Wildlife Photographer of the Year Competition for Adults (Fee Required) and Minors (Entry at No Cost): Entries Must Be Received before 11.30 GMT on 25 February 2016

The following video presents Judging the Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition | Wildlife Photographer of the Year:

Each year an esteemed jury selects the winner of the Wildlife Photographer of the Year title. The image represents nature photography at its very best and truly encapsulates the competition’s ethos of ethics and excellence. But what happens to your image once its been entered into the competition, and what exactly are the judges looking for? We reveal what goes on behind closed doors in the WPY judging room.

The Natural History Museum in London, UK, invites you to participate in its Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition.

  • There is FREE admission to the museum.
  • The competition is open to professional, amateur and young photographers.
  • All entries must be received by 11.30 GMT on the morning of Thursday 25 February 2016 (‘the Closing Date’).
  • Young photographers are encouraged to enter one of three categories for under-17s, and for them entry is FREE. See the image of the youngest winner (eight years old) of the overall Young Wildlife Photographer of the Year award at .

Now in its fifty-first year, the Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition provides a showcase for the world’s very best nature photography….

The Wildlife Photographer of the Year series consists of a major exhibition at the Museum and a worldwide tour. The winning images appear on this website and leading publications worldwide. As a result, the photographs are seen by millions….

Judges are looking for outstanding images that raise awareness of nature’s beauty and fragility, while also championing the highest ethical standards in wildlife photography. From intimate animal portraits to atmospheric landscapes, groundbreaking photojournalism to innovative technique, the 2016 jury wants to see it all….


The competition rewards include: (more…)

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Firmware Updates Fujifilm

FUJIFILM Firmware Update Ver.4.30 (February 4, 2016) for X-T1 and X-T1 Graphite Silver Edition Cameras: Now Available

The following video presents The new Fujifilm X-T1 interchangeable lens camera:

Fujifilm is delighted to announce the X-T1, the latest addition to the award-winning X-Series range. A premium interchangeable lens camera, the X-T1 features evolved SLR-style handling, mechanical dials and weather-resistance (when paired with a weather resistant X mount lens), together with all the benefits of an X-Series camera, such as compact size, excellent mobility and high-speed performance.

This is an update to these previous blogs:



Fujifilm recently released the firmware version 4.30 for the FUJIFILM X-T1  and  FUJIFILM X-T1 Graphite Silver Edition cameras.

FUJIFILM X-T1 Graphite Silver Edition

FUJIFILM X-T1 Graphite Silver Edition

For more info and to download the firmware version 4.30, please visit .


FUJIFILM X-T1 Firmware update 4.30 to further enhance X-T1 operability is available for download

February 4, 2016

Fujifilm Corporation is pleased to announce the release of firmware version 4.30 for the FUJIFILM X-T1 and FUJIFILM X-T1 Graphite Silver Edition.

As part of our continued effort to improve functionality of your camera, this latest firmware upgrades X-T1 cameras to add additional features requested by many users. It also makes the camera fully compatible with the FUJINON XF100-400mmF4.5-5.6 R LM OIS WR lens that was announced on January 15th, 2016.

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February 4th, 2016

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FUJIFILM X-T1:Ver.4.30

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Olympus Press Releases

Olympus Monocular i Features 6x Magnification, Water and Fog Proof

The Olympus Monocular i does not look like your regular low-powered spotting scope or monocular but more like a high-end fashion optics complete with its expensive-looking carry pouch. Compact (87 x 38 mm / 3.4″ x 1.5″) and lightweight (70 g / 2.5 oz), you could just carry it in your pocket or small purse.

It provides 6x magnification, is weatherproof (waterproof to a depth of 1 m for 5 mins) and, being nitrogen-filled, resists condensation.

While it will most probably end up being used in a traditional setting such as at the theater, opera, concert, for bird counting, (or to look like a spy), I wonder if a photographer could also use it to quickly decide if a tele lens change would yield an interesting composition. I would use one to check if that egret I have been after for some time now is really perched on that island in the middle of the pond (or are these just some branches?) before actually opening my camera pack and take out my camera and tele lens.



CENTER VALLEY, Pa., February 5, 2016 — Today, Olympus America Inc. is pleased to announce the availability of the Monocular i, a lightweight, yet powerful alternative to cumbersome binoculars, with 6x magnification, enabling you to appreciate the subtle interplay of the orchestra, or see expressions on the actors’ faces at the theater. At about half the size and weight of standard binoculars, the sleek, premium design fits in almost any pocket or purse. The Monocular i is waterproof1 and nitrogen-filled, preventing condensation.

