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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 Once unpublished work has been entered, it cannot be entered again as published work in the future year of the awards competition.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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“Express your creativity” Contest: Submit Your Photo or Video Online before 11:59:59 PM (EDT) on Sept.28, 2014

Fri September 26, 2014

The following video presents Sun Life Financial Express Your Creativity Contest | Concours Sun Life exprimez votre créativité:

Submit a photo or video of yourself doing anything creative or cultural you love and you could win!

  • You could win a culture lover’s weekend or A Money for Life experience: A $5,000 financial portfolio from Sun Life Financial. Enter here: http://culturedays.ca/contest/en.
  • The Sun Life Financial “Express you creativity” contest (the “Contest”) is intended for Canadian residents only and is governed by Canadian law. Please do not enter the Contest if you are not a legal resident of Canada located in Canada at time of entry. The Contest is sponsored by Culture Days (the “Sponsor”).

Envoyez une photo ou une vidéo de vous en train de faire quelque chose de créatif ou de culturel que vous aimez et vous pourriez gagner !

  • Courez la chance de gagner l’ultime évasion culturelle ou une expérience Mon argent pour la vie — 5 000 $ investis dans les produits financiers offerts par la Financière Sun Life.
    Participez ici: http://fetedelaculture.ca/concours.
  • Le concours Financière Sun Life « Exprimez votre créativité » ( le « concours ») est destiné uniquement aux résidents du Canada et est régi par les lois canadiennes. Veuillez ne pas y participer si vous n’êtes pas un résident autorisé du Canada et si vous ne vous trouvez pas au Canada au moment de l’inscription. Le concours est commandité par Culture Days ((le « commanditaire »).

For more info about Canada’s Culture Days (September 26, 27 and 28, 2014), please click here.

ELIGIBILITY: To enter and be eligible to win a Prize a person must be, at the time of entry into the Contest,…: (a) an individual legal resident of Canada, (b) located in Canada, (c) be of the age of majority in his/her province or territory of residence.

  • All entries must be submitted by the individual entrant and not by another person on the entrant’s behalf. Groups, clubs, organizations, businesses and commercial and non-commercial entities cannot participate.

Prizes: The entrant that receives the highest score by the Selection Committee will be declared the Grand Prize selected entrant and the entrant that receives the second highest score by the Selection Committee will be declared the Secondary Prize selected entrant. Both selected entrants will be required to correctly answer a mathematical skill-testing question without any mechanical assistance of any kind and complete and return the Sponsor’s Declaration of Compliance and Release of Liability and Publicity Release Form before being confirmed a Winner (see Rule 7 in the Official Contest Rules).

  • Grand Prize: The Ultimate Cultural Getaway in Toronto. / Grand prix: L’ultime évasion culturelle à Toronto.
    • Approximate retail value of the Grand Prize without airfare is $5,000.00 CDN. / La valeur au détail approximative du grand prix sans les billets d’avion est de 5000 $ CAN.
  • Second Prize: A Money for Life experience: A $5,000 financial portfolio from Sun Life Financial. / Deuxième prix: Une expérience Mon argent pour la vie – 5 000 $ investis dans les produits financiers offerts par la Financière Sun Life.
    • Approximate retail value of the Secondary Prize is $5,000 CDN as of the initial product selection minus any Sun Life Financial advisory fees. / La valeur au détail approximative du deuxième prix est de 5000 $ CAN comme sélection initiale du produit, moins les frais de consultation du conseiller de la Financière Sun Life.

FREE Entry: The contest ends at 11:59:59 PM (EDT) on September 28, 2014.


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“Share the Experience” 2014 Contest for 13 Years of Age & Older: Submit Photos Online by 11:59 P.M. ET Dec.31

Tue September 23, 2014

This video presents Recreation.gov .

  • “EXPLORE. EXPERIENCE. DISCOVER.
  • Plan your next adventure at the Gateway to America’s Great Outdoors:” www.Recreation.gov

The Share the Experience Photo Contest is a partnership between participating federal recreation land agencies and national parks, the National Park Foundation and corporate sponsors.

We are looking for the official photo that will be featured on the America the Beautiful Federal Recreation Lands Pass for 2016. Plus, it’s a fantastic way to “Share the Experience” and let others see and appreciate all the incredible federal lands and adventures across the nation…

  1. Enjoy your experience and share it with us!
  2. Vote for your favorites online.
  3. Tell your friends.

sharetheexperience.org

Eligibility requirements include:

  1. Legal residents of the 50 United States and Washington, D.C, and at least 13 years of age or older as of May 1, 2014.
    • Any entrant under the age of eighteen (18) years old must have a parent/legal guardian consent to enter the Contest,
  2. Amateur Photographers (less than 20% of your total income is from photography).
  3. Photographs must be taken by you and you must have the rights to the photo.

The sharetheexperience.org is seeking amazing photos from amateur photographers that highlight the best of America’s federal lands, national parks and historical sites in the following categories:


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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.

parks-and-forests-through-the-seasons-contest

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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