Tuesday, March 10, 2015
The winners of the Syngenta Photography Award 2015 were announced this evening at an awards ceremony at Somerset House, London. German photographer Benedikt Partenheimer was announced as the winner of the Open Competition, and Berlin-based American photographer Mustafah Abdulaziz was selected as the winner of the Professional Commission category. Partenheimer received US$5,000 for his winning image in the Open Competition. Shijiazhuang, AQI 360 is a panoramic shot of the barely visible Shijiazhuang skyline disappearing in its own air pollution. Taken from the series ‘Particulate Matter’, the acronym AQI used in the title of the photographs stands for "Air Quality Index" and indicates the degree of air pollution – in this case 360, which is a ‘hazardous’ level. Mustafah Abdulaziz was selected by an international jury chaired by photography writer and curator, William A. Ewing for his ongoing Water series – a photographic exploration of a natural resource in crisis. Shot in India, Pakistan, Ethiopia and Sierra Leone, the project has received support from United Nations, WaterAid, and VSCO, amongst others. In addition to the US$15,000 cash prize, Abdulaziz will receive a grant worth US$25,000 to complete a new commission in which he will extend his study on the depletion and misuse of water in his home state of California.
The Royal Photographic Society’s International Print Exhibition is now open for entries. Now in its 158th year, the contest has a reputation for showcasing a wide range of genres and styles of photography. Entry is initially online as a submission of up to 4 digital images. The selectors will create a shortlist with the final selection of 100 images being made from prints. The selected images will be shown at the opening exhibition (19–25 October 2015) at London’s Old Truman Brewery as part of PHOTOBLOCK 2015 Festival. The Gold, Silver, Bronze and Under 30s Gold medal winners will receive cash prizes, and the Under-30 winner will also be offered a one-year mentorship courtesy of Metro Imaging. The closing date for submissions is 1 June 2015.
Wednesday, March 4, 2015
Up and coming photographers have until Wednesday 11 March to get their entries in and have a chance at winning the first-ever D&AD Next Photographer Award. Created in partnership with Getty Images to find the best new photographers and promote them back to the creative industry, the D&AD Next Photographer Award will provide shortlisted entrants with international exposure for their work through D&AD and Getty Images, the chance to win the grand prize of a D&AD Pencil, a place in the Annual and a $5,000 prize fund from Getty Images towards a dream photography project, plus mentorship from a wide portfolio of acclaimed photographers, agents and agencies. To enter, new photographers are asked to submit three pieces of photography (still or moving image), either from a series or produced individually. Entries cost £20, and the shortlisted works will be revealed in early April and put on display as part of a public exhibition set to take place during D&AD Judging Week. The overall winner will then be announced at the D&AD Professional Awards Ceremony on Thursday 21 May.
Wednesday, February 25, 2015
The shortlists for the Professional, Open and Youth competitions of the Sony World Photography Awards have been announced. Those in the awards’ 13 Professional categories will now compete for a $25,000 prize and the coveted L’Iris d’Or/ Photographer of the Year title. The recipient, along with the winners of the Professional categories, overall Youth and Student winners plus the Open Photographer of the Year, who receives a $5,000 prize, will all be announced at the Sony World Photography Awards Gala Ceremony on Thursday 23 April. The winning and shortlisted images will go on show at Somerset House, London from 24 April – 10 May and published in the 2015 edition of the Sony World Photography Awards book. Click through / scroll down for the shortlists.
The third FEP European Photo Book of the Year Award is now open for entry. Books can be entered in one of eight categories including Reportage, Portrait, Landscape, Nature photography, Nudes, Monographs, Commercial and self-published books. A single copy of each book must be sent by no later than 14 March 2015 to Adriano Scognamillo, via Bontempi, 2/a, 06122 Perugia-Italy. The entry fee for each book is 40,00 euros (60,00 € - for non-EU applicants). One winner will be chosen for each category and the winner will receive a diploma and a ceramic plate. One book from all the entries will be chosen as FEP Best Photographic Book 2015 and will receive the EUROPEAN BOOK PRIZE.
The Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) is looking for your camera trap images for an assignment on its Wild View Photo Blog. The Wild View editorial team will review and select submissions based on appeal, composition, originality, and technical quality. A group of chosen shots for this assignment will be posted on Wild View. You may enter up to two photographs in the competition. The winner of the assignment chosen by Wild View Photo Blog and WCS social media readers will receive a Patagonia Black Hole Backpack. The submission deadline is 23 March 2015.
