Shoot the zoo, help the animals

Ceratotherium simumA new photography competition launched by one of the country's leading wildlife photographers seeks to help local conservation efforts by tempting photographers with flash new photography gear. Photographer Trevor Penfold and the Hamilton Zoo have joined forces to launch the Hamilton Zoo Photography Competition, with entrants vying for a Canon PowerShot SX60 HS and Canon 70D and entry fees going to the zoo's conservation funds.

To enter the competition photographers must head to Hamilton Zoo and capture images of the wildlife inhabitants. The winning image will earn the photographer a new Canon PowerShot SX60 HS worth over $600, while other prizes include zoo passes and animal experiences, vouchers for Snapshot Cameras, and copies of Penfold's excellent wildlife photo books.

There is also a category in the competition exclusively for members of the Hamilton Zoo Photography Group (HZPG), wherein entrants will compete for the title of HZPG Photographer of the Year and a Canon 70D kit worth over $1700.

The photography group was another joint initiative between Penfold and the zoo, giving passionate photographers the opportunity to access the zoo all year round, compete in photo contests and have their images critiqued by the wildlife photographer.

For full entry conditions see here, and more information on the photography group can be found here.

New Zealand's top photojournalim shots

The New Zealand National Photojournalism Competition, run by the New Brighton Photography Club, annually seeks out the best photojournalism shots from photo enthusiasts throughout the country. D-Photo is proud to present the winning images of the 23rd National Photojournalism Competition:

Champion image 2014:

D_01_Grassroots Determination_Jo McCarthy

Jo McCarthy, Grassroots determination (also Digital category first place)

Print category

First place:

P_01_David Ferrer_Liz Hardley FPSNZ AFIAP LRPS

Liz Hardley, David Ferrer


Second place:

P_02_The Chase Pack_Liz Hardley FPSNZ AFIAP LRPS

Liz Hardley, The Chase Pack


Third place:

P_03_We're Going To Be On TV!!_Jo McCarthy

Jo McCarthy, We're going to be on TV



P_Hon_Backhand Control_Liz Hardley FPSNZ AFIAP LRPS

Liz Hardley, Backhand control


P_Hon_Life on the Line_Alistair Phillips APSNZ

Alistair Phillips, Life on the line


P_Hon_One afternoon in Queen Street_Liz Hardley FPSNZ AFIAP LRPS

Liz Hardley, One afternoon on Queen Street


Digital category

Third place:

D_03_Bring em down cowboy_Jenny Atkins

Jenny Atkins, Bring 'em down



D_Hon_Classic Ana_Jo McCarthy

Jo McCarthy, Classic Ana


D_Hon_Come ON!_Newell Grenfell HonPSNZ FPSNZ FNPSNZ

Newell Grenfell, Come on!


D_Hon_Dragon Dance_Jianhuai Chen

Jianhuai Chen, Dragon Dance


D_Hon_Flag It_Bill Phillips

Bill Phillips, Flag it


D_Hon_Making a break to the winning post_Pauline Smith

Pauline Smith, Making a break to the winning post


D_Hon_Neatly balanced_Carolyn Elcock

Carolyn Elcock, Neatly balanced


D_Hon_On a Wing and a Prayer_Colin Holloway

Colin Holloway, On a wing and a prayer


D_Hon_Ouch That Fence Is Nearer_Anne Lambe

Anne Lambe, Ouch


D_Hon_Race to the line_Liz Hardley FPSNZ AFIAP LRPS

Liz Hardley, Race to the line


Sidecar Racing

Ron Willems, Red rules


D_Hon_Rough Ride_Shona Kebble APSNZ

Shona Kebble, Rough ride


D_Hon_Speedway Scramble_Ron McKie FPSNZ AAPS AFIAP ARPS

Ron McKie, Speedway scramble


D_Hon_Stock Sale_Helen Oliver

Helen Oliver, Stock sale


D_Hon_Stop the bull_Jenny Atkins

Jenny Atkins, Stop the bull!


D_Hon_There He Goes_Anne Lambe

Anne Lambe, There he goes


D_Hon_Unexpected Outcome_Georgie McKie FPSNZ AAPS AFIAP

Georgie McKie, Unexpected outcome

If you're interested in entering the 2015 National Photojournalism Competition be sure to keep tabs on the New Brighton Photography Club website.

