Category: Competitions

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

WPO Unveils Open & Youth Category Winners

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The World Photography Organisation (WPO) has revealed the category winners in the Sony World Photography Awards Open and Youth competitions. The jury, chaired by Nigel Atherton, Group Editor, IPC Photo, UK, selected ten category winners for the Open competition, including Holger Schmidtke, Valerie Prudon, Kylli Sparre, Vlad Eftenie, Gert van den Bosch, Ivan Pedretti, Arup Ghosh, Alpay Erdem, Li Chen (for the photo, "Rain in an Ancient Town," above) and Hairul Azizi Harun. The category winners in the Youth competition include Paulina Metzscher, Turjoy Chowdhury and Borhan Mardani.

Update: Borhan Mardani has been disqualified - the new winner is Anastasia Zhetvina.

Britain’s Best Amateur Photographer Revealed

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London based photographer Sean Batten has been announced as the winner of the UK National Award, part of the 2014 Sony World Photography Awards. Batten, a software developer and keen amateur photographer, was chosen as the winner for a stunning architectural shot of one of the hallways at Canary Wharf tube station. As the UK National Award winner, Batten receives the latest Sony digital camera equipment and will attend the 2014 Sony World Photography Awards gala ceremony in London on 30th April.

Friday, March 14, 2014

IGPOTY at Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh

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The Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh (RBGE) will host this year's International Garden Photographer of the Year (IGPOTY) exhibition from 1st April to 29th June. The exhibition will feature selections from the competition categories which focus on biodiversity and the wider environment, including The Beauty of Plants, Wildflower Landscapes, Wildlife in the Garden, Breathing Spaces and Trees, Wood and Forests. The RBGE is located at 20A Inverleith Row, Edinburgh EH3 5LR.

Thursday, March 13, 2014

Under 5’s Photography Competition Winner Announced

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The Society of Wedding and Portrait Photographers (SWPP) has announced the winners of the Under 5's Photography Competition. The winning photo, "It's My Party" (above) by Julie Moult from Leicestershire, was chosen from over 290 images entered. "[The photograph] was taken in my studio on a cream paper background with a single 24" softbox camera right," Julie says. The runner-up was Julie Fraser from Caithness.

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

IGPOTY Monochrome Art Project

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International Garden Photographer of the Year (IGPOTY) has launched a Monochrome Photo Project. The project has a wide brief – just about anything monochrome and relating to plants and gardens can be entered – including abstracts. There’s a £500 cash prize for the winner, plus the opportunity for their image to be featured in the IGPOTY book. The deadline for this contest is 31 March 2014.

Monday, March 10, 2014

Brindleyplace Launches Cherry Blossom Photo Contest

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Brindleyplace has launched a special photography competition that aims to celebrate the traditional Japanese festival of Hanami. An annual event, Hanami is the Japanese tradition of enjoying the transient beauty of flowers and is celebrated to coincide with the flowering of cherry blossom across the country. Organised in partnership with Ikon and Café Opus at Ikon, the Hanami Photography Competition is targeted at amateur photographers with a passion for photography in Birmingham and will be officially launched when the first cherry blossom flowers on the trees in Oozells Square in Brindleyplace. “Hanami seemed like the perfect festival for Brindleyplace to celebrate as, each year we have so many people comment on how beautiful the cherry blossom looks in Oozells Square," says Lydia Ellis, Marketing Manager at Brindleyplace. "By launching a photography competition we will be able to create a lasting memory as well as encouraging artistic talent in Birmingham." From when the competition is launched – the blossom typically blooms at the end of March –participants will have until 13th April to submit their entry.

Friday, March 7, 2014

Kennel Club’s Dog Photographer of the Year 2014

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Launching at Crufts, the Kennel Club is urging budding and experienced photographers to submit their canine images to the annual Dog Photographer of the Year competition.  Heidi Hudson, Kennel Club Picture Librarian, said: “The Dog Photographer of the Year competition is the biggest canine photography competition in the world and we are looking for stunning images that capture a wonderful moment and that reflect our contemporary experience of living with dogs." The competition, which is exclusively presented by Samsung, is now open and free to enter.  The overall winner will receive a Samsung Galaxy NX camera and will have VIP access to photograph the Crufts Best in Show winner in 2015. The submission deadline is 5p.m. (UK time) on 10 November 2014.

