Congratulations to Emre Simtay of Wellington, who is the latest winner of the D-Photo Facebook cover shoot competition.
Simtay’s evocative image of Wellington’s Lyall Bay came out on top of a very impressive amount of entries vying to be the welcome image for D-Photo’s 5000-ish Facebook fans.
For helping us keep our Facebook page looking so very smart, Simtay wins a one-year subscription to the magazine.
In the coming weeks we will also display a number of excellent runners up to this edition of the competition before putting the call out again – so make sure you’re following us on Facebook to stay up to date.
We weren’t the only ones who thought Simtay’s image was tops, to see the shot make its television debut check out the screen capture of the One News weather forecast below. (more…)
Early last year Jackie Gay released Ink of Aotearoa into the world, a self-funded calendar featuring some of New Zealand’s most iconic musicians baring their tattoos for the camera (see D-Photo 40 for more details). A labour of love driven by the photographer’s singular vision, the project’s success has flung Gay into new territory — commissioned work.
Finding such work in the earlier stages of a career can be challenging, which is why Gay stresses the importance of maintaining good relationships with any and all contacts. In this case she scored a job working on the Mō Tātou calendar project through a traditional weaver who helped adorn her Ink of Aotearoa exhibition.
“She was weaving at the time for Nga Kete [Charitable Trust] and they asked (after it was finished) if they could have the exhibition hanging in their office for the rest of the year,” Gay explains.
“So the project’s facilitator, whose job it is to come up with ideas to help the community grow, was looking at my work all the time and she called me up one day and said, ‘I have this idea, I want us to get you to do ...full story
An app to help smartphones take better photos recently developed here in New Zealand has quickly found favour in the marketplace just months after its launch.
The Snap Camera app was created by Auckland-based computer science lecturer Martin Johnson with the aim of getting better images out of phones with less powerful cameras than the more expensive models.
The app, currently for Android phones only, was launched in the Google Play store late last year and is now positioned as one of the highest rated and most affordable camera apps in the marketplace with a user rating of 4.6/5 and price tag of NZ$1.99. (more…)
In the coming months one of New Zealand’s top nature photographers will be hosting a series of workshops to help amateurs of all levels lift their photographic skill.
Award-winning wildlife photographer Trevor Penfold has three new workshops on the horizon; Take Better Photos in March, An Introduction to Raw files & Adobe Lightroom in April and Advanced Raw Processing – using Adobe Lightroom in May.
The Take Better Photos workshop is aimed at beginner to intermediate photographers looking to improve their grasp on the DSLR fundamentals, including ISO, aperture, shutter speed, focusing and histograms – it will be held on Saturday, March 23.
A new exhibition spanning eight decades of Taranaki’s history is due to go up next month at the region’s Puke Ariki Museum.
Put together from a collection of around 110,000 negatives, the Photographic Memory: The Swainson/Woods Collection represents an impressively thorough look back at the region’s history from 1923 to 1997.
The images have been created from negatives retrieved from two New Plymouth-based photography businesses, Swainson’s Studios and Bernard Woods Studios, donated by the daughter of Bernard Woods.
The exhibition, running from April 13 to July 28, marks the starting point of a three-year mission to digitise the entire collection, says the museums acting manager, Kelvin Day. (more…)
The path to creative expression is seldom a smooth one, a story photographer Mandi Lynn knows all too well. Having survived previous lives as an electronics technician, navy officer, nurse, lactation consultant and organic blueberry farmer, the US expat finally found her way to professional photography in 2008.
It was a destination the artist felt drawn to as a child, winning her first photography award at age seven, at a state fair, but a mix of family steering and youthful self-doubt saw her take the long way around.
“I was always photographing and painting and drawing, I just loved art,” Lynn recalls. “But a well-meaning family member told me most artists starve so I better take a look at a much more logical life choice.”
“I had a scholarship to be an artist and musician at one of the universities but I choked at the idea of not being able to support myself so I joined the military instead. I thought that was the logical way, they would put me through university … and feed me,” she laughs.
So began a ten-year stint that would see her rise to the rank of lieutenant, serving as a ...full story
We now conclude our coverage of this year’s edition of the world’s most prestigious photojournalism competition, World Press Photo, with part two of our winner’s gallery.
First prize, contemporary issues stories: Maika Elan, Vietnam (more…)