Wednesday, August 26, 2015
The winners of the 2nd International Landscape Photographer of the Year (ILPOTY) competition have been announced. The overall winner (based on a folio submission of at least 4 images) is Luke Austin from Australia. Luke uses a Nikon D800E with the Nikkor 14-24mm f2.8, 45mm f2.8 Tilt Shift and 70-200mm f4 lenses, and an assortment of Feisol Pro and Tournament series tripods. The runner-up International Landscape Photographer of the Year is Ricardo Da Cunha from Australia..
The Olympus Global Open Photo Contest is accepting entries through to 05:00 am GMT on Friday 20 November. Entries are invited in four categories which are offered under five thematic headings: Life (“Birth”), Future (“Places to Preserve”), People (“Smiles”), and Technical (“Macro” and “Art”). Up to 5 entries per theme can be submitted, and entrants are free to amend entry descriptions, take down entries or add fresh photos at any time during the competition period. The total value of the prizes on offer is approximately €30,000.
Tuesday, August 25, 2015
Wilkinson Cameras have launched a competition to win the latest Sigma 24mm f1.4 DF HSM I Art lens worth £699. To enter, all you have to do is visit Wilkinson Cameras' Facebook page and answer a simple question.One lucky winner will be taking home this Sigma lens, in their choice of either Canon or Nikon fit. Two runners up will win a year’s free membership to The Guild of Photographers, each worth up to £120 each.
Monday, August 24, 2015
The Family Travel Show 2015 has just launched its Young Travel Photographers Competition. This photo contest has one simple aim - to celebrate the skill of young travel photographers as they capture their adventures while exploring the world with their families. There are two age categories, 11 & under and 12-17, and the winner of each category will win a £150 voucher for CEWE Photobook, a Panasonic A100 wearable camera and a 40 x 60cm acrylic print of their photograph. The winning images and further selected entries will also feature in the Young Travel Photographers Exhibition at the Family Travel Show, Olympia London, held from 31st October – 1st November. The deasline for submissions is 14th October 2015.
Photography Blog has teamed up with ExpoImaging to offer you the chance to win the new and improved Rogue FlashBender 2 Portable Lighting Kit.
The Rogue FlashBender 2 range of unique light modifiers for speedlight flash units, allows photographers to direct and shape light. The range has been created by ExpoImaging to meet the needs of location photographers, and is made up of strong, durable, lighting tools that can be flat packed for easy storage or transportation.
The FlashBender 2 range has a patented design, giving the photographer complete control over the shape of the reflector.
The innovative Rogue FlashBender 2 Portable Lighting Kit includes everything you need to unleash your creativity in one practical kit.
Portable Lighting Kit includes:
FlashBender 2 – LARGE Reflector
FlashBender 2 – SMALL Reflector
LARGE Diffusion Panel
SMALL Diffusion Panel
Rogue Flash Gels - Combo Filter Kit
Rogue 3-in-1 Flash Grid - Stacking Grid System
Rogue Grid Gels - Combo Filter Kit
Rogue FlashBender Travel Bag
Soften light with soft boxes on-camera or off-camera
Shape bounce flash and background light
Snoot hair light
Focus light with the Rogue Grid for dramatic effect
Add theatrical accent colour with Rogue Flash Gels
Colour correct flash for improved colour balance
Total Kit Weight: 19 oz (540g)
The Rogue FlashBender 2 Portable Lighting Kit is available to purchase through leading photography retailers and is distributed exclusively by Color Confidence. For further information and to purchase your Rogue FlashBender 2 Portable Lighting Kit, visit: www.colorconfidence.com
How to enter the competition
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Thursday, August 13, 2015
We've teamed up with DxO to give away DxO Optics Pro 10, Film Pack and Viewpoint!
Danny Johnson is the lucky winner - congratulations!
DxO Photo Suite - The ultimate combination of power and creativity integrated in a unique and intuitive interface
DxO Photo Suite includes:
DxO Optics Pro - Thanks to DxO OpticsPro’s exclusive technologies, instantly correct all the optical defects of your equipment, remove digital noise even at high sensitivities, recover fine details and textures in dark or burnt areas, and bring out all the nuances of color in your images. With DxO OpticsPro’s outstanding performance, bring out the best in your RAW and JPEG photos in just a few clicks, regardless of shooting conditions.
- Prime denoising technology
- Clearview haze removal
- Smart Lighting exposure optimisation
- Automatic optical corrections
DxO FilmPack - Rediscover the style, the colors, and the grain of more than 80 legendary analog films, faithfully thanks to DxO’s exclusive calibration process. Combine many original renderings with filter, vignetting, blur, texture, frame, or light leak effects to give your photos a unique look. Preserve the quality of your digital images thanks to support for RAW format and benefit from DxO’s unsurpassed powerful processing.
