Your best chance of winning big: APOTY 2019

Your best chance of winning big: APOTY 2019

The fact that so many of you have entered APOTY 2019 before even finding out what you’re in the running for — aside from the glory of being crowned the 2019 Amateur Photographer of the Year — is testament to the fact that our prize pool does not disappoint. We’ll be announcing the prizes shortly, but for now, we’d like to share some tips for your best chance of being in the running to win.

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Our Picks 2: Sigma D-Photo Amateur Photographer of the Year 2019

Our Picks 2: Sigma D-Photo Amateur Photographer of the Year 2019

Just in time for some Easter inspiration, here’s the second installment of Our Picks for the Sigma APOTY 2019! More than 2000 images from photographers around the country have been entered so far. Here, we share just a few of the images of what is turning out to be an amazing assemblage of photographs, both in quality and quantity.

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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 18, 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. 

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© Dany Peschl (Germany) —  from the series ‘To the Mountains’ — Renaissance Photography Prize Best Series 2014

This year's competition consists of single image categories including Journey, Human, and Line, and a series section, which is an open category. Photographers who enter their works into the competition (and you can submit as many images, or series of images, as you like) will have the chance to have their work seen by a panel of influential, international photography critics. Winning images will be announced in November, and they will be displayed at Getty Images Gallery in London, UK.

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© David Favrod (Spain) — from the series ‘Hikari’ — runner-up for Best Series

The judging panel consists of Gregory Barker, Commissioning Editor at Hotshoe Magazine; Louise Clements, Artistic Director of QUAD and FORMAT International Photography Festival; Emily Graham, Cultural and Education Manager at Magnum Photos; Tom Hind, Senior Director Content Development at Getty Images; Chris Littlewood, Photography Director at Flowers Gallery;  Diane Smyth, Deputy Editor of British Journal of Photography; Madeleine Penny, Freelance Photo Editor at The Sunday Times Magazine; and photographer Simon Roberts.

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© Berta De La Rosa (UK) — ‘Las Manos de Carmen (Carmen's Hands) 02’ — category winner 2014: Expression

There is a prize pool of more than £6000 (approximately NZ$12,700) worth of prizes to be won. Submitting a single image costs £18, up to three images is £27, up to six images is £45, and for more than six, a price will be calculated to give the best discount. If submitting a series of five to eight images, plus a project statement, this will cost £55 per series.

For more information on the competition, and to enter, visit renaissancephotography.org.

Win an Epiphanie Hudson Cognac bag

Introducing the new Epiphanie range of leather camera bags to their inventory, Camera Style is celebrating by giving away one Hudson Cognac bag, worth $420. It's universal, so perfect for both men and women and you can transform it into a satchel, or a cross-body backpack. 10675577_10152925462004590_744536816363022656_n

To be in to win, just fill in the form below and tell us what you would store in the bag.

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Submission open for Kids Photo Comp

First place

First place: Shannon Godfrey
D-Photo is once again seeking excellent family photography from its readers in the latest round of the Kids Photo Comp.

This new round has a deadline of February 9, so get the best shots of your kids in to us for a chance at winning an exquisite Moleskine Monograph from MILK Books, as well as have your image critiqued by a pro and published in the next issue of D-Photo.

The most recent round of the competition was judged by photographer Anna Munro, who picked Shannon Godfrey’s sweet, candid shot (displayed above) as the champion image.

Munro says the image initially struck her because of it's strong narrative.

“I can feel a sense of expectation in the baby’s face and I love that it is a sweet, honest moment in time that is artistically composed and captured,” she explains.

“The scale of the baby next to the father’s legs is very endearing, as is the outfit. To me the matching gumboots tell a story of a child who will grow into his father’s footsteps: one day the baby’s gumboots will be dirty from work, too.”

For more of the judge's comments and critiques pick up the latest issue of D-Photo.

