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

Sharp shooting photo competition

According to the Mercury Bay Archery Club there’s a strong crossover between archery enthusiasts and amateur photographers (which makes sense, good shooting is good shooting) so the organisation has decided to hold an archery-themed photo competition.

Running in conjunction with the 70th Archery New Zealand Championships & Open 2013, January 3-9 next year at the Whitianga Waterways Arena, the competition will reward the best archery related images with a subscription to D-Photo.

So if you’re as handy with an arrow as a lens, or you’re interested in tackling a new, challenging subject, head down to your local archery club and get shooting – entries close December 21.

The competition is open to both archers and amateur photographers, with each entrant allowed to submit up to three images that should demonstrate technique, creativity, subject matter choice and impact.

As well as the top photographer picking up a 12-month subscription to D-Photo, the top five entries will be professionally printed and displayed at the event’s awards dinner on January 9.

Entry is free for all registered entrants at the Archery Nationals, for all other submissions there is a $5 fee for up to three submissions – money that will go directly to support the archery club.

For full entry details of the photography competition click here and for more on the Archery Nationals head here.

Call for entries – Oskar Barnack 2013

One of the most prestigious international photography competitions will soon be accepting entries from professional photographers and young prospective pros for its 2013 awards programme.

The Leica Oskar Barnack Award is an annual 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 between January 15 and March 1 at Read the rest of this entry »

D-Comp: Light Play

Win an exhibition spot

We are happy to announce a very exciting D-Comp opportunity to close out 2012: In partnership with Jax Wine & Tapas Bar in Newmarket, Auckland, we are giving readers the opportunity to have their work professionally printed, framed and displayed for sale in a dedicated exhibition at the swanky Jax venue!

As well as being a high-quality boutique wine and tapas bar, JAX also doubles as a photography gallery and their next exhibition will exclusively feature this issue’s D-Comp winners.

Theme: Light play

Deadline: 5:00PM, December 17, 2012

Brief: Interpret the theme “light play” as you wish. Show us how the summer light plays on a beautiful landscape. Make light of photographic rules and play with convention. Take it in part or in full, do with it as you will – just show us images that are technically excellent and creatively striking.

Each photograph will be judged by an expert panel on its technique (10 points), creativity (10 points), subject matter (5 points) and impact (5 points).

Submit your image below and if our panel of judges chooses yours as one of the top ten it will be professionally printed and framed free of charge and publicly exhibited at JAX Wine & Tapas Bar in Auckland.

For more information on JAX bar and gallery head to

The competition is open to photographers who are residents of New Zealand only, and each photographer may submit a maximum of three images.

Images must be received by 5:00PM, Monday, December 17, 2012.

Submission details:

Previous D-Photo competition entries and previously published images (personal websites and online image sharing platforms are fine) are not eligible

File naming: Please name your files firstname-lastname.jpg so that we can easily find your photo, e.g. jane-smith.jpg

Submit files in JPG format only

Files size: Minimum original image size 1440px on the longest side, maximum 2000px longest side

Files should be 6MB maximum – anything bigger is automatically rejected by our system

No watermarks please

Square format preferred (but not essential)

Enter below:

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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

Winners will be selected by a judging panel appointed by D-Photo and JAX Wine & Tapas Bar

You fully indemnify D-Photo and JAX Wine & Tapas Bar 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 JAX Wine & Tapas Bar for promotion or acknowledgment of the competition and exhibition

Entrants retain copyright to their images and agree that D-Photo and JAX Wine & Tapas Bar 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

Deadline for entries is 5:00PM (NZDT) Monday, December 17, 2012

No entries will be accepted after this time

The judges decision is final and no discussion will be entered in to

For further inquiries please contact

For further information on the venue visit

Photo 5 briefs revealed

The mystery assignments for Australasia’s most intriguing photography competition have now been revealed, putting Canon’s EOS Photo5 event in full swing.

The annual creative photography competition tasks all comers with interpreting five distinct briefs in fresh and original ways so as to wow a judging panel of prominent photographers and score some impressive prizes.

Each brief consists of a photographic style or element paired with a random item that must be used in the creation of the image, this year’s briefs are:

Portraiture: Spaghetti

Strong colour: Tissue paper

Scale: Little People

Black and white: Fishing wire

Open brief: Wind Read the rest of this entry »