Parks and Forests Through The Seasons Contest for 10 Years of Age & Older: Submit Photos by Noon Sept.3, 2014

Mon August 25, 2014

This video presents “A Modern Legacy – Pennsylvania State Parks.”

  • A look at what Pennsylvania State Parks in the USA have to offer.

The Pennsylvania Parks and Forests Foundation (PPFF) invites everyone to enter the Parks and Forests Through the Seasons photo contest.

  • The contest will be judged by popular vote on PPFF’s Facebook page.
  • Each email address is able to vote one time.


PPFF’s mission is to promote and support the natural and cultural resources of Pennsylvania’s state parks and forests through leadership in recreation, education, conservation and volunteerism.

All photos must be submitted by noon on September 3, 2014, for consideration.

  • The voting period will be from September 10 to September 17.
  • Photos must be submitted by the photographer. (No third party submissions.)
  • All photos must have been taken in a Pennsylvania state park or state forest.
    • A maximum of 3 photos per submitter will be accepted in any one category.

Note: only one prize will be awarded per person.

  • Should a photographer receive the most votes in more than one category, PPFF reserves the right to select from which category the prize will be awarded.
  • There are six different categories and three photographs from each category will be awarded a prize as follows:
    • The top vote-getter will be named People’s Choice in that category.
      • The top vote-getter in each category receives a $50 state park gift card.
    • Second prize in the category will likewise be chosen by popular vote.
      • The second place winner in each category receives a $25 state park gift card.
    • PPFF’s blue ribbon panel of experts (chosen solely at PPFF’s discretion) will select a Critics’ Choice in each category.
    • Once again this year, the top vote-getter among all submissions will be named the People’s Choice Best in Show and there will also be a Critics’ Choice Best in Show chosen from all submissions.
      • Both Best in Show winners (People’s Choice and Critics’ Choice) receive a $75 state park gift card.

Award winners will be featured in PPFF’s fall newsletter and may be included on PPFF’s website,  Facebook page and other electronic communications.

The six categories are:

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Four Photographers are Finalists for Aimia | AGO Photography Prize 2014: Vote Until 11:59 P.M. on Oct. 27, 2014

Fri August 22, 2014

This is an update to these previous blogs:

Aimia and  Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO) recently announced the four international finalists for the Aimia | AGO Photography Prize 2014:

  • David Hartt (Canada);
  • Elad Lassry (Israel/USA);
  • Nandipha Mntambo (South Africa); and
  • Lisa Oppenheim (USA).

Help us choose the $50,000 Winner

View the Art

Art is all about perspective. What’s yours?
View art from four international photographers and vote for what moves you to help award our $50,000 Prize.

We’d love to get your perspective on which one of these extraordinary artists should receive this year’s $50,000 Prize. You don’t have to be a curator to have your say; you just have to consider the work through the lens of an art lover.

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Contests 2014 Photo Contest: Entries to Be Uploaded by 3 P.M. (EST), Nov.28

Sat August 16, 2014

This video presents “Smithsonian photo contest winners revealed.”

“Smithsonian magazine and place a Smithsonian lens on the world, looking at the topics and subject matters researched, studied and exhibited by the Smithsonian Institution — science, history, art, popular culture and innovation — and chronicling them every day for our diverse readership.”

The 12th Annual Photo Contest is now open to photographers ages 18 and over.

Don’t forget:

  • All entries must be uploaded by 3:00 P.M. Eastern Standard Time, Friday, November 28, 2014.


The Smithsonian will award eight prizes, as follows:

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National Geographic International Photography Contest 2014 for Kids: Online Entries to Be Received by 11:59 PM (EDT) on Oct.15

Fri August 8, 2014

This video presents “Teen wins in National Geographic contest.”

  • A Paola 14-year-old girl placed first in the “Animals” category in the National Geographic International Photography Contest 2012 for Kids for her unique photo of a reflection of a barn in a cow’s eye.

“Take an awesome photo for a chance to win really cool prizes — including a trip to Costa Rica — plus a chance to compete against other winners from around the world to win a trip to Washington, DC!

