Category: Competitions

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Samsung WB350F SMART Camera Winner

Mark Goldstein | Competitions, PhotographyBLOG
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We've teamed up with Samsung to give away a fantastic Samsung WB350F SMART camera. In addition, 3 runners-up will each receive a Samsung Plus microSDHC 8Gb memory card.

The lucky winner of the Samsung WB350F SMART camera is Alan Downie. Congratulations!

The three runners up, who each win a Samsung Plus microSDHC 8Gb memory card, are Petegk Salonika, Gaz Tanner and Elina Qonita.

People who want to capture and share powerful and unique images can now do so with the elegant and impressively equipped Samsung WB350F SMART Camera. This state of the art compact zoom camera comes with 21x optical zoom capabilities and a 23mm Wide Angle lens as standard, allowing users to create images with striking depth and detail. Whether zooming in on a subject from a great distance, or capturing a sprawling landscape that stretches for miles, the device delivers sharp detail and bright images on every shot.

The WB350F is also furnished with an impressive 16MP BSI CMOS sensor. This eliminates the need to use a flash at inopportune moments or at events – as the superior sensor needs less light than its conventional counterparts, without sacrificing image quality.

There are several different ways to enter - login via Facebook or enter your email address, then complete them all below to stand the best chance of winning! And refer your friends to get even more chances.

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Monday, June 30, 2014

Can You Capture Hope?

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Competitions
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FXB International, a non-governmental organisation dedicated to lifting people out of extreme poverty, today launched a global photography competition to celebrate its 25th anniversary. The competition will see one talented amateur photographer win a half-day photography masterclass with world-renowned photographer, Jillian Edelstein and the chance to have their winning image featured alongside Jillian’s as part of an international exhibition launching at London’s prestigious gallery@oxo in August this year. The exhibition, Framing Hope: Celebrating 25 Years of Poverty Eradication with FXB International, will feature 25 inspiring images shot by Jillian Edelstein, capturing the stories of hope and success of families in Burundi, China, Colombia, India and Rwanda who joined the FXBVillage programme. To enter, amateur photographers will need to submit a single photograph that best conveys the theme "Framing Hope". Whether a striking portrait, a beautiful landscape or a single moment in time beautifully captured, we’re asking people to let their creativity flow and submit their defining image of hope.."  All entries will be displayed in an online gallery, with the five most-voted for, shortlisted for judging by an expert panel who will select the overall winner. The submission deadline is 25th July midnight BST.

Lytro Photo Adventure

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Competitions
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Lytro today announced the Lytro Photo Adventure, ­ a chance for five U.S: photographers to win a once-in-a-lifetime, all-expenses-paid trip to Iceland to take part in an exclusive photo shoot with Chris Burkard, a premier adventure lifestyle photographer. By pre-ordering the Lytro Illum light field camera (pictured) before 31 July 2014 and submitting a photo shoot idea, photographers will be eligible to win a spot in the challenge. "I have shot Iceland many times, but never in the way that Lytro Illum will allow me to," said Burkard, winner of the 2010 Red Bull Illume Image Quest. "I cannot wait to experience this new photographic canvas with other photographers and capture the beauty of Iceland in its purest form." In addition to the five grand-prize winners, twenty first-place winners will be selected for an all-expenses-paid trip to attend the Medium Festival of Photography in San Diego. As always, we suggest that you read the rules before entering the competition.

Communication Arts Publishes Photography Annual 55

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Competitions
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Communication Arts magazine has published the results of its 55th annual photography competition. Of the 5,223 entries submitted to the 55th annual photography competition, only 155 were selected by a jury of respected creative professionals. The selected projects are handsomely reproduced in Photography Annual 55, the July/August 2014 issue of Communication Arts, both in print and on the iPad, and online at the website below.

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

MDL Marinas 2014 Photography Competition

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MDL Marinas have launched their annual photography competition. Openn to both amateur and professional photographers alike, the competition closes at midnight on Sunday 10th August, with the winning shots set to be unveiled at September’s PSP Southampton Boat Show. The winner of MDL’s Photographer of the Year will receive a boat portfolio taken by professional marine photographer Brendan Fitzgerald of Fitz Marine Photography, presented in a handcrafted, leather bound album worth £700. The runner-up will enjoy a magnum of Champagne. In the Under-16 competition, the winner will be presented with a Nikon Coolpix AW120 digital compact camera, whilst the runner-up will be awarded £50 worth of Amazon vouchers. Dean Smith, Operations and Marketing Director at MDL Marinas, said: “ We want entries to show our berth holders and visitors enjoying their boats in the marina and out and about on the water – and the more adventurous and quirky the shots, the better!”

