Panorama comp deadline approaches

IMG_6605_(2) If you are a fan of panoramic photography, time is running out to get your entry sorted for the world's biggest international competition dedicated to the art of panoramic photography.

Now in its fifth year, the Epson International Pano Awards invites both professional and amateur photographers from across the globe to submit their strongest panoramas in a bid to claim a share of the combined pool of cash and prize gear, worth US$40,000 (about NZ$46,000).

The earlybird cut-off date for the competition is Sunday, July 13, after which entry fees for all three sections – Open, Amateur and VR/360 – will increase until the final July 20 deadline.

As the name suggests, the Open section is for all photographers, be they professional, amateur, or student, divided into the Nature category (which includes landscapes) and the Built Environment.

The Amateur competition offers the same categories, but is open only to non-professionals and students.

The VR/360 sections has no categories and is instead dedicated to interactive panoramic images that generally encompass a 360-degree circle, or spherical view of a subject that can be explored by the viewer using software. It is open to all photographers.

Top prizes this year include a US$1500 cash prize, Epson Stylus Pro 7900 printer, and $600 Triple Scoop Music voucher for the Open category; a US$10,000 cash prize, Epson Stylus Pro 4900 printer, and $600 Triple Scoop Music voucher for the Amateur category; and a US$10,000 cash prize, Epson EB-1775 Ultra-Slim projector, and $600 Triple Scoop Music voucher for the VR/360 category.

The image at the top of the page is last year's champion image from British Timo Liber, which topped the Open Landscape category. You can view some more of last year's winners below.


Open, Built Environment winner: Dmitiy Moiseenko, Russia


Amateur, Nature winner: Garry Schlatter, Australia


Amateur, Built Environment winner: Ralf Regeer, Australia

Amateur Photographer of the Year prizes revealed

APotY prizes New Zealand's biggest amateur photography competition has expanded again this year, offering the biggest prize pool to date, with a total value of over $14,500.

Sigma and D-Photo, along with category sponsors Vanguard, Hasselblad, GoPro, Epson, SanDisk, Marumi, and Fantail Publishing, are proud to bring this singular opportunity to New Zealand’s amateur photography community.

Without further ado, we present the prizes for this year's Sigma D-Photo Amateur Photographer of the Year competition:

Grand prize
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The person named 2014 New Zealand Amateur Photographer of the Year will have the opportunity to put together a dream lens kit with $3000 to put towards any Sigma products they desire.


Landscape category — sponsored by Vanguard


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First prize: Vanguard Xcenior 48T rolling trolley bag and Vanguard Alta Pro 263AGH tripod (worth $740)


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Second prize: Vanguard Xcenior 41 camera bag (worth $375)


04 Alta-Pro-263AB-100-1

Third prize: Vanguard Alta Pro 263AB tripod (worth$300)



Monochrome category — sponsored by Hasselblad


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First place: Vanguard Supreme 53D Professional hard case and Sigma 18–250mm f/3.5–6.3 DC Macro OS HSM lens (worth $880)


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Second place: Ilford inkjet paper voucher to the value of $200 plus a Vanguard UP-Rise 45 bag worth $189.


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Third place: Ilford inkjet paper voucher to the value of $150 plus a Vanguard UP-Rise II 34 bag worth $130.



Action category — sponsored by GoPro


08a GoPro Hero3+ Black Edition

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First place: GoPro Hero3+ Black Edition, an XSorries Big Black Box case and XSorries Big U Shot Mono (worth $778.80)


09 GoPro Hero3+ Silver Edition

Second place: GoPro Hero3+ Silver Edition (worth $479)


10 XSorries Tripod Pro

Third place: XSorries Tripod Pro (worth $249.90)



Creative category — sponsored by Fantail publishing


First place: Fantail Pro Imaging voucher to the value of $1500


Second place: Fantail Pro Imaging voucher to the value of $800


Third place: Fantail Pro Imaging voucher to the value of $500

Nature category — sponsored by Marumi


14a Marumi Achromat DHG Macro +3 14b Marumi EXUS Circular Polarizer 14c Marumi Variable ND2-ND400 DHG filter 14d Marumi DHG Lens Protector filter