For contest entries outside the U.S., see our list of international partners.”

For U.S. Contest Entries:

  • Contest is open only to legal residents of the United States who are between the ages of 6 and 14 on October 15, 2014.
  • You must be the photographer.
  • All Mail-in Entries must be postmarked by October 15, 2014, and received by October 22, 2014.
  • Online Entries must be received by 11:59 p.m. (Eastern Daylight Time) on October 15, 2014.
  • Entries become the property of Sponsor and will not be returned or acknowledged.
  • The categories for entries are:

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Northwest International Exhibition of Photography & Washington State Photographers Exhibition: Online Entry Registration by Aug.4, 2014 at 10 PM PT

Thu July 31, 2014

This video presents “Washington State Fair Trailer.”

The 74th

Northwest InternationaL Exhibition of Photography

Washington State Fair Photo Salon, Pavilion • Puyallup, Washington

September 5-21, 2014

Eric Bastin, NW International Exhibition Chairman

Competitive Exhibits Office:
Washington State Fair
110 9th Avenue SW, Puyallup, WA 98371-6811, USA
Hours: Mon-Fri, 8 am – 4:30 pm
Phone: (253) 841-5074

ONLINE ENTRY REGISTRATION DUE on August 4 at 10pm Pacific Time

LAST DAY TO RECEIVE ENTRY PACKAGES at the Photo Salon is August 5 at 3 pm (Please print and enclose a copy of your online entry summary/receipt with your entries.)

“This exhibition, established in 1937, has received recognition by the Photographic Society of America (PSA), and is considered one of the leading international exhibitions in the world. Although shown for only 17 days, it is viewed by a million or more people from the greater Puget Sound area in the state of Washington, who come to see the latest and best in photographic art. Since its inception, we have encouraged a high degree of personal expression.”

  • The exhibition is open to anyone; however, an entry may be rejected when the sponsoring organization, or its agent, in its reasonable discretion, believes the entry does not conform to exhibition rules and conditions.
  • You may enter one image per Class, 01 through 04; in other words you may enter up to four images in each division.
  • Digital images must be submitted on a disc and discs will not be returned.
    • Do NOT send digital images via email.
  • Unless prior arrangements are made prints will be destroyed after October 3 2014.
  • Exhibition Catalog will be posted online at by October 17, 2014.
  • Photographic Society of America (PSA) Medals to be awarded by the judges for “Best of Show” in each PSA division, plus one for “Human Interest” in photojournalism. Ten PSA medals awarded by divisions of the Photographic Society of America for:

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Sigma Canada Photo Contest Announces Winners

Mon July 28, 2014

Niagara Winter Blues © Doug Hagardorn

Niagara Winter Blues © Doug Hagardorn

Sigma Canada celebrates Canadian photography by awarding Doug Hagardorn of St. Catherines, Ontario and Henry Wong of Vancouver, British Columbia, two grand prize trips to Japan. Both Hagardorn and Wong submitted their photos in the Sigma Canada photo contest that launched in December. Selected from thousands of impressive images, both winners have earned a seven-day, six-night trip for two to Japan. Please join us in congratulating them!

The winning photos, which include the monthly regional winners selected by random draw, are posted online at




TORONTO, ON., July 28, 2014 – Gentec International, the exclusive distributor of Sigma products in Canada, is pleased to announce that Doug Hagadorn of St. Catherines, Ontario and Henry Wong of Vancouver, British Columbia have each been awarded one of two grand prize trips to Japan in the Sigma Canada photo contest that launched last December.

Doug’s photo, shot with his Sigma 70-200mm F2.8 EX DG OS HSM lens and entitled Niagara Winter Blues, was selected out of thousands of impressive entries submitted in the consumer category by talented Canadian photographers who shoot with Sigma lenses. Henry used his Sigma 150–500mm F5-6.3 APO DG OS HSM lens to create Wheat Land, his winning entry in the sales associate category, which was open to Sigma retailers across Canada.

Both Doug and Henry have earned themselves a seven-day, six-night trip for two to Japan that includes a tour of the world-famous Japanese Cherry Blossom Gardens, a traditional Japanese green tea ceremony, a Sumida River cruise, a ride on the Hakone Ropeway, and much more.

