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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 »

Young Wildlife Photographer Competition

D-Photo is teaming up with the Auckland Museum to offer young photographers the opportunity to learn from one of the country’s top professional photographers next month.

We are asking budding photographers between the age of 12 and 18 to submit their best wildlife shots for the chance to win a half-day workshop with renowned photographer Arno Gasteiger at the Auckland Museum.

The workshops are being held as part of the Auckland Museum’s Camera: Season of Photography programme, which also features the Natural History Museum Wildlife Photographer of the Year exhibition and two exhibitions from New Zealand Geographic.

Embracing the programme’s theme, images submitted for the competition must have been taken within New Zealand and should feature aspects of the country’s unique natural environment in some way.

To enter read the below terms and conditions carefully before submitting images to ahatwell@parkside.co.nz with the subject ‘Young Wildlife Photographer’ by Monday July 2 – submissions must include the name, age and hometown of the photographer, a title and brief description of the image and full contact details.

The winning photographer secures a place at one of the Auckland Museum’s Half-Day Workshops with Arno Gasteiger in July, the dates for which can be found here.

Arno Gasteiger is a distinguished local photographer with over 70 assignments for New Zealand Geographic under his belt, as well as having his work featured in the likes of GEO, Marie Claire, GQ Germany, Smithsonian, Der Spiegel, and the New York Times.

The workshop includes a guided tour of the NZ-Life: New Zealand Geographic Award-winning Photography 2009-11 exhibition, a critique of attendees’ work and time to apply newly learnt photography skills.

This is a wonderful opportunity to learn from one of new Zealand’s leading photographers – encourage the young photographer in your life to enter today.

Image: © Arno Gasteiger

Terms and Conditions

  • The Young Wildlife Photographer Competition is open to New Zealand residents only.
  • Photographers must be between the age of 12 and 18 (inclusive) as of 01/06/12 – entries may be submitted on the photographer’s behalf by a parent, guardian or teacher with the photographer’s permission.
  • Submissions must include the name, age and hometown of the photographer, a title and brief description of the image and full contact details.
  • Submitted images should not have been previously published (image sharing platforms and personal websites are fine).
  • Submit files in JPG format only.
  • File naming: Please name your files firstname-lastname.jpg so that we can easily find your photo, e.g. jane-smith.jpg.
  • By submitting 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.
  • Entrants retain copyright to their images and agree that D-Photo and its sponsors may use material submitted in whole or in part in promotion or acknowledgment of this competition.
  • 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 these terms and conditions will disqualify entries.
  • Prizes are not transferable and may not be exchanged for cash. The winner may select any workshop provided the event has not already sold out. The prize covers admission to the workshop only, any travel, accommodation or other cost accrued in attending the workshop is at the participant’s expense.
  • Deadline for entries is 2.00pm (NZDT) Monday, July 2, 2012. No submissions will be accepted after this date.
  • For further inquiries please contact ahatwell@parkside.co.nz.

 

Lumix pits pro against amateurs

Panasonic’s Micro Four Thirds G-Series cameras claim to let anyone shoot like a pro and now there’s an online competition running to prove it.

The company has teamed up with communications firm Tango to pit the prowess of one anonymous professional photographer against the skills of two rank amateurs using the same Lumix gear.

Both the pro photographer and the team of two amateurs, one a builder and the other a university student, have been given ten briefs to shoot and both sides have submitted the best shot from each to be voted on in a blind test online. Read the rest of this entry »

Camera Phone Photographer of the Year: Prizes Revealed

While our Camera Phone Photographer of the Year competition has been running for a few months already Sony is providing prizes so exclusive that we couldn’t even reveal their full details – until now.

Each month entrants to the camera phone competition will be in the running to win a Sony Xperia U, one of the first Sony Mobile smartphones to hit New Zealand.

Part of the brand new Xperia NXT series, the Xperia U combines powerful Sony entertainment in a stylish and compact design that users can personalise inside and out, retailing for $399.

To help develop your mobile photography even further the Xperia U boasts a 5MP camera with unique fast capture, HD recording and Sony technology to capture 2D and 3D panoramic images.

It also features a 3.5-inch Reality Display using Sony’s Mobile Bravia Engine, a 1GHz dual-core processor, xLoud and 3D surround sound audio technology and is upgradable to the Android 4.0 operating system.

Each monthly champion automatically progresses to the final round of the competition, where the title of New Zealand Camera Phone Photographer of the Year is on the line, as well as the Xperia U’s big brother, the Xperia P.

The more powerful half of the Xperia NXT series, the Xperia P features a full aluminium unibody design and  4-inch WhiteMagic display technology from Sony for the first time on a smartphone, retailing for $649.

