From 25 February until 28 February 2016, the CP+ show took place in Yokohama, a city in Japan about 30km from Tokyo. This is one of the most important photo shows of the year. The exhibitors are Japanese companies. At the show there are about 160 of them, whereas several are hardly known abroad. The entrance fee for all days was 1,500 Yen, which equals about 12€. This year the CP+ took place for the seventh time in the Exhibition Center “Pacifico”, where the major attractions were presented; for the first time the show was extended to the “Osanbashi” Hall where many side events were taking place. The exhibition area covered almost all fields of photography, ranging from cameras, photo equipment and lenses to print media, studio equipment, dark room equipment, computers, printers and much more.
Before the show was opened to the public, the press teams and invited guests were allowed to visit the CP+. The companies used the “Press Time” to announce relevant news. On February 28 it was announced that 67,792 visitors had been registered during the four-day show.
The main topics of this year’s show were:
- New photo award created! Special ZOOM joint photo exhibition celebrating the friendship between Japanese & French photo cultures!
- New site added! PHOTO HARBOUR: Showing the fun of “creating” photo works
- 1st CP+ 2016 Visitors’ Poll World Premiere Award
- The 1st CP+ Used Camera Fair from classic cameras
- Limited to Friday, Saturday, and Sunday!
- Special exhibition by the NAOJ and events for astrophotography
Famous companies exhibiting at the CP+ were, among others, Canon, Casio, Carl Zeiss, Dell, Eizo, Epson, Nikon, Olympus, Panasonic, Polaroid and Sigma. You can find the complete list with all exhibitors as well as further information on the CP+ website.
The photo exhibits are, from a historical point of view in particular, highly interesting and valuable – such as, for example, the special exhibition Did You Know= – “Atomic Bombs Dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki” where 60 pictures were presented that had been taken in both Japanese cities in 1945 shortly after the nuclear attacks.
But there were also funny and very thrilling ones – such as, the exhibition in Gallery B:
“Discovery! The world captured by elementary school children”.
Along with the numerous exhibitions and presentations, there were also many interesting panel discussions, workshops and seminars, prizes were awarded and contests were taking place. Beyond that, there were many events suitable or even made especially for children and families, such as a “Family Photo Studio”. Because of that the target audience of the show is diverse. While during the week there are lots of experts attending, on weekends also many families enjoy visiting the CP+.