- 120 styles, 80 of which are legendary analog films
- Black & White conversion
- Designer presets for creative control
DxO ViewPoint - As a standalone application and as a plugin, DxO ViewPoint offers simple visual tools for making spectacular corrections, along with advanced controls for unrivaled precision.
- Resolve the most complex perspective problems
- Correction of volume deformation
- Distortion correction
As complementary plugins, DxO ViewPoint and DxO FilmPack integrate perfectly within DxO OpticsPro. All their features are directly accessible in integrated palettes, allowing you to apply your corrections to any RAW or JPEG image being processed. Further, you don’t have to change anything about your workflow: DxO OpticsPro is completely compatible with Lightroom.
Thursday, July 30, 2015
The Act’Image Association has launched a major European photographic contest titled What a Wonderful World. The competition, whose central theme is urban transformation in Europe, allows people from all over the world to enter their work via Facebook, Instagram and Twitter using the hashtag #waww2015. The jury will award prizes in two categories - single entries and photo essays consisting of 15 images each. The deadline for entries is 30 September 2015.
Outdoor Photography magazine has announced that its competition to find the next Outdoor Photographer of the Year is now open. Open to amateur and professional photographers from around the world, the competition covers all genres of outdoor photography – from landscape and adventure to wildlife and the underwater world – and this year the organisers have added a brand new category devoted to seeking out images that capture the spirit of travel. The fee to enter each of the eight adult categories is £8. There is also a free-to-enter category for photographers aged 18 or under. The magazine has once again teamed up with outdoor equipment experts Fjällräven to offer a unique prize: the overall winner will be off to the Arctic on the Fjällräven Polar dog sled expedition in spring 2016. All the winning images will be exhibited at the Telegraph Outdoor Adventure & Travel Show at ExCel, London (11-14 February 2016), and the overall winner will be announced live at the show on the Outdoor Photography PhotoBox stage on Saturday 13 February 2016. The closing date for entries is 2 November 2015.
Wednesday, July 29, 2015
A sea view photography competition, run by the Shipwrecked Mariners’ Society (SMS), is still on the hunt for the UK’s ultimate sea view as the deadline looms. Having already seen a wave of entries, the competition, which is in its second year, will be judged by a panel of experts: Matt Havercroft, editor of Discover Britain Magazine, Kate Westaway, a marine photographer and TV producer and Commodore Malcolm Williams, the Charity’s chief executive. The prize, donated by P&O Ferries, will be a five-day return crossing on their Dover to Calais route for a car or caravan and up to nine passengers. The deadline for entries to the competition is 7 August 2015.
Friday, July 17, 2015
Defrozo have just started a photography portfolio contest. Offering four winner spots, the Defrozo portfolio competition provides each winner with a prize bundle consisting of 5 premium photography resources. The deadline for entries is 31 July 2015. Click through for the details.
Thursday, July 16, 2015
Canon have partnered with the British Red Cross for this year’s Humanitarian Citizenship Awards photography competition. “Our competition theme this year is ‘Celebrating your community’. Often, humanitarian action starts at the heart of communities, and we are asking young people to reflect this in their photography,” said Robin Wells, youth development co-ordinator at the British Red Cross. “Through this theme, we want to encourage young people to celebrate their own communities, and the contributions made by communities and individuals within them.” There are two age categories, 17 and under, and 18 to 25. The overall winners in both categories will each receive an EOS 760D plus lens. The British Red Cross is accepting entries at the website below.
Monday, July 13, 2015
The inaugural Calumet Photographic Student Photographer of the Year competition has received more than a thousand entries, attracting some of Britain’s best young photographers. Now, the winning and shortlisted images are going on a UK tour, exhibiting in Calumet Photographic shops across the United Kingdom. Edinburgh College student Oliver Henderson’s winning photo will take pride of place in the exhibition. His image of a woman in a red dress under a spotlight on a rooftop, set against an industrial background (above), scooped the title and the £11,000 prize bundle of photographic equipment. His photo will be accompanied by the nine finalist entries from Maria Karpova, University of the Arts London; Sioned Evans, University of Wales, Trinity Saint David; Joe Till, Walsall College; Monty Cholmeley, Oundle School, Katarzyna Janicka-Wojtowicz, Ieva Vaitkuviene, Jolanta Ziarnik, Thomas Craner-Buckley and Jack Visser. The tour has now started at the Bristol store; the exhibition will be in place until Friday 24th July, when it will move to other Calumet stores. Click through / read on for the exact dates and locations.
Friday, July 10, 2015
Pearson and Talenthouse are offering photographers around the world a rare opportunity to have their photography judged by British celebrity photographer Rankin. Photographers are being invited to capture the magic of learning and education through striking and memorable imagery. Selected entrants will be awarded a cash bursary for each photograph chosen for Pearson’s official photo library, and have their work credited and showcased across Pearson’s official channels. Additionally, a select number of photographers will be offered career opportunities with the potential to continue to work on paid projects for upcoming Pearson projects. Entrants have until 18 August at 6pm GMT to submit their ideas through the website below.
