Congratulations to Aaron Radford, winner of the Fill-in and Win competition from D-Photo issue 46.
For his beautiful outdoor fill-flash portrait titled Girl in the Forest Radford wins a Pixel Pawn radio transmitter and receiver and admission to a one-day Flash Photography workshop with Firefly Photography valued at over $300.
Despite a number of good images being submitted Radford’s entry caught the eye of judge Roray Laubscher of Firefly Photography, who says he loves the way the photo is lit.
“The overall feel of the image is warm and emotive, and as such is not just a snapshot. It has feeling and substance.”
We had a fantastic response to this photography assignment and while there could be only one winner we wanted to share some of the other wonderful entries that came through; so here’s the line-up of Fill-in and Win finalists.
Aaron Radford, Girl in the Forest, Waikato
Runners-up Read the rest of this entry »
UPDATE: A prize pool of over US$30,000 in cash and prizes has been announced for this year’s international photography competition dedicated to the art of panoramic images.
Prizes in the 2012 Epson International Pano Awards will include include an Epson Stylus Pro 7900 printer, an Epson Stylus Pro 4900 printer, an Epson EB-1775 Ultra-Slim Projector and US$5000 cash.
Successful entrant in the compettion, now in its third year, will also be in the running to win an Apollo Motorhome holiday, a Kolor Panogear head and software, two Gigapan Epic Pro motorised heads, two Nodal Ninja packages, Genius Printing vouchers, software from Easypano, PTGui and Garden Gnome and books from Lonely Planet and Scott Highton/VR Photography.
Epson Australia’s business unit manager, Craig Heckenberg, says his company is proud to sponsor the competition as an extension of Epson’s work to support photographers everywhere in different areas and stages of development.
“We are consistently impressed with the quality of the entries from countries all over the world creating really interesting outcomes year on year.”
Early-bird entries are open now until April 20, any submission received after this until April 28 will be accepted but with a late entry fee applied.
Check the website for full details.
The largest international photography competition dedicated to the art of panoramic images is now seeking submissions for its third annual contest.
The Epson International Pano Awards is open to photographers of all levels anywhere in the world and this year carries a prize package of cash and equipment worth over US$25000 (NZ$31230).
Non-professional and student photographers are invited to submit panoramic photography in the Amateur awards while all photographers are welcome to submit images towards the Open awards.
Both awards are divided into two categories; Nature, comprising natural landscapes, and architecturally focused The Built Environment.
A per-image entrance fee applies to all submissions, with the Open category costing US$20 per image and the Amateur category at US$18 per image, with discounts for subsequent submissions.
Last year the competition attracted 3586 images from 985 photographers in 62 countries and introduced a new VR/360 category for ‘immersive’, digitally interactive panoramic images.
This year the prize pool includes an Epson Stylus Pro 7900 printer, an Epson Stylus Pro 4900 printer, an Epson EB-1775 Ultra-Slim projector and US$5000 (NZ$6250) cash.
Submissions at the standard entry price are open until April 20; late entries will incur an additional fee but will continue to be accepted until April 28.
Winners and high scoring images will be displayed at an exhibition in Sydney during the PMA Photo Imaging trade show in May.
Image: © Oleg Gaponyuk, 2011 Major Open winner
One of the world’s largest stock photo agencies is throwing open the doors of its archives for a multimedia competition in which entrants must remix still images, video and music.
Getty Images is currently seeking submissions for its international Mishmash competition, which gives entrants access to the agency’s huge store of stock photos, video and music to create a short film mash-up.
The created videos should be between one and three minutes long and can be submitted in either Short Story, Music Video or Video Art categories; at least half of the material used must come from a Getty Images source, the entrant creates the rest.
Some of the Getty Images resources available for the competition include Universal Studios, Warner Borthers Film, iStockFootage, one80 and Archive Films.
The overall global winner, judged by a panel of creative industry leaders, will win a cash prize of US$5000, one regional winner from the Asia Pacific area will take a US$2000 prize and one winner from either Australia or New Zealand will score the $1000 country award.
There is also an award for the most popular production as voted for by the public, with the video receiving the most votes by March 16 winning a US$1000 cash prize.
Entries for the Mishmash competition close February 29, register online to get access to the stock footage archives and for a sampling of last year’s entries for inspiration.
Image from A Runner’s High by Ben Redmond.
If you are heading down to Wellington for the rugby this Waitangi weekend bring your camera along to and you could end up winning some new gear.
Nikon New Zealand has announced the new I Am Sevens photo contest challenging fans to take their best shots of the Hertz Sevens Tournament in Wellington and upload them to the company’s Facebook page.