Congratulations also go out to the round’s deserving runners-up, Debbie Harrison in second place and Robert Mackenzie in third, whose images are displayed below and printed in D-Photo 64, on sale now.

For your chance to score a spot in the next winners spread, have a read of the entry conditions:

Send entries to: editor@dphoto.co.nz with the subject ‘Kids Photo Comp’

Details to include: image title, camera used, focal length, aperture, shutter speed, iso, any additional equipment

Image requirements: around A4 size at 300dpi, JPEG file

Deadline: 5pm, February 9

Terms and conditions

  • To enter you must be the photographer of the submitted content and either the legal copyright holder or have permission from the copyright holder
  • Images should be around A4 size at 300dpi – file size is a clue, if it’s less than 1MB it’s probably not print quality
  • Images should not be watermarked
  • Images should not have been previously published (personal blogs, websites and social media sites are fine)
  • You may enter as many images as you like, but entries must not have been submitted in previous D-Photo competitions
  • You fully indemnify D-Photo and its sponsors against any claims arising from third parties in the event that your submitted image infringes intellectual, property or model rights if published by D-Photo and its sponsors for promotion or acknowledgment of the competition and exhibition
  • Entrants retain copyright to their images and agree that D-Photo may use material submitted in whole for promotion or acknowledgment of the competition and exhibition
  • Entrants agree submitted material may be cropped for editorial and layout purposes and that such altered images may be credited to them
  • Non-compliance with the competition criteria will disqualify entries
  • Prizes are not transferable and may not be exchanged for cash
  • No entries will be accepted after stated deadlines

For further inquiries please contact editor@dphoto.co.nz

Second place

Second place: Debbie Harrison
Third place

Third place: Robert Mackenzie

Be in to win a DJI Phantom FC40 kit

Win a drone

If you're interested in venturing to new heights with your photography, aerial cinematography could be your next step. To get you started on this path, we've secured a DJI Phantom FC40 kit for you to give away to one lucky reader.

Just subscribe to D-Photo and you'll be in the draw to win the kit which includes the DJI Phantom FC40 as well as an FC40 camera, spare battery, and a set of prop guards, worth $999.

Subscribe now and be in to win — don't forget subscribing by direct debit is your cheapest option at only $22 every six months. To subscribe by direct debit click here to find the form to fill in and send to us by snail mail.

Capturing great video from up high is simple while you’re safely on the ground with the Phantom FC40. Its built-in smart camera has 720p/30fps HD video support with iOS and Android control. Perfect for those starting out with aerial cinematography, it features a 2.4G Wi-Fi connection and provides a full first-person view experience at up to 100m off the ground.

You can learn more about the DJI Phantom FC40 here.

Last weekend to enter the D-Photo Kids Photo Comp

DP62kidsGet your children and camera at the ready this weekend, as entries for the latest round of the D-Photo Kids Photo Comp close at 5pm this coming Monday, August 11. To be in with a chance to win an exquisite Moleskine Photo Book Plus from Milk Books, as well as have your image critiqued by a pro and published in the next issue of D-Photo, simply email the best images of your children to editor@dphoto.co.nz with the subject 'Kids Photo Comp', following the terms and conditions below.

Last issue's winner was Palmerston North photographer Cathy Tuthill, with the stunning outdoor group portrait pictured here. Guest judge Amanda Reelick, an Auckland-based professional family-portrait and commercial photographer, says a beautiful image is hard to achieve with young children, but this shot is technically perfect with all three subjects sharply in focus, backlit by gorgeous soft golden light.

"I love how they have been posed. Standing together, relaxed with warm, real expressions (look at those eyes, they pull you in)," enthuses Reelick. "Wardrobe has been well thought out and separates the subjects from the background, with a gorgeous splash of yellow in between. Love the boy’s hat too, so cute."

Congratulations also go out to our runners-up, who's excellent images are displayed below.

Read the terms and conditions of entry carefully to submit your images into the next round of D-Photo's Kids Photo Comp:

Send entries to: editor@dphoto.co.nz with the subject ‘Kids Photo Comp’

Details to include: image title, camera used, focal length, aperture, shutter speed, iso, any additional equipment

Image requirements: around A4 size at 300dpi, JPEG file

Deadline: 5pm, August 11

Terms and conditions

To enter you must be the photographer of the submitted content and either the legal copyright holder or have permission from the copyright holder

Images should be around A4 size at 300dpi – file size is a clue, if it’s less than 1MB it’s probably not print quality

Images should not be watermarked

Images should not have been previously published (personal blogs, websites and social media sites are fine)

You may enter as many images as you like, but entries must not have been submitted in previous D-Photo competitions

You fully indemnify D-Photo and its sponsors against any claims arising from third parties in the event that your submitted image infringes intellectual, property or model rights if published by D-Photo and its sponsors for promotion or acknowledgment of the competition and exhibition

Entrants retain copyright to their images and agree that D-Photo may use material submitted in whole for promotion or acknowledgment of the competition and exhibition

Entrants agree submitted material may be cropped for editorial and layout purposes and that such altered images may be credited to them

Non-compliance with the competition criteria will disqualify entries

Prizes are not transferable and may not be exchanged for cash

No entries will be accepted after stated deadlines

For further inquiries please contact editor@dphoto.co.nz

First placeFirst place: Cathy Tuthill, Evening Walk

Second placeSecond place: Sharee McBeth, Dylan Daisy

Third place Third place: Jason O'Hara, Spirit

Win a Panasonic Lumix FZ1000

We've reviewed it and we'd recommend it, so why not try win it? If you subscribe to D-Photo now you'll be in the draw to win the new Panasonic Lumix FZ1000, worth $1400.

Our reviewer, Kelly Lynch, says the camera is ideally suited to enthusiast photographers who want something more serious than a point-and-shoot, with lots of options, and ultra-high-definition video.

Check out her review below and subscribe to D-Photohere to be in with a chance to win.

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Panasonic's Lumix FZ1000 is an interesting take on the bridge camera, offering a mixed bag of goodies for those wanting options in both still photography and video. It inherits the traditional bulky shape, size, and comfortable ergonomics of a DSLR but with a fixed 25–400mm (16x optical) Leica lens. It has image stabilization, and its widest aperture is f/2.8 to f/4 as the lens extends. 

The one-inch Live MOS sensor is designed to be energy efficient and to allow more light in, with less noise. There is also a small built-in flash and a hot shoe, a three-inch monitor which pulls out from the back of the camera and rotates nicely, and a viewfinder that is lit by a bright OLED when activated.

The camera rear has a multitude of buttons, while the top sports two easy-to-operate dials and a zoom lever. Many of the functions can be accessed directly on the camera body and via a quick menu-access button, but some items — like spot metering and enabling flash — need to be activated through the main menu, which at times is frustrating to navigate.

The FZ1000 boasts many features enthusiasts are going to love. It’s capable of shooting at up to 12fps, and there are six different autofocus options — one has up to 49 focus points, another customized focus points. In silent mode, the camera operates very quietly, as you would hope, and the 125–12,800 ISO range can be expanded up to 25,600. It has Intelligent Auto Plus, which allows users to set brightness and colour tone, and there’s also high dynamic range and depth-from-defocus control (which helps blur a background) and built-in Wi-Fi connectivity with near field communication (NFC) capabilities.

Under various conditions and settings, the images I shot came out looking good, although those taken at wide angle looked slightly better than those shot at 400mm. I was pleased with the results in low light, and the camera does a good job on autofocus. I also like that when manually focusing, a box in the screen’s centre magnifies the subject, so I can be sure I have it sharp before pressing the shutter button.

One of the camera’s most impressive features is its ultra-high-definition 4K video ability, with four times the picture resolution of full-high-definition 1080p. The result is fine detail resolved well, which is appreciable when you look at the detail in someone’s hair, for example. There are lots of options in video mode and you can take control of aperture and shutter, but, unfortunately, the transition between aperture stops is not smooth. The camera has a 3.5mm input for an external microphone but doesn’t have built-in neutral density filters. 

