The Scotiabank Photography Award (SPA), the largest annual peer reviewed celebration of excellence in Canadian contemporary photography, is designed to raise the international profile of an established Canadian photographic artist.
Stan Douglas wins the 2013 Scotiabank Photography Award which provides:
$50,000 in cash
a primary Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival exhibition in 2014
a book to be published worldwide by international art publisher Steidl
Stan Douglas wins the 2013 Scotiabank Photography Award
Toronto, ON (05/16/13) – Scotiabank is thrilled to announce that Vancouver’s Stan Douglas has been named winner of the third annual Scotiabank Photography Award. The tightly guarded secret was revealed at a ceremony held Thursday evening at Toronto’s Ryerson Image Centre. The prestigious prize provides the winner with $50,000 in cash, a primary Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival exhibition in 2014 and book to be published worldwide by international art publisher Steidl. The Scotiabank Photography Award is Canada’s largest annual peer reviewed celebration of excellence in Canadian contemporary photography.
“Stan Douglas has helped define and enrich the Canadian art and photography landscape with his outstanding artwork,” said Edward Burtynksy, Chair of the Scotiabank Photography Award jury and co-founder of the Award. “He has pushed the limits of contemporary photography and will continue to have an incredible impact on the world of photography both here in Canada and abroad. He joins an exclusive group that includes Lynne Cohen and the late Arnaud Maggs as winners of this award.”
McAfee today announced the release of McAfee LiveSafe service, the first unlimited cross-device security service to use cutting-edge facial and voice recognition to protect users’ digital lives. Designed to protect users’ personal information and identities with industry-leading anti-theft, authentication, and facial and voice recognition technology, McAfee LiveSafe delivers a robust and comprehensive solution for all devices and uses.
McAfee Infographic: Canadians’ Password Safety
Key features of McAfee LiveSafe include the following:
Provides complete, unlimited device security for PCs, Macs, smartphones, and tablets
Offers an intuitive cloud-based “safety deposit box” – Personal Locker – for users to stores their sensitive documents that can be accessed through biometric authentication using voice, face, and device recognition technologies
Offers simplified password management to securely store usernames and passwords
Protects users’ personal information with locate, lock and wipe capabilities
Offers McAfee customer support FREE of charge
McAfee Infographic: Canadian Digital Assets Survey 2013
Also released today are the results of a recent global survey conducted by McAfee to study consumers’ online surfing habits as well as assess their attitudes towards Web security and data protection:
34 per cent of Canadian households own five or more Internet-enabled devices
51 per cent of Canadian consumers spend at least 15 hours a week (two hours a day) using their devices for personal reasons, contributing to an increased risk of exposure to online threats
Canadian consumers place a value of $32,000 on the digital assets stored on their devices
51 per cent of those assets are considered impossible to restore if lost and not backed up properly
McAfee and Intel Deliver New Model for Consumer Security
McAfee launches industry’s first unlimited cross-device security service with facial and voice recognition for consumer devices
MARKHAM, ON, May 14, 2013 – McAfee today announced McAfee® LiveSafeTM service, the first unlimited cross-device security service to use cutting-edge facial and voice recognition technology to protect users’ digital lives. Delivering on the joint vision with Intel to redefine the consumer security experience, McAfee LiveSafe enables consumers to connect with confidence by safeguarding users’ data, identity and all their devices. The service will be offered at a special introductory price of CDN $19.99 with the purchase of selected new PCs or tablets.
A recent global survey conducted by McAfee revealed that 34 per cent of Canadian households own five or more Internet-enabled devices, which contributes significantly to a user’s risk of exposure to online threats. McAfee LiveSafe service delivers a comprehensive approach to security, while providing consumers with a simple Web-based dashboard to centrally manage security on all of their PCs, Macs, smartphones and tablets. To increase the level of consumer security, McAfee LiveSafe also includes a cloud-based “safety deposit box” called “McAfee Personal Locker” that uses facial and voice recognition to authenticate a user’s identity so that they can securely store sensitive personal information such as financial records, drivers licences and passports. It also allows users to easily and securely manage their passwords and automatically log into all their online accounts from any of their devices.
“Our digital lives have become more complex as we connect, share and store data though multiple devices,” said Mike DeCesare, president of McAfee. “Consumers deserve a convenient way to protect their identities no matter what type of device they use. The McAfee LiveSafe service delivers this through cutting-edge features combined with simplified security management and unprecedented data protection.”
Address: West Wing, Somerset House, the Strand, London WC2R 1LA
aims to raise awareness and stimulate dialogue about the relationship and tensions between urban and rural environments, and to further explore the impact these issues have on global resources
There are two categories of the Syngenta Photography Award 2013
Open Competition is open to both professional and amateur photographers
The first, second and third place winners of the Open Competition will receive US$ 5,000, US$ 3,000, and US$ 2,000 respectively
The Professional Commission is for professional photographers whose major income is derived from photography
The first place winner will receive a US$15,000 prize, in addition to up to US$25,000 to complete the commission
The second and third place winners will receive US$10,000 and US$5,000 respectively
The judging panel this year is chaired by the author and curator William A. Ewing.
The other members of the panel are:
Irina Chmyreva (Russia) curator and researcher of photography
Stephen Dunbar-Johnson (UK) publisher, International Herald Tribune
Milton Guran (Brazil) curator and photographer
Malu Halasa (Jordan/Philippines) writer and editor
Marcus Lyon (UK) photographer
Mike Mack (US) Syngenta Chief Executive Officer
Liu Heung Shing (China) photographer and photo editor
The Syngenta Photography Award 2013 winners announced
Polish documentary photographer, Jan Brykczyński, wins Professional Commission for his series Árnes
Holly Lynton (USA) wins Open Competition for Sienna, Turkey Madonna
Winning images included in exhibition at Somerset House, London
Total prize money of US$ 65,000
The Warsaw-based documentary photographer Jan Brykczyński has tonight, Wednesday 15 May, been announced as the winner of the Syngenta Photography Award Professional Commission at a ceremony at Somerset House, London.
Jan Brykczyński (Poland) was selected by an international jury, chaired by the author and curator William A. Ewing, for his series “Árnes”, which documents an isolated region in the Icelandic Western Fjords and responding to this year’s Rural-Urban theme. Here he spent several months studying the relationship between the natural surroundings and the village’s small community. Continue Reading »
Nikon Canada today announced the release of the 1 NIKKOR 32mm f/1.2 lens, a fast medium-telephoto offering for photographers using the Nikon 1 advanced camera with interchangeable lens system. Ideal for portraiture, the 32mm f/1.2 is able to resolve intricate details such as hair, eyes, and eyelashes, while also allowing for image blur and bokeh.
Some of the key features of the 1 NIKKOR 32mm f/1.2 lens include the
- Fixed focal length of 32mm (86mm equivalent in 35mm format), maximum aperture of f/1.2
- Silent Wave Motor for high-speed autofocusing that’s accurate and quiet
- Manual focus ring to control autofocus
- Nano Crystal Coat reduces instances of ghost and flare
- Close-Range Correction System to provide hi-res, realistic textures, and minimal aberration
- Autofocus with manual override (M/A) mode to allow for manual focus during autofocus operation
Newest addition to Nikon 1 system, the 1 NIKKOR 32mm lens, offers superior resolution and incredible depth of field to Nikon 1 shooters
Mississauