Thursday, June 5, 2014
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
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
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.
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
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/
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:
• 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.
• Select image elements and reposition them freely anywhere you like
• Use photo filters for creative image effects
• Create panorama montages from several individual images
• 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/
The 2015 Sony World Photography Awards, organised by the World Photography Organisation (WPO), are now open for entries. Photographers will compete for a range of cash prizes and the latest digital imaging equipment from Sony. The Professional contest has 15 categories with entries being judged on the basis of a series of work, the Open competition has 10 categories and submissions are judged on a single image each. There is a Youth contest for photographers under 20, and a Student Focus competition for higher education photography students aged 18-30. The Open and Youth competitions will close for entries at 23.59 GMT on Monday 5 January 2015 with the exception of the Professional competition, which will close at 23.59 GMT on Thursday 8 January 2015.
Friday, May 30, 2014
Marwell’s Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition has returned for a fifth consecutive year. This year’s top prize is a 9.day Wild España trip which is a wildlife conservation tour starting from the mountains in the north to the mouth of the Guadalquivir river in the south of Spain, courtesy of Wildlife Worldwide. The competition has four categories, including Cute and Funny, Marwell Wildlife endangered, Marwell Wildlife residents and Native Wildlife. The deadline for entries is 31 August 2014. As always, we suggest that you read the rules before entering your work.
Friday, May 23, 2014
The 2014 international Travel Photographer of the Year (TPOTY) awards are open for entry. There are three portfolio categories - Tribes, Spirit of Adventure and Earth, Air, Fire and Water –, a New Talent award and an HD video category. The overall winner of TPOTY – the Travel Photographer of the Year 2014 - will receive £2,500 and a Plastic Sandwich personalised leather print book or iPad case. In addition, they will receive a private showcase of their travel photography at next year’s Travel Photographer of the Year exhibition. Entry to the awards costs from £7.50, and entry to Young Travel Photographer of the Year is free.
Thursday, May 22, 2014
The Group of the Party of European Socialists (PES Group) in the Committee of the Regions (CoR) has launched a photo competition. Jobs for Europe – Europe for Jobs invites amateur photographers to capture in a photo the diversity of job realities and job aspirations in Europe. The competition runs until 30 June 2014 and is open to European residents aged 18 and older. The first prize is photographic equipment worth €2000 plus a three-day trip to Brussels The winners will be announced in October 2014.
Tuesday, May 20, 2014
The fourth annual IdeasTap and Magnum Photographic Award is now open to all photographers aged 16+ worldwide. Aimed at identifying, showcasing and celebrating documentary photographers, the competition offers prizes including £5,000 cash, £1,500 project funding, mentoring from Magnum photographers and the chance to work at Magnum’s offices. The winners of the 2013 award will be announced on Thursday 22 May 2014. The deadline for entries is 17 July 2014.
Monday, May 19, 2014
EyeEm has announced its inaugural Global Photography Festival & Awards. Held in Berlin on 12-13 September 2014, the EyeEm Global Photography Festival & Awards include a global photo competition open for all photographers, from novice to professional. Judges include renowned photography director Anna G. Dickson from The Huffington Post, New York Times photographer Daniel Krieger, Olivier Laurent from TIME magazine, and Stephen Mayes, member of the founding management team at Getty Images. Participants will have the opportunity to win cash and non-cash prizes, as well as have their work exhibited at the Berlin Holzmarkt and published in a book. Categories include The Portraitist, The Explorer, The Illusionist, The Architect, The Street Photographer, The Illuminator, The Speedster, The Naturalist, The Storyteller and The Stylist. For more information, visit the website below.
Thursday, May 15, 2014
Microsoft Devices have launched the Lumia Win Win Project, a campaign aiming to reward the Lumia photographic community. The project encourages Lumia owners to enter 10 top photography competitions including the Pulitzer and IPA (International Photography Awards). Those who win any of these competitions with a photo shot on a Lumia phone will see their competition prize doubled by Microsoft. "If you win, we’ll match your prize money," the company says. "Together, we’ll change the way smartphone photography is perceived, while you get double the love. It really is a win win."As a part of the campaign, Microsoft Devices will be providing weekly photography tips on a dedicated community website called Shot on My Lumia. Lumia owners will be able to upload their shots, the best of which will be given an exemplary badge ranging in categories from ‘Foodie’ to ‘Traveller’.