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Great British Summer Photo Contest

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GO Outdoors have launched the Great British Summer Photo Contest. Sinead Miller, Digital Marketing Manager, said: “With this summer predicted to be one of the hottest on record, we hope more people will be making the most of the great outdoors – but for those who don’t know what they’re missing, we want photos that show the Great British summer in all its glory." The competition has three categories for photographers to send their entries to, including Festuvals, Summer holidays and The outdoors. To enter, simply upload a photo using the lunk below.

Adobe Youth Voices Awards Winners Announced

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Competitions
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The Adobe Foundation today announced the winners of the third annual Adobe Youth Voices (AYV) Awards, a global, online competition inviting students aged 13-19 to use digital media to express their vision for driving positive change in their communities. AYV Award winners are chosen in seven categories: animation, documentary, photo essay, music video, narrative, poetry and campaign poster. Youth can submit projects individually or as teams working with an AYV educator. In the Photo Essay category, Jihyeon Park from Irvington High School, USA, has been named as the winner for her work entitled Inner Journey. The runners-up are Agata Mroczek from Fundacja 5Medium, Poland, and Prabhashana Meegammana -- Dilan Wickramakeerthi from the Shilpa Sayura Foundation, Sri Lanka.

‘I Can’t Believe My Eyes’

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Avis has released a short film depicting the very best imagery submitted in the recent photography competition I Can’t Believe My Eyes, run by Avis and judged by Getty Images. Aspiring photographers were asked to send in their most beautiful pictures (captured whilst traveling across the globe by car), stemming from the belief that there is beauty to be found in every journey. Avis received hundreds of stunning photographs and the best were shortlisted by the judges from Getty Images before going head-to-head in a public competition. At the end of the voting period, Aurélie Lemellay from France emerged as the winner of the main prize; a £5,000 dream holiday from British Airways.

Friday, June 20, 2014

Final Call for IGPOTY ‘Macro’ Art Project

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International Garden Photographer of the Year is reminding interested photographers that entries for its Competition 8 "Macro" close on 30th  June. There’s a £500 cash prize for the winner, plus the opportunity for their image to be featured in the IGPOTY book and also the exhibition, which tours the UK and worldwide including Royal Botanic Gardens Kew, plus venues across Europe and venues as far afield as Sydney, Australia. International Garden Photographer of the Year has a top prize of £5000 cash for the overall competition and images entered in any of the special art projects can still be entered separately into the main annual competition.

Monday, June 16, 2014

iPhone Photography Awards Winners Announced

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Competitions
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The iPhone Photography Awards have announced the winners of the 7th Annual Contest in the Photographers of the Year and following seventeen categories: Animals, Architecture, Children, Flowers, Food, Landscape, Lifestyle, Nature, News/Events, Others, People, Seasons, Still Life, Sunset, Travel and Trees  The overall winner is Julio Lucas, who will receive an iPad Air (16GB, Wi-Fi) for the photo reprinted above.

Friday, June 13, 2014

Travel Photographer of the Year Exhibition

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Competitions, Events
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The latest winning images from the international Travel Photographer of the Year awards make their public debut in a free-to-view exhibition at London’s Royal Geographical Society (with IBG), opening on Friday, July 11th. With prints produced by Genesis Imaging, and specialist lighting from Direct Photographic, this collection of award-winning contemporary travel photography will be showcased to its very best advantage, the organisers say. The exhibition will be open from 10am-5pm Sunday to Thursday and 10am-7pm Friday and Saturday, until August 17th. The gallery shop will sell postcards and greetings cards featuring some of the exhibited images, and visitors also have the opportunity to be the first to buy the new Travel Photographer of the Year book ‘Journey Six’.

Thursday, June 12, 2014

Canon EOS 70D DSLR Camera and 18-135mm STM f/3.5-5.6 Lens Winner!

