PhotoPlus 2021 Cancels Live Event for Second Year in a Row Due to COVID-19


The COVID-19 pandemic is still putting some industry shows on pause this year with PhotoPlus 2021 being the latest cancellation.

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In a press release detailing this year’s show and its subsequent cancellation, PhotoPlus looks ahead to next year and promises an event to remember as soon as conditions permit.

Show Director Joe Kowalsky said in the press release about the cancellation this pause gives him and his team time to come up with new, innovative, and exciting ideas for next year’s show.

“The decision to not move forward with a live PHOTOPLUS in 2021 was not an easy decision to make nor one that our team enjoyed making. Bringing together visual storytellers to learn and be inspired is at the core of what our team loves to do. However, as an optimist, I find a silver lining on every dark cloud. Looking ahead to 2022, our team is poised to provide greater value to our audience than we ever had before, while being given the opportunity to imagine a new dynamic experience reflective of what visual storytelling is today. So, stay tuned in and be ready, it’s going to be fun!”

With variants of the disease springing up across the world, it’s no surprise that event organizers and others are exercising caution right now though it isn’t anticipated that we will have a global lockdown like we did at this point this year.

And it isn’t just the PhotoPlus show that is being impacted. We recently read a report on PetaPixel that detailed how both Canon, Panasonic, and Sony, pillar attendees if ever there were any, are pulling out of the National Association of Broadcasters Conference.

In addition, Sony is dropping out of the InfoComm show though it will maintain a digital presence at both conferences according to a statement the company gave to PetaPixel.

“[W]e’re excited to announce that Sony will be hosting a press conference at NAB Show, in conjunction with the NAB, prior to the show’s opening. Please join our online event on Sunday, October 10 at 9am PT/12pm ET at and, where we’ll unveil and showcase Sony’s latest professional innovations.”

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