International competition raises funds for breast cancer charity

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© Chris Rhodes (UK) — ‘4 Sale, Shipshewana, IN, USA’ — Renaissance Photography Prize for Best Single Image 2014

An international photography competition is providing emerging and established artists with a platform to have their work seen by a worldwide audience, while also raising funds for a worthy cause.

The Renaissance Photography Prize is currently open for submissions until June 12, 2015, and this year, all profit earned from entry fees will be donated to The Lavendar Trust at Breast Cancer Care — a UK charity, which raises money to fund information and support for young women with breast cancer.  (more…)

Remembering Anzac: Laurence Aberhart

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Laurence Aberhart, Dunrobin — Edievale, Otago, June 25, 2012, 2012, platinum (courtesy of the artist)

For longer than 30 years, Laurence Aberhart has been providing an insight into memorializing war with his images of single Anzac figures and monuments. He’s travelled throughout New Zealand and Australia capturing the striking images, and now you can see 60 of these prints in the exhibition ANZAC: Photographs by Laurence Aberhart at Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tamaki, as part of the Auckland Festival of Photography, from May 30 to December 6, 2015. We talked to Aberhart about the process behind his work and what initiated this three-decade project. (more…)

Sigma D-Photo Amateur Photographer of the Year comp prizes announced


The 2015 Sigma D-Photo Amateur Photographer of the Year competition is getting bigger and greater as the weeks pass by. The prize pool for this year’s competition is outstanding, and is the largest the competition has seen with the total pool valued at over $15,500.

D-Photo is proud to be able to bring this competition to New Zealand’s amateur photography community. We would like to thank competition chief sponsor Sigma, and category sponsors Universal College of Learning (UCOL), Momento, Vanguard, Ilford, Southern Approach, ProGear, and White Studios for supporting this illustrious competition. (more…)

Release the Hounds: Stephanie O’Connor

Advertising and beauty photographs promoting an unnatural, narrow standard of beauty have been the target of a growing backlash from a culture inundated with perfectly produced visions of supposed perfection. A chief proponent of this resistance is the anti-Photoshop brigade, who finger digital post-production of images as a key driver of impossible standards and increasing stigma.

Artist Stephanie O’Connor takes issue with both sides of the argument in her challenging new exhibition, Release the Hounds, part of the 2015 Auckland Festival of Photography. Utilizing her skills as a professional retoucher, O’Connor has produced a series of portraits that defy the glossy magazine conventions of beauty, enhanced by the very post-production tools decried by critics of the beauty industry. She talks to D-Photo about walking that fine iconoclastic line. (more…)

Olympus announces new lenses, upgrades, and limited-edition models

We can only imagine how busy it’s been at the Olympus headquarters recently as there has been, not just one, but three announcements about new gear and upgrades.

First off the bat is the launch of their new lenses — the 8mm f/1.8 fisheye lens and the 7–14mm f/2.8 ultra-wide angle zoom lens.



The fisheye lens is called the M.Zuiko Digital ED 8mm f/1.8 Pro and is ideal for photographers who are interested in shooting astronomy, underwater, or landscape shots, as well as for professional-imaging requirements. Olympus says that this lens is the world’s brightest fisheye lens and plenty of focus was put into ensuring that comatic and chromatic aberrations at large apertures were kept to a minimum. The 17 lens elements, including Olympus’s super high refractive  (Super HR) and super extra-low dispersion (Super ED) glass, arranged in 15 groups also reduce aberrations and allow for high clarity right out to the edges of the image. It’s got a 2.5cm minimum focusing distance, it’s dust-, freeze-, and splash-proof, and it’s a lightweight lens weighing just 315g. (more…)

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