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Nikon + 1 Happy Snap Aruba Contest: Post Your #1happysnap Photos Before 11:59 p.m. (“ET”) on Nov.21, 2014

Mon November 10, 2014

Nikon and Aruba invite you to share your happiest, most treasured adventures for the chance to win a 3 night / 4 day trip for two to the Divi Aruba Phoenix Beach Resort and the Nikon 1 AW1— the world’s first water-proof, shock-proof and freeze-proof camera.

  • Then simply Tweet or Instagram your “happy adventure” photo(s) with the hashtag #1happysnap to enter the contest.
  • Check out the incredible adventures in Aruba captured with the Nikon 1 AW1 at http://www.aruba.com/1happysnap for inspiration, although your #1happysnap does not have to be taken in Aruba or with a Nikon camera to be eligible.

The “1 Happy Snap” Contest is open to all legal residents of the fifty (50) United States, including the District of Columbia, and Canada (excluding Quebec) who have attained the age of majority in his or her state, territory or providence of residence and who are at least 18 years old as of the Contest start date.

The following video presents UNLEASH YOUR FUN | NIKON 1 AW1:

Never lose a moment of summer fun with the Nikon 1 AW1. Life doesn’t have a replay button, so the AW1 can go with you everywhere.

PRIZES: Approximate Retail Value (ARV) of the prize package is $3,500

One (1) Grand Prize winner will receive 1 Happy Snap Contest Prize Package which includes:
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Fujifilm + International Food Photography Day Contest: Post Your Photos Between Midday on Nov.12 & Midday GMT on Nov.14, 2014

Sun November 9, 2014

International Food Photography Day is November 13, 2014.

In association with Pink Lady® Food Photographer of the Year, Fujifilm UK will be celebrating International Food Photography Day on Thursday 13th November, and offering you the chance to win a personalised Fujifilm X-E2 camera and XF18-55mm lens (worth £1078 or $1706.47 US at the current excange rate).

  • Pink Lady® Food Photographer of the Year is the world’s leading awards recognising the art and diversity of food photography.

This video presents Fuji Guys – Fujifilm X-E2 – First Look.

  • The Fuji Guys show you the button and controls on this camera.

The International Food Photography Day Competition

  • The theme is Snap the Rainbow. “It’s really simple, all you have to do is capture the beautiful colours of food with your camera (doesn’t have to be a Fujifilm camera) and share them…”
  • To allow participants to contribute around the world, all entries must be tweeted or posted on Facebook between midday GMT on the 12th November and midday GMT on the 14th November 2014.
  • There are two ways to enter the competition and upload your “Snap the Rainbow‬” photos
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Winner of the 2014 Aimia | AGO Photography Prize is Photography Artist Lisa Oppenheim

Fri October 31, 2014

This is an update to these previous blogs:

Winner of the 2014 Aimia | AGO Photography Prize is Lisa Oppenheim (USA). Image by Lisa Oppenheim.

Winner of the 2014 Aimia | AGO Photography Prize is Lisa Oppenheim (USA). Image by Lisa Oppenheim.

Aimia and  Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO) announced that Lisa Oppenheim (USA) won the 2014 Aimia | AGO Photography Prize, $50,000.

Also, each of the three finalists — David Hartt (Canada), Elad Lassry (Israel/USA) and Nandipha Mntambo (South Africa) — received $5000 toward their practice and a fully funded residency in Canada.

Come visit the AGO to see the finalists’ exhibition until January 4th, 2015, and go to www.aimiaagophotographyprize.com to learn more about the winning photographer, and the three extraordinary finalists.

Congratulations!


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Sony Canada + Sony World Photography Awards: Canada National Award 2015 is Open to All Canadians Until 5 January

Fri October 31, 2014

Each year the Sony World Photography Awards celebrates the very best international contemporary photography.

This is an update to the previous blog, Sony World Photography Awards 2015 For All: Enter Now for Professional, Open, Youth and Cruises Competitions.

Calling all Canadian photographers. Have your best photograph seen by the world in the Sony World Photography Awards National Award competition.

The Sony World Photography Awards are committed to engaging with and supporting talented photographers from around the globe. It is for this reason that we are thrilled to be able to work closely with Sony Canada to identify the local photographers that are producing great work and pushing their own creative boundaries, so that we can raise their profile across the globe and provide inspiration to other budding Canadian photographers.