Monday, February 23, 2015
The Association of Photographers (AOP) has opened the doors on its 2015 Student Awards. This year the AOP has partnered with innovative London prolab and art printer theprintspace who will be hosting the Awards ceremony and exhibition this summer. Iconic London studio, Holborn Studios, will provide a day's free studio hire including a professional lighting set-up for the overall winner. Further prizes will be announced shortly. The Awards carry four briefs, each set by a leading professional photographer. THese include Social media: Animal conservation, Product shots: Sense, Brand Image: Charity and Sunday supplement cover. The Awards are open to all students who are studying a course that includes photography (this may not necessarily be a full-time photography course). The deadline for entries is 30th April.
Friday, February 20, 2015
Por el Planeta, the first international conservation photography competition, is now open for submissions. There are 10 categories divided into three themes: Biodiversity (Animal Portraits, Animal Behavior, Animals in Their Environment, Wild Habitat, Underwater and Micro Nature); Conservation (Our Changing Planet and Conservation Photographer of the Year); and Storytelling (Six Frames for Change and Short Video). A prize fund of USD $300,000 will be divided across 22 prizes, including $100,000 for the best picture in the entire contest; $15,000 for the best image captured in Mexico; and $10,000 for the People’s Choice Award. The winner of the Conservation Photographer of the Year category will receive $15,000; the winner of Six Frames for Change category will receive $12,500, plus an additional $50,000 to finance a photography project in a Mexican biome; and the winner of the Short Video category will receive $10,000. The first-place winner in each of the other categories will be awarded $10,000, and the second-place category winners will receive $2,500. The best photograph from each of the Under 18 age groups will win a trip with paid expenses to Mexico City. The competition is open for entries to 27 March 2015.
Thursday, February 19, 2015
The Guild of Photographers, one of the UK's largest photographic associations, has announced its Photographer of the Year winners. Chris Chambers won the overall ‘Photographer of the Year’ title as well as being the Guild’s ‘Photographer of the Year’ in the ‘Wedding’ category. He was also the 'All-Round' Photographer of the Year.’ He received trophies to acknowledge these great achievements as well as £1000 of products from Johnson's Photopia. Other Guild ‘Photographers of the Year’ include Nina MAce, Gilian Lloyd, Rob Mank and Gavin Prest. An ‘Image of the Year’ was also selected separately by the members and the judges. The 'Member's Choice' was an image by Chris Chambers, and the Judges Choice was a photograph by Sam Hayward (above).
Wednesday, February 18, 2015
The Voies Off Festival of the Rencontres Internationales de la Photographies in Arles will celebrate its 20th anniversary from 6 - 11 July 2015. For the past two decades, the Voies Off Prize has been awarded by a jury of renowned professionals to an artist for the clarity of his vision and the high quality of his work. Voies Off night projections during the opening week of the Rencontres d’Arles festival (the first full week in July) have become an international reference for the discovery of emerging authors and the alternative venue that it creates for international photographic creation. You have until 15 March 2015 to enter the competition and win one of 3 prizes; the Voies Off Prize (€2,500), the LaCritique Award and the SAIF Discovery Prize (€2,000). As always, we recommed that you read the rules before entering your work.
Tuesday, February 17, 2015
The winning and shortlisted images of the 2015 Sony World Photography Awards will be on display at Somerset House, London this April and May. Taken from a record-breaking 173,444 entries from 171 countries, the extraordinary images showcase the world’s best and most original contemporary photography of the past year. An intimate display of both familiar and lesser known photographs, films and books by legendary Magnum photographer Elliott Erwitt will also be part of the exhibition. Erwitt, who will receive the Outstanding Contribution to Photography prize at the 2015 Sony World Photography Awards on 23 April, is a master of photography recognised worldwide for his candid and often ironic black and white images capturing everyday life. For details, visit the website below.
X-Rite Photo Europe's prize draw, launched in September, offers photographers a truly unique workshop travelling across Iceland. The prize includes an all-inclusive, eight-day trip to the country, including return flights to Reykjavík from European locations, training and advice from a world leading photographic trainer, and great opportunities to capture Iceland’s stunning landscape. The promotion is for European residents only, and runs until 31st March 2015. To enter, no purchase is necessary, simply complete the form at the website below.
