A leading organisation in the stock photo industry is set to launch a new youth-focused project that will give talented young photographers the chance to make money producing fresh images of New Zealand.
The Shutter Club is an initiative from leading local stock image library, Photonewzealand, which aims to compile a new image collection featuring aspects of New Zealand life and culture as seen through the lenses of the country’s younger professional photographers.
Applications to be a part of The Shutter Club are open now; successful applicants will contribute “expressive, emotive, spontaneous and genuine” images to a final collection of mid-to-high priced images, rather than a low-cost ‘microstock’ library, that will be launched to clients in early 2015.
Photonewzealand already represents some of New Zealand’s leading photographers – Craig Potton, Mike Langford, Peter Quinn, Becky Nunes, Arno Gasteiger, to name a few – and the organisations says The Shutter Club represents an ideal way for emerging pros to earn a revenue stream while continuing to explore creatively.
D-Photo catches up with Kathryn Edwards from Photonewzealand to a get a few more details on The Shutter Club:
D-Photo: How will the Shutter Club photo collection differ to that already offered by Photonewzealand?
Kathryn Edwards: The Shutter Club is a new stock collection aimed specifically at a younger creative target market. It will be solely royalty-free with three tiers of pricing ranging from $100 -$500 according to file size. Our vision is that through the eyes of these younger photographers the collection will evolve and capture the ‘new New Zealand’ in a fresh and current way, with the content more spontaneous, edgy and reflective of our target audience.
What sort of photographers are you looking for in terms of age and experience?
We are looking for emerging photographers, perhaps still working towards completing their studies, working in other creative areas, assisting more established photographers or perhaps not yet experienced enough to establish themselves as a full-time professional. We are wanting to attract young photographers who are creatively competent but who perhaps need more support from a technical, licensing point of view or that simply want to maximise revenue from this additional stream whilst pursuing their other creative interests.
How big will The Shutter Club be, both in terms of photographers and image library?
We have no limit to how many photographers, although we won’t be taking on large numbers and applicants will have to apply and be accepted based upon the quality and relevance of their work. We plan to launch the collection with between 3000-5000 images early in 2015.
What sort of payment scheme should those joining the Club expect?
Photographers that are successful in their applications will earn a 40 per-cent return per image sale from The Shutter Club, paid monthly into their accounts.
What sort of clients will the Shutter Club collection be aimed at?
The Shutter Club will be available to all of our clients but we expect the most interest to come from the advertising and design sector particularly from the younger creative market.
D-Photo is teaming up with the Auckland Museum to offer young photographers the opportunity to learn from one of the country’s top professional photographers next month.
We are asking budding photographers between the age of 12 and 18 to submit their best wildlife shots for the chance to win a half-day workshop with renowned photographer Arno Gasteiger at the Auckland Museum.
The workshops are being held as part of the Auckland Museum’s Camera: Season of Photography programme, which also features the Natural History Museum Wildlife Photographer of the Year exhibition and two exhibitions from New Zealand Geographic.
Embracing the programme’s theme, images submitted for the competition must have been taken within New Zealand and should feature aspects of the country’s unique natural environment in some way.
To enter read the below terms and conditions carefully before submitting images to firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject ‘Young Wildlife Photographer’ by Monday July 2 – submissions must include the name, age and hometown of the photographer, a title and brief description of the image and full contact details.
The winning photographer secures a place at one of the Auckland Museum’s Half-Day Workshops with Arno Gasteiger in July, the dates for which can be found here.
Arno Gasteiger is a distinguished local photographer with over 70 assignments for New Zealand Geographic under his belt, as well as having his work featured in the likes of GEO, Marie Claire,GQ Germany, Smithsonian, Der Spiegel, and the New York Times.
The workshop includes a guided tour of the NZ-Life: New Zealand Geographic Award-winning Photography 2009-11 exhibition, a critique of attendees’ work and time to apply newly learnt photography skills.
This is a wonderful opportunity to learn from one of new Zealand’s leading photographers – encourage the young photographer in your life to enter today.
The Young Wildlife Photographer Competition is open to New Zealand residents only.
Photographers must be between the age of 12 and 18 (inclusive) as of 01/06/12 – entries may be submitted on the photographer’s behalf by a parent, guardian or teacher with the photographer’s permission.
Submissions must include the name, age and hometown of the photographer, a title and brief description of the image and full contact details.
Submitted images should not have been previously published (image sharing platforms and personal websites are fine).
Submit files in JPG format only.
File naming: Please name your files firstname-lastname.jpg so that we can easily find your photo, e.g. jane-smith.jpg.
By submitting you fully indemnify D-Photo and its sponsors against any claims arising from third parties in the event that your submitted image infringes intellectual, property or model rights if published by D-Photo and its sponsors for promotion or acknowledgment of the competition.
Entrants retain copyright to their images and agree that D-Photo and its sponsors may use material submitted in whole or in part in promotion or acknowledgment of this competition.
Entrants agree submitted material may be cropped for editorial and layout purposes and that such altered images may be credited to them.
Non-compliance with these terms and conditions will disqualify entries.
Prizes are not transferable and may not be exchanged for cash. The winner may select any workshop provided the event has not already sold out. The prize covers admission to the workshop only, any travel, accommodation or other cost accrued in attending the workshop is at the participant’s expense.
Deadline for entries is 2.00pm (NZDT) Monday, July 2, 2012. No submissions will be accepted after this date.
New Zealand Geographic will host its inaugural Photography Symposium at Auckland’s War Memorial Museum on October 27.
The event will see some of the country’s top editorial photographers hosting workshops in their various areas of expertise throughout the day.
Speakers will include James Frankham, Arno Gasteiger, Rob Suisted, Colin Monteath, Richard Robinson and Peter Quinn, whose talks will be interposed with introductions to new photography gear from the event’s sponsors.
New Zealand Geographic editor Frankham will talk about practical approaches to tackling an assignment with his talk ‘What Editors Want’; contributor Gasteiger will dissect editorial photography skills in ‘The Human Landscape’.
Wildlife photographer Suisted will look at the philosophical approach to capturing nature in his talk ‘Life in the Lens’; landscape photographer Monteath will examine the various techniques to enhance the natural enviroment in ‘Light on the Land’.
Marine photographer Robinson will discuss the differences in playing with light underwater for his talk ‘The Life Aquatic’; Quinn will look at human narratives as a documentary photographer in ‘Telling Stories Through Images’ (check out D-Photo 44, on sale now, for an in-depth interview with Quinn).
The symposium will be followed by the awards night for the publication’s Photographer of the Year competition; tickets to the symposium cost $99, the awards ceremony costs $79 or go to both for $149.