Scott Gray, Managing Director of the World Photography Organization (WPO)

The Canada National Award will uncover and honour the best single image by a Canadian photographer.

  • The winner of the Canada National Award will be chosen from entries into the ten Open categories of the Open competition of the 2015 Sony Word Photography Awards taken by Canadian nationals.
  • Entries are FREE and photographers can enter any of ten categories.
  • The judges will uncover and honour the best single image by a Canadian national from across these categories.
  • Entries close: 5 January 2015.

Prizes

One winner and two runners-up of the 2015 Sony World Photography Awards Canada National Award will receive:
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Sony World Photography Awards 2015 For All: Enter Now for Professional, Open, Youth and Cruises Competitions

Mon October 20, 2014

2015 Sony World Photography Awards – Call for Entries

  • All the contests are free to enter.
  • Open to photographers of all ages and skill levels.
  • There are no cash alternatives available for prize winners.
  • Winners will be announced online.
  • There will be a month-long exhibition of the winners and finalists, comprising of hundreds of photographs expertly curated inside the historic London landmark, Somerset House.

This video presents 2104 Sony World Photography Awards Exhibition – Interview with Curator.

  • Sony interviewed the Curator of the Sony World Photography Awards Exhibition, Michael Benson about the 2014 show.

The Competitions:

Professional Competition – for serious photographers. Entry Close: 08/01/2015

Entries must be submitted by 11.59:59pm (GMT) on Thursday 8th January 2015.

  • All entrants must be over 18.
  • Published work may have been taken at any point in history, but must have been commissioned or acquired or first published between the dates of January 1st and December 31st 2014.
  • Un-published work entered into the competition must have been taken between the dates of January 1st and December 31st 2014. Once unpublished work has been entered, it cannot be entered again as published work in the future year of the awards competition.

There are 15 categories.

  • A shortlist of photographers in each of the 15 categories will be selected and announced prior to the Gala Ceremony. This will include details of the 3 finalists in each category.
  • For the final stage of judging, one single photographer will be chosen by the Honorary Judging Committee from the 15 category winners. This photographer will be announced and awarded at the Sony World Photography Awards gala ceremony in April 2015 as the L’Iris d’Or / Sony World Photography Awards Photographer of the Year winner.
  • All 45 category finalists will be showcased as part of the official 2015 Sony World Photography Awards Exhibition in London, published in the winners book and announced to the worldwide press. These finalists will also be part of international Sony World Photography Awards winners exhibitions, have the opportunity to be represented by the World Photography Collection, showcased on the World Photography Organisation website and much more.

Winner of  the “L’iris d’Or” will receive:


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The Brave New World Project + Sony 4K Camera and Production Technologies: Los Angeles-area Minority Youth (Ages 18-24) Apply Online Until Nov.14, 2014

Sat October 18, 2014

For the second year of The Brave New World project, Sony Electronics’ Professional Solutions of America Group is working with David Merritt of King David Films to give 10 Los Angeles-area young adults, who are from the age of 18-24 and interested in motion picture production careers, the opportunity to work and learn in a professional Hollywood production environment.

The Brave New World project’s mission is to empower minority youth by giving them access to current film technology and teaching them the art of filmmaking. By providing these youth with an introduction to the latest in digital/film technology, the program looks to increase interest in film production and post-production careers and open the door to a new world that many of these young people may never have imagined. The programs goal is to cultivate advancement, encourage diversity and increase opportunities for minority talent and employment in the film industry.

Here are the key highlights of the Brave New World Project.

Sony F55 4K

Sony F55 4K

  • The project will use Sony F55 4K cameras.
  • Participants will work on their projects at Sony’s Digital Motion Picture Center (DMPC) located at Sony Pictures Studios in Culver City, California.
  • This year’s program will focus on the art of the sitcom, offering students the chance to work together to create, write, direct, produce and edit their own sitcom presentation.
  • Sessions will be led by David Merritt of King David Films and Sony DMPC system specialist, Dhanendra Patel.

The program accepts applications until November 14th.

