Articles, Contests

DigitalGlobe + Facebook: Top Image Contest 2014 – Vote for the Top Five Images Before Dec.18 at Midnight PST for the First Round

Sat December 13, 2014

The following video presents What will be the Top Image of 2014?.

For DigitalGlobe, 2014 was a pivotal year with the launch of WorldView-3, enhancing not only our industry-leading constellation but increasing the range of capabilities, dramatically collecting more data than ever before. As 2014 comes to a close, we’re revisiting our vast archive and choosing our favorite images that showcase the insights our images provide to a variety of industries.

DigitalGlobe owns a commercial high-resolution satellite imagery library containing over 4 billion square kilometers of earth imagery and imagery products.

DigitalGlobe’s satellite imagery (a type of geospatial data) is used for various purposes.

Location-based Services: Power Superior Map Apps

  • High-resolution satellite imagery provides accurate, up-to-date maps.
  • “You get vivid global coverage – including 500 of the world’s largest cities – and a refresh rate that ensures you have the most current data available.”

Industry solutions are provided via geospatial data in the following non-military applications:

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Olympus Photography Event at Lake District Wildlife Park in UK: Enter a Draw Before Dec.8, 2014 for Your Chance to Win This Event

Sat December 6, 2014

Olympus is providing 10 “nature and wildlife loving photographers with the exclusive opportunity to develop their animal instincts alongside their photographic ones” – all as part of an exclusive day’s event (December 18 @ 10:00 – 16:00) at the Lake District Wildlife Park, Bassenthwaite, Keswick, CA12 4RD United Kingdom.

Here are the highlights of this event for the 10 winners.

  • There will be a selection of OM-D bodies and M.Zuiko lenses available to try. Also, please feel free to bring along your own camera equipment whatever make or model.
  • Expert photographer Steve Gosling will be “on hand to impart advice on getting cracking shots of the attendant wildlife.”
  • The Olympus team will provide the opportunity to get hands on with the brand new 40-150mm lens.
  • There will also be lunch and refreshments.
  • Please click here for other details about the event.


Please click here and fill in the online form by the 8th of December 2014, for your chance to win one of ten exclusive tickets to this event.
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Sony + Twitter: Sony Electronics’ Alpha Tweet Sweepstakes for USA, before Dec.17, 2014 at 11:59:59 p.m. PT

Fri December 5, 2014

You can win Sony cameras and more via Twitter.

Please click here for instructions on how to enter the Sony Electronics’ Alpha Tweet Sweepstakes.

  • Only for USA residents.

Good Luck!

Articles, Contests

‘The Societies’ Photographic Convention and Trade Show’ in UK Jan.14-18, 2015 + The Societies’ 20×16″ Print Competition 2014: Mailed Prints to Be Received Before Dec.31, 2014

Fri December 5, 2014

The Societies’ 2015 Convention Show Guide – Front Cover by Kevin Wilson FSWPP (Hon) taken at the 2014 Convention.

The Societies’ 2015 Convention Show Guide – Front Cover by Kevin Wilson FSWPP (Hon) taken at the 2014 Convention.

The Societies’ Photographic Convention and Trade Show

Europe’s Largest All-welcome Photographic Convention

Full Convention: Wednesday 14 – Sunday 18 January 2015

FREE Photographic Trade Show*: Friday 16 – Sunday 18 January 2015
*Register before 31 December 2014 to avoid £6 entry fee to Trade Show
Pre-register here

Venue: Hilton London Metropole, Edgware Road, London, W2 1JU, UK

All photographers from professionals to enthusiasts are welcome.

If you are an aspiring professional this Convention and Trade Show is a must!
The Societies’ members and non-members are welcome.

  • “The 2015 Convention is a veritable feast of education, with five days of action packed programmes designed to help you put your imagery ahead of the game.”
  • Trade Show presents all the latest cameras and other photographic gear. The three-day Trade Show, from Friday to Sunday, is a “gathering of the who’s who in the photographic industry, with major manufacturers eager to show you the latest in technology and design.” Meet 150 plus exhibitors.
  • The digital edition of the Show Guide is available to view on the website here .
  • Here are the key contents of the The Societies’ Photographic Convention Show Guide 2015.

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RICOH Engagement Forum Monthly Photo Contest for USA Users to Win a PENTAX K-S1 Camera: Submit Photos with Commentaries Before 11:59:59 a.m. MST, Dec.30, 2014

Wed December 3, 2014

The RICOH Engagement Forum is the “definitive online environment for you to discuss anything and everything related to Ricoh and Pentax cameras.”

Eligibility to participate in the Contest or to win prizes is limited to individual persons at least twenty-one (21) years of age or older as of the date of entry, who are legal residents of the United States or its territories and possessions, and are members of the RICOH Engagement Forum.

  • Each month Ricoh judges will review the entries and award one winner a Ricoh or Pentax prize.
  • December’s winning photographer will receive a Pentax K-S1.

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You’re Invited: Miami Street Photography Festival in USA + Leica’s Instagram Contest Dec.4-7, 2014

Tue December 2, 2014

This video presents Leica Camera at Art Basel Miami 2013 from Leica Camera on Vimeo.

  • Leica Camera teamed up with the Miami Street Photography Festival to help bring back photography into Art Basel Miami.
  • Art Basel Miami was held in December 2013.