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Contests Nikon

Nikon Canada’s Snap & Share Photo Contest for Ontario, Canada: Deadline Has Been Extended to February 29, 2016

The following video presents Introducing the Nikon D3300 HD-SLR Camera:

In this video, Nikon Canada’s Mark Cruz provides an overview of some of the features in the Nikon D3300 HD-SLR including the following:

– 24.2-megapixel DX-format CMOS sensor
– Full HD (1080p) video recording
– Enhanced Guide Mode to provide step-by-step photo instructions for capturing the best possible images
– Nikon’s EXPEED 4 image processor
– Optional Wi-Fi connectivity

This is an update to these previous blogs:

Important: The Toronto walking tour is now fully booked.

The   photo contest deadline has been extended to Feb 29th!
The following video presents Nikon COOLPIX AW130: Product Tour:

Let the world be your playground with the new AW130. Relive your adventures with this waterproof, shockproof, dust and cold-resistant camera and record every adrenaline pumping moment with the 16-megapixel backside illumination CMOS sensor and Full HD video capabilities. Share your epic escapades with your family and friends instantly with the built-in Wi-Fi® and NFC.

Snap! Share! Win!

This winter, don’t leave home without your camera, as your next shot could be a winner.  From December 14 until February 29, 2016 snap photos in Toronto parks, ravines and recreation centres for a chance to win great prizes.


Nikon D3300 camera body + AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G VR II lens

Nikon D3300 camera body + AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G VR II lens


AF-S DX NIKKOR 55-200mm f/4-5.6G ED VR II

AF-S DX NIKKOR 55-200mm f/4-5.6G ED VR II




Nikon COOLPIX S3700

Nikon COOLPIX S3700


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Lenses Sony

Sony Announces New G Master Series Lenses for FE-Mount

The following video presents G Master -Brand concept | α lens | Sony:

Tomorrow’s lenses today, from Sony

Lens standard are changing

Advances in camera performance and soaring creative ideals demand a new approach to lens technology.
Lenses must evolve to remain ahead of the curve.
With a clear vision of cameras of the future, Sony now redefines the lens. High resolution and appealing bokeh together at last, from the leader in imaging innovation.

Sony has today introduced their flagship G Master™ brand of interchangeable lenses which includes three new E-mount full frame lenses including a 24-70mm constant F2.8 standard zoom, an 85mm F1.4 prime and a 70-200mm constant F2.8 telephoto zoom.

The following video presents G Master -The supreme blend of high Resolution and beautiful Bokeh 4K movie | α lens | Sony:

Outstanding resolution that will remain compatible with evolving camera bodies and Softly dissolving bokeh offers extensive artistic potential for stills and movies.
G Master series lenses are interchangeable lenses of the highest quality and creative potential, created by Sony with a clear vision of tomorrow’s cameras.

Press Release

Sony Launches New G Master™ Brand of Interchangeable Lenses

Three new models including 24-70mm F2.8 Zoom, 85mm F1.4 Prime and 70-200mm F2.8 Zoom deliver unrivaled imaging experiences

NEW YORK, Feb. 3, 2016 – Sony Electronics, a worldwide leader in digital imaging and the world’s largest image sensor manufacturer, has today introduced their flagship G Master™ brand of interchangeable lenses.

Sony’s new brand includes three new E-mount full frame lenses including a 24-70mm constant F2.8 standard zoom, an 85mm F1.4 prime and a 70-200mm constant F2.8 telephoto zoom.  Representing the ultimate blend of high resolution and beautiful bokeh, the new lenses feature Sony’s innovative optical element technology, design and calibration. This allows them to produce still image and video content with a level of detail and expression that has never before been possible.

“The new G Master brand represents the finest and most impressive group of lenses that Sony has ever brought to market,” said Neal Manowitz, Vice President of Digital Imaging at Sony Electronics. “With our knowledge of what the future will bring for digital imaging, we have designed these lenses and can ensure that the G Master brand will inspire and ‘wow’ photographers and videographers for years to come.”