Following the success of the inaugural ArtGemini Prize 2013 which attracted 744 entries from 33 countries, today sees the launch of the ArtGemini Prize 2014. Open to all photographers and painters form anywhere in the world, the ArtGemini Prize is described as "a celebration to promote international contemporary art for emerging and established artists." A cash fund of £5500 will be awarded to the winners in 4 categories, Photography, Painting & Sculpture, Young Artist and Public Choice. The shortlisted entries will be exhibited in London and Singapore. Do note that entry fees apply. The deadline for entries is 7th September.
Avis and Getty Images have extended the deadline for extries for its “I Can’t Believe My Eyes” photo competition. Andy Letting, Head of Social Media at Avis Budget Group says, “Car travel is often seen as less glamorous than other modes of transport but with the I Can’t Believe My Eyes campaign we hope to show that this is not the case. Traveling by car opens up a whole world of possibilities - we want to celebrate road trips so are calling for people to share their best driving images to prove that how you get there can be as exciting as where you’re going.” Photos can be submitted via Avis UK's Facebook page, where you can also immerse yourself in a specially made film of beautifully captured landmarks from across the globe for inspiration. The winning shot will not only win a trip from BA Holidays, but it will also form part of the Avis advertising campaign to encourage others to open their eyes. The new deadline for UK entries is 21 May, and the lucky overall winner will be announced on 19 June 2014.
Tuesday, May 13, 2014
We have two great Booq camera bags up for grabs!
The two lucky winners are Glen Urban, who wins a Booq Python Slimpack, and Nigel Soper, who wins a Booq Python Mirrorless.
Booq have just launched their new Python range that includes the Python Slimpack and the Python Mirrorless and we have one of each to give away.
The Python Slimpack has been designed for the digital age photographer with space for two DSLRs and up to four mid-size lenses, as well as one large zoom lens, a tripod and a 10-inch tablet or iPad. The Python Slimpack is also waterproof and has a rubberised base. The Python Slimpack is worth £110.
The Python Mirroless a compact camera bag designed to hold a mirrorless camera with a large lens, or a compact DSLR with a small lens. The Python Mirrorless keeps photography gear safe from knocks and bumps and is water-resistant. The Python Mirrorless has been designed to be practical and compact, it is worth £68.
All Booq bags they come tagged with a Terralinq serial number. Once registered, the Booq Terralinq service may help reunite you with your lost & found bag.
For more information on Booq and their other products please visit: http://www.booqbags.co.uk
Friday, May 9, 2014
Following the success of the inaugural ArtGemini Prize 2013 which attracted 744 entries from 33 countries, 15th May sees the launch of the ArtGemini Prize 2014. Open to all photographers and painters form anywhere in the world, the ArtGemini Prize is described as "a celebration to promote international contemporary art for emerging and established artists." A cash fund of £5500 will be awarded to the winners in 4 categories, Photography, Painting & Sculpture, Young Artist and Public Choice. The shortlisted entries will be exhibited in London and Singapore. Do note that entry fees apply. The deadline for entries is 7th September.
Wednesday, May 7, 2014
The Society of International Nature and Wildlife Photographers (SINWP) has announced the winners of its Natural Beauty photography competition. The image “Sand Waterfall” by Andreas Ettl (above) was chosen as the winner from over 570 entries. The runners-up were Kutub Uddin and Christopher May.
Tuesday, May 6, 2014
BBC Wildlife Magazine has launched a photographic grant, sponsored by Kowa, which aims to find exciting new talent in wildlife photography. Open to new photographers, the winner of the award will receive a £5,000 grant to shoot their project and could see their work published in BBC Wildlife Magazine. Eligible photographers are invited to submit 12 wildlife photographs - six from a single wildlife project - that showcase their technical range, creativity and ability. Photographers must also explain how their story, which can be based in the UK or abroad, is going to interest and excite the readers of BBC Wildlife Magazine. All entries must be submitted via the website below, by the closing date of 30 September 2014.
The Society of Wedding and Portrait Photographers (SWPP) has announced the winners of its Memorable Moments photography competition. The photo 'Cheers' (above) by Jon Philpott from Oxford, England was chosen as the winner out of over 170 entries. Sophie Callahan came in second, and John Wood won third place in the contest.
Thursday, May 1, 2014
Thirty-one year-old American photographer Sara Naomi Lewkowicz has been announced as the winner of the 2014 L’Iris d’Or, Sony World Photography Awards Photographer of the Year. The judges voted unanimously for Lewkowicz’s hard-hitting series, ‘Shane and Maggie’, - an intimate examination of domestic violence as a process - as this year’s winner. Chinese amateur photographer Chen Li has emerged as the Open Photographer of the Year, while British student Scarlet Evans was announced as the winner of the Student Photographer of the Year award.