Win a trip to Sri Lanka and Canon kit

PickersA freshly launched photo competition gives New Zealand’s photography enthusiasts the chance to win a 10-day trip to Sri Lanka and a impressive swathe of new Canon equipment with a value of $5400.

The Dilmah Tea in the City photo competition challenges photographers to submit images themed around the “timeless tradition of tea, redefined in the contemporary urban landscape”.

Those who take up the brief will be in with a shot at journeying to Sri Lanka to explore the country’s unique culture and fine heritage of tea-making. The winner will also document the experience with a band new Canon EOS 7D Mark II DSLR with 17-55mm IS f/2.8 lens, supplied with a Canon backpack and SD card, along with a Canon Pixma Pro-100 printer.

The competition is open now and closes January 23, 2015. Selected finalist images will be displayed at the Photographer’s Gallery in Napier as part of the Tremains Art Deco Weekend on February 18-22, 2-15; there the judging panel will select the competition’s overall winner.

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Iris stars: Clinton Lloyd

Clinton Lloyd

The latest (albeit somewhat delayed, apologies) in our series of interviews with the high achievers of this year’s Iris Professional Photography Awards is with Christchurch wedding photographer, Clinton Lloyd. He picked up a Gold award – thought not without some nerve-wracking debate from the judges – for this striking print in the Wedding Classic category. Clinton tells D-Photo how this involving monochrome shot came to be.

D-Photo: Can you tell us a little about the wedding this image comes from?

Clinton Lloyd: The wedding was for Caroline and Jason, and was held on Caroline’s childhood farm in Cave, South Canterbury. The farm has been in the family for generations and so the property and house has a lot of meaning to the couple. The wedding went spectacularly, the weather was scorching but with some beautiful cloud formations and plenty of rolling hills in all directions.

Where was this particular shot taken?

This shot was taken just before Caroline got into the heritage Land Rover and headed up to the ceremony, which was at the top of the farm in front of a giant rock formation. ...full story

Win tickets to Finding Vivian Maier

FVM_1bThe highly lauded documentary film about one of the most intriguing photographic discoveries of recent times comes to New Zealand screens in November and D-Photo has tickets to give away to lucky readers.

Finding Vivian Maier recounts the tale of how an American nanny became posthumously known as one of the 20th Century’s greatest street photographers after her previously unseen work was unearthed several years ago.

The film reveals the strange and riveting life of Maier, who secretly took over 100,000 photographs between the 1950s and 1980s, through never before seen photographs, films and interviews with many who believe they knew the mysterious artist.

Finding Vivian Maier opens across New Zealand on November 6, and Vendetta Films has kindly given us two double passes to give away, to go in the draw just fill out the following form. Following the form you can view the film’s trailer and view a list of the cinemas throughout the country that will be screening it.

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World Photo awards after New Zealand’s best

Into the Bend

Peter Graney

There are more than 4 million people in the country and the hunt is on to find New Zealand’s single best photographer.

In conjunction with Sony New Zealand, Sony World Photography Awards opens the New Zealand National Award competition to Kiwi photographers of all abilities. There are 10 different categories participants can choose to enter, but there will only be a single overall winner selected. (more…)

D-Photo 63 out Monday

Cover 63

Time to get in that summer state of mind; the final issue of D-Photo for the year hits shelves on Monday and it’s packed with stunning imagery and helpful tips for shooting in the summertime, capturing candid holiday moments, perfecting your family photography, and all the best photo gifts for the Christmas stockings.

Here’s a taste of what’s on offer this issue: (more…)

Kids Photo Comp open for submissions

First place - Alan Jones, Learning
First place: Allan jones

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 November 24, 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 Karyn Flett, who picked Allan Jones’ expertly captured studious moment as the champion image, displayed above.

Flett says the winning image caught her eye straight away and conveyed a great deal about its young subject.

“I was drawn in by the concentration on his face and the mouth hanging open while he tries so hard to navigate his pencil,” she explains.

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Bold new exhibition seeks public help


An enterprising local photographer has big plans to turn Auckland’s Silo Six space on the waterfront into a sprawling photo exhibition, and he’s seeking help from the public to make it happen through a crowd-funding drive.

Professional photographer Ilan Wittenberg aims to erect 50 large-scale photographic prints within the industrial concrete space, exposing visitors to his stunning portrait, landscape and fine art work in the Black, White and Colour exhibition, opening next month.

Holding the ambitious exhibition in such a popular spot, Wittenberg hopes to increase public awareness and appreciation of the value inherent in finely crafted photographic images – both through the exhibition itself and a series of free talks during the show’s run.

“Being flooded with thousands of images on a daily basis, we tend to block out and potentially undervalue the creative nature of photography,” he explains. “This exhibition aims to promote photography as an art form. My intention is also to inspire young people by this medium so I will be giving talks to classes and families, describing the stories behind selected images.”

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