Law firm Adams & Adams is set to partner with the Magazine Publishers Association of SA in awarding the individual categories at this year's PICA Awards. These prestigious awards recognise and reward publishing excellence in the business-to-business, custom and consumer sectors of the South African publishing industry.
Adams & Adams has been protecting the fruits of their clients' creativity in the form of trademarks, copyright, designs, and patents for over 100 years. "We're passionate about supporting home-grown talent," says Mariette du Plessis, partner at Adams & Adams. "Whether it's visual messaging or the written word we are dedicated to protecting our country's creative voices, which is what gives the partnership between the PICAs and Adams & Adams such resonance. These collaborations are an essential part of protecting the democratic process."
Workshops for magazines
There are 12 individual categories this year, including Best Photojournalist, Best Profile Writer, Best Public Interest, Non-professional Writer, Health and Wellness Writer, Layout Artist, Social Media Writer, Travel Writer, Trade and Technical Writer and Visual Production of the Year.
According to du Plessis the enormity of the talent of the writers, photographers and visual artists working on South Africa's magazines is often underestimated. It's for this reason that the law firm will be rolling out a series of workshops in Cape Town and Johannesburg which will provide members of the magazine fraternity with information pertaining to the legalities of copyright, contracts and all the other professional skills they'll need in their professional lives.
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