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We've teamed up with CameraWorld to give away a fantastic Canon EOS 70D DSLR camera with a 18-135mm STM f/3.5-5.6 lens!

Congratulations to Rosie Truasheim, who has been randomly selected as the lucky winner of this great prize. Thanks to everyone else for entering.

CameraWorld is a real camera shop, helping you to make the most of your hobby. Our expert team has many years experience within the photographic trade with knowledge gained over 40 years. Many are photographers themselves and enjoy passing their knowledge on. You'll also find our online service fast, efficient and courteous and you can always call us if you want to talk to a human being! We are dedicated to bringing you the very best in service, choice and price.

We're very easy to find, our London store is just off Oxford Street between Oxford Circus station and Tottenham Court Road station. The Essex shop is located in High Chelmer Shopping Centre, just off the High Street in Chelmsford. Visit us and you'll always find a friendly welcome. Our policy is to serve our customers as we would like to be served ourselves, a simple ideal that we try hard to live up to.

There are 5 different ways to enter - login via Facebook or enter your email address, then complete them all below to stand the best chance of winning the Canon EOS 70D! And refer your friends to get even more chances!

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DreamstimeDads

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Competitions

Stock photography company Dreamstime is looking for the perfect picture to represent your Father’s Day. The DreamstimeDads competition is open right now and will close at midnight EDT on June 15th (8am in the UK on 16th June). The winners will be selected on Monday 16th June. Submit your picture to Dreamstime’s Facebook or Google+ page with the hashtag #DreamstimeDads and the top five will win a £100 Amazon voucher (or a $100 for US entrants) each.

Britain’s Worst Holiday Photographer Revealed

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Competitions
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Jayne Boorman, a grandma whose holiday snapshot was entered into a competition by her daughter-in-law Sally Boorman, has been named Britain’s Worst Holiday Photographer 2014. The picture, which was taken on a family trip to Disney World in Florida is a blurred shot of a character called Duffy the Disney Bear, a character the family took the trip to see. Boorman, who lives in Pembury, picked up the dubious honour from money saving holiday site CheapHolidayLand. “Despite me swearing the children to secrecy, they did let slip to their grandma that we’d entered her photo and she was really pleased," her daughter-in-law said. "This is the first thing she’s won since winning the egg and spoon race at school so is delighted."

Monday, June 9, 2014

BBC Wildlife Magazine Camera-trap Photo of the Year 2014

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Competitions
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BBC Wildlife Magazine has issued the final call for entries for its 2014 Camera-trap Photo of the Year competition. This year’s awards fall into two areas: Camera-trap Research Project of the Year and Camera-trap Photo of the Year. A maximum of 12 camera-trap images can be entered into one of the competition categories. Open exclusively to research projects using camera-trap technology, the winners of one of these three categories will be eligible for the overall award of Camera-Trap Research Project of the Year, with a prize of £3,000. The closing date for entries is 30 June 2014.

Thursday, June 5, 2014

Mercedes-Benz CLAstory

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Competitions
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The ‘CLAstory’ is an open-sourced creative project by Mercedes-Benz, aimed at supporting fledgling filmmakers. At the heart of the project is the Mercedes-Benz CLA four-door coupé. Three high-profile Instagrammers - Jiri Siftar, Alan Brutenic and Allan Edward Hinton - have each collaborated with Mercedes-Benz to create a trio of short films featuring actor, comedy writer, producer and presenter, James Corden. Their instavids provide a basic framework for the story - forming the beginning, middle and end of a storyboard – six vital scenes from which are missing. Budding film directors are invited to complete the scenes and the film in the #CLAstory by uploading their videos onto the Mercedes-Benz UK Instagram channel. The creator of the winning film will then get the chance to direct their #CLAstory starring James Corden and the Mercedes-Benz CLA AMG Sport. The winner of each of the six scenes will receive a Go Pro camera as a prize.

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

“Water” Photography Competition Winners Announced

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Competitions
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The Society of International Nature and Wildlife Photographers (SINWP) have announced the winners of their ‘Water’ themed contest. Kutub Uddin from Bognor Regis, West Sussex, has been named as the overall winner for his image entitled, "Raining" (see above). "The picture was taken at morning in my garden Bognor Regis, West Sussex, England, with a Sony a77 & a Sony 100mm macro lens," Kutub says. The runners-up are Mara Acoma from County Durham and Gerald Davies from Port Talbot.

