A predicted slowdown of new cameras caused by the Japanese earthquake is likely to have been a major factor behind a decision to cancel the Photo Marketing Association (PMA) show.

A predicted slowdown of new cameras caused by the Japanese earthquake is likely to have been a major factor behind a decision to cancel the Photo Marketing Association (PMA) show.

The PMA show (also known as CliQ 2011) was due to take place in Las Vegas, in September.

But, with just four months to go, organisers last night announced it had been cancelled.

Instead, the event will be held from 10-13 January 2012 when it will run alongside the Consumer Electronics Show (CES).

Amateur Photographer understands, from a senior industry source, that the anticipated lack of new products as a result of the March quake catastrophe, was probably ?quite a big piece of the jigsaw? behind organisers decision to change the date.

Meanwhile, PMA?s UK director Nigel McNaught ? who said he was not involved in the decision to move the show ? told us: ?There is inevitably going to be some fallout from that [the quake].?

In a statement, PMA said it had struck a partnership deal with the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA) to ‘colocate at the 2012 International CES’.

The two trade bodies say they will work together to ‘constructively and proactively address challenges and provide new opportunities’.

The PMA show will be known as PMA@CES, offering ‘industry-specific content and display products representing all aspects of digital imaging’.

CEA president Gary Shapiro said: ‘Technology is speeding the rapid convergence of digital photography and home entertainment systems.

‘The breadth and scope of digital imaging product offerings that PMA will now bring to CES will complement and further expand the extensive growth of CES in this product category.’