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Young nature lovers’ chance to win a dream trip

ContikiIf you, or someone you know, happens to be a young photographer with a passion for nature and a thirst for adventure,  youth travel company Contiki Holidays is currently running a competition that is worth a look.

Up for grabs is the chance to travel on a six-day Costa Rica Unplugged trip accompanied by renowned documentary film maker, adventurer and storyteller, Céline Cousteau (granddaughter of Jacques Cousteau), during Earth Month this April.

Open to young people (here meaning those aged between 18 and 35) around the world, the competition seeks creative  photographic, video or written submissions answering the question, ‘Where do you feel closest to nature?’

Submissions should be made to the competition’s Tumblr page by February 28 (check out the full terms and conditions here) and three winners will be selected by a judging panel, including Cousteau, and announced on March 6.

Co-sponsored by the Matador Network media company, winners will also receive a scholarship to the MatadorU online journalism program, learning skills they can test while exploring the unique conservation environment of Costa Rica, including its unique Sea Turtle Conservancy Foundation.

You can visit the competition’s Tumblr page to view the other entries already submitted before entering your own.

Kids Photo Comp deadline looms

Winner
The deadline for submissions to the next round of D-Photo‘s Kids Photo Comp is in a week’s time, so get the best shots of your kids in today.

Last issue’s competition winner was Steve Griffin from Kapiti, selected by award-winning Auckland portrait photographer, Bianca Duimel.

Acting as guest judge for the competition, Duimel says Griffin’s image was a clear winner for her:

Beautiful capture, nicely lit, sharp enough to see all the details you need to, and great eye contact with the model, which is so important in a great portrait. I love the texture surrounding her, making it look as though it is winter, but she is toasty and warm. The colours chosen work very well together and give it almost a fashion feel.

The little girl looks relaxed, and the composition of the image is great. A few little dust spots, but other than that, just beautiful.

Further congratulations goes out to our two runners-up, Jo McCarthy and Kerry Myers, whose images can be viewed below.

If you would like a chance to have your favourite image of your kids critiqued by a pro and possibly win an elegant Moleskine Photo Book Plus, get your entries in for the next round by 5pm, Wednesday, December 4:

Send entries to: editor@dphoto.co.nz with the subject ‘Kids Photo Comp’

Details to include: image title, camera used, focal length, aperture, shutter speed, iso, any additional equipment

Image requirements: around A4 size at 300dpi, JPEG file

Deadline: 5pm, December 4

Terms and conditions

To enter you must be the photographer of the submitted content and either the legal copyright holder or have permission from the copyright holder

Images should be around A4 size at 300dpi – file size is a clue, if it’s less than 1MB it’s probably not print quality

Images should not be watermarked

Images should not have been previously published (personal blogs, websites and social media sites are fine)

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 and exhibition

Entrants retain copyright to their images and agree that D-Photo may use material submitted in whole for promotion or acknowledgment of the competition and exhibition

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 the competition criteria will disqualify entries

Prizes are not transferable and may not be exchanged for cash

No entries will be accepted after stated deadlines

For further inquiries please contact editor@dphoto.co.nz

Snug as a Bug in a Rug by Steve Griffin

Winner: Steve Griffin, Snug as a Bug in a Rug

We're going to be on TV by Jo McCarthy

Second place: Jo McCarthy, We’re going to be on TV

Chasing Winter Away by Kerry Myers

Third place: Kerry Myers, Chasing Winter Away

Kodak Gold is all go

Jo MooreOne of the country’s most respected professional portrait and wedding print photography awards programme returns for another edition in 2013.

The Kodak Professional Gold Awards returns this year, slightly later than usual, and is now inviting pro photographers to submit their best work commissioned by a customer to be judged and vie for gold and silver medals.

The competition comprises four categories – Wedding: Bride and/or Groom, Wedding: Group, Portrait: Individual, and Portrait: Group – there will be no Wedding Album category this year.

All prints must be received by November 29, printed on Kodak photographic or inkjet paper, and mounted on 16×20-inch sheets of card or foam board – see the Kodak New Zealand Facebook page for full details.

Winners are selected by a judging panel of experts in a closed-door session and successful photographers will be notified no later than December 18.

If you think you’d like to take part in this year’s Kodak Professional Gold Awards you can email brian@iphotonz.co.nz to request an information pack.

You can see some of last year’s winning images here, including the pictured gold medal-winning shot by Jo Moore.

Last days for guerrilla submissions

privateering lightThere are just a few days left to submit images to a new guerrilla photography exhibition with a chance for all amateur photographers to display their images in a unique way and be in to win some great prizes.

