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The Talking Point about the Nikon Photography Contest

August 8th, 2013 No Comments
Nikon Ohi Factory

Nikon Ohi Factory (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Our two just-previous posts had to do with Nikon gear and a major contest.  Let’s close out the week by combining these two topics: The Nikon Contest!  This year’s contest results were announced two days back.  

Nikon is an innovator not only in photographic gear, but (and very obviously) in photography contests: witness the types of categories: Photo story (two to five images presenting a theme or idea), Photographic video (45 seconds in length), and a special new category, ‘Motion Snapshot’ made with the Nikon 1.  Get all the facts and figures from Zoltan Arva-Toth’s report in Photography Blog and the contest entry page.

Head on over to the somewhat curiously-designed winning entries page.  You’ll learn here that there a final judges meeting over two days during which a multi-session symposium was also conducted.

Click on each category (and not a particular image) to view the winners, such as Category C.  (Note, though, that if you want to view what Nikon calls “detail information about each work” you’ll have to visit the site again on or after 13th August.)

Category D’s winners are the most overtly humourous and most of Category B’s winners clearly lean towards Photojournalism.  Category A’s winners, however, make for a major talking point.

Category A was an open category for stills but this category’s winners circle is striking – astounding: for it almost seems as if this were one very narrowly-defined category: “Simple, Direct Compositions Involving Humans, and Telling a Little Story.”  Fully a dozen winners exactly fit this description with only one (‘The Sun Comes Out’) not fitting it at all!  How amazing that a big – B-I-G – judges panel ended up choosing winning photos with such a strongly-unifying common thread.

That interesting fact revealed, Category A’s strongly-typed winners include some beautiful images that are classically artistic, ‘Brassai-an’, and evocatively descriptive in their execution or style.


Too bad we have to wait another week for Nikon to publish these images in “detail information.”



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Spotlight on Competitions and Contests

February 18th, 2013 No Comments
English: Canon EOS 5D digital SLR camera with ...

English: Canon EOS 5D digital SLR camera with Canon EF 24 mm f/2.8 lens Suomi: Canon EOS 5D -digitaalijärjestelmäkamera Canon EF 24 mm f/2.8 -objektiivilla (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

A few days back the winners of the 56th World Press Photo Contest were announced.  See them all on The Darkroom.

World Press Photo is one of the most prestigious photo contests and it is heavily contested by many of the best photographers around the world.  A novice’s chances of winning it aren’t exactly bright.  Not to be despondent though: today we’re ‘shining a spotlight’ on competitions and contests.

We list several below with a new twist: the heading identifies what you can walk away with should you win that contest!

Before entering any contest/competition, please carefully read its rules and conditions of entry to avoid disappointment.

Pro Camera equipment worth R185,000

That’s an EOS 5D Mark III, 24-105L lens kit with selected accessories, an EF 70-300mm f4-5.6 L IS USM lens, and a Pixma Pro 9500 Mark II pigment inkjet printer for the winner plus fabulous prizes for two runners-up!  The prizes are from Canon and the competition is hosted by Sunday Times.  This competition is “for South Africa’s best wildlife and nature photographers” and, though the subject can be “anything environmental,” “judges will be on a special lookout for authentic work of less common wildlife and fascinating landscapes.”  It is open until 10th December.

Extreme outdoor photography clothing and a two-man hide

The prize of a hide (besides jacket, trousers and gloves) suggests wildlife photography; however, the topic of this competition is broader: the ‘Great Outdoors’.  Though you can submit a photograph of a Siberian Tiger on the hunt, photos of “a day out at the seaside” are just as acceptable.  The prize is courtesy of Stealth Gear and their ‘Great Outdoors’ Competition is open until 28th February.

Sony NEX-5R compact system camera 

Not a bad prize on offer from Chromasia and Goodman Business Parks for their architectural photography competition.  Now do you think you’d have an advantage if you entered a photo of a building managed by Goodman?(!)  You can submit your photograph of an architectural marvel until 25th February.

Nothing . . . well, ‘Publicity'(!)

If “email marketing, 70+ press release announcements, 75+ event announcement posts, extensive social media marketing and distribution” plus backlinks to your website appeal to you, enter Light Space & Time Online Art Gallery art competition.  Photographers can compete with illustrators to depict “‘Nature’ [which] is considered to be anything that was not created by or has been substantially altered by man.”  Closing date: 24th February.


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Brilliant Prints – Valentines Day Competition – Win your own canvas print

February 1st, 2008 No Comments

To celebrate Valentine’s Day we are launching our first ever competition. They will hopefully become a regular feature of our blog – so make sure you check back regularly!

The Challenge

We have just posted a tutorial that shows how to use the free photo editing program picnik to create your own Valentines Day image.

For our first ever competition we’ll be asking you to create your own Valentine’s Day image (whether you use Picnik or any other photo-editing program). The content, style and effect are all open to your interpretation (as long as you keep within our theme)

Send it to us at and the winning image will be printed on an 11 x 14 inch canvas and express posted to you in times for Valentine’s Day.

The Rules

  1. All images submitted must be your own work
  2. You must consent to having your image posted on this blog in the next competition post. Your images will not be used in any other way.
  3. All entries must be received by February 8th 2008 5pm AEST.
  4. The winner will be contacted by February 10th.
  5. The prize will only be shipped to an Australian address.

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