Amazon Fashion Celebrates the Next Generation of Fashion Talent with Studio Sessions Competition Oct 25, 2014 08:00PM

Awarding over $100,000 in prizing and the chance to be featured on-site, Amazon Fashion challenged rising stars from New York City’s top fashion and design schools to create their best Fall 2014 editorial campaign

NEW YORK--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Today, five participating schools – Fashion Institute of Technology, LIM College, Parsons The New School for Design, Pratt Institute, and the School of Visual Arts – sent two teams of five students to Amazon Fashion’s 40,000-square foot photography studio in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. Mentored by a group of top industry professionals, the student teams were challenged to conceptualize, style and shoot a captivating editorial campaign, with the winning images to be featured as part of Amazon Fashion’s Fall 2014 on-site editorial.

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The creative challenge required students to apply their skills in graphic design, styling, editing, fashion photography, and art direction, while working in their own dedicated photography bay. Industry experts – including Amy Odell, Editor at; Eric Wilson, Fashion News Director at InStyle; Kate Dimmock, Fashion Director at People StyleWatch; and Lori Goldstein, Fashion Stylist and Fashion Editor at Large at ELLE – served as mentors throughout the day-long competition, providing guidance and feedback to student teams as they worked to produce a campaign that speaks to the Amazon Fashion customer.

Students were given access to state-of-the-art photography equipment, models, wardrobe, hair and makeup services, and props. YouTube beauty expert and entrepreneur Michelle Phan counseled teams on creating beauty looks that complement their campaign messages, using makeup from her namesake line, em Cosmetics.

“We continue to be impressed by the student talent and industry support we see during our Studio Sessions competition, and we were thrilled to be able to host the challenge again this year. The students’ exceptional creativity and professionalism shine through in their beautiful campaign images. We know Amazon Fashion customers will be just as inspired by their work as we are,” said Cathy Beaudoin, President of Amazon Fashion.

The challenge concluded with individual team presentations to a panel of Amazon Fashion executives including Cathy Beaudoin, President, Amazon Fashion; Dennis Leggett, Creative Director, Amazon Fashion; Gina Tovar, Fashion Director, Amazon Fashion; Muge Erdirik Dogan, Director, Amazon Beauty; and Darcy Penick, Chief Merchant, Shopbop, who selected the winning womenswear and menswear images. Each team was judged on wardrobe styling, composition, photography, art direction, set design, fashion editing, and their ability to compose a fresh and creative image that is consistent with Amazon Fashion branding.

The School of Visual Arts’ womenswear and Pratt Institute’s menswear winning images will be featured on, reaching Amazon’s 35 million fashion customers.

A total of over $100,000 was awarded: each first-place team received $25,000 for their work and an additional $15,000 for their school; LIM College’s womenswear and Fashion Institute of Technology’s menswear teams were awarded the second-place prize of $10,000 per team. In addition, all team entries can be found on the Amazon Fashion Facebook page ( where the public will vote for the “Fan Favorite” to award $5,000 in Gift Cards to the winning team.

About Amazon Fashion

Amazon Fashion, a fast-growing division of Seattle-based, Inc. (NASDAQ: AMZN), is a one-stop destination for head-to-toe style, offering clothing, shoes, jewelry, timepieces, handbags, and accessories from a wide range of iconic, designer, contemporary, and classic brands. Amazon Fashion aims to reinvent the online fashion shopping experience and to support’s corporate mission to be the Earth’s most customer-centric company, where customers can find and discover anything they might want to buy online. In true Amazon style, trying things on—and sending them back—is easy with free shipping and free returns on eligible items.

At Amazon Fashion, we carry the newest and most-wanted pieces of the season, along with the classics and basics that make up the foundation of every wardrobe, including must-have denim from Hudson Jeans, True Religion, and Seven for All Mankind. Amazon Fashion also has one of the largest selections of shoes for the whole family, from designer to athletic, including favorite brands like Kate Spade New York, Steve Madden, Cole Haan, New Balance, Timberland, and so many more. Amazon Fashion also carries a vast array of handbags, jewelry, and must-have accessories—as well as an impressive watch selection, including GUCCI, Ferragamo, and Versace.