The Xperia P bumps imaging power up with an 8MP camera backed by a 1 GHz dual-core processor and easy HDMI and DLNA connection to view your images on a nice big high definition screen.

Other bells and whistles include new Near Field Communication (NFC) abilities, operating system upgradable to Android 4.0 and easy connection with a range of Sony devices, including TVs, laptops and tablets.

So get a wriggle on, get your submissions in for this month’s round and you could walk away with one of these exciting new smartphones from Sony Mobile – click here for full entry details.

Pictured: Sony Xperia U (above), Sony Xperia P (below)

Get ready for Nikon Photo Day

One day each year all lenses in Auckland are on alert, for 24 hours the city becomes one big community photo shoot for Nikon Auckland Photo Day.

On Saturday 9 June this year everyone with access to a camera is invited to take part in this year’s event as part of the Auckland Festival of Photography.

One of the cornerstones of the Festival, the annual Nikon Auckland Photo Day is a public competition, encouraging Aucklanders of all ages to get involved in taking a photo that reflects Auckland through their imaginative eyes.

“Nikon Auckland Photo Day reflects the diverse stories of the city through the camera lenses of those who live, work and play here.  The region has hundreds of photographers of all abilities out taking photos on this day.  The competition is open to absolutely everyone” says festival spokesperson Elaine Smith.

“We are very excited to have partnered once again with the Auckland Festival of Photography. Nikon is about being at ‘The Heart of the Image’, and capturing real life on camera,” says brand manager for Nikon, Meg Luff.

“Working with the Auckland Festival of Photography enables us to encourage photography enthusiasts of Auckland to express themselves and become involved in the Art Culture of Auckland,” she adds.

The Festival is pleased to announce a fresh way for the community to participate by voting for their favourite in this year’s competition with a ‘People’s Choice’. This newly established digital interaction encourages the public to vote for their favourite image from this year’s shortlist.

Those who have already picked up D-Photo 48 will already be in the know for this exciting thanks to our Insider’s Guide to the Auckland Festival of Photography; it should be noted the top 30 images taken on the day will score prizes, not just the top ten as erroneously stated in the magazine.

Nikon Auckland Photo Day runs for one day only in Auckland on Saturday 9 June. First prize is a Nikon D7000 kit with 18-105mm lens.

Head over here for more details, including all prizes up for grabs. Below is a selection of last year’s winners.

© Mareea Paterson, Boy Sees Light – First Place


© Jocelen Janon, Fish To Live - Second Place



© Peter Denniston, The Rat Cage - Third Place



© Suresh C Patel, Thanks For Coming - Fourth place



© Sandrina Huish, Forgotten - Fifth Place



© Joanna Morrison, Saturday Morning Brekkie In Bed - Sixth Place


Travel perks

Last year D-Photo ran our first Travel Photography competition with a chance to win a trip to participate in a weekend workshop with the Queenstown Centre for Creative Photography, flights and accommodation provided by Canon New Zealand.

Chris Fawcett’s quirky shot of ornate Versailles, France earned top spot in the competition (see D-Photo 44), securing a place for the photographer at Mike Langford and Jackie Ranken’s Otago-based Autumn Colours workshop.

This four-day experience involves roaming through the ruggedly beautiful Skippers Canyon and Macetown areas in four-wheel drive vehicles, chasing down some of New Zealand’s most sublime landscape opportunities.

Fawcett says the event was a mix of different types of sessions that all helped him try out new techniques and gain valuable insights from two of the country’s best.

“We had some straight camera technique instructions, we had time to critique our own and other photographs and we had time to discuss design and see some of Mike and Jackie’s work. However most of the time was out and around at Macetown and Skippers Canyon taking photos.

“It was great to take photos then be able to critique them and discuss technical aspects with two very knowledgeable professionals.”

In the master photographers’ own words, the workshop has been designed to encourage photographers to ‘take risks, to be inspired and energised, to be more open and expressive in your photography’.

“We consider the process of making images to be more important than in some cases than the product. You should leave this course knowing yourself a little better; and your camera and tripod will be your best friend.”

It’s an education that Fawcett certainly found rewarding, counting lessons in filters, contrast settings and white balance as well as beginning understand the elements of design as his most valuable.

“I learnt a way of looking at making photos – I did not expect to have to re-think how I was taking the photo, but this will be a great thing to take in to the future,” explains Fawcett.

“[Jackie and Mike are a] combination of being extremely talented and yet good teachers. In my experience this is a rare combination.”

Below are a few images Fawcett created while on the workshop, which he says he would highly recommend to any photographer.