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Cameras Sony

Sony α6300 Compact Mirrorless

How do you top the Sony α6000 APS-C E-mount, one of the most popular enthusiast compact mirrorless camera that back then sent the unmistakable signal that Sony was a serious player in the mirrorless arena? Of course, you introduce the α6300 with the highest number of Hybrid AF points on any interchangeable lens camera: 425 points (phase-detection AF) / 169 points (contrast-detection AF), edge to edge. With an AF acquisition time of a mere 0.05 s, continuous shooting of 11 fps with C-AF and exposure and a first-ever continuous shooting of 8 fps with Live-View, no one is ever going to complain anymore that mirrorless cameras are slower to focus that DSLRs.

That feat is even more incredible because it also applies to A-mount lenses (with SSM or SAM) using the appropriate mount adapter.

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Cameras Sony

Sony α6300 Camera Features 24MP, 8 FPS Live-View Continuous Shooting, 425 Phase Detection AF Points, 0.05 sec. AF Speed and 4K Movie

The following video presents α6300 -Advanced 4D FOCUS | α | Sony:

The high AF performance system “4D FOCUS” is further enhanced with the α6300.
The 425 focal plane phase-detection AF points widely and densely positioned throughout the image area. It also achieves 0.05 sec. AF speed with the enhanced Fast Hybrid AF. Together with the newly developed tracking algorithm, “High-density Tracking AF Technology”, α6300 realizes supremely reliable accuracy and tracking stability, which bring 4D FOCUS to the next level.


Sony Introduces New α6300 Camera with World’s Fastest Autofocus

New Mirrorless Camera Features World’s Fastest AF speed1 and Highest Number of AF points2 plus Newly Developed 24.2 MP APS-C Sensor, High Resolution 4K video recording and more

NEW YORK, Feb. 3, 2016 – Sony Electronics, a worldwide leader in digital imaging and the world’s largest image sensor manufacturer, has today introduced the latest addition to their award winning lineup of mirrorless cameras, the α6300 model.

The camera boasts an unrivaled 4D FOCUS™ system that can lock focus on a subject in as little as 0.05 seconds, the world’s fastest AF acquisition time1. Additionally, the α6300 has an incredible 425 phase detection AF points that are densely positioned over the entire image area – the world’s highest number of AF points on any interchangeable lens camera2, and can shoot images at up to 11 frames per second with continuous autofocus and exposure tracking.

Sony α6300

Sony α6300

The impressive new mirrorless model also has the ability to support full live-view continuous shooting on the Tru-finder or LCD screen at up to 8 frames per second, ultimately producing a real-time shooting experience that combines all the benefits of an electronic viewfinder with the immediacy of a through-the-lens optical viewfinder. (more…)

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Panasonic Teasers

Panasonic Teaser: New Cinema VARICAM Camera to Be Unveiled in Los Angeles, California, USA on February 10, 2016, 7PM – 10PM (PST)

Presently, Panasonic’s lineup of cinema cameras consists of the VariCam 35 – a 4K camera – and VariCam HS – a 2/3 3MOS camera.

Panasonic announced today that a new Cinema VARICAM will be unveiled on February 10, 2016.

The next generation of VariCam cameras, revolutionizing the production industry.  Create Emotion VariCam 35, Capture Action VariCam HS.

Building on the esteemed VariCam® legacy of breathtaking image rendition and versatile off-speed effects, Panasonic offers two VariCams, one a 4K camera (VariCam 35) that incorporates a newly developed super 35mm MOS image sensor; the second, a 2/3-inch camera (VariCam HS) that features high-speed 1080p image capture of up to 240fps to produce extraordinary high-definition imagery for the most demanding documentary, sports or SFX slow-motion applications.

Their next-generation modular two-piece design will deliver unprecedented flexibility, allowing you to move between the worlds of cinema, TV episodic, sports, documentary and other content creation with extraordinary ease and efficiencies.

Panasonic: VariCam 35 (left) and VariCam HS (middle) and the next-generation VariCam (right)

Panasonic: VariCam 35 (left) and VariCam HS (middle) and the next-generation VariCam (right)

Panasonic invites you to witness the introduction of the next generation in digital cinema innovation. This is a FREE event.

Join us for the unveiling of the newest addition to the Panasonic VariCam lineup of cinema cameras. Mobile cinema acquisition is about to change forever, don’t miss it!

  • When:
  • Where: DGA Theater Complex – 7920 Sunset Boulevard Los Angeles, CA 90046 – View Map

Please RSVP at .

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