With around two and a half weeks to go, entries to the Sigma D-Photo Amateur Photographer of the Year competition are really ramping up! All of the $21K prize pool has been announced, and the judges are poised to start work, so make sure you’re in the running! Entries close Sunday, 23 June, so get your entries in at apoty2019.dphoto.co.nz.
We’re finally letting you in on what you’re in the running for in the Sigma D-Photo Amateur Photographer of the Year competition! Not only do you have the chance of being crowned the 2019 Amateur Photographer of the Year and receiving the amazing grand prize from Sigma, but each of our 11 categories have prizes for first, second, and third.
The Astro category is new to the Sigma D-Photo Amateur Photographer of the Year competition this year, and we want to encourage you to enter! That said, we don’t want you jumping in totally unarmed, so here we’re sharing some of the more commonly asked questions about astrophotography and their answers. So, have a read of the tips, get out shooting the night sky, and enter your best images in the Astro category!
The fact that so many of you have entered APOTY 2019 before even finding out what you’re in the running for — aside from the glory of being crowned the 2019 Amateur Photographer of the Year — is testament to the fact that our prize pool does not disappoint. We’ll be announcing the prizes shortly, but for now, we’d like to share some tips for your best chance of being in the running to win.
Todd Henry has spent a lot of time in the Pacific Islands getting to know local communities. This approach has resulted in intimate and authentic photographs, and is one that he extends to his forays into film-making. During his time in Tonga, he got to know deportees from the US, New Zealand, and Australia, resulting in the documentary shared below: Gangsters in Paradise: The Deportees of Tonga.
Kauri dieback disease is relatively recent, but it threatens what nature has spent up to 2000 years creating. Photographer Michelle embarked on The Untold Stories of Kauri Dieback, a photography project documenting those fighting to save kauri as well as how kauri dieback has impacted local communities across the North Island.
It’s no secret that Auckland camera store Progear is a big supporter of emerging photographers’ work. For several years Progear has been encouraging budding photographers to tag their work on Instagram using #progearfeature. This has helped Progear find and share work from many amazing and unique artists within the online community.
Aotearoa’s largest photography festival is set to kick off its 16th year at the end of May. The Auckland Festival of Photography presents some of New Zealand’s top photographers and internationally renowned photographers, plus exhibitions with a more local focus in galleries and public spaces scattered throughout the city. Check out D-Photo’spicks for some unmissable exhibitions.
The PSNZ Canon National Exhibition gives PSNZ members an opportunity to submit their prints and projected images for consideration by three panels of experts. This year, a total of 1654 images were entered by 267 photographers from New Zealand and Australia. From the 530 images that were ultimately selected for exhibition, the 13 images displayed here were awarded trophies and medals as recognition for leading their section.
The Auckland Festival of Photography is New Zealand’s largest photography festival, and each year one of three shortlisted photographers is commissioned to produce a new body of work for the festival. This year, Yvonne Shaw was awarded the honour.
Our feature on Craig Parry in D-Photo issue 90 looks at Craig’s underwater photography practice and covers some great tips for those getting started in the genre. But capturing the shot in the first place is often only half the story, so to complete the picture, below we’re sharing Craig’s introduction to his Photoshop workflow, including the editing process he uses to create his award-winning photos.
In D-Photo issue 90, we delve underwater with award-winning photographer Craig Parry, as well as into the realm of the subconscious with this year’s Auckland Festival of Photography Annual Commission recipient, Yvonne Shaw. Michelle Hyslop documents the people trying to preserve Aotearoa’s giants and looks at the impact of kauri dieback on local communities, and Todd Henry reflects on his visual-anthropologist approach to documenting people in light of his big win earlier this year.
Take a look at the latest batch of beautiful entries to the Sigma D-PhotoAmateur Photographer of the Year competition. With more than 3,500 entries overall, it’s definitely getting harder to pick out our favourites! What you see here is just a tiny proportion of worthy entries.
Just in time for some Easter inspiration, here’s the second installment of Our Picks for the Sigma APOTY 2019! More than 2000 images from photographers around the country have been entered so far. Here, we share just a few of the images of what is turning out to be an amazing assemblage of photographs, both in quality and quantity.
Over the past two to three years, with its 'P' and 'Mate' series, global tech behemoth Huawei has taken on the immense challenge of turning the traditional weaknesses of the smartphone camera into its key strength and selling point. Last year's P20 Pro and Mate 20 Pro arguably set the bar as high as it’s ever been in smartphone camera technology. And, with the release of the brand new P30 Pro in April 2019, an even higher standard has seemingly been set.
Project Street is a street photography event that sees 30 photographers explore the streets of a nominated city, capturing the city from their perspective. In just seven hours, the photographers must shoot, select, edit, print, and exhibit a single image. We find out more and share a gallery from a past event.
We featured Cathy Carter’s latest series, Weird Fishes, in D-Photo 89. Check out the magazine for the full article, but as a taster and an insight into Cathy’s work, we’ve shared the curatorial statement from the exhibition in Auckland in late 2018.
You can check out Jessica’s top wedding photography tips by grabbing a copy of D-Photo 89, but to get your started, we’ve shared one of Jessica’s blog posts for an insider’s look into one of the fantastic weddings that she’s photographed.
With the return of the Sigma D-Photo Amateur Photographer of the Year for 2019, we’re also bringing back the ‘Our Picks’ series we ran last year, where the team at D-Photo chooses some standout entries to share for your viewing pleasure — and as inspiration to get your own photos out there.