Spectacular Landscapes Competition Winners Announced

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The Society of International Nature and Wildlife Photographers (SINWP) have announced the winners of their Spectacular Landscapes Photography Competition. Adrian Rohnfelder from Bad Homburg, Germany’s image (above) was chosen from over 370 images entered.  2nd place was Hamish Burson from New Zealand and joint 3rd places were Lisa Katharina Schaefer from New Zealand and Tomasz Janicki from Worcestershire.

Thursday, March 6, 2014

Kraszna-Krausz 2014 Book Awards Shortlisr Announced

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The Kraszna-Krausz Foundation (KKF) today revealed the shortlisted entries for its annual photo book awards. Established in 1985, the KKF Book Awards are the UK’s leading prizes for books published in the fields of photography and the moving image and the two winners share a £10,000 prize. The winners will be announced on 30 April at the Sony World Photography Awards gala ceremony held in London. Along with 14 highly commended titles across the two categories, the shortlisted books will be displayed at Somerset House, London from 1-18 May as part of the 2014 Sony World Photography Awards Exhibition.

PMH 2014 Grant Deadline Extended

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The Photographic Museum of Humanity (PMH) has announced an extension to its PMH 2014 Grant, which is now officially set on 12 March 2014. The PMH 2014 Grantan international photography contest offering $4000 in cash prizes. The jury features Alec Soth (Magnum Photos), Iata Cannabrave (Brzilian curator, creator of the Latin American Photography Forum of Sao Paulo), Olivier Laurent (Associate Editor for the British Journal of Photography) and Diana Markosian (PMH 2013 Grant New Generation Prize winner). To participate, you have to submit a series of maximum 15 photos. The contest has no entry fee.

Friday, February 28, 2014

Astronomy Photographer of the Year 2014

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The Royal Observatory Greenwich, in association with Sky at Night Magazine, have launched their 2014 Astronomy Photographer of the Year competition. Now in its sixth year, the competition attracted a record-breaking number of entries last year, with spectacular images submitted from around the world. Mark Gee won with his extraordinary image depicting a star-riddled Milky Way alongside the beam from a lighthouse on Cape Palliser in New Zealand (above). Entries to this year's competition must be submitted by 24 April 2014, and the winning images will be showcased in the annual free exhibition at the Royal Observatory Greenwich from 18 September 2014 to February 2015.

Thursday, February 27, 2014

“World of Circus” Photography Contest

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The North American Circus Competition has announced its "World of Circus" photo contest. "We are searching for the best images from any era that unequivocallyconvey the deepest meaning of circus," the organisers say. This contest will have one grand prize winner and several other finalists who will receive prizes including $1000 in cash, an Emotiv Insight EEG headband controller (one of only 8000 being produced this year), a Wacom Intuos Pro, and several Wacom Bamboo Stylus pens. The "World of Circus" photo contest opens on 3rd March. Other categories in the North American Circus Competition include "Life is a Cabaret," Circus on Fire" and "Surreal Places".

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Unified Color Launches 2014 HDR Photo Contest

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Unified Color has announced the call for entries for its latest HDR imaging contest. To enter, participants are asked to choose their favourite HDR image(s) and resize them to 72ppi in .jpg or .bef format and email the entries to Unified Color at contest1-2014@unifiedcolor.com. Submissions are accepted through 31st March. The body of your entry email must include your name, current email address and the following statement: “I have read and accept the contest rules pertaining to Unified Color’s 2014 HDR Photo Contest.” All entries must have been edited in HDR Expose 3, HDR Express 3 or 32 Float v3 at some point in its creation. The winners will be announced on or around 11 April 2014. The grand prize winner will receive a $500 gift card to B&H Photo, and the two recipients of Honourable Mentions will each receive a $100 gift card to B&H Photo. As always we suggest that you read the rules before entering your work.