From tried-and-true heritage brands like Levi's, Lucky Brand, and Pendleton to contemporary designers like Rebecca Minkoff, Rachel Roy, Steven Alan, and Tracy Reese, Amazon Fashion offers options for just about everyone. Amazon Fashion also provides how-to-wear-it ideas and style inspiration to make shopping that much easier and more enjoyable. Amazon Fashion editorials highlight the latest trends and newest arrivals, while designer spotlights and other special content take you behind the scenes with industry tastemakers.

About Amazon opened on the World Wide Web in July 1995. The company is guided by four principles: customer obsession rather than competitor focus, passion for invention, commitment to operational excellence, and long-term thinking. Customer reviews, 1-Click shopping, personalized recommendations, Prime, Fulfillment by Amazon, AWS, Kindle Direct Publishing, Kindle, Fire phone, Fire tablets, and Fire TV are some of the products and services pioneered by Amazon., Inc.

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CORRECTING and REPLACING GRAPHIC Adobe Named a Leader in Enterprise Marketing Software Suites by Independent Research Firm Oct 21, 2014 10:15AM

Adobe Marketing Cloud Recognized as a Leader with Highest Overall Scores in Current Offering, Strategy and Market Presence

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Adobe Marketing Cloud Recognized as a Leader with Highest Overall Scores in Current Offering, Strategy and Market Presence

Adobe (Nasdaq: ADBE) today announced the company has been recognized as a leader in “The Forrester Wave™: Enterprise Marketing Software Suites, Q4 2014.” Adobe was among a group of select vendors that Forrester Research, Inc. invited to participate in the independent report that evaluated the most significant marketing cloud vendors. Adobe Marketing Cloud was positioned highest in current offering, strategy and market presence and achieved the highest scores possible in 21 out of 46 criteria overall.

“Adobe distanced itself from the pack with a combination of an innovative, detailed vision and in-market functionality designed solely to provide marketers with a clear incentive to use multiple solutions with the Adobe Marketing Cloud,” stated Forrester in the report, which also stated, “Adobe distinguishes itself with its core services capabilities – functionality introduced in early 2014 specifically to integrate the six products that constitute the Adobe Marketing Cloud. The product road map and overall vision for the EMSS build on that success. In addition, Adobe’s customer references are the only ones who have experience using the majority of Adobe’s products together, validating the vendor’s messaging and product strategy.”

“We are proud to be recognized as a leader with the highest scores in Current Offering, Market Presence and Strategy, in this Forrester Wave™ report on Enterprise Marketing Software Suites,” said Brad Rencher, senior vice president and general manager, Digital Marketing at Adobe. “We believe our top scores across a number of criteria is a testament to the completeness of our offer and to our unique ability to help marketers across all aspects of their workflow - from their use of Adobe Creative Cloud for content creation through the management, delivery and optimization of that content through Adobe Marketing Cloud.”

Adobe Marketing Cloud is used by the world’s leading digital marketers from companies including Alex & Ani, AOL, Audi, BET Networks, Condé Nast, Dun & Bradstreet, Kate Spade Saturday, Lenovo, MGM Resorts, Philips, Rakuten, Starwood Hotels and Resorts, Time Warner Cable, University of Phoenix, Verizon Wireless and thousands more.

A complimentary copy of the “The Forrester Wave™: Enterprise Marketing Software Suites, Q4 2014” report is available for download here.

About Adobe Marketing Cloud

Now there’s a place that puts everything digital marketers need in one spot. It’s called the Adobe Marketing Cloud. It includes a complete set of analytics, social, advertising, targeting, Web and app experience management and cross-channel campaign management solutions as well as core services and mobile capabilities that bring together everything marketers need to know about their campaigns. So marketers can get from data to insights to action, faster and smarter than ever

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Catapult CEO presents award to UK Copernicus Masters Winner Oct 25, 2014 07:00PM

(PRWEB UK) 26 October 2014

The Satellite Applications Catapult, an independent technology and innovation company, last night presented the winner of the Copernicus Masters Transport and Logistics Challenge, Stevenson Astrosat Ltd, with its prize of business support worth £10,000.

