Facebook cover shoot winner


Congratulations to Emre Simtay of Wellington, who is the latest winner of the D-Photo Facebook cover shoot competition.

Simtay’s evocative image of Wellington’s Lyall Bay came out on top of a very impressive amount of entries vying to be the welcome image for D-Photo’s 5000-ish Facebook fans.

For helping us keep our Facebook page looking so very smart, Simtay wins a one-year subscription to the magazine.

In the coming weeks we will also display a number of excellent runners up to this edition of the competition before putting the call out again – so make sure you’re following us on Facebook to stay up to date.

We weren’t the only ones who thought Simtay’s image was tops, to see the shot make its television debut check out the screen capture of the One News weather forecast below.  Read the rest of this entry »

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 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 for a shot at the prize.

A big thanks to Peter Kurdulija, whose image (pictured above) has been our current Facebook cover for quite some time – see below for a few other examples of previous cover images.

Terms and conditions are as follows:

  • Submit files in JPG format only cropped to a size of 851×315 pixels
  • File naming: Please name your files firstname-lastname.jpg so that we can easily find your photo, e.g. jane-smith.jpg
  • To enter you must be the photographer of the submitted content and either the legal copyright holder or have permission from the copyright holder
  • Winners will be selected by the D-Photo team
  • You fully indemnify D-Photo 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 on or
  • Entrants retain copyright to their images and agree that D-Photo may use material submitted in whole (if cropped correctly), with the addition of the D-Photo logo, as the cover image to the D-Photo Facebook Page and in promotion of this competition
  • Entrants agree submitted material may be cropped to suit Facebook format requirements and that such altered images may be credited to them
  • Prizes are not transferable and may not be exchanged for cash
  • For further inquiries please contact

Rebecca Wilkinson

Andy Holt

Chris Gin

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 captures the essence of Maori, with a prize of $2000.

To enter photographers must be based in New Zealand and be current members of Travcom, the not-for-profit travel communicators’ association responsible for the awards.

You can view the terms and conditions and download an entry form here.

Image: © Natasha Martin, 2012 Cathay Pacific Travel Photographer of the Year

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.

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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. Read the rest of this entry »

Otago wildlife photo comp

Back for its fourteenth year, the Otago Wildlife Photography Competition returns to again give local photographers the chance to showcase the region’s unique natural environment.

Run by the Otago Museum, the annual contest is open to all amateur photographers living in Otago who have captured a great shot of a plant, animal, or example of human impact on the natural environment since January 1, 2012.

Winner of the event’s top honour, 2013 Otago Wildlife Photographer of the Year, will receive a photographic accessories prize pack worth $1500 from Jonathan’s Photo Warehouse.

The competition comprises two different categories, one for photographers aged 14 or under and the other for entrants over the age of 15 – further entry conditions can be found on the museum’s website.

This year, for the first time, submissions can be online with a deadline of Tuesday, April 2 at 5pm, which the organisers hope will make the entry process even easier, hopefully topping the over a thousand entries received last year. Read the rest of this entry »

Oskar Barnack entries open

Professional photographers and young prospective pros are now invited to make submissions for one of the most prestigious annual international photography competitions.

Entries are now open for the Leica Oskar Barnack Award, a competition celebrating the portfolios of photographers whose “unerring powers of observation capture and express the relationship between man and their environment in graphic form,” says the organiser.

“Submissions must be a self-contained series of images in which the photographer perceives and documents the interaction between man and their environment with acute vision and contemporary visual style – creative, unobtrusive and groundbreaking.”

Entrants can submit portfolios of up to 12 images online until March 1 at Read the rest of this entry »

World Press Photo open for business

The world’s most celebrated competition for professional photojournalism is now accepting entries for its 2013 programme, with submissions closing next month.

The 2013 World Press Photo contest, now in its 56th year, is free to enter for all professional press photographers, photojournalists and their representatives – the deadline for entering this edition is January 17, though you need to register with the website by January 11.

The most prestigious annual competition of its kind, the World Press Photo contest comprises nine categories – general news, spot news, contemporary issues, daily life, observed portraits, staged portraits, nature, sports action and sports feature – with an award for both the best single picture and best portfolio/story in each.

For the third year the competition is also accepting multimedia submissions from professionals working in the field of visual journalism and documentary storytelling – the deadline for the multimedia contest is January 10, see the website for further information.

The competition’s top honour, World Press Photo of the Year, comes with a €10,000 (about NZ$15,700) cash prize and pro Canon DSLR camera and lens kit, with each category winner picking up a €1500 (NZ$2400) cash award.

Judging of the awards will take place between February 2 and 14 with winner announced on February 15.

For more information on the competition visit the World Press Photo website.

Image: © Yuri Kozyrev, Noor Images, Spot News Singles winner, World Press Photo 2012