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Shoot the zoo, help the animals

Ceratotherium simumA new photography competition launched by one of the country’s leading wildlife photographers seeks to help local conservation efforts by tempting photographers with flash new photography gear.

Photographer Trevor Penfold and the Hamilton Zoo have joined forces to launch the Hamilton Zoo Photography Competition, with entrants vying for a Canon PowerShot SX60 HS and Canon 70D and entry fees going to the zoo’s conservation funds.

To enter the competition photographers must head to Hamilton Zoo and capture images of the wildlife inhabitants. The winning image will earn the photographer a new Canon PowerShot SX60 HS worth over $600, while other prizes include zoo passes and animal experiences, vouchers for Snapshot Cameras, and copies of Penfold’s excellent wildlife photo books.

There is also a category in the competition exclusively for members of the Hamilton Zoo Photography Group (HZPG), wherein entrants will compete for the title of HZPG Photographer of the Year and a Canon 70D kit worth over $1700.

The photography group was another joint initiative between Penfold and the zoo, giving passionate photographers the opportunity to access the zoo all year round, compete in photo contests and have their images critiqued by the wildlife photographer.

For full entry conditions see here, and more information on the photography group can be found here.

Win a trip to Sri Lanka and Canon kit

PickersA freshly launched photo competition gives New Zealand’s photography enthusiasts the chance to win a 10-day trip to Sri Lanka and a impressive swathe of new Canon equipment with a value of $5400.

The Dilmah Tea in the City photo competition challenges photographers to submit images themed around the “timeless tradition of tea, redefined in the contemporary urban landscape”.

Those who take up the brief will be in with a shot at journeying to Sri Lanka to explore the country’s unique culture and fine heritage of tea-making. The winner will also document the experience with a band new Canon EOS 7D Mark II DSLR with 17-55mm IS f/2.8 lens, supplied with a Canon backpack and SD card, along with a Canon Pixma Pro-100 printer.

The competition is open now and closes January 23, 2015. Selected finalist images will be displayed at the Photographer’s Gallery in Napier as part of the Tremains Art Deco Weekend on February 18-22, 2-15; there the judging panel will select the competition’s overall winner.

If you’d like to get a taste for the winner’s trip to Sri Lanka might involve you can view an example itinerary here, and you can view the competition’s full terms and conditions here.

Come meet Canon New Zealand

Canon Workshop

The Canon New Zealand crew are touring the country this week, making stops in Wellington, Christchurch and Auckland, bringing with them the latest and greatest Canon gear to test out.

The team are making time for enthusiasts and professionals alike on the trip, offering Canon Professional Services (CPS) members free camera sensor cleaning (5D and 1D series) along with a chance to get hands-on with the latest Canon professional gear releases. Enthusiasts are invited to meet the Canon reps and take the Canon experience kit for a spin, comprising a large range of cameras and lenses.

The events will be held at fully-equipped photography studios and Canon is bringing a model along for the events, so you’ll be able to test the gear (and bring your own along if you like) in real world studio conditions.

Everyone attending the events also goes in to the draw to win a new Canon PowerShot G1X Mark II, the company’s top-shelf compact camera.

Photographers in Auckland are in for a special opportunity, with Canon not just brining the full kit for trial but also conducting a free photography night walk in partnership with photo educator Three Little Wishes. There are only 20 spaces for this event, so be sure to get in quick (RSVP details below).

 

Canon road trip dates:

 

CPS Health Check – Wellington

October 9, 11am-4pm

FlashDog Studios, 10 Oxford Terrace, Mount Cook

RSVP: roadshow@canon.co.nz with your location in subject line

 

Meet the Canon Crew – Wellington

October 9, 5-7pm

FlashDog Studios, 10 Oxford Terrace, Mount Cook

RSVP: collective@canon.co.nz with your location in subject line

 

Meet the Canon Crew – Christchurch

October 16, 5-7pm

Lightworkx Photography, Unit 14/75, Peterborough Street

RSVP: collective@canon.co.nz with your location in subject line

 

