Camera Phone Photographer of the Year 2012

Sony and D-Photo are on the hunt for New Zealand’s best camera phone photographer of the year and we’ve got plenty of excellent prizes for those eager to test their skills.

Each month the nation’s finest camera phone photographers can submit their best phone-snapped images to be published on D-Photo‘s Facebook page, with the monthly champion taking home a brand new Sony Xperia U smartphone (worth $399) and going forward to contest the title of New Zealand Camera Phone Photographer of the Year 2012.

View April’s winners here.

View May’s winners here.

View June’s winners here.

View July’s winners here.

View August’s winners here.

View September’s winners here.

View October’s winners here.

View November’s winner here.

View December’s winner here.


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National Photojournalism comp opens

New Zealand’s competition for photojournalism is now accepting entries for its 21st annual award programme, with photographers vying for the prestigious Walker Trophy.

The National Photojournalism Competition 2012, hosted by the New Brighton Photographic Club, will be accepting submissions in print, slide and digital image categories until July 31.

“There have been so many golden opportunities over the summer months to capture those magic moments of people doing things, be it while you have been out four-wheel driving, attending the races, sporting events or watching the buskers and not to forget within your own family or neighbourhood, to name but a few,” says the organiser.

The competition is open to all New Zealand residents and financial members of PSNZ affiliated camera club, with each entrant allowed to submit a maximum of four prints, four slides and four digital images. Read the rest of this entry »

Shoot D-Photo’s Facebook cover and win

Update: Shoot D-Photo‘s new Facebook cover image and win a subscription to the magazine.

To usher in the change to Timeline on Facebook we are asking readers to submit their best photos to be used as monthly cover images, with a new winner picked each month to win a 12-month subscription worth $49.

Check the entry details below!

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D-Photo’s Facebook page, along with everyone else’s, is about to relaunch in a new format and we want you to shoot the cover for our new look.

For those not already aware, Facebook Pages (which are for things rather than people) will all soon be relaunched in the new Timeline format, just like with the personal pages recently.

This means we need a big, beautiful new cover image for our page.

The cover image is a sprawling 851×315 pixel banner welcoming visitors across the top of our page and we want our clever D-Photo readers to help us put it together – your image could be the first thing to greet our 3500+ fans.

What we are looking for is an image – cropped to 851×315 pixels – that speaks to all the creativity, insight, experimentation and inspiration we like to think D-Photo stands for.

Please send appropriately cropped images to with ‘Facebook cover’ as the subject along your your name and any additinal details about the image you care to share.

Keep in mind that we will be placing the D-Photo logo somewhere on the image, so yell out if you have a preference.

We plan on rotating these images each month, so if you want a chance to be the first you need to have your image in by March 23 but any image submitted later will still be in the running for subsequent cover honours.

Terms and conditions are as follows:

  • Submit files in JPG format only cropped to a size of 851×315 pixels.
  • 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 copyright holder.
  • 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 on or
  • Entrants retain copyright to their images and agree that D-Photo may use material submitted in whole (if cropped correctly), with the addition of the D-Photo logo, as the cover image to the D-Photo Facebook Page and in promotion of this competition.
  • Entrants agree submitted material may be cropped to suit Facebook format requirements and that such altered images may be credited to them.
  • For further inquiries please contact


Fill-in and Win results

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

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Update: Pano comp prizes announced

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.

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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

Mash-up Getty Images

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.


Shoot the Sevens and win

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.