  • The program will start on Friday, November 21st and runs through the week of January 17th.
  • The students will have the chance to screen the final film projects at the Sony facility.
  • Each student will receive IMDB credit and a Blu-ray or DVD copy of their film.

Please click here for more info, and to submit the online application form.

  • There is an application fee of $20 USD.

Good Luck!

PRESS RELEASE

The Brave New World Project Uses Sony 4K Camera and Production Technologies

by Sony Pro Team 10/16/2014, in Professional, Sony Professional

Project Focuses on Advancing Students in the Film & Entertainment Industries

 Culver City, Calif., October 15, 2014 – The Brave New World Project is gearing up for its second year of helping aspiring young filmmakers learn about the latest in movie-making technology. The project, run by David Merritt of King David Films, will again work with Sony Electronics’ Professional Solutions of America Group to give participants an opportunity to work and learn in a professional Hollywood production environment.

The project will use Sony F55 4K cameras and participants will work on their projects at Sony’s Digital Motion Picture Center (DMPC) located at Sony Pictures Studios in Culver City, Calif. This year’s program will focus on the art of the sitcom, offering students the chance to work together to create, write, direct, produce and edit their own sitcom presentation. Sessions will be led by David Merritt and Dhanendra Patel, an 18-year Sony veteran, now with CINEVERSE-LA SN as a Cinema Systems Engineer.

“By offering these students a chance to work with this kind of technology, while learning the art of filmmaking, we are igniting an interest in film production and post-production careers,” said David Merritt II, director and producer. “Our goal is to foster diversity and increase opportunities for those who share a passion for the industry but don’t have the funds or resources to pursue a formal education.”
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Design.Samsung “ReMake it Meaningful” Contest: Submit Photos of Your Practical Creation Made of Used Paper Packages Oct.20-Nov.7, 2014 (17:00 KST)

Wed October 15, 2014

The Samsung Design Website debuted in April 2014.

The reasons for selecting a product have become as diverse as our lifestyles. We believe design is more than just simple aesthetics, rather it provides new meaning and value in our lives.

Using the idea ‘Make It Meaningful’ as inspiration, we wanted to create a platform to present influential design stories and solutions to be shared around the world. Samsung Electronics’ introduces the meaningful stories behind the design of their products as they strive to create the culture of tomorrow.

From Samsung designers pursuing sustainable value, to the ideas behind the eyes of outside creators, Samsung Design Site wants to deliver a design story that enriches the lives of users.

One of Samsung’s product stories to “Make It Meaningful” is “The Evolution of the NX Series” of Samsung cameras.

Pragmatic Evolution

Samsung’s NX mirrorless camera series has inherited the design identity of the NV series which was widely appreciated for its classic track design, while enhancing its usage and functions.

For an interactive display of functional designs for NX 300, NX 200 and NX 100 cameras, please click here, wait about six seconds and click on the arrow at the right side of their page titled “The Evolution of the NX Series.”

ReMake it Meaningful Challenge

Generally we discard packaging material once we open a product without giving any afterthought. We wondered, is it possible to create something meaningful out of these materials?

Samsung invites you to design something new that brings creativity and meaningful value to our lives. From a small prop, to furniture, or something beyond our imagination – we want to see what your hands can create. Come and join the festival and demonstrate your talents as a designer!

Design.Samsung Idea Festival

This video shows ReMake it Meaningful – Design.Samsung Idea Festival.

  • ‘ReMake it Meaningful’ is an ‘idea festival’ with the challenge of transforming used paper packages into a creative, practical product.

The challenge:

“Transform used paper packages into a creative, practical product that adds meaningful value to our lives.

  • Used paper packaging must be the primary material used for the festival, but may also include additional materials (The use of too many additional materials may result in deductions during the judging process).
  • There are no official size restrictions, be aware that all award winning designs will be placed on exhibition – Try not to create something too large or too small.

Who Can Apply?

  • Participants may consist of an individual or grouped into teams (up to 4 people).
  • Students in a Full-time Undergraduate or Graduate program that is longer than 2 years.
  • Military personnel are eligible for participation.
  • Professional workers are ineligible for participation.

