Panorama comp deadline approaches

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If you are a fan of panoramic photography, time is running out to get your entry sorted for the world’s biggest international competition dedicated to the art of panoramic photography.

Now in its fifth year, the Epson International Pano Awards invites both professional and amateur photographers from across the globe to submit their strongest panoramas in a bid to claim a share of the combined pool of cash and prize gear, worth US$40,000 (about NZ$46,000).

The earlybird cut-off date for the competition is Sunday, July 13, after which entry fees for all three sections – Open, Amateur and VR/360 – will increase until the final July 20 deadline.

As the name suggests, the Open section is for all photographers, be they professional, amateur, or student, divided into the Nature category (which includes landscapes) and the Built Environment.

The Amateur competition offers the same categories, but is open only to non-professionals and students.

The VR/360 sections has no categories and is instead dedicated to interactive panoramic images that generally encompass a 360-degree circle, or spherical view of a subject that can be explored by the viewer ...full story

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 ...full story

Try a triple challenge

WisePrisonSubmissions are now open for one of the country’s most targeted photography salons – a national competition dedicated entirely to triptych images.

The Nelson Camera Club is once again calling for submissions to the National Triptych Salon, which is now in its third year.

For those who have not previously dabbled in the three-fold art, a triptych is generally considered to comprise three art works intended to be displayed together, though for the purpose of the competition it is defined as “a presentation made up of three (and only three) distinctly separated photographic images displayed on a common background”.

The images making up a triptych need not be the same shape, but their edges must not meet or overlap, and the background they are presented on must not act as a fourth image.

The salon has two sections – Open Triptych Print and Open Triptych Digitally Projected Images – and each entrant can submit up to four triptychs in each of the categories – see the competition website for further entry details and advice on putting a triptych together.

Submissions to the competition are ...full story

Win tickets to World Press Photo

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The annual exhibition of the world’s most impressive photojournalism comes to Auckland this weekend, and D-Photo has 10 double passes to give away to lucky readers.

The 2014 World Press Photo exhibition opens at Smith and Caughey’s Queen Street gallery this Saturday, July 5, and runs until July 27.

The travelling exhibition is the most prestigious collection of international current affairs photography, with more than 5700 photographers involved in this year’s contest, submitting almost 100,000 photographs.

This year the competition was won by John Stanmeyer with the image featured here, of African migrants on the shore of Djibouti city at night, raising their cellphone in the air to try to gain reception from neighbouring Somalia.

Admission to the event costs $10 for adults and $5 for students (plus group bookings are available) – but 10 lucky D-Photo readers can come along free of charge as we have 10 double passes to the exciting exhibition to give away.

For your chance to win simply head to our Facebook page and tell us what your favourite World Press Photo image is, from this or ...full story

The troubleshooter

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Peter Bush catches up with Dean Pemberton, the man who’s one-part local sports photojournalist and one-part globetrotting IT wizard

We had enjoyed a late-afternoon coffee at Clark’s cafe in the Wellington Library building when Dean Pemberton checked his watch, and said it was time he hurried off to the Chinese Embassy to pick up his visa for a coming visit. While I congratulated him on it, he in turn reminded me that he would miss the opening games of the ITM Rugby competition and the Wellington test between the All Blacks and Australia. My offer to swap places was met with a wry smile while he reminded me he was visiting China to work.

Dean is first an IT professional who travels widely, teaching the mysteries of the internet and allied technology in many emerging countries. This year alone his visits have included a rare one to Myanmar (Burma), a country that only recently lifted the bamboo curtain after 50 years of military rule, followed by Tonga, which despite being our Pacific neighbour has yet to access the submarine fibre-optic cable connecting the region.

Most recently he visited Tanzania in East Africa, as one of a six-member team sent ...full story

Light like a pro

svn-shotgun1bannerIf you’ve been giving serious thought to lifting your lighting game, next month brings Aucklanders the opportunity to learn the ropes direct from one of the country’s best photographers.

Richard Wood, Grand Master of Photography with the New Zealand Institute of Photography, is travelling north on July 12 to teach one of his popular lighting workshops at Grey Lynn’s Kingsize Studios.

The one-day course will cover the principles of lighting, techniques to create ranges of softness and contrast, as well as Wood’s own unique approach to achieving painterly Rembrandt light. The workshop will include studio lighting setups as well as solutions for beautiful lighting with minimal equipment wile on the go.

The hands-on event will also feature a live creative shoot for students to put into practice their new skills and techniques.

The photographer’s recent workshop in Wellington sold out quickly, so head to his website to reserve your spot at the Auckland date now – it costs $350, with a $50 deposit required to save a spot.

The workshop kicks off at 1.30pm on Saturday, July 12 and runs until 5.30pm at Kingsize’s ...full story

None of us is as good as all of us

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Photographer Paul Gummer looks at the way networking and sharing can take the industry forward

Although at UCOL we offer academic qualifications, in a skill-based industry such as the photographic arena they don’t necessarily prove someone can perform on a job, especially when there is pressure to come up with strong images. While we aim to keep up with the latest trends, styles and technology, we also recognize that industry qualifications have greater impact in many sectors. We form links with industry, and look to produce work for industry-driven qualifications and awards where possible as a way of exposing people who study here to industry standards. Coupled with a healthy business component, the aim is to free people from the potential closet of an academic institution, and encourage them to not only produce creative work with a high skill base, but also learn how to survive out there in a competitive marketplace. (more…)