This camera’s direct competition is the Sony RX10. However, although they share many similar qualities, the RX10 has half the focal range, no 4K video, and is more expensive. The price of the FZ1000, its multitude of still camera options, as well as impressive video offerings, gives it an edge in the market.

Win a signed photo book from underwater pioneer

David-Doubilet-with-tiger-shark_CR-Jennifer-HayesRenowned aquatic photographer David Doubilet is visiting New Zealand next month for a series of talks and to warm you up for the events we've got a signed copy of his beautiful photo book, Water Light Time, to give away. Doubilet is widely credited as one of the world's foremost underwater photographers, and the spectacular images in Water Light Time make it clear why – the book covers 25 years of the artist's underwater adventures from the shores of the Galapagos to the Red Sea, from the Pacific Ocean to the fresh waters of North America.

He well be speaking to audiences about these expeditions and more in the upcoming National Geographic Live show, Coral, Fire, & Ice, coming to both Wellington and Auckland. The Wellington show will be held at Te Papa Museum on August 7, the Auckland show at the Aotea Centre on August 9. Ticketing information can be found here.

If you would like to be in with a chance to win a signed copy of the photographer's stunning retrospective, Water Light Time, simply fill out the following form telling us what your dream National Geographic assignment would be – where would you go, what would you need, who are your subjects, how would you present the images?

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Last week for Kids Photo Comp entries

S cavalierThe latest edition of D-Photo’s illustrious Kids Photo Comp closes in a week’s time, so be sure to get your entries sorted soon for a shot at fortune and glory. Last issue’s champion was Stacey Cavalier, who wowed our guest judge (and not for the first time) with her conceptually effervescent and technically immaculate portraiture style.

Our esteemed guest judge this time was Rachel Callander, award-winning wedding photographer and the force behind the Super Power Baby Project, who was drawn to the grave facial expression of the child being drawn on.

“He is being transformed from a small boy to a big business executive who isn’t going to take any crap!

“The black and white treatment works really well and we are drawn straight into the action and story of the image.”

Congratulations also go out to our runners-up, who submitted the extremely strong images displayed below.

For your chance to have your favourite kids portrait critiqued by a pro, see your mage published in D-Photo and possibly win an elegant Moleskine Photo Book Plus, get your entries in for the next round by 5pm, Friday, February 14:

Send entries to: editor@dphoto.co.nz with the subject ‘Kids Photo Comp’

Details to include: image title, camera used, focal length, aperture, shutter speed, iso, any additional equipment

Image requirements: around A4 size at 300dpi, JPEG file

Deadline: 5pm, February 14

Terms and conditions

To enter you must be the photographer of the submitted content and either the legal copyright holder or have permission from the copyright holder

Images should be around A4 size at 300dpi – file size is a clue, if it’s less than 1MB it’s probably not print quality

Images should not be watermarked

Images should not have been previously published (personal blogs, websites and social media sites are fine)

You fully indemnify D-Photo and its sponsors against any claims arising from third parties in the event that your submitted image infringes intellectual, property or model rights if published by D-Photo and its sponsors for promotion or acknowledgment of the competition and exhibition

Entrants retain copyright to their images and agree that D-Photo may use material submitted in whole for promotion or acknowledgment of the competition and exhibition

Entrants agree submitted material may be cropped for editorial and layout purposes and that such altered images may be credited to them

Non-compliance with the competition criteria will disqualify entries

Prizes are not transferable and may not be exchanged for cash

No entries will be accepted after stated deadlines

For further inquiries please contact editor@dphoto.co.nz

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Winner: Stacey Cavalier, Body suit

Glenn Elvy

Second place: Glenn Elvy, Ronaldo

Dreaming

Third place: Allan Jones, Dreaming