The winning photos, which include the monthly regional winners selected by random draw, are posted online at

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2014 American Road “The Birds” Photo Contest: Submit Entries Before 11:59 P.M. US Eastern Time on Sept.30

Mon July 28, 2014

Enter The American Road® "The Birds" Photo Contest.

Enter The American Road® “The Birds” Photo Contest.

“Send us your favorite “Birds” themed road trip photo!
Photographs must incorporate the theme of “Birds.” For example, photos can be live birds, plastic flamingos, winged roadside sculptures–whatever: If it has wings and feathers, it flies!”

American Road magazine


  • A Grand Prize winner will receive a prize package including US $300,and his/her winning photograph will be published in American Road magazine.
    • A panel of American Road staff will select a finalist from all eligible entries based on the following criteria (“Judging Criteria”): Creativity (50%) and photographic quality (50%) — in accordance with the contest theme.
  • A runner up may also be selected, in which case that individual will receive US $100, and his/her winning photograph will be published in American Road magazine.
  • Judges reserve the right to award up to four ‘honorable mention’ prizes, in which case each honorable mention will have his/her photograph published in American Road magazine.

Please note:

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The World We Live In Photo Contest: Entries to Be Uploaded Before 11:59 P.M. EST on Nov. 30, 2014

Thu July 17, 2014

22 Prizes: More than $40,000 in fabulous prizes, including the latest photo equipment and a cruise to St-Pierre-et-Miquelon!

22 Prizes: More than $40,000 in fabulous prizes, including the latest photo equipment and a cruise to St-Pierre-et-Miquelon!

“Whether you’re pro or amateur, it’s time to share your photographic talent and show us your vision of the world we live in. Dare to challenge your creativity!”

The World We Live In Photo Contest is open to residents of Canada and the United States, 18 years of age or older as of the date of entry.

The entry fees for the Contest are as follows.

  • Subscriber to Photo Life and/or Photo Solution: $8 for 10 images (additional images: $8 per 10 images).
  • Non-subscriber to Photo Life or Photo Solution: $12 for 10 images (additional images: $12 per 10 images).
  • Please note that US residents pay in US dollars.
  • Mail-in entries are not accepted for the Contest.

Participants may submit any number of entries under these three themes as follows.

(Some photos may fit in more than one theme; enter your photos where you would like them to be judged.)

  1. Humanity
    • “Each person has a story to tell.
    • Capture images of people around you: your family, your neighbours, people you’ve encountered while travelling or even yourself.
      • Show us some of the many facets of humanity.”
  2. Environment
    • “Nature and wildlife will never cease to amaze us.
    • Show us the outstanding beauty of our living world, whether through wide landscapes or close-ups of natural elements, animals, plants or insects.”
  3. Interconnections
    • “Humans are by nature interactive beings.
    • Show us how we transform and create things.
    • This can be seen in architecture, domestic pets, urban life, objects, transportation, machines, agriculture, fishing, cooking and almost anywhere you look!”

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Wildlife in North Carolina 2014 Photo Competition: Entries to Be Uploaded by 5 P.M. on Sept. 2, 2014

Mon July 14, 2014

Wildlife in North Carolina magazine is the official educational publication of the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission in North Carolina, USA.

  • “The magazine is dedicated to the sound conservation of North Carolina’s wildlife and other interrelated natural resources and also to the environment that we share with them.”

North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission’s Mission Statement

“To conserve North Carolina’s wildlife resources and their habitats and provide programs and opportunities that allow hunters, anglers, boaters; other outdoor enthusiasts to enjoy wildlife-associated recreation.”

The magazine recently announced the Wildlife in North Carolina 2014 Photo Competition.

  • Photographers in the two youth categories (13–17 years old and 12 and under) may enter FREE of charge.
  • However, adult photo competition entrants must be subscribers to Wildlife in North Carolina.