Here are the contest prizes. (KRW denotes South Korean Won currency.)
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Lensbaby Creative Aperture Optic or Special Edition Spark Contest for 16 Years of Age or Older: Answer Question by 5PM PDT on Oct.10, 2014

Thu October 9, 2014

Win a Creative Aperture Optic or a Special Edition Spark Contest

We’ve cooked up some tips and tricks to inspire you to use creative apertures in your photography and enter to win one of our exciting new tools.

We love creative apertures at Lensbaby and we’re releasing two more products that highlight how awesome they are: Special Edition Spark and Creative Aperture Optic.

Special Edition Spark is Lensbaby bendy lens for Canon or Nikon that you focus with your fingertips, it has a specially installed optic that lets you swap out Creative Apertures.

Lensbaby Special Edition Spark

Lensbaby Special Edition Spark

Creative Aperture Optic is an interchangeable optic – so you need a swappable Lensbaby lens body like the Composer Pro in order to use it – that comes with a set of Creative Apertures.

Lensbaby Creative Aperture Optic with a set of Creative Apertures

Lensbaby Creative Aperture Optic with a set of Creative Apertures


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City of Toronto, Parks, Forestry and Recreation Contest Update: Deadline Extended to Oct.31, 2014

Fri October 3, 2014

This is an update to the previous blog, City of Toronto, Parks, Forestry and Recreation Contest for Ontario Residents: Submit Photos Until 5:00PM on Sept.30, 2014.

  • The City of Toronto’s Parks, Forestry and Recreation division’s photo contest deadline has been extended from September 30 to October 31.

Good Luck! / Bonne Chance!

Toronto, Ontario, Canada

NEWS RELEASE

September 30, 2014

City of Toronto photography contest deadline extended

The City of Toronto’s Parks, Forestry and Recreation division’s photo contest deadline has been extended from September 30 to October 31 so fall colours in Toronto’s parks, urban forests, natural environments and recreation spaces can be included.

The contest is presented by Nikon Canada. The expert guest judges are Kristian Bogner, a world-class professional photographer, speaker and Nikon Ambassador; Dr. Roberta Bondar, the first neurologist in space and Canada’s first female astronaut, whose photography has taken her to the most extreme climatic and geological locations on earth; and Moses Znaimer, media visionary, Founder/CEO of ZoomerMedia Limited and President of CARP.


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Nikon Photo Contest 2014-2015 is Open to All: Submit Photos & Videos Online Until Dec.15, 2014 at 1:00 P.M. Japan Standard Time

Thu October 2, 2014

…For Nikon, with our pledge to be “at the heart of the image”, this is a great opportunity to champion new forms of image making, adapting to and embracing these exciting changes in the way people express their passions and beliefs through imagery…

This year for the first time, all categories in photography and video will accept entries from any digital device, including smartphones. The video category will broaden its accepted length to six to 180 seconds, and will have an independent set of judges….

We believe in the power of the image to tell stories that can’t be told any other way. The Nikon Photo Contest is a celebration of that belief and an invitation to you to share your story with the world. As our contest continues to broaden, we would be honored to have you take part.

Nikon Corporation
President and Representative Director
Kazuo Ushida
http://www.nikon-photocontest.com/en/message/

Eligibility: The contest is open to all, professional and amateur, regardless of age, sex or nationality.

  • Entrants under 18 years of age require the permission of a parent or guardian.
  • By entering the contest, entrants under 18 years of age indicate that they have obtained the permission of a parent or guardian.

Awards and Prizes

Grand Prize

  • One prize will be awarded in each of the photography and video categories.
  • Each winner will receive a trophy, an award certificate, and Nikon products equivalent to 1,000,000 yen (9193.1200 US Dollar at the current exchanges rate), 500,000 yen (4587.6200 US Dollar at the current exchange rate) in cash and the opportunity to show his or her portfolio on the Nikon Photo Contest Website.*1
  • The Grand Prize will be selected separately from the 1st place prize in each category.


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Reminder for Olympus Camera Users: Submit Contest Entries Online by 11P.M. EST on Oct.2, 2014

Wed October 1, 2014

OLYMPUS Global Photo Contest 2014

Photography has the power to bring people together from all over the world.
Olympus is proud to host this Global Photo Contest to connect photographers worldwide, and we would be honored to have you take part in this contest.

ARE YOU ONE OF THE WORLD’S BEST  OLYMPUS PHOTOGRAPHERS?