Privateering Light is a photographic event organised from the Southern Institute of Technology’s Raw Gallery and gives amateur photographers a cheap, easy and fun way to participate in an exhibition.

To enter you simply need to print up to three photographs on cheap paper – home printer, work photocopier, anywhere quick and cheap – and write your name, website address, email and a brief message on the back.

All prints received will be plastered on the wall for an exhibition on the evening of October 12 – a secret ballot will be held to select winning images and at the end of the night attendees are welcome rip a copy of their favourite image off the wall to take home.

Prizes up for grabs include a one-year subscription to D-Photo, $250 worth of gift vouchers from Harvey Norman Print Lab in Invercargill, Reading Cinema vouchers and a professional camera bag from Donald Buckley Photographics.

Images must be received by October 10, so get on it now – visit www.privateeringlight.com for full details.

Kids Photo Comp open now

KidscompwinnerSubmissions are now open for the next round of D-Photo‘s Kids Photo Comp, so get the best shots of your kids in today.

Last issue we debuted the new format for our Kids Photo Comp, with the winner picked by a guest judge who also supplies expert comments on the champion image, and we feature a brief interview with the winner.

Stacey Cavalier was chosen by guest judge Emma Hughes as D-Photo 56′s winner for this gorgeous portrait of her two boys – here’s what Emma had to say about the winning image:

I chose Stacey’s Funny Feet image as the winner, because it captures an authentic moment of connection between the two boys that is relaxed, natural and playful … all words that are central to the experience of being a child.

By choosing to focus on the cute faces drawn on the feet, the photographer has added an element of quirky fun to the image and allowed us, as the viewer, to clearly understand the reason for the hilarity. Consider turning this image into a black and white — it would make it even better.

For your chance to be featured in the next issue, as well as winning a Moleskine Photo Book Plus, simply follow the following directions.

Send entries to: editor@dphoto.co.nz with the subject ‘Kids Photo Comp’

Details to include: image title, camera used, focal length, aperture, shutter speed, iso, any additional equipment

Image requirements: around A4 size at 300dpi, JPEG file

Deadline: 5pm, October 7

Terms and conditions

To enter you must be the photographer of the submitted content and either the legal copyright holder or have permission from the copyright holder

Images should be around A4 size at 300dpi – file size is a clue, if it’s less than 1MB it’s probably not print quality

Images should not be watermarked

Images should not have been previously published (personal blogs, websites and social media sites are fine)

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 and exhibition

Entrants retain copyright to their images and agree that D-Photo may use material submitted in whole for promotion or acknowledgment of the competition and exhibition

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 the competition criteria will disqualify entries

Prizes are not transferable and may not be exchanged for cash

No entries will be accepted after stated deadlines

For further inquiries please contact editor@dphoto.co.nz

Prizes revealed: Nature category

This year’s Nikon D-Photo Amateur Photographer of the Year competition is out biggest to date, not only do we have more categories than ever before but, thanks to the generosity of our sponsors, we are also offering our largest prize pool to date – totalling over $13,000.

With much gratitude to Joby we today unveil fantastic prizes up for grabs in this year’s Nature category:

First place: Joby GorillaPod Focus with ball head and SanDisk Extreme Pro 32GB SDHC memory card, worth $498.

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Shoot Easter Monday and win

ADITLONZHave your camera at the ready this Easter Monday and be in to win a Moleskine Photo Book in D-Photo’s 24-hour Day in the Life photo challenge.

We are asking readers to send in their best images taken any time between 12.00am and 11.59pm on Monday, April 1 to help create an illustrative view of New Zealand on its day off, with the top image winning a Moleskine Photo Book Plus.

Using whatever photographic style you find appropriate we want to see mages of your city, town, holiday spot, family home, camping ground, or wherever you happen to be on Easter Monday.

Pick a time of the day to document. Shoot throughout the day. Find something extraordinary. Capture something wonderfully normal. Take any approach you like, but get your images in by 5pm, April 26, to be in with a chance to win.

Be sure to include the time, location and a brief description— as well as the usual camera data (camera model, focal length, shutter speed, aperture, ISO) — with every image you submit.

Send images to editor@dphoto.co.nz with the subject ‘D-Comp’.

If your looking for some inspiration be sure to pick up D-Photo no. 53 and check out our retrospective feature on A Day in the Life of New Zealand, the country’s first mass photography project documenting 24-hours of NZ life in the 80s.

The champion image will receive a Moleskine Photo Book Plus, combining the quality and reliable of self-publishing MILK Books platform with the classy look of the Moleskine brand, worth around $120 (depending on your options). Read the rest of this entry »