Monday, June 2, 2014

Manfrotto Professional Backpack 50 Winners

Mark Goldstein | Competitions, PhotographyBLOG
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Win one of two Manfrotto Professional Backpack 50 worth £219.95!

The two lucky winners are Jan Enkelmann and Michelle Bosomworth. Congratulations!

All the gear you want, protected and with you all the time! Built to carry pro DSLRs, lenses, flash, a laptop, tripod and accessories, Manfrotto Professional Backpacks are designed to function as a work station on the ground while you're shooting, and thanks to their Camera Protection System (CPS) and Exo-tough multi-layered construction, they ensure the maximum level of protection for your gear.

Product Features

The Professional Backpack 50 is designed to hold a pro DSLR with battery grips, attached 70-200 F/2.8 lens, additional camera body, 5 extra lenses, flash, tablet, 15” laptop, tripod and accessories. With a removable rain cover to protect your gear from the elements, and including detachable straps on the front and side of the bag for attaching a tripod, you can be sure this bag suits your every need!

CPS - Camera Protection System
Exo-tough multi-layered construction for higher protection
Bag opens completely, with flap serving as field mat
Side pockets for personal accessories
Front flap with pockets for accessories and a tablet
Padded adjustable shoulder straps + padded back system
Specialised tripod base for Manfrotto tripods
Tripod connects to front or side with detachable straps. Hidden side pocket for additional tripod
Carry options: shoulder strap, Easy Grip handle or slung over trolley handle
Top access for fast draw
Sturdy TPU feet keep bag off the ground and serve as shock absorbers

To find out more please visit http://www.manfrotto.co.uk

8Gb Eye-Fi Mobi Wireless Memory Card Winners

Mark Goldstein | Competitions, PhotographyBLOG
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We're giving away 5 Eye-Fi Mobi 8GB wireless memory cards, worth £41.99 each!

The 5 lucky winners are: Barrie Bullock, colin baker, juergen hefele, Darren Stone and keren curran. Congratulations!

Eye-Fi Mobi adds the convenience and the connectivity of mobile devices to high quality digital photography. Photos and videos can now be transferred quickly, easily and wirelessly to a smartphone or tablet, making them immediately available for sharing with the rest of the world via social media or email.

Thanks to Eye-Fi Mobi, the cumbersome transfer of photos from the camera to smartphone or PC is a thing of the past, so now photographers only need to focus on making unforgettable photos. Juggling a multitude of devices is no longer necessary: the high quality photos from the camera can now be shared instantly via social media. Replace the camera’s standard SD card with an Eye-Fi Mobi card to make the pictures appear on your iOS or Android™ device in two simple steps.

To find out more please visit http://en.eyefi.com/

Xara Photo & Graphic Designer 9 Winners

Mark Goldstein | Competitions, PhotographyBLOG
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We're giving away 10 copies of Xara Photo & Graphic Designer 9, worth £69.99 each!

The 10 lucky winners are: Terry Wells, Poul P. Phillipsen, Sue Cook, Toni Arnott, chris nichol, Rebecca Herbert, Mark Clancy, Kirsty Hall, Gregg Carter and julie macmillan. Congratulations!

With Xara Photo & Graphic Designer 9 you can optimize your images and add your own special touch.

Perfect your photos using the retouch feature or design creative photo collages. Make your images stand out from the crowd with custom graphics and personalized logos.

Xara Photo & Graphic Designer 9 combines the best of photo and graphic design in one interface. The program contains a vast selection of powerful graphic design tools that are perfect for beginners and pros alike:

Flawless images

• Optimize the contrast, colour, and sharpness of your images

• Correct converging lines, cropping, red-eye effect, etc.

• Remove distracting elements from photos, e.g. road signs, people standing in the way, imperfections, etc.

Creative freedom

• Select image elements and reposition them freely anywhere you like

• Use photo filters for creative image effects

• Create panorama montages from several individual images

Graphic design

• Design logos, decorations or custom fonts

• Create spatial effects using the powerful 3D tool

• Insert gradients, shadows, and transparency effects for a realistic look

To find out more please visit http://www.magix.com/gb/xara-photo-graphic-designer/detail/