Toronto Star Photo Contest: Send in your picture for the Toronto Star Amateur Photographer of the Year $4K Prize

Wed April 16, 2014

Canadian amateur photographers of all experience levels (entrants must be the age of majority in their province of residence) can now vie for the Toronto Star Amateur Photographer of the Year prize which consists of $4,000 cash and equipment. Categories include Feature, Travel, Portrait, Black and White, Lifestyle, Sports, Nature, Open, and Colour.

Creativity is the buzz word for this contest. The deadline for entries is June 8, 2014. Shortlisted photographers will be announced June 13, while winners will be featured online at June 27 and in the June 28 print edition of the Star.

Read carefully the rules, including what and how much digital retouching is permitted, as well as the ownership/use rights from the contest sponsors:

Entrants may make reasonable use of digital darkroom type techniques which enhance quality but do not distort the photograph. Only minor burning, dodging and/or colour correction is acceptable, as is cropping. High dynamic range images (HDR) and stitches panorama are NOT acceptable. Any changes to the original Photograph not itemized here are unacceptable and will render the Photograph ineligible for a prize – the open and colour categories are exempt from this rule.

Ownership/Use Rights: Entrants retain the copyright to their photographs. However, by entering the contest, you hereby grant the Sponsors a worldwide, irrevocable, perpetual, non-exclusive, royalty-free, sublicenseable and transferable license to print, publish, use, reproduce, distribute, prepare derivative works of your Contest entry, and display your full name and photograph in connection with your Contest entry, in any media formats and through any media channels.

To submit your entry, go to



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You’re Invited: 2014 Toronto Smartphone Film Festival May 22 & Submit Film Entries by May 4

Tue April 8, 2014

2014 Toronto Smartphone Film Festival

2014 Toronto Smartphone Film Festival

This video presents “2014 TSFF Promo.”

  • Toronto Smartphone Film Festival’s submission deadline: Sunday, May 4, 2014.
  • Submit a film and win these great prizes!
    • TSFF Award (Round trip ticket to South Korea)
    • Rhythm Award (Varadero, Cuba All Inclusive)
    • Arirang Korea Award ($1,000)
    • Audience Choice Award ($500)
    • KTO Award (Samsung Galaxy Tab)
    • Raindance Award (1 Year membership to Randance + Zacuto iPhone grip) — For 1st time GTA (Greater Toronto Area)-based filmmaker

2014 Toronto Smartphone
Film Festival (TSFF)

May 22, 2014

FREE Admission


Scotiabank Theatre
259 Richmond Street West, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Richmond St. W and John St.

TSFF 2014 Call for Entries
Submission Deadline – FREE Submission: Sunday, May 4, 2014


  • As the only smartphone film festival in Canada, Toronto Smartphone Film Festival provides an international platform for creative video content providers from Toronto and abroad to showcase their talents.

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CONTACT Photography Portfolio Reviews Exhibition Award: Submission Deadline April 15, 2014

Sat April 5, 2014

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

Portfolio Reviews Exhibition Award

Curators and directors, publishers and photo editors are brought together during CONTACT in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, to review portfolios of established and emerging artists, with a focus on documentary, photojournalism or photo-based art practices.

  • This is an important event for artists with projects at advances stages of development who are seeking opportunities for publishing and exhibiting nationally or internationally—as well as looking for guidance on conceptual approaches or career development advice.
  • The portfolio reviews are for anyone who is serious about photography.
    • It is not a requirement to be a professional who earns income from their practice, or to have studied visual art.
  • *Please note that due to limited space, all submissions will go through a selection process to ensure a high caliber of work is presented in this program.

One artist will be awarded with a solo exhibition presented at the CONTACT Gallery in January 2015.

  • Chosen by a jury of international professionals in the field of photography, this award recognizes outstanding work presented at the Portfolio Reviews.
  • The program was created to support and advance the careers of talented emerging photographers.

The award also includes:

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Panasonic’s Global, Interactive Webcast ‘LIVE @ NAB’ + 2014 Live @ NAB Contest is Open to USA: Apr.7

Fri April 4, 2014

Yesterday Panasonic officially kicked off the promotion of the Live @ NAB Google Plus Hangouts from the Panasonic booth at 2014 NAB (National Association of Broadcasters) Show.

