Agata Michalczyk

Last call for World Photo entries

The deadline for one of the world’s biggest photography contests is fast approaching and so the organiser has sent out one final call before the New Year.

The 2012 Sony World Photography Awards, run concurrently with the World Photo festival in London, are free to enter and open to photographers of all levels across the world.

Photographers interested in entering either the Professional or Open categories, with top awards of US$25,000 and US$5000, respectively, will need to have the submissions in to the organisation no later than 11.59pm (GMT), January 4, 2012.

A respected industry panel, including curator and writer Susan Bright and Jon Jones, Director of Photography for the Sunday Times Magazine, will judge the entries.

All shortlisted and finalist images will be exhibited at the World Photo event in at Somerset House and the winners will go on to be shown around the globe.

The competition has been a significant launch pad for many past winners, including this year’s L’Iris d’Or winner, Argentinean Alejandro Chaskielberg.

“The Sony World Photography Awards has had an important effect on my career, and since winning the award my work has been published worldwide,” says Chaskielberg.

New Zealand is no stranger to the competition, below are some examples of kiwi images submitted for the 2012 event – for more info on submitting check the competition website.

© Agata Michalczyk, Open Competition Entry, People, Sony World Photography Awards 2012

© Aroha Awarau, Open Competition Entry, Low Light, Sony World Photography Awards 2012

© Sophia Cooper, Open Competition Entry, Nature & Wildlife, Sony World Photography Awards 2012

Nikon D-Photo Amateur Photography Competition: Judges’ Picks

This year’s Nikon D-Photo Amateur Photography Competition was a roaring success with the most submissions the annual contest has seen to date. As those who have picked up issue 42 of D-Photo already know, the winners were an amazing bunch but they certainly weren’t the only images to make an impression.

The following is a selection of entires that stood out, amused or otherwise tickled the judges’ fancy from each category, congratulations to you all.


Agata Michalczyk


Jorja Green


Dominik Hamlin


Brad Kumerich


Karen Lawton




Bruce Wilson


Felicity Robinson


Helen Marie Fletcher


Lynn Clevely


Paul Alsop


Stanislav Fosenbauer



Aaron Radford


Iain Fergusson


James Yang


Richard Wemyss


Rob Dickinson



Agata Michalczyk


Irna Wati


Jack Bush


Kathryn Bell



Rob Lynch


Jonathan Steven


Heart of New Zealand:

Thomas Richards

We are looking forward to an even bigger contest next year and for anyone considering entering the judges have also put together a few brief do’s and don’ts to consider for 2012:

Do read the instructions carefully – there’s no guarantee we can fix any entry mistakes at this end and not following the guidelines can end in disqualification.

Do be creative – think outside the square for any given category, choose a subject that is going to stand out amongst the others.

Don’t ignore the terms and conditions – when you enter you agree to these, plead as you may we can’t make exceptions.

Do check your images carefully – watermarks or having your name on your image makes the anonymous criteria for judging a little difficult.

Don’t assume – just because the competition is run online that we can easily change mistaken category entries or delete submissions, we just don’t have the man power.