D-Folio: Andy Belcher – Model’s Motorcycle Mayhem – 50

We all have dreams. Mine was to tour the South Island on my motorcycle with all my camera gear and a beautiful model to photograph. It seemed impossible and I had almost given up on the idea. But one thing I have learned over the years is that if you want something to happen you have to believe in yourself and just make it happen.

So, I advertised for an adventurous model to join me and four applications came on the first day! I responded by email, and ten minutes later Larissa from New Plymouth was on the phone with an infectious enthusiasm for the trip as she had never been to the South Island. She wanted to drive up to the Bay of Plenty with her grandmother specially to meet me; they arrived next morning and we did a one-day photo shoot together. There was a big age gap between us and I wanted to be sure we could get on well together for three weeks. Larissa quickly proved herself photogenic and very easy to work with. ...full story

Win: D-Photo Facebook cover shoot

We have recently rolled over the 5000-fan mark over on our Facebook page and reckon that’s as good a time as ever for a makeover – help us find our new Facebook cover image and win a subscription.

Readers can submit their best photos for use as a welcoming banner atop our Facebook page and the photographer whose shot is selected will win a 12-month subscription worth $49.

All images should be sized to the Facebook banner ratio – 851×315 pixels – so crop skilfully and submit an image that speaks to all the creativity, insight, experimentation and inspiration we like to think D-Photo stands for.

Please send appropriately cropped images to editor@dphoto.co.nz with ‘Facebook cover’ as the subject along your name, address, email, phone and any additional details about the image you care to share.

Keep in mind that we will be placing the D-Photo logo somewhere on the image, so yell out if you have a preference.

Get your images in by Thursday, February 28 ...full story

Call for travel photographers

Submissions are now open for the 2013 round of New Zealand’s most prestigious travel media competition.

The Cathay Pacific Travel Media Awards is now accepting entries for both the photography and writing portions of the awards programme, with a deadline of Friday, March 8.

The photography portion of the awards programme comprises six categories:

Cathay Pacific Travel Photographer of the Year Award for overall best photography, with a prize of one return ticket to Hong Kong, travelling with Cathay Pacific, plus three nights at the renowned Peninsula Hong Kong.

Auckland Airport Award for the Best Travel Image taken in New Zealand, with a prize of $2000.

Fujifilm X Award for the Best Travel Image Taken Outside New Zealand, with a prize of a Fujifilm X20 compact camera.

AA Directions Magazine Award for the Best Travel Image with People, with a $1,500 prize plus the winning image will be published in AA Directions Magazine.

Heritage Boutique Collection Award for the Best Unpublished Travel Image, with a prize of five room nights at Heritage Boutique Collection.

NZ Maori Tourism Award for the Best Travel Image that ...full story

Create your own photo website for free

A local website service for photographers is offering new users the chance to try out a personalised photo portfolio website free of charge.

PhotoSites, an online service designed specifically for people who require a feature-rich, easy-to-use portfolio website, is currently letting new users sign up and create a photography website free for the first 14 days.

The service lets users create as many pages, blog posts and galleries as desired, and the photography website themes (which can be switched between at any time) allows a logo to be uploaded, to uniquely brand the space.

PhotoSites founder, Cavell Evenson, says the service will also feature more themes, e-commerce, business tools and more great functionality in the near future.

“PhotoSites websites are coded with search engines in mind and for maximum accessibility. Our themes don’t use Flash and are smartphone and tablet ready. New Zealand-based servers mean faster page loads than overseas website services.”

The trial period does not require a credit card, and the service does not put adverts on your webpage that require payment to disable – you simply ...full story

Getty Creative Grants open

For the fifth year running, Getty Images is giving away two sizable grants to photographers (or filmmakers) working with agency creatives to promote positive change in the world.

The Getty Creative Grants programme is now accepting submissions from photographers who, in collaboration with a communications agency, will be helping a nonprofit organisation visually communicate its message.

The two annual grants had traditionally been for a value of US$15000 (about NZ$18000) but this year has been upped to US$20000 (about NZ$24000) – applications can be made online up to the deadline of March 1.

Getty’s senior vice president of creative content, Andrew Saunders, says these grants exist because many nonprofits across the globe lack the resources to tell their stories in a way that could create positive change within society. (more…)

D-Folio: Ben Curran – Winning Streak – 49

With less than three years on the job, young photojournalist Ben Curran has recently scooped the title of Junior Photographer of the Year at the Canon Media Awards for the second year running. The accolades certainly haven’t hurt his career prospects — he’s just moved from the Marlborough Express, where he shot both of his winning portfolios, up to the Waikato Times — but Curran isn’t letting the success go to his head.

“I’m still just starting out in the industry; I’ve got these awards now but every week — every day really — I still take bad pictures,” the humble photographer explains.

“So often I get back to the office and I look at something and I say the F-word half a dozen times and want to throw my computer out the window, just because I know I could have done a better job, or I look at the image and see exactly what I’ve done wrong. (more…)

Feb photo comps

Update: We have confirmed that this issue’s D-Comp prize will be an excellent Moleskin Photo Book Plus from bespoke photo book producer, MILK books.

These self-published photo books combine the robust toolset of MILK’s book creation process with the timeless class of the Moleskin brand, with the Photo Book Plus option valued at around $120.

So get your outdoor action shots into us quick for your chance to win – see competition details below.

Update ends. 

Congratulations to Stacey Cavalier, winner of last issue’s D-Kids competition (pictured) and all eight of our Light Play winners, who scored a place in our very first exhibition. (more…)