  • You can view and interact with the streaming broadcasts through Panasonic’s microsite,

‘Live @ NAB’ will be comprised of the following five 30-minute Hangouts on Monday, April 7 :

  • 10:00am PT: Live @ NAB Kickoff – Rance Poehler | RSVP:
    • Chat with Rance Poehler, President of Panasonic System Communications Company of North America, about new products making their debut, and discuss developing trends in both creation to consumption of content across all mediums.
  • 11:00am PT: “4K in Film” – Lawrence Bender | RSVP:
    • From the introduction of the Panasonic VariCam® 35 camera to 4K monitors and tablets, 4K is everywhere.
      • This roundtable discussion covers the why, what, where, when, and how of 4K content creation and consumption in Hollywood.
  • 1:30pm PT: “Get in the Game” – Ken Kerschbaumer | RSVP:
    • As broadcast technology evolves, sports spectators are brought closer and closer to the action—whether they’re in a stadium seat or watching from their living room couch.
      • Discuss new products coming to market for the sports industry, and chat about what fans can look forward to in the future.
  • 2:30pm PT: “Innovation in IP Networking” | RSVP:
    • From large venue entertainment to seminar and lecture halls, Panasonic powers IP-based experiences at Universities, Houses of Worship, and businesses across the globe.
      • Discuss cutting-edge, tech-laden learning environments, and other real world installations that are ever evolving in the fast-growing IP market.
  • 3:30pm PT: “Independent Filmmaking in 4K” – Dave Helmly | RSVP:
    • Advances in video technology have made recording and broadcasting more and more accessible.
      • Take a look at how independent content creators are using the newest equipment to produce high-quality footage—and then easily distributing the final product through a variety of digital channels.
Panasonic Lumix GH4

Panasonic Lumix GH4

An integral element in this promotion is the contest/giveaway grand prize of a LUMIX GH4 to a lucky fan who tweets in a question using the #PanasonicNAB.

  • #PanasonicNAB Live @ NAB Google+ Hangout Contest  (the “Contest”) is open only to legal residents of the fifty (50) United States and the District of Columbia who are at least eighteen (18) years old at the time of entry.
  • Tweet their guests for Live @ NAB questions on Twitter using #PanasonicNAB to enter to win a LUMIX GH4 camera!
    • Check out the times above and each of the participants so you can pick your best questions to share!
    • Contest runs until April 7, 5 p.m. PST.
    • Please click here for more info and the complete official rules.


Panasonic Set to Host Global Streaming Webcast, ‘LIVE @ NAB’

A-List panel of industry experts, never-before-seen content headline Google+ Hangout sessions

LAS VEGAS, NV (April 2, 2014) – Panasonic System Communications Company of North America announced plans to host a global, interactive webcast, titled ‘LIVE @ NAB,’ on April 7 during the 2014 NAB (National Association of Broadcasters) Show. Highlighted by a ‘can’t miss’ lineup of expert panelists, the interactive webcast is designed to entertain and inform by dissecting and discussing the hottest industry topics.

Panelists include, world-class film producer Lawrence Bender; Sports Video Group editor-in-chief Ken Kerschbaumer; Adobe’s Dave Helmly; celebrity photographer and director Michael Grecco; and representatives from the Philadelphia Eagles and Arkansas Razorbacks. The global webcast begins Monday, April 7 2014 at 10:00am PT, with remarks from Panasonic System Communications President Rance Poehler.

Produced straight from the floor of the NAB, the world’s largest electronic media show, ‘Live @ NAB’ will be comprised of five 30-minute segments:

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Me & My Leica X Photo Contest’s Winners: 10 for X Vario & 10 for X Prime

Wed March 19, 2014

This is an update to the previous blog, “Me & My Leica X” Photo Contest: Upload Your Leica X Photos Before Midnight, February 28, 2014.

Here are the 20 winners of the Me & My Leica X Photo Contest.



10 Winners Using the Leica X Vario Camera:

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Olympus Pro Photographer Showdown 2014 Finalists Announced

Mon March 10, 2014

Olympus has announced the five finalists of its Olympus Pro Photographer Showdown, an action sports photography competition held on April 17th at the World Ski and Snowboard Festival in Whistler, BC. The finalists will be competing for a $10,000 grand prize for “Best in Show” and the chance to showcase their work to over 15,000 enthusiasts and experts.

For more information about the OLYMPUS Pro Photographer Showdown and to purchase tickets, head to

When: April 17, 2014 / Doors: 8pm / Show: 9pm
Where: Whistler Conference Centre
Cost: $30.00

Please note, the Olympus Pro Photographer Showdown is open to all ages. Some shows may include adult humour and a small amount of profanity. Please attend at your own discretion.



Action Sports Photography Titans To Battle It Out At The World Ski And Snowboard Festival

WHISTLER, BC March 10, 2014 – The OLYMPUS Pro Photographer Showdown at the World Ski and Snowboard Festival (WSSF) is one of the most prestigious action sports photography competitions of its kind in the world. Since its inception in 1998, WSSF has invited action sports photography masters from around the globe each year to compete at the Pro Photographer Showdown in Whistler, BC. On the line for the competitors is a shot at the $10,000 grand prize for “Best In Show” and an opportunity to showcase their life’s work to a live audience of over 1,500 sports enthusiasts, media and industry professionals.