Photos will be judged in the following 10 categories:

  1. Birds
  2. Mammals
  3. Reptiles and Amphibians
  4. Invertebrates
  5. Wild Landscapes: The peaks, valleys, plains and beaches of North Carolina.
  6. Wild Plants and Fungi: Wild-growing plants only, including their flowers, leaves, fruits and other parts. Absolutely no cultivated plants will be accepted.
  7. Outdoor Recreation: Show how people interact with North Carolina’s natural world through activ­ities that are inextricably linked to nature, such as hunting, fishing, hiking, rock climbing or canoeing.
  8. Animal Behavior: Anything animals do, from every­day activities to interactions with other animals to unusual behavior.
  9. Youth Photographer, 13–17: Any of the above subjects, shot by photographers under 18.
  10. Youth Photographer, 12 and under: Any of the above subjects, shot by children 12 and younger.

Photographs must have been taken in North Carolina no earlier than Sept. 1, 2009.

Entrants may submit a maximum of two (2) photos per category.

  • An image may be entered in only one category.
    • For instance, if a photo of a preening wood duck might fit in Birds or Animal Behavior, you must choose the one category in which you want the image to compete.

Winners will receive the following prizes:

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Professional Photographers of Canada-British Columbia: Youth Photography Contest Deadline is July 15, 2014

Mon July 7, 2014

The Professional Photographers of Canada – British Columbia (PPOC – BC) has extended the deadline for its Youth Photography Contest to July 15, 2014.

The Grand Prize winner will receive a Nikon D3300 Camera and Kit Lens.

  • All finalists will receive a certificate.
  • Awards are non transferable and have no cash alternative.
  • Nikon reserves the right to substitute the original prize with an alternate prize of equal monetary value.

The contest is open to youth enrolled in British Columbia, Canada, grades 8 through 12, or the equivalent such as home school, for the duration of the 2013/2014 school year.


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2014 National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest: Entries Must Be Received by June 30, 2014 at 12 P.M. EDT

Mon May 12, 2014

This video presents “Choosing the Year’s Best Pictures: 2013 Photo Contest .”

  • During the month of November, National Geographic magazine invited photographers from around the world to submit photos in three categories: People, Places and Nature.
    • We received more than 7,000 entries from over 150 countries, with amateur and professional photographers across the globe participating.
  • We asked Senior Photo Editor Susan Welchman, and National Geographic contributing photographers Stephanie Sinclair and Ed Kashi, to judge this year’s photo contest at the Society’s headquarters in Washington, D.C., on December 9, 2013.

Please click here to enter now.

Harness the power of photography and share your stunning travel experiences from around the globe with us.

The 26th annual National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest is now accepting submissions. There are four Categories for the 2014 entries:
(1) Travel Portraits;
(2) Outdoor Scenes;
(3) Sense of Place; and
(4) Spontaneous Moments.

Official grand prizes include:

  • 1st Prize: An 8-day National Geographic Expedition to Alaska for two;
  • 2nd Prize: A 5-day National Geographic Photo Workshop for one in Santa Fe, New Mexico;
  • 3rd Prize: A 6-day cruise for two on a Maine windjammer schooner.

Seven Merit Prize winners will receive:

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Nikon Canada + Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival: Lecture Series, Weekly Contest & Prizes May 1-June 1, 2014

Wed April 30, 2014

This is an update to the previous blog, 2014 Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival May 1–31, 2014 in Toronto.


Join Nikon Canada as We Celebrate the World’s Largest Photography Event
with an Engaging Lecture Series, a Weekly Contest, and Prizes!

Mississauga, ON, April 30, 2014 – For the fourth year in a row, Nikon Canada, as the official camera partner of the Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival, will host a series of events designed to inspire passion for visual arts and celebrate creativity and innovation in photography.

This year’s theme is the concept of “Identity” and its role in influencing and informing photographic images that explore individual and collective attributes. The Festival’s primary Exhibitions and Public Installations will include photo-based works by Canadian and international artists, both emerging and established, that address issues of character, nationality, migration, race, class, gender, feminism, masculinity and sexuality.

Nikon Canada is hosting two initiatives at this year’s CONTACT festival, and we’d love for you to join us!

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