BBC News has defended the free use of amateur photographs on its website insisting that most contributors have no interest in making money from the pictures.

Dixons is to axe sales of 35mm film cameras from its high-street shops claiming there is now ‘no real difference’ in quality between film and digital.

Casio has bolstered its Exilim family of digital compacts with four new cameras including a 7.2-million-pixel model - all due out next month.

Kodak hopes to challenge consumer digital SLRs with a new 8-million-pixel digital compact called the EasyShare P880 which it hails as a cheaper, less bulky alternative.

Surfing photographers in Devon are appealing for help in tracing £13,000 worth of camera gear stolen from a car parked outside a house in Barnstaple. Picture credit: Matt Samuel/extremeboardshots.com

Dorset-based AP reader Richard Austin has won the sports and news photographer of the year titles in an annual competition for photographers from regional newspapers. Picture credit: Richard Austin

This year’s Wanderlust travel photography competition is now open for entries but – in a change from previous years – organisers have banned digitally manipulated images. The picture (right) was…

Internet exposure for historic treasure trove

The public will get free internet access to some of the world’s most famous photographs as a result of a tie-up between two of America’s largest photographic houses.

The BBC News website is searching for ‘compelling’ digital images in its quest to find its Photographer of the Year 2005. Picture Credit: Veronica Carter

Thousands more jobs axed at Kodak

Kodak is to slash up to 10,000 more jobs worldwide as a result of a faster than expected decline in sales of traditional products such as film.

Konica Minolta is poised to release a 6.1-million-pixel digital SLR called the Dynax 5D – billed as a lighter, smaller, easier-to-use version of its award-winning brother, the Dynax 7D.

Rollei has unveiled two new digital compact cameras – an eight-million-pixel model and a six-million-pixel model – each sporting a 3x zoom and 2.5in LCD screen.

Planning a diving holiday this summer? Then you may be interested in a new five-million-pixel underwater digital camera called the ReefMaster DC500 which has just surfaced from Sealife.