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PHOTOSHELTER LAUNCHES OPEN PRINT VENDOR NETWORK
TO GIVE PHOTOGRAPHERS CHOICE & CONTROL OF PRINT ORDER FULFILLMENT

Photographers selling prints & products from PhotoShelter websites can now select & send orders to favorite print vendors anywhere in the world - providing more local print service, custom orders, and unique quality arrangements

New York, NY, December 15, 2010 - PhotoShelter (http://www.photoshelter.com), the leader in websites and online tools for serious photographers, today launched the PhotoShelter Print Vendor Network, an open network of print vendors from around the globe. The PhotoShelter Print Vendor Network enables serious photographers to sell prints and products via their PhotoShelter websites while assigning fulfillment to a print vendor of their choice, virtually anywhere in the world.

PhotoShelter's 65,000 photographers may invite their relied-upon print vendors to participate in the network, or print vendors may join direct at http://www.photoshelter.com/signup/vendor. The program creates more options for photographers to choose a specific print vendor according to their individual quality specifications or custom needs - and helps photographers honor longstanding personal vendor relationships while handling sales online. The network also gives photographers more control in the sale of their photography - from product selection, to pricing, to fulfillment via their favorite, trusted print partners.

The initial Print Vendor Network launch includes 27 print vendors from around the globe that were highly requested by PhotoShelter member photographers - from multiple cities in the United States and Canada, reaching as far as Israel, Australia, and New Zealand. All photographers will be able to search the Print Vendor Network Directory to find new print partners, many of which come highly endorsed by fellow PhotoShelter members. This simple PhotoShelter feature requires no technical integration and provides a one-click interface for sending orders to selected network print vendors. There is no cost for print vendors to participate, and the additional feature is available to all PhotoShelter photographers at no additional cost.

"Because photographers' needs and requirements vary widely based on specialty, client project, and geographic location, one-size-fits-all online solutions to sell photography and fulfill print orders will always fall short." said PhotoShelter CEO Allen Murabayashi. "The PhotoShelter Print Vendor Network gives photographers the control and flexibility they want to precisely select the ideal print vendor for any given job, combined with PhotoShelter's powerful portfolio websites, photography sales and marketing tools that help generate more business. With one easy interface, this is a win for our photographers and both large and small print vendors worldwide."

"We're truly exited to participate in the launch of PhotoShelter's Print Vendor Network," said Richard Jackson, of Hance Partners/Image Craft, a Phoenix, Arizona firm which prints fine art photographs by world class photographers for exposure in galleries, museums, special exhibits, and fine art publications worldwide. "PhotoShelter's photographers can now sell fine art prints to their clients, even while away on assignment. As one of PhotoShelter's Print Vendor's, Hance Partners can help photographers by fulfilling orders easily and automatically. PhotoShelter's Print Vendor network makes it possible for photographers to feature and sell their work as fine art prints knowing that Hance Partners will insure the high consistent quality and service they expect. At the same time, we can recommend that our photographer clients now use PhotoShelter to display and sell their work, while maintaining print fulfillment through Hance Partners."

About PhotoShelter

PhotoShelter offers the most professional, reliable and innovative online tools to build and grow a successful photography business. Its latest release, Beam, offers a suite of portfolio website templates built with the latest technology to showcase images at their best. Over 80,000 photographers use PhotoShelter’s websites, social and SEO tools to attract new clients; online image archives to stay organized; and image delivery and e-commerce tools to sell their work. To grow your business, manage it more efficiently, or find new ways to market yourself and delight your clients, try PhotoShelter free for 14 days when you visit http://www.photoshelter.com.

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