The Copernicus Masters is an Earth monitoring competition that was set up to help stimulate innovative solutions for business and society based on Earth observation (EO) data. Stevenson Astrosat won the award for its 'Transport Sentry' technology, an infrastructure monitoring concept that exploits data from Sentinel-1, the first of the European Space Agency's Copernicus Programme satellites.

Due to the changing climate, extreme weather events are increasingly causing huge problems for transport infrastructures. Roads and railways, in particular, suffer disruptions due to landslides and other interruptions to service. Given the widely dispersed nature of transport infrastructures, it can be difficult to identify disruptive events before they affect services, particularly in very rural areas. Transport Sentry uses Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) and optical satellites to rapidly examine road and infrastructures that network operators have previously identified as potential problem areas and quickly report damage back to a transport infrastructure operator.

Stuart Martin, CEO of the Satellite Applications Catapult, said: "The Catapult was very keen to support and develop the UK's challenge for the Copernicus Masters Competition and was very impressed at the calibre of technologies and solutions submitted. Transport Sentry was chosen as the Transport and Logistics Challenge winner because its business offers significant commercial potential, particularly for large countries with low population densities, such as Sweden and Canada. Transport Sentry will help network operators around the world to take the appropriate action to help minimise disruption to entire transport networks and the end-users who rely on them."

Stuart continued: "We are also delighted that this year's overall winner of the competition was another UK organisation, the University of Nottingham, which developed 'PUNNET' – a novel procedure aiming at land stability monitoring and mapping, which offers millimetre-level precision. PUNNET enables large-scale coverage of land deformation that occurs due to mining, groundwater extraction or drilling. This technology represents a major step forward for users such as the oil and gas industry, exploration companies and the construction industry, as well as for public authorities and environmental protection organisations."

Notes for editors
The annual Copernicus Masters competition was established in 2011. Its aim is to reward companies that develop innovative solutions for business and society that are based on Earth observation data. The 2014 competition included nine different topic specific challenges.
Stevenson Astrosat is a space services and technology company based in Scotland. As winner of the 2014 Transport and Logistics Challenge, it will receive a tailor-made business support package from the Satellite Application Catapult that may include access to the Catapult's technical and business expertise, use of its state-of-the-art facilities and/or use of its Climate and Environment Monitoring from Space (CEMS) cloud computing facility.

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For further information, please contact Karen Rogers
Karen(dot)rogers(at)sa(dot)catapult(dot)org(dot)uk | +44 (0) 1235 567999

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OIAC condemns acid attacks on women in Iran Oct 25, 2014 06:24PM

WASHINGTON, Oct. 25, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Organization of Iranian American Communities condemns the recent wave of acid attacks directed towards women in Iran,  the latest example of the ongoing war against women in the country. According to recent reports, as many as 25 women have been the victims of heinous attacks involving acid thrown onto their faces by men on motorcycles.

These attacks are motivated by a culture of misogyny and repression towards women that is a direct result of the ruling regimes and its policy of gender apartheid. The Iranian regime is complicit in these crimes as the state continues to maintain policies which encourage or acquiesce towards gender based violence.

The attacks come in the wake of a recent law passed by the regimes parliament which is meant to protect citizens who feel "compelled to correct" those who do not adhere to their view of Islamic morality. This form of state sanctioned persecution is reminiscent of the fascist dictatorships and is a clear indication of the regimes strategy of violence and terror.

Thousands of protesters took the street in Isfahan on Wednesday the 22nd of October to protest the recent attacks against defenseless women. The Iranian judiciary has claimed that a number of individuals have been arrested as a result of these attacks, yet it is clear that gender based violence is sanctioned on an institutional level. These attacks are part of a broader policy to intimidate and terrorize women who dare to defy the regime and all that it represents.