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Autographer Defines New Movement in Image Capture-Contest: Submit by Feb.19, 2014, 6pm GMT / 10am PST

Mon February 10, 2014



This video presents “Autographer product video.”

  • “Autographer, is an intelligent, wearable camera developed by OMG plc, world-leading and Oscar winning motion capture specialists.
    • It uses technology developed by Microsoft Research to capture images when its sensors (light, temperature, compass, motion and acceleration) are triggered.
  • This innovative product is pushing the boundaries of image capture as we currently understand them, and has introduced the concept of Autography as a compliment to Photography.”

Autographer is the world’s first “intelligent, wearable camera”.

  • Developed by the team who designed the motion graphics for Oscar nominated film Gravity, Autographer is a new type of camera which enables spontaneous, hands-free image capture using world-leading technology including a custom eye-view lens (136° wide angle), OLED display screen, an ultra-small GPS unit and five built-in sensors.
  • “Autographer takes pictures in a completely new way – it creates evocative, true-to-life images that are much more atmospheric than the average photograph.”

autographer and bbh contest

Photograph for Autographer and BBH

Define the new movement in image capture

Talenthouse, the global creative network for artists, has teamed up with Autographer to offer aspiring photographers a chance to power up their careers, earn money, and have their work featured in a major new advertising campaign with BBH London for Autographer.

  • Autographer and BBH are searching for the most innovative creative talent to help launch their revolutionary hands-free camera and have their work featured in an official BBH print advert.
    • “This is uncharted territory: Autography, not Photography, and they want to find talented creatives to show the world what the Autographer can do.”
  • No purchase necessary.

“To enter this once in a lifetime opportunity, creatives are invited to submit their ‘Autography’ – the type of photos that Autographer was made for – you know the sort: that perfect photo you took by accident. The photographs must be original work and taken on any device, but must represent that perfect moment of unposed ‘autography’.”

Have you ever felt that you’ve missed the moment because you were behind the lens rather than truly being in the experience? Do you have that perfect photo that you took by accident but is the “perfect blend of atmosphere, unposed subject and timing?”

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2014 Photocrati Fund Competition: Apply Before April 18, 2014 at 11:59pm Mountain Standard Time (USA)

Thu February 6, 2014

This video presents “2014 Photocrati Fund Announcement.”

  • Your chance to win a $5,000 humanitarian photography grant.
  • The Photocrati Fund, a $5000 grant to support an environmental or humanitarian photography project, is offered to one photographer each year.
  • “The aim is to invest in photographers who will have a long-term positive impact. Our goal is to identify outstanding, photographers and to provide the resources necessary to pursue projects that will have a tangible and positive effect on the world.”

The Photocrati Fund provides a $5,000 grant to one photographer each year to help support an environmental or humanitarian photography project.

  • At the completion of the project, the grant winner’s images will be displayed as a photo essay on Photocrati.
    • The Grantee (i.e. the award winner/photographer) will have 12 months from the announcement of the award to complete his or her project and to provide Photocrati Fund staff with a Project Report and captioned Photo Essay.
  • The funds are intended to help cover the costs of travel, lodging, and related expenses for roughly one-month of full time photography.


Leica Camera Announces Leica X Vario City Challenge’s Winners and Runners Up

Thu December 19, 2013

Leica Camera Announces…


Mike Selsky wins a LEICA X VARIO & other cool prizes!


  • This is an update to the previous blog, Leica X Vario City Challenge: Leica Photo Contest 2013 in New York, Washington DC, Los Angeles and Miami.
  • Leica fans in four USA cities— New York, Washington DC, Los Angeles and Miami—were invited to shoot with a Leica X Vario for 4 hours during the City Challenge.
    • Participants submitted their carefully chosen photo into the competition and fans voted for their favorite image from each city via Facebook.
    • Leica would like to thank the following five acclaimed judges who decided on the ultimate Grand Prize Winner of the X Vario City Challenge:
      • Miriam Leuchter (Popular Photography/American Photo),
      • Marc Babej (Art Photographer & Columnist),
      • Dan Havlik (PDN & Rangefinder),
      • Stash (legendary street artist), and
      • Roland Wolff (Leica’s VP of Marketing and Corporate Retail).


  • The Grand Prize Winner for the Leica X Vario City Challenge receives a Leica X Vario camera (valued at $2,850), a private reception for friends and family at their local Leica store, a digital photo exhibit at their local Leica store, and a special guest series on the Leica blog in 2014.
    • Leica announces Mike Selsky as the Grand Prize Winner of the X Vario City Challenge, an exciting Leica Camera photo competition that delighted photography fans across the country.

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