New stock photo opportunity for New Zealand’s young photographers

TheShutterClub_Release1OctoberFinalA leading organisation in the stock photo industry is set to launch a new youth-focused project that will give talented young photographers the chance to make money producing fresh images of New Zealand.

The Shutter Club is an initiative from leading local stock image library, Photonewzealand, which aims to compile a new image collection featuring aspects of New Zealand life and culture as seen through the lenses of the country’s younger professional photographers.

Applications to be a part of The Shutter Club are open now; successful applicants will contribute “expressive, emotive, spontaneous and genuine” images to a final collection of mid-to-high priced images, rather than a low-cost ‘microstock’ library, that will be launched to clients in early 2015.

Photonewzealand already represents some of New Zealand’s leading photographers – Craig Potton, Mike Langford, Peter Quinn, Becky Nunes, Arno Gasteiger, to name a few – and the organisations says The Shutter Club represents an ideal way for emerging pros to earn a revenue stream while continuing to explore creatively.

D-Photo catches up with Kathryn Edwards from Photonewzealand to a get a ...full story

Iris stars: Amy Fowler

Student

Amy Fowler struck gold twice at the recent NZIPP Iris Awards, with her two award-winning prints landing her the Student category win for the second year in a row. A student at the photography department of Palmerston North’s Universal College of Learning (UCOL), Amy chats to D-Photo about the provocative portrait that helped secure her this year’s title.

 D-Photo: Was this image produced for a UCOL assignment?

Amy Fowler: Yes, it was an assignment for UCOL, I had the upcoming NZIPP Iris Awards in mind when I started to produce the image though. The brief was very loose, we had to produce a set of five images that flowed well together with the aspect of colour in mind. I wanted to step out of my comfort zone for this assignment and push the vibrancy of the colours.

Where did the idea for the concept come from?

The concept was based on Distortion by Proxy Disorder, which is an issue where parents try to live their own lives through their children. This project in particular was based on beauty pageants and how commonly the children participating ...full story

D-Photo wins again at magazine cover awards

_59 400pxD-Photo is proud to announce, for the second year in a row, the publication has scooped a top award at New Zealand’s annual competition for magazine cover of the year.

After being picked as a category finalist in The Maggies awards by a panel of experts, the cover of D-Photo 59 was chosen as this year’s top cover in the Specialist category by public vote.

The stunning cover image was created by award-winning portrait photographer Bianca Duimel, who contributed to that issue’s well-received feature on techniques for taking beautiful photos of babies and children.

The Maggies organisers report over 15,000 votes cast during the month of open public voting. The organisation was also able to raise over $1800 for children’s charity Barnardos New Zealand, donating $1 from every subscription purchased with the complimentary $5 iSubscrible voucher gifted to those who voted in the awards.

D-Photo would like to extend sincere thanks to all of those who voted for the cover, it’s an honour to have New Zealand photography represented so prominently in the publishing industry.

New local distributor for Nikon

Nikon_logo_2012.10Update: Lacklands, the new distributor for Nikon in New Zealand, tells D-Photo the company is delighted to now be handling the brand locally.

Shayne Morgan, the company’s director, says the new partnership firmly entrenches Lacklands’ position as “New Zealand’s leading image supplier”.

“The addition of Nikon to our portfolio of world leading brands reiterates our standing as a key partner to our overseas principals and New Zealand retailers… We truly are a ‘one stop shop’ for the industry.”

Morgan also says the closure of Macalister Group (formally TA Macalister), who previously handled Nikon in New Zealand, was an unfortunate loss for the imaging industry.

“The closure of TA Macalister after 70 years is very sad for their loyal staff and the industry as a whole, but we are confident that the void can be filled with the excellent people, products and service available from Lacklands.”

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Nikon has a new distributor in New Zealand; Nikon Australia today announced a partnership with Lacklands LP for the promotion, sales and distribution of Nikon imaging and sports optics products locally.

The fate of the brand had been uncertain in recent weeks following news that previous ...full story

Come meet Canon New Zealand

Canon Workshop

The Canon New Zealand crew are touring the country this week, making stops in Wellington, Christchurch and Auckland, bringing with them the latest and greatest Canon gear to test out.

The team are making time for enthusiasts and professionals alike on the trip, offering Canon Professional Services (CPS) members free camera sensor cleaning (5D and 1D series) along with a chance to get hands-on with the latest Canon professional gear releases. Enthusiasts are invited to meet the Canon reps and take the Canon experience kit for a spin, comprising a large range of cameras and lenses.

The events will be held at fully-equipped photography studios and Canon is bringing a model along for the events, so you’ll be able to test the gear (and bring your own along if you like) in real world studio conditions.

Everyone attending the events also goes in to the draw to win a new Canon PowerShot G1X Mark II, the company’s top-shelf compact camera.

Photographers in Auckland are in for a special opportunity, with Canon not just brining the full kit for trial but also conducting a free photography night ...full story

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