Miami Street Photography Festival (MSPF)

in Partnership With Leica

December 4-7, 2014

Most Events FREE and Open to the Public

MSPF Main Exhibit
Kike San Martin Studios
Wynwood Arts District
2045 NW 1st Ave
Miami, FL 33127

Dec. 4, 5, and 6, from 10:00am- to 11:00pm
Dec. 7, from 12:00pm to 5:00pm

Miami Street Photography Festival (MSPF©) celebrates street culture throughout the world via “images portraying everything from the ugly, gritty side of life to more humorous situations, they are moments that unless captured, might otherwise go unnoticed.”

  • Any location within the public realm worldwide is acceptable: indoors and outdoors (i.e. streets, beach, train, park, restaurants, dirt road, etc.)

The MSPF© is an international photography festival showcasing the best of contemporary Street Photography viewed through the eyes of emerging photographers in this genre. The goal of the Festival is to establish a global platform for learning through exhibitions, workshops, lectures and other events.

​This Festival is a collaborative effort to advance the work of photographers who pay attention to everyday life in order to capture the world around us.​

Street photographers use their keen sense of observation to capture compelling candid moments in the everyday life of strangers, whether it be a gesture, facial expression, action or scene. Their method is often likened to a mirror held up to society….it reflects reality. There is no set-up involved, no manipulation of the scene and very little or no post-processing of the image. This realism has provided an accurate and insightful record of street culture throughout the world….

At the heart of street photography is the ‘decisive moment’. This is the split second when an image becomes complete in its composition – when each element of the image is in balance, in context and essential to the scene. This is when the shutter is released and the moment is captured forever.!about/c1v5w

Leica at the Miami Street Photography Festival 2014

  • Instagram Contest

    • During the festival Leica will be running an Instagram contest.
    • Share your best image that embodies the spirit of street photography via Instagram with the hashtag #mspf2014.
    • One image will be selected at the end of the festival and the lucky winner will receive a Leica Akademie voucher (value of $199) to be used towards a future workshop.
    • All submissions must be posted between 12:00 AM Thursday, December 4th and 11:59 PM on Sunday, December 7th. 
    • To see what others have been posting, please visit Leica’s live Instagram streaming gallery!
  • Stop by the Leica Demo Table (at the same address above) to get a one-on-one experience and expert advice on Leica’s latest line-up of cameras.

Leica X2, a MSPF Grand Prize

Leica X2, a MSPF Grand Prize

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You’re Invited: Test Drive Olympus Tough TG-3 and TG-850 Cameras + Test & Wow Competition to Win a Tough Camera in London, UK Dec.2, 2014-Jan.1, 2015

Sun November 30, 2014

This video presents TG-3 Product Overview Video.

This ultra-rugged camera’s super-bright f2.0 lens delivers superb image quality in the harshest conditions. Features like WiFi (remote camera operation, easy file sharing), time-interval shooting (similar to popular action cams), time-lapse movie (sunsets! starscapes!) and advanced GPS make the TG-3 Olympus’s most versatile outdoor camera ever.


Test Drive Olympus ‘Tough’ TG-3 and TG-850 Cameras


Chance to Win a Tough Camera in a Test & Wow Competition

at the Winterville festive event

FREE Admission to Winterville and FREE Entertainment

December 2, 2014 – January 1, 2015

Victoria Park
Grove Road, Bow, London, E3 5TB United Kingdom

General enquiries:

Visitors to the Olympus-sponsored, sparkling, outdoor ice rink (600 square metres) at Winterville, Victoria Park, East London, UK, are being invited to ‘test drive’ the ‘Tough’ TG-3 and TG-850 cameras from the Olympus range for FREE and take your pictures away with you. On arrival at the Ice Rink site, simply head to the Olympus ‘Test & Wow’ Tent to find out more.

Don’t worry about bringing a camera to Winterville. Thanks to Olympus you can test drive their Stylus Tough Cameras for free. Next to the Ice Rink is their Test & Wow Tent where you can pick up a Stylus Tough and get snapping around the event. And because the camera is nigh on indestructible – it’s not just water-proof and shock proof, it’s also freeze proof – feel free to take it on the Ice Rink where it won’t matter if you drop it.

In association with Olympus, Winterville has the best-value outdoor Ice Rink in London and it’s open every day from 10am until late…. If you’re not one for the ice, then why not relax in our bespoke rink-side cafe or on the heated terrace and watch other people glide around the ice (or at least fall over)?

‘Test Drive’ the Olympus ‘Tough’ TG-3 and TG-850 Cameras

  • Simply visit the Test & Wow Tent from 10.30am each day where the team will provide you with one of their Stylus Tough cameras – either the TG-3 or TG-850.
  • You don’t need to leave a deposit. All you’ll need is to leave proof of identity, so a household bill or credit card will be fine as long as you have other photo ID that can prove it’s you (driving licence, passport etc).
  • Then you can take the camera away for up to two hours and all cameras will need to be returned by 9pm.
  • If you want to take your pictures home with you that day then bring your own SD card.
  • Otherwise Olympus will be putting pics up online where you can view and download your creations.

This video presents Olympus TG-850.

The Stylus TG-850, a pocket friendly rugged compact camera with outstanding image capturing capabilities. It is also the first tough camera on the market to sport a completely reversable screen to allow users to visualise themselves whilst taking a photo on dry land or below water. To capture even more of the world, the TG-850 also carries a 21mm equiv lens to allow for breathtaking scenic shots.

Furthermore, every week in December there is the opportunity to win a Tough camera for Christmas in a Test & Wow competition as follows.
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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 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 to learn more about the winning photographer, and the three extraordinary finalists.


Contests, Press Releases

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.


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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