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B&H Removes Employee Over Anti-BLM Posts

Yesterday, an employee in retailer B&H Photo's Human Resources department posted some controversial anti-Black Lives Matter content to his public social media accounts. Today, that employee has been "removed from his position."

Indian Police Couple Fired for Faking Everest Climb with Photoshop

In September 2016, an Indian couple made international headlines after it was found that their photos "proving" they had reached Mount Everest's summit had been faked using Photoshop. It turns out the husband and wife were both police officers in India, and they've just been fired after an investigation into their deception.

National Geographic Lays Off 9% of Staff to Begin Its New Life Under Fox

National Geographic is laying off 9% of its 2,000 employees as it prepares to finalize its "expanded partnership" with 21st Century Fox, a $725 million deal that turns the iconic yellow-bordered magazine into a for-profit publication. The roughly 180 layoffs reportedly represent the largest reduction in the 127-year history of the Society.

Reuters Layoffs Continue as the Company Continues to Rework Its Photography Department

In August of 2013, we shared the news that Thomson Reuters had dropped all of its freelance sports photographers in North America in favor of a deal they struck with USA Today Sports Images. But it appears that sad move was only the beginning.

Earlier this week, more members of the photography staff at Thomson Reuters were let go in the multi-national media company’s ongoing effort to downsize and focus its workforce, especially in the imaging department.

PocketWizard Plagued by Poor Sales, May Have Laid Off Almost Half Its Staff

We're unfortunately accustomed to bad news in the photo industry. That's not to say there's not great news and exciting new products and a bright future ahead, all of those things are there too, but slumping sales and discontinued products are becoming all-too-common reports.

Case in point: it seems flash trigger king PocketWizard is struggling of late, with reports claiming that the company has had to lay off as many as 20 of its 50 employees due to low sales figures and increasing competition out of China.

Police Officer Who Threatened to Arrest Seattle Newspaper Editor Fired

We all-too-frequently find ourselves sharing stories of police officers abusing the power they have been given by harassing and often threatening to arrest photographers even if they have done nothing wrong.

What we don't hardly ever share -- in fact, a cursory search dug up exactly zero such stories -- is the news that those officers, who are usually 'under investigation' at the time of the original story, have been fired or significantly disciplined in any way. Today, that changes.

Guardian Writer Says Newspaper Photogs are Like 19th Century Weavers, Redundant

Yesterday we featured a far too common headline that went something like "*insert newspaper here* fires all photographers." This time, it was an entire chain of local UK papers, and like the Chicago Sun Times before it, the chain is planning to replace these pros with freelancers, submitted photos and reporters with smartphones.

These kinds of headlines and stories make us sad, because we believe that the newspapers are making a grave mistake in undervaluing photography and the professionals who call it their vocation, but one Guardian writer has caused an uproar by holding to the exact opposite opinion.

Reuters Ditches North American Sports Photogs, Strikes Deal with USA Today

Freelance sports photographers who have been on contract with Reuters in North America have been receiving some unpleasant calls over the past couple of days. Apparently, due to a new deal between Thomson Reuters and USA Today Sports Images, they are being systematically informed that their photographic services are no longer needed.

Day Care Workers Fired for Making Fun of Children Through Instagram Photos

Instagram can be a force for good. For example, the hashtag and Instagram account #litterati has encouraged thousands to pick up trash they find on the street. But as with most tools, it can also do harm, and a couple of day care workers in Virginia recently used the service to those ends, losing their jobs in the process.