There are three Nikon cameras up for grabs and each can be win in a different way.
The best photo as judged by Nikon New Zealand will a Nikon 1 J1 mirrorless interchangeable lens system camera worth $1129.
All uploaded photos are displayed on the competition’s Facebook page and can be voted on by members of the public, the most popular will win also earn a Nikon 1 J1.
In order to submit or view entries you must first ‘like’ Nikon New Zealand’s Facebook page, everyone who does so during the competition will be the draw to Nikon Coolpix AW100 compact worth $525.
The competition is open to New Zealand residents only and the deadline for submissions is February 25.
The Hertz Sevens Tournament will be held at Wellington’s Westpac Stadium from February 3 to 4 and there ought to be plenty of colourful carry on around the town to shoot if you can’t make the actual games.
If you are ready to tackle the technical challenge and creative opportunities of off-camera flash the we have the perfect prize package to get you started.
In D-Photo 46 we delve into the wonderful world of remote triggers with flash guru Rory Laubscher of Firefly Photography (and for even more on the subject check out his comprehensive blog post) and now we are giving readers a chance to win the perfect starter pack for off-camera flash.
Tackle the following photo assignment and you will be in with a chance to win a Pixel Pawn radio transmitter and receiver and admission to a one-day Flash Photography workshop with Firefly Photography valued at over $300.
Assignment: Fill-in and Win
To prove you are ready to go off-camera you must first impress with your on-camera flash skills; we want to see your best outdoor portrait shot with fill flash.
If you’re new to such a technique we recommend picking up D-Photo 44 and absorbing the article on how to get started with flash photography – here’s Rory’s take on fill flash from the article:
“The idea is that invariably your subject is going to be in the foreground so the flash fills the foreground area, which is mostly shadow, with light. With your camera exposure set for the ambient light, by adding a puncture light for the foreground you get everything working out the way it should, no hassle, no worry.”
The rest is up to you, round up a model, pick a suitable outdoor location and send your best attempts to firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject ‘Fill-in and Win’. Please include a title for your image, location, camera settings and full contact details – and don’t forget to read the terms and conditions:
D-Photo Fill-in and Win Terms and Conditions:
The D-Photo Fill-in and Win Competition is only open to residents of New Zealand.
Each photographer may submit one image only.
Submit files in JPG format only.
Files should be in the area of A4 @ 300dpi and no larger than 6MB.
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
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 and its sponsors for promotion or acknowledgment of the competition and/or exhibition.
Entrants retain copyright to their images and agree that D-Photo and its sponsors may use material submitted in whole or in part for promotion or acknowledgment of the competition and/or 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 midnight (NZDT) Thursday, February 23, 2012.
No entries will be accepted after this date.
For further inquiries please contact email@example.com.
The deadline for submissions to New Zealand’s most prestigious travel media competition is now less than a month away.
Submissions for the annual Cathay Pacific Travel Media Awards close at 5pm, February 3.
The photography portion of the competition (which also includes travel writing awards) comprises six categories with a grand prize of a trip to Rome with Cathay Pacific plus $500 towards travel expenses and a Mediterranean cruise provided by Celebrity Cruises.
The categories include Best Travel Image Taken in New Zealand, Best Travel Image Taken Outside New Zealand, Best Series of Travel Images, Best Travel Image with People, Best Unpublished Travel Image and, new this year, Best Travel Image that captures the essence of Maori.
To enter you must be a paid-up member of the travel communicators association, Travcom, and based in New Zealand.
Submitted images must have been published between January 1 and December 31 2011, with online publication now being allowed for the first time alongside magazines, books and newspapers.
For complete terms and conditions of the competition head to Travcom‘s website.
You can check out our coverage of last year’s awards here and here, as well as an interview with 2011 Travel Photographer of the Year, Tessa Chrisp, here.
Image: © Tessa Chrisp
The D-Photo offices are getting ready to close for the holiday season but before taking off we wanted to remind everyone to keep their cameras handy as the year wraps up for the D-Photo New Year’s Eve Photo Competition.
Samsung have kindly given us a lovely new NX11 mirrorless interchangeable lens system camera, worth $999, to give to the photographer who can best capture the transition from 2011 to 2012 in a single image.
Images should have a clear storytelling focus and need to be submitted along with a brief statement to assist the image’s narrative
Images have to have been taken between 6pm on December 31, 2011 and 6am on January 1, 2012 and we have extended the deadline for submission to Janurary 30.
Head over to the competition page for full terms and conditions and how to enter.
And if you’re looking to cram even more competition into your holiday break, head over to D-Photo‘s Facebook page to get in on the Christmas family portrait action.
Have a an excellent, safe holiday everyone.