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Photography magazines in decline

ABC audits show newsstand photography magazines are in general decline - but two buck the trend.

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The latest The Audit Bureau of Circulation (ABC) figures released today show six of the eight magazines auditied have seen a decline in readership of between 1.6 and 13.6%.

Only two magazines buck the trend and showed growth - Digital SLR Photography edited by Dan Lezano and Digital Photographer edited by Rosie Tanner.

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The magazines in decline include Bauer's Digital Photo and Practical Photography, Future's Digital Camera and Photo Plus and  IPC's What Digital Camera and Amateur Photographer.

Some of the decline may be attributed to over saturated market as several new publications have appeared over the last few years, and some to diversification of brands. When a magazine spreads its content to free online by-products it may send out mixed messages to its faithful subscribers who can now get the info free online.  And much can be attributed to the increase in online magazines from specialist DIY publishing companies such as Magezine Publishing - the team behind ePHOTOzine.

ePHOTOzine congratulates the two who bucked the trend in these tough times.

Halo Publishing's Digital SLR Photography is up 13.6% - with a rise for the second year running. Editor Daniel Lezano says: "Our magazine is made up of a team of passionate photographers, so we try our best to give readers what we belive they want. We're very happy with the latest ABC figures as it's a sign that we're meeting the needs of photographers of all levels. On behalf of everyone on the magazine, we'd like to thank all our readers for their support. This extends to ePHOTOzine's members too, who have shown continued support for our title."

Imagine's Digital Photographer is up by 2.8%. Editor Rosie Tanner comments:We’d like to thank our readers for their continued loyalty and support. There's no doubt it has been a challenging year on the newsstand, with photography being an  extremely saturated market to be part of, but the latest ABC figures  prove Digital Photographer remains strong and well received. We’re very proud of that."

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