Nikon today revealed the winners of the Nikon Photo Contest 2014-2015. "Fukushima Flowers" by Katsuhiro Noguchi of Japan has won the Grand Prize in the photograph category and "One" by Chris Rudz of Poland has received the Grand Prize in the video category. “The winning images might have been overlooked as they speak so quietly about one of the colossal events of the last decade,” judge Stephen Mayes commented. “But their intricate beauty pulls the viewer closer, demanding deeper study. Using the descriptive detail of the photographic process, the images describe nothing, but instead offer a meditation, first visually and then intellectually and finally emotionally as their significance emerges. And the lasting emotion is of hope plucked from the very earth that betrayed its inhabitants in 2011.” A further 107 winners will be announced on the Nikon Photo Contest website and all award-winning works will be exhibited in Japan.
Tuesday, July 7, 2015
The theme of the 7th Edition of the Carmignac Photojournalism Award is Libya, a North African country that is experiencing an unprecedented political, military and humanitarian crisis. The Carmignac Photojournalism Award has resolved to support a photojournalist in the implementation, production and dissemination of an in-depth project on this country from which we now receive little to no images. The Jury of the 7th Edition of the Award, chaired by Brett Rogers, Director of The Photographers' Gallery (London), will meet on 13th November 2015 in Paris. The Panel comprises Reza, Patrick Baz, Janine di Giovanni, Thierry Grillet, Mikko Takkunen, plus the winner of the 6th Carmignac Photojournalism Award whose name will be revealed in September. Photographers must submit their applications before Sunday 11th October 2015 at 12am (GMT) via the online application process.
The Societies - including the Society of International Wildlife Photographers, the Society of International Commercial and Industrial Photographers, the Society of International Travel and Tourism Photographers, the Society of International Sport & Leisure Photographers and the Society of International Fashion and Glamour Photographers - have launched five photo competitions for the month of July. These include a panoramic photography contest, a "people watching" competition, a boudoir photography contest, an aerial photo competition and a sports photography contest looking for images that depict decisive moments in sports. Click through / scroll down for the complete list.
Monday, July 6, 2015
X-Rite have announced June’s winners of the global social competition 'Capture the Colour,' and also unveiled July’s theme colour. The winners are Carlos Robles, Tomasz Dzubia, Inga Linder-Kopiecka, Jarosław Godowski and Vito Netti. The theme colour for July is Pantone 14-0848 Mimosa. Best illustrated by the abundant flowers of the Mimosa tree and the sparkle of the brilliantly hued cocktail, Mimosa is a versatile shade that coordinates with any other colour and "translates to both fashion and interiors," the company remarks. Entrants can submit their photographs via X-Rite’s Facebook Competition page.
Friday, July 3, 2015
The Society of International Nature and Wildlife Photographers have announced the winners of Discovering Wildlife Photography Competition. Marc Mol from Laufen, Switzerland was chosen as the winner from over 325 images entered in to the competition. Marc tells us ''What a nice and welcome surprise! A herd of elephants cast incredible shadows across the dry Luangwa River floodplain as they journey to the refreshing waters of this dwindling river. The looming shadows of the herd led by the matriarch are clearer than the animals themselves, who seamlessly blend in the textured patterns of the sand below them. Captured from a microlight at early light over the Luangwa River floodplain in Zambia's South Luangwa National park." Marc used a Nikon D3S camera and an AF-S Nikkor 70-200mm f/2.8 VR II lens to capture the winning shot. The runners up are Mario Gustavo Fiorucci and Karin Horstman.
The Wandle Valley Forum (WVF), Wandle Valley Regional Park Trust (WVRPT) and Living Wandle Landscape Partnership (LWLP) are launching a photographic competition to capture all aspects of the Wandle Valley. There are four categories to enter, each representing a key aspect of the valley’s rich diversity: Natural Wandle, Urban Wandle, Wandle Folk and Working Wandle. The competition is open to amateur photographers of any age, living or working in the in the boroughs of Wandsworth, Sutton, Merton and Croydon. The closing date for entries is midnight on 16 October 2015. The winning images will be used on the new WVRP website and in its digital archive; the overall winner will be used on the website home page.
Shortlisted entries to the Hasselblad Masters 2016 competition are now awaiting votes from the Hasselblad Public Jury. The public vote provides photographers worldwide with the opportunity to influence the result of the competition, with the Public Jury carrying one vote on the main Masters Jury panel. Members of the public are invited to help select a winner from each of the ten categories. The Public Jury vote works by using a rating system that allows you to award 1, 2 or 3 stars to an image in each category. The images with the most stars in each category at the end of the voting period will then gain the public vote as part of the main Masters Jury panel. It is not possible to vote more than once on an image, and once the 6 allotted stars are used up, that image category is considered closed and you can move on to the next category. It is not mandatory to vote in all 10 categories. The voting period ends on 30 September 2015.