The Organization of Iranian American Communities calls on the international community, and human rights organizations to condemn in the strongest terms the continual attacks of terror against women in Iran, and demands that the regime be held accountable for its policies which enable such crimes to be carried out with impunity. OIAC also calls on the United States to condemn these barbaric actions and hold Iran accountable for its systematic persecution of women.


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Hollywood Airbrush Tanning Academy Shares Success Story Of Past Students With New Series of Video Interviews Oct 25, 2014 06:00PM

Los Angelels, CA (PRWEB) October 25, 2014

Hollywood Airbrush Tanning Academy, a training academy renowned for their hands-on airbrush tanning certification program, has just started a unique initiative to showcase the success of their previous students. This Southern California based airbrush tanning training school has the tradition of helping many aspiring airbrush tanning professionals build successful careers in this emerging field. The academy's founder and owner, Simone Emmons, is now conducting video interviews with many of her past students to follow up on their successful spray tanning careers.

In an initiative that Simone Emmons has named "Where Are They Now," she has started conducting video interviews of her most illustrious students from the past. Simone has also published a blog post on the academy's website highlighting the success of these students. The first student from the academy to be interviewed by Simone is Dennard Hegna from Fairbanks, Alaska.

Dennard Hegna came to train at the Hollywood Airbrush Tanning Academy in 2013, immediately after purchasing his tanning salon. At that point of time, Dennard's sole idea was to add spray tanning to his tanning salon service offerings. At present, Dennard also offers tanning beds, red light therapy, and teeth whitening services. However, what helped Dennard to stand apart from other tanning businesses is a combination of tanning and Chaga tea. Chaga has a very high proportion of antioxidants in it and comes from the Birch trees in Alaska. Dennard informs in the video that he harvests the Chaga directly from the birch trees and then makes it into a tea.

Talking about the successful career of her student Dennard Hegna, Simone Emmons said, "I am so proud of him and it's very inspiring to see him succeed with all of his ventures and ideas. He really educated me on Chaga since I never heard of it before. There is a lot more to come his way and he shared everything in this video. I'm hoping he will become a trainer for the academy in the near future."

The entire video interview of Dennard Hegna conducted by Simone Emmons can be seen at the academy's blog post at

Dennard Hegna's business can be found on Facebook at

Hollywood Airbrush Tanning Academy provides hands-on and online airbrush tanning certification classes that are tailor-made for anyone wanting to start an airbrush tanning business and learn the techniques of spray tanning. Apart from airbrush tanning techniques, the academy also provides valuable marketing, promotional and networking support to help their students launch their own independent airbrush tanning business ventures.

About Hollywood Airbrush Tanning Academy:

Hollywood Airbrush Tanning Academy is located in Los Angeles, California, and offers an extensive Spray Tanning Certification program to anyone who wishes to learn spray tanning. Simone Emmons, the creator of the spray tanning training program, has been a professional, licensed spray tanning technician and teacher and has helped numerous entrepreneurs from Louisiana, Kentucky, Idaho, Utah, Colorado, Nevada, Minnesota, Texas, Georgia, Arizona, Alabama, South Carolina, North Carolina, Illinois, Indiana, Washington, Oregon, Florida, Oklahoma, Alaska, Ohio, California, New York, New Jersey, Canada and the Islands of Hawaii and Trinidad and Tobago start a business in Airbrush Tanning. The spray tanning program is unique because it provides hands-on and private spray tanning training to individuals who want to start an Airbrush Tanning Business. According to Emmons, this spray tanning program gives individuals a leading edge in starting an Airbrush Tanning business immediately after finishing training. Students have the option to choose from a full day course of 10-12 hours or two half day courses of 5-6 hours a day or through live video conferencing. The academy is also launching a website soon so students can learn Airbrush Tanning Online. Many tanning training institutions only educate students on their own equipment and products they sell; however, Hollywood Airbrush Tanning Academy does not sell any of their own products and provides training and education on all equipment and good products in the airbrush tanning industry.

Individuals interested in learning spray tanning and starting their own Airbrush Tanning Business should visit the website at Hollywood Airbrush Tanning Academy, or for more detailed information about the airbrush tanning classes, visit

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