Compete against Olympus camera users from all over the world. You could win an OM-D E-M1, your choice of any Micro Four Thirds lens or a variety of other fantastic prizes.

Eligibility: Anyone who registers to enter.

  • If you are under 18, please obtain your parent’s or guardian’s consent before entering.

Entries are limited to photos taken with an Olympus digital camera.


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McAfee: Most Dangerous Celebrities Study + Most Dangerous Celebrity Sweepstakes Ends at 5 PM PDT Oct.31, 2014

Wed October 1, 2014

The McAfee Most Dangerous CelebritiesTM study revealed that an eclectic mix of comedians and musicians are among the most dangerous or riskiest online personalities which are used by cybercriminals to lead web surfers to malicious sites that deliver viruses or other malware.

  • Jimmy Kimmel, comedian and late night host of Jimmy Kimmel Live, is identified as McAfee’s most dangerous celebrity to search for online.
  • Justin Bieber was the only Canadian to crack the 50 most dangerous celebrities globally, finishing 44th.

The results of McAfee’s eighth annual Most Dangerous Celebrities study are presented below.

McAfee Most Dangerous Celebrity Sweepstakes: Red Carpet Swag

McAfee Most Dangerous Celebrity Sweepstakes: Red Carpet Swag

McAfee Most Dangerous Celebrity Sweepstakes

Share the list.
Win some red carpet swag.

THIS SWEEPSTAKES IS INTENDED FOR PLAY IN THE UNITED STATES ONLY AND WILL BE GOVERNED BY U.S. LAW. DO NOT ENTER IF YOU ARE NOT ELIGIBLE AND LOCATED IN THE UNITED STATES AT THE TIME OF ENTRY.

The Sweepstakes is open to legal residents of the 50 United States and the District of Columbia, who are 18 years of age or older at the time of entry.

Sweepstakes (the “Sweepstakes”) begins at 8:00:00 AM Pacific Daylight Time (“PDT”) on October 1, 2014 and ends at 5:00:00 PM PDT on October 31, 2014 (“Sweepstakes Period”).

How to win the red carpet swag bag.

During the Sweepstakes Period, an entry is obtained when you visit www.mcafee.com/dangerous-celeb (the “Website”) and share one of the dangerous celebrities or the top ten Most Dangerous Celebrities list on Twitter or Facebook for an entry. You may share each of the ten (10) celebrities or the top 10 list on each of the two (2) social networks once per day, for a total possible of twenty-two (22) entries per day.

  • Step 1: Click the Get Started button to share the top ten list or click on your favorite celebrities to share them individually.
  • Step 2: Choose to share on Facebook or Twitter.
  • Step 3: Share the top ten list and each celebrity to get multiple daily entries.

Prizes: There are 11 total prizes (one prize per winner):

  • Red Carpet Swag: Grand Prize (1): Dell Venue™ 7 Tablet, 1-year subscription to McAfee LiveSafe™ service, Beats Solo 2.0 HD On-Ear Headphones, Anker 2nd Gen Astro3 Portable USB Charger, 1-year subscription to Spotify, $50 Zappos.com gift card, and a $20 Starbucks gift card. Approximate retail value (“ARV”): $665.97.

  • First Prize (10): 1-year subscription to McAfee LiveSafe service. ARV: $79.99 each.

Eleven winners will be selected at random from among all eligible entries received during the Sweepstakes Period.

Please click here to read the complete Terms and Conditions of McAfee Most Dangerous Celebrity Sweepstakes.

Good Luck!

NEWS RELEASE

MCAFEE REVEALS JIMMY KIMMEL AS THE MOST DANGEROUS CYBERCELEBRITY OF 2014

Justin Bieber Tops List of Most Dangerous Canadians

MARKHAM, ON, October 1, 2014 – Jimmy Kimmel, comedian and late night host of Jimmy Kimmel Live, replaces Lily Collins (Mirror, Mirror) as McAfee’s most dangerous celebrity to search for online. For the eighth year in a row, McAfee researched popular culture’s most famous to reveal the riskiest personalities on the web. The McAfee Most Dangerous CelebritiesTM study revealed that an eclectic mix of comedians and musicians are among the most dangerous.


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