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 »

D-Photo Kiwi Landscape Calendar Competition 2013 – Online Entry

D-Photo is on the hunt for stunning examples of the Kiwi landscape to showcase all year long for 2013.

New Zealand’s amateur photographers are invited to submit their best landscape images capturing the quintessentially Kiwi essence of the four seasons in Aotearoa, to be published in a stunning 12-month calendar.

To enter just choose your best landscape (or cityscape, seascape, starscape, etc.) image representing one of the four seasons here in New Zealand – you can submit one image for each season.

We will select the twelve images that best convey the unique aspects of the time of year to go on month-long display in thousands of people’s homes when D-Photo ships this free 2013 calendar out with issue 51.

Submissions are open now with a deadline of Read the rest of this entry »

Rotorua Wildlife comp opens

The international wildlife photography exhibition that has kept the Auckland public enthralled in past weeks now moves down the line and the Rotorua Museum is hosting a wildlife photography competition to celebrate.

The Museum is accepting submissions to the Wildlife & Nature Photo Competition now until September 7, to coincide with the Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2011 exhibition running from August 11 to October 31.

The photo competition encourages entrants to explore the unique natural environment in the Rotorua area and comprises three age-based categories: 8-12 years, 13-18 years and 19+ years.

Finalist images will be exhibited at the Rotorua Museum, online and published in the Daily Post. Read the rest of this entry »

Comp captures everyday NZ

Auckland photographer Jamie Wright has taken the top spot in a national photography competition seeking visual definitions of everyday life in New Zealand.

Wright’s image, entitled Parking Lot, depicts a row of tractors used by local boating enthusiasts to launch their boats on the soft sand of Hahei beach on the Coromandel Peninsula.

As the winner of the Grab New Zealand competition, run by Getty Images and Canon New Zealand, Wright scores a Canon EOS 7D 18-135mm IS kit; runner-up Mazdak Radjainia wins a Canon 600D 18-55mm IS & 55-250mm IS kit.

The competition also invited public input towards a People’s Choice award, which went to Andy Lukey for his surf image taken at Sumner beach; he wins a Canon PowerShot G12 compact camera.

The winning images are shown below, including two highly commended awards, followed by a gallery of the top 20 images submitted. Read the rest of this entry »

Hellophoto July competition: movement

The theme for July’s photo competition in our online forum, Hellophoto, has been announced and this round marks the first with a new sponsor and prize up for grabs.

This month’s competition theme is ‘movement’ and Apix Photographic Supplies in Auckland are offering a $50 gift voucher to the winning image.

The rules to Hellophoto’s monthly competition are as follows:

  1. Each forum member may enter one image only
  2. The photograph must have been taken after the competition’s opening on the 1st of the month (exif data will be checked)
  3. Each competition runs from the 1st of the month through to the 25th of the same month
  4. The winning entry will be chosen via a poll that will run between the 25th and the end of the month
  5. Don’t vote for your own Image
  6. The winner will receive a $50 gift voucher from Apix Photographic Supplies and get to decide on the next month’s subject

Forum member Albee took out the June competition and decided on the ‘movement’ theme.

“This month we will capture movement – or just the suggestion of movement perhaps,” he says. “Lots of scope so thinking caps on.”

Click here to get in on the action.

Winner: Young Wildlife Photographer Competition

Congratulations to Edin Whitehead, winner of our Young Wildlife Photographer Competition.

Whitehead, 18, topped the competition with his image of a White-faced Heron, winning a half-day workshop with renowned photographer Arno Gasteiger at Auckland Museum as part of the Camera: Season of Photography programme. Read the rest of this entry »

New Zealand Camera Phone Photographer of the Year: May Winner

Congratulations to Aaron McLean, whose gorgeous image of Atawhai, Nelson has won the photographer a brand new Sony Xperia U smartphone and a chance at the title of New Zealand Camera Phone Photographer of the Year.

The second month of our New Zealand Camera Phone Photographer of the Year competition continued to yield some phenomenal images shot on the most minimal of gear – you can view all entries here.

Our guest judge for this month, Wellington photographer Brett Stanley, has picked his favourite images of the month for comment:

As a keen iPhographer myself I was very honoured to be asked to judge the May Camera Phone Photographer of the Year for D-Photo. I was also impressed with the level of shots from the app processed right through to the raw straight-out-of-camera images.

My pick for winner would have to be: Read the rest of this entry »