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Heritage Boutique Collection Award for the Best Unpublished Travel Image, with a prize of five room nights at Heritage Boutique Collection.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

World Photo comp – one month to enter

© James Chong, Singapore, Open entry, 2013 Sony World Photography AwardsThe cut-off date for submissions to one of the biggest annual photography awards programmes for both amateurs and professionals is just around the corner.

The deadline for the 2013 Sony World Photography Awards is just one month away, with Open categories closing January 4 and the Professional competition closing January 9.

Pros who get their submissions in on time will be in the running for the L’Iris d’Or and title of Sony World Photography Awards Professional Photographer of the Year 2013 along with a US$25000 (about NZ$30300) cash prize. Amateur photographers will contend for the title of Open Photographer of the Year 2013 title plus a US$5000 (NZ$6050) cash prize. Read the rest of this entry »

D-Kids comp deadline approaches

The deadline for next issue’s D-Kids competition is nearly upon us, get the best images of your children to us by December 17 and you could win a one-year subscription to D-Photo.

It’s the perfect time to start practicing for all those family shots for Christmas, submit your images to with the subject ‘D-Kids’ after reading the terms and conditions below.

If you looking for inspiration or guidance make sure you’ve picked up your copy of D-Photo 51, on sale now, for pro tips on getting the best family portraits from the wonderful Kim Howells.

How to Enter: You can enter up to three digital camera images by submitting them electronically or physically on a CD to the following addresses: via email to, subject ‘D-Kids’,
or via post to D-Kids, PO Box 46020,
Herne Bay, Auckland 1147.

Submission details: Each image should be submitted with a title, location, brief description, digital camera type and settings (see this month’s winners for the particulars) and your full contact details.

Your digital photos should be around A4 size at 300dpi. File size is a clue — if it’s less than 1MB it’s probably not print quality.

Terms and conditions:

All images should be unpublished originals of copyright-free subjects.

The publisher assumes no responsibility for the return or safety of discs. If you want your CD returned, a stamped self-addressed envelope is necessary.

The closing date for this issue’s contest is December 17.

The winner will receive a one-year subscription to the Parkside Media magazine of their choice. The options are D-Photo (clearly the superior choice), NZ Performance Car, NZV8 or New Zealand Classic Car.

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 for promotion or acknowledgment of the competition.

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.

Image: D-Photo issue 51 winner, Bruce Lim