First place: Marumi Achromat DHG Macro +3, Marumi Variable ND2-ND400 DHG filter, Marumi EXUS Circular Polarizer, and Marumi DHG Lens Protector filter set (worth $826)


15a Marumi EXUS Circular Polarizer 15b Marumi Achromat DHG Macro +3

Second place: Marumi EXUS Circular Polarizer and Marumi Achromat DHG Macro +3 filter set (worth $548)


16a Marumi Super DHG Circular PLD 16b Marumi DHG Super Lens Protector

Third place: Marumi Super DHG Circular PLD Filter and Marumi DHG Super Lens Protector filter set (worth $298)



Travel category — sponsored by SanDisk


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First place: SanDisk Extreme Pro SDHC UHS-II 280Mb/s 64GB memory card and SanDisk USB 3.0 UHS-II SD card reader (worth $848)


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Second place: SanDisk Extreme Pro SDHC UHS-II 280Mb/s 32GB and SanDisk Extreme Pro SDHC UHS-II 280Mb/s 16GB memory cards and SanDisk USB 3.0 UHS-II SD card reader (worth $577)


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Third place: SanDisk Extreme Pro SDHC UHS-II 280Mb/s 16GB memory card and SanDisk USB 3.0 UHS-II SD card reader (worth $278)



People category — sponsored by Epson

20 Epson Artisan 1430 inkjet printer


First place: Epson Artisan 1430 inkjet printer (worth $549)


21 Epson Expression Photo XP-950

Second place: Epson Expression Photo XP-950 Small-in-One printer (worth $499)


22 Epson Stylus Photo T50

Third place: Epson Stylus Photo T50 inkjet printer (worth $199)

Head to the online entry page to submit your images for a chance to win a share in these amazing photography prizes.

Top image: Lance van de Vyver, 2013 New Zealand Amateur Travel Photographer of the Year

New Zealand's biggest amateur photo comp now accepting submissions

Hreoimage_new_3.1We are excited to announce the country’s most prestigious competition exclusively for amateur photographers is now accepting submissions for its 2014 programme. The Sigma D-Photo Amateur Photographer of the Year contest gives passionate photographers throughout the country the chance to showcase their skills and vie for a share of over $13,500 in prizes.

D-Photo is thrilled to announce this latest partnership with Sigma to help encourage and promote the talent of our local photographic community – head to the official competition page for terms and conditions, online entry form and to view images already submitted.

In addition to the grand title of Amateur Photographer of the Year, prizes will also be awarded for the top three spots in each competition category, thanks to the generosity of our category sponsors.

They are:

Landscape, sponsored by Vanguard

People, sponsored by Epson

Action, sponsored by GoPro

Nature, sponsored by Marumi

Monochrome, sponsored by Hasselblad

Creative, sponsored by Fantail Publishing

Travel, sponsored by Sandisk

The competition is open to any New Zealand residents who do not earn their primary income from photography (exceptions can be made depending on circumstances – email to discuss) – the deadline for entries is 5pm, Friday June 13.

One change to this year’s programme is an increase in the amount of submissions allowed up to three per category.

Be sure to check back regularly for prize announcements, judging appointments and tips from past winners.

Buy an Epson, score a GoPro

PrinterThis month Epson is offering an exciting deal to those looking to purchase a new wide format photo printer – pick up one of two selected models in the month of April and you'll also walk away with a free GoPro action camera. All purchases of either an Epson Stylus Photo R2000 or R3000 A3+ printer made between April 1 and April 30 make you eligible to claim a bonus GoPro Camera.

Purchase the R2000, which features UltraChrome Hi-Gloss 2 pigment ink for vibrant photos up to 13-inches wide and up to 44-inches long, and you'll receive a GoPro Hero3 White Edition, worth $340.

Pick up the top-of-the-range R3000, featuring high-capacity cartridges, networking and wireless connectivity, and advanced media handling, and you get a bonus GoPro Hero3+ Silver Edition, worth $480.

Be sure to hold on to your proof of purchase and register to claim your free GoPro online at before July 7 to be eligible.