Thursday, February 20, 2014

Beat the Brochure’s Colourful World Photo Competition

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BeatTheBrochure has announced its very first photo competition, A Colourful World. Offering a range of prizes from a digital camera, discounts on BeatTheBrochure holidays, as well as vouchers for Ticketmaster and Love2Shop, the photo contest allows entrants to share their favourite, and most colourful, holiday photos.  All entries will be showcased across the BeatTheBrochure site and its platforms, Google+, Facebook and Twitter. The deadline for submissions is 15 March 2014.

UK National Photography Awards Now Open for Entries

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The 2014 UK National Photography Awards are now open for submissions. Entries are welcome in any genre, giving those in both wide and more niche sectors of the industry an opportunity to gain exposure and recognition for their work. Entries are judged each month and those achieving top marks will receive national award winning status, at bronze, silver, gold or diamond level. This year's categories include: Wedding, Portrait, Wildlife, Landscape, Sports, Newborn, Travel, Boudoir & Glamour, Fashion, Advertising, Equestrian and Astronomy. There is also a 'Young Photographer of the Year' category, for entrants aged between 12-17 and a 'Judges' Choice Award' for images that do not fall into any of the other categories. For more information, and to enter the competition, visit the website below.

WPP Stands by its Decision

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World Press Photo (WPP) has issued a statement regarding the possible conflict of interest in awarding the World Press Photo of the Year 2013 to John Stanmeyer. Both Stanmeyer and general jury chair Gary Knight are founding members of VII Photo Agency - a fact that has sparked a debate in the global professional photographic community.."World Press Photo affirms that the two-week judging process culminating in the selection of Stanmeyer’s photo was conducted according to procedures established over a 57-year history that are specifically designed to ensure the integrity of the awards," WPP says. "World Press Photo has total confidence in its judging process and how it was applied this year. We trust absolutely in the integrity of our chairs and jurors and we honor the selections they have made."

Monday, February 17, 2014

Dominic Wright Named Fashion Photographer of the Year

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York-based Dominic Wright Photography has been named The Societies’ Fashion Photographer of the Year. The winning image (above) was originally an idea created by both Dominic Wright Photography and Christine Wright from Horticouture, created for the TV programme A Great British Christmas at Rise Hall at Sarah Beenys House, which aired on Channel 4 on the 2nd December 2013. Dominic Wright Photography is run by Dominic and his wife Zoe. Upon receiving the honour, Dominic said: "I didn't think we had a chance against such strong competition so we were shocked when we won. we’re over the moon.” 

Table for Two

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The Texas Beef Council has announced a a ‘Table for Two’ photo competition. Beef lovers aged 18 and older from around the USA are asked to participate in the contest by posting pictures of their favourite dishes and explaining who they are sharing their meal with on the Beef Loving Texans Facebook Page. Judges from sponsor, Texas Beef Council, will individually evaluate and score all eligible entries received and select one grand prize winner, who will receive four 16oz T-Bone steaks valued at $99. The competition runs until the end of this month, and the winner will be contacted on 10 March 2014.

Friday, February 14, 2014

John Stanmeyer Wins World Press Photo of the Year 2013

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The jury of the 57th annual World Press Photo competition has selected a picture by American photographer John Stanmeyer of the VII Photo Agency as the World Press Photo of the Year 2013. The image shows African migrants on the shore of Djibouti city at night, raising their phones in an attempt to capture an inexpensive signal from neighbouring Somalia in order to get in touch with relatives abroad. The picture also won 1st Prize in the Contemporary Issues category, and was shot for National Geographic using a Canon EOS 5D Mark III camera with a Canon EF 35mm f/1.4L USM lens. The image was taken at an aperture f/1.4 and 1/40th second exposure and ISO 10,000. Canon, the competition's worldwide sponsor, congratulated Stanmeyer on winning the contest.

Mobile Photography Awards Winners Announced

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The winners of the third annual Mobile Photography Awards have been announced. Photographers from nearly 75 countries submitted over 7,000 images, the highest in the three year history of the awards. The $3,000 Grand Prize has been awarded to Cedric Blanchon (France) for the image above. The MPA/DIPTICAPP Photo Essay 1st Place winner is Cesar Rodriguez-Becerra of Mexico.