event photographers, today announced that its newly upgraded IZ tag™ technology was successfully used to provide a personalized photo gallery for each participant at the 2009 Vision 5K held at Boston College on June 7.

Participants in the Vision 5K each wore a runner bib imprinted with a small, customized IZ tag. With the IZ tag technology, photos uploaded to the snapizzi website are automatically associated with that participant and sequenced. In this way, the photographs of multiple photographers shooting from numerous positions are automatically merged into an instant private photo gallery for each individual participant.

snapizzi recently enhanced its IZ tags to give event, sports, school and portrait photographers even greater freedom and flexibility to do their work. The upgraded IZ tags can now be read and decoded in photos at a size of only 100 by 100 pixels, allowing photographers to capture the tags inside each photograph regardless of file size. In addition, the tagging enhancements include the ability to download IZ tags as JPEGs or GIFs and apply them to nametags, buttons, business cards, runners' bibs, jerseys, bicycles, athletic equipment and just about anything else.

The tag enhancements proved to be essential to photographers at the Vision 5K.

"The ability to automatically collate photos of a specific runner, taken by five different photographers, in multiple locations throughout the route, is revolutionary and groundbreaking," says snapizzi CEO Jesper Sondergaard, a veteran of Photodisc, Getty Images and Corbis. "The industry standard for delivering these types of event photos used to be measured in weeks. Now, with snapizzi, photographers can deliver results in a matter of hours."

The Vision 5K is a unique annual event featuring world-class blind and visually impaired athletes competing with sighted participants. More than 1,000 runners and walkers participated in this year's event, and snapizzi was there to capture their photos before, during and after the race.

Photographers at the Vision 5K used snapizzi's patent-pending IZ tags to automatically sort and categorize photos of individual runners and walkers from group shots - as well as still team photos - automatically creating personalized galleries for each participant. Instead of searching through thousands of photos to find themselves, the Vision 5K athletes simply visited the snapizzi website and entered their IZ tag numbers to display a private gallery of the photos in which they appeared.

"Thanks to snapizzi, high-quality photos of Vision 5K participants were available and ready for purchase in personalized galleries on the event website," said Norman Lang, Chair of the Leadership Team for the Vision 5K. "More importantly, snapizzi has been a gracious business partner, donating half of the proceeds generated from the event to further our mission in raising awareness of, and supporting the programs for the blind and visually impaired. We look forward to continuing a mutually beneficial relationship."

The new technology has also proven beneficial to school photographers, who can expedite the process of taking hundreds of student photos by simply integrating IZ tags into the bottom of photos.

NOTE: Photos from the Vision 5K and images of IZ tags available on request.

About snapizzi
snapizzi is the premier online photo site for transacting your business and selling your photography online. With our patent-pending IZ tag™ technology, we enable photographers to connect with people, and people to connect with photographers. Just upload your photos, and we do the rest. For more information, visit www.snapizzi.com.

About the Vision 5K
Founded in 2001, the Vision 5K run and walk benefits four organizations that serve the blind and visually impaired: Carroll Center for the Blind, MAB Community Services, National Braille Press and Perkins School for the Blind. The premier event for world-class blind and visually impaired athletes, the Vision 5K has been designated as the National Championship by the U.S. Association of Blind Athletes (USABA). Additionally, the Vision 5K features the Blindfold Challenge, where participants don a blindfold and team up with a sighted guide. The goal - in addition to having fun - is to appreciate that fear is the only disability, and that with the proper tools and assistance, the blind and visually impaired can be just as successful in all facets of life as their sighted peers. For more information, visit www.vision5k.org.


(First posted on Monday, June 15, 2009 at 13:32 EDT)

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