CPS Health Check – Christchurch

October 17, 11am-4pm

Lightworkx Photography, Unit 14/75, Peterborough Street

RSVP: roadshow@canon.co.nz with your location in subject line

 

CPS Health Check – Auckland

October 22, 11am-4pm

Kingsize Studios, 27 Sackville Street, Grey Lynn

RSVP: roadshow@canon.co.nz with your location in subject line

 

Canon Photography Night Walk – Auckland

October 22, 5-8pm

Beginning at Kingsize Studios, 27 Sackville Street, Grey Lynn

RSVP: roadshow@canon.co.nz with your name

Limited to 20 spots, get in quick

Canon offers free firmware upgrades

EOS_C500_EFle_RFilm-makers shooting on the Cinema EOS System will soon have access to a free firmware upgrade to improve the line’s operability, as well as new software for greater RAW footage handling in November.

The EOS C300, C 300 PL, C500, C500 PL cameras will all benefit from the firmware, which allows for simpler colour temperature value selection.

The later two models will also be made compatible with the expanded colour space for 4K TV broadcasting. Used in conjunction with the DP-V3010 professional-use 4K display, the system will be capable of oppertaing within the realms of next-generation motion-picture production and broadcasting.

The new Cinema RAW Development 1.3 software will also allow the C500/PL models  to utilize 3D-LUT for converting from Cinema Gamut/DCI-P3+ to advanced colour space standards like ITU-R BT.709 and DCI-P3, enabling efficient video editing while maintaining low-chroma colour reproduction and high-chroma colour gradation. Edit decision lists will also be supported so processing unnecessary files will be a thing of the past.

A demonstration of the ITU-R BT.2020 colour space will be carried out during the INC2-14 broadcast technology trade show held in the Netherlands this week on September 12–16.

None of us is as good as all of us

Hot Dog Stand

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. Read the rest of this entry »

Meet the local Canon crew

Canon meet upThis month (and next, if you’re in Hamilton) sees a number of opportunities for photographers around the country to meet their local Canon crew, play with gear and perhaps win a prize.

The friendly folk at Canon New Zealand will be doing the rounds in a series of social evenings to meet with the local photographic community and give them a chance to play with the latest Canon gear.

The events, which run from 5pm to 7pm, feature a model and full studio set up at various sites throughout New Zealand, kicking off tomorrow night in Christchurch.

Bring your own gear along or have a borrow of some of Canon’s latest and greatest, plus you’ll be in with a chance to win a Canon Pixma Pro-10 just for showing up – the full cross-country timetable follows:

October 22, Christchurch: Linton Studios, Unit 2, 16 Bernard Street, Addington

October 23, Wellington: FlashDog Studios, 10 Oxford Terrace, Mt Cook

October 30, Auckland: Kingsize Studios, 27 Sackville Street, Grey Lynn

November 19, Hamilton: Canon Branch, 404 Anglesea Street, Hamilton CBD

To RSVP for any of the events just email roadshow@canon.co.nz with the location you’ll be attending in the subject line.

Eyecon deadline extended for October

EYECON WINNERSHigh school and tertiary students have a little more time on the clock to register for this year’s round of the country’s most unique photographic contest, the Canon Eyecon competition.

Entrants now have until October 31 to register for a shot at a prize pack that includes invaluable mentoring experience with some of New Zealand’s top photographers, as well as cash prizes and Canon gear.

For the 2013 edition of the Eyecon competition Canon has opened entry up to Year 12 and 13 photography students as well as adding a filmmaking component to the previously still-based contest.

This year’s mentors – who also judge the competition entries – are Brett Phibbs, Garth Badger, Emma Bass and Lee Howell, each of whom has their own speciality and distinct style says Rochelle Mora, Canon’s manager of consumer marketing communication.

“We know they will pass on a range of priceless experience, skills and advice to this years winner, knowledge that will help guide them through the rest of their career.”

This year’s event comprises three categories – high school photography students, tertiary students and assistants, and a film category also for tertiary students and assistants.

Head to www.canon.co.nz/eyecon for more details on the prizes available, entry criteria and to register – and if you have any young photographers in your life encourage them to enter, it’s not an opportunity to be missed.

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