Kiwis snag international landscape spots

Three New Zealand photographers have made the finalist list in a new landscape photography competition seeking out 101 of the best landscape images from throughout the globe. Images from local photographers Allan Cox, Roger Wandless and Michael Norrie are featured in the top 101 list in the inaugural International Landscape Photographer of the Year competition, and will also be published in the resulting awards book.

The competition was established by prominent Australian photographers Peter Eastway, David Evans and Nathan Oxley to celebrate excellence and diversity in landscape photography the world over.

In its first year the competition's top three spots were all taken by Australian photographers – Christian Fletcher in first place, Tom Putt in second and Will Dielenberg in third place for the title of 2014 International Landscape Photographer of the Year.

The competition also awards a special prize for the single best overall image, as opposed to the portfolio-based primary award, which this year went to Craig Perry, also of Australia, followed by Putt in second and Netherlands photographer Bas Meelker in third.

There are five special, possibly toungue-in-cheek, themed awards on the programme, which acknowledged some of the most common subjects and styles in landscape photography: The Lonely Tree Award, The Jetty Award, The Sunset Award, The Fuzzy Water Award and The Hot Location Award.

You can view those winning images, along with the New Zealand finalists and overall winners in the gallery below.

Allan CoxAllan Cox, New Zealand, Top 101

Roger WandlessRoger Wandless, New Zealand, Top 101

Michael NorrieMichael Norrie, New Zealand, Top 101

Christian FletcherChristian Fletcher, Australia, 2014 International Landscape Photographer of the Year

 Craig ParryCraig Parry, Australia, 2014 International Landscape Photograph of the Year

 Mark SeawellMark Seawell, Germany, The Lone Tree Award

 David AndersonDavid Anderson, Australia, The Jetty Award

 Marcos FurerMarcos Furer, Argentina, The Sunset Award

 Ted GrambeauTed Grambeau, Australia, The Fuzzy Water Award

 Bas MeelkerBas Meelker, Netherlands, The Hot Location Award (Iceland)

Check out all the full list of 101 winners, along with prize and judging details, at the International Landscape Photographer of the Year competition website.

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

Try a triple challenge

WisePrisonSubmissions are now open for one of the country's most targeted photography salons – a national competition dedicated entirely to triptych images. The Nelson Camera Club is once again calling for submissions to the National Triptych Salon, which is now in its third year.

For those who have not previously dabbled in the three-fold art, a triptych is generally considered to comprise three art works intended to be displayed together, though for the purpose of the competition it is defined as "a presentation made up of three (and only three) distinctly separated photographic images displayed on a common background".

The images making up a triptych need not be the same shape, but their edges must not meet or overlap, and the background they are presented on must not act as a fourth image.

The salon has two sections – Open Triptych Print and Open Triptych Digitally Projected Images – and each entrant can submit up to four triptychs in each of the categories – see the competition website for further entry details and advice on putting a triptych together.

Submissions to the competition are open until August 31, results of the event will be announced on September 12, and awards will be presented and a winners exhibition launched on October 5 at Morrison Street Cafe in Nelson.

For a little inspiration, here are the winners of the previous two National Triptych events:


Champion Digital Image 2013: Kevin Chong, The Butterfly


Champion Print 2013: Marie Bilodeau, Chilling Out

Sarah Stirrup The Red Room

Champion Digital Image 2012: Sarah Stirrup , The Red Room

Alistair McAuslan APSNZ    A Gannet Study

Champion Print 2012: Alistair McAuslan, A Gannet Study

Young nature lovers' chance to win a dream trip

ContikiIf you, or someone you know, happens to be a young photographer with a passion for nature and a thirst for adventure,  youth travel company Contiki Holidays is currently running a competition that is worth a look. Up for grabs is the chance to travel on a six-day Costa Rica Unplugged trip accompanied by renowned documentary film maker, adventurer and storyteller, Céline Cousteau (granddaughter of Jacques Cousteau), during Earth Month this April.

Open to young people (here meaning those aged between 18 and 35) around the world, the competition seeks creative  photographic, video or written submissions answering the question, 'Where do you feel closest to nature?'

Submissions should be made to the competition's Tumblr page by February 28 (check out the full terms and conditions here) and three winners will be selected by a judging panel, including Cousteau, and announced on March 6.

Co-sponsored by the Matador Network media company, winners will also receive a scholarship to the MatadorU online journalism program, learning skills they can test while exploring the unique conservation environment of Costa Rica, including its unique Sea Turtle Conservancy Foundation.

You can visit the competition's Tumblr page to view the other entries already submitted before entering your own.