Monday, February 16, 2015
UK landscape photographer Greg Whitton has emerged as the winner of the Outdoor Photographer of the Year 2014 contest. The news was announced at the Outdoor Photographer of the Year awards ceremony on Sunday 15th February at the Telegraph Outdoor Adventure & Travel Show, London Excel. Greg’s photograph was taken during a six-day wild camping trip in Iceland with four other photographers. He says: ‘I took this picture on the last night of the trip. We hadn’t had a moment of really good light during the whole six days. When we reached the top of this particular peak there was thick cloud blocking the sun. My camera battery was running out and I didn’t have any spare in my pack, so I started to make the descent back to basecamp. After making my way about 50 metres down the mountain the clouds started to part slightly. The light only lasted a few minutes. I’ve got other photographs when the light became really epic, but for me this image, where the light is building, is more successful.’
Photographers looking to enter the Hasselblad Masters 2016 competition will have until 31 May 2015 to submit three images in the Art, Landscape/Nature, Wedding, Portrait, Fashion/Beauty, Products, Architecture, Wildlife
Project//21 and Street/Urban categories. Now, for the first time ever each winner will pick up a brand new high-end medium-format Hasselblad camera alongside the honour of becoming an elite Hasselblad Master. "We have made some changes to the 2016 Competition - which reaches out to both professionals and young, ambitious and aspirational photographers, " says Perry Oosting, Hasselblad CEO. "We look forward to supporting all photographers with our new competition platform." As always, we suggest that you read the rules before entering your work.
The winners of the International Garden Photographer of the Year Award have been announced. The overall winner is Magdalena Wasiczek, who convinced the jury with her photo entitled The Ballerinas (above). "I like photographing the dry hydrangea flowers on a background of colourful autumn leaves in the beautiful sunset," Magdalena says. "The sun shone through the few remaining leaves on trees forming a nice bokeh in the background. Category winners include Carol Casselden, Marianne Majerus, Patrick Goujon, Leonardo Battista, Duncan Herring, Mark Gray and Albert Ceolan.
Thomas Cook have announced their newest photoblogging challenge, Explore the Elements. "We’re looking for bloggers to publish photographs they’ve taken which best represent one of the four elements," the company says. "All the categories are open to your interpretation, so you can be free to take a picture of anything you feel showcases your chosen element." Entrants are invited to submit their photographs representing Earth, Air, Fire and Water for a chance to win a £5000 travel fund and other goodies including a Fujifilm X-T1, an iPhone 6 with Bose noise-cancelling headphones and a MacBook Air notebook.
Thursday, February 12, 2015
The Photography Show has teamed up with Aspire Photography Training to bring photographers a new competition offering a keen amateur the chance to pursue a career in photography. The judges are looking for three pictures demonstrating what love means to the photographer. The first prize is a place on the Aspire Bespoke programme, which counts pro-photographers Brett Harkness, Damien Lovegrove and Tamara Peel amongst its graduates. This 12 month course will show photographers how to build a successful photography business in the area of their choice. The second prize is access to a full online course of Advanced Webinars designed to help existing photographers take their business to the next level. The winner will be announced on Tuesday 12th May. Click through / read on for the details.
Wednesday, February 11, 2015
The second International Landscape Photographer of the Year competition has just been announced. Open to all photographers. the contest is aimed at finding the best 101 landscape images from the past 12 months and publishing them in a beautiful coffee table book which will be available in a variety of formats. The judges will also be on a search for the International Landscape Photographer of the Year (based on a folio submission of at least 4 images) and the International Landscape Photograph of the Year. Prizes on offer include $10,000 cash, trophies, limited-edition copies of the awards book and large framed prints of winning images. The contest opens on 16th February and closes on 15 May 2015.
Tuesday, February 10, 2015
The Outdoor Photographer of the Year [(OPOTY) 2014 competition comes to a head this weekend at the Telegraph Outdoor Adventure & Travel Show, ExCeL London, where the judges will be announcing the overall winner of the contest. The prize at stake is a trip of a lifetime on the Fjällräven Polar dog-sled expedition. The awards ceremony itself will be taking place on the Outdoor Photography PhotoBox Stage and a live stream will be available on the OPOTY website from 14:30 on Sunday 15th February, so viewers can witness the event first-hand, see the winning and commended images and hear from the photographers. To view the live stream, visit the website below.
Tuesday, February 3, 2015
Now open for entries, the Atkins CIWEM Environmental Photographer of the Year competition is an international showcase for the very best in environmental photography. Free to enter, the competition provides an opportunity for amateur and professional photographers of all ages to share images of environmental and social issues with international audiences, and to enhance our understanding of the causes, consequences and solutions to climate change and social inequality. The main prize is the prestigious Atkins CIWEM Environmental Photographer of the Year title, along with a cash prize of £5000. The deadline for entries is 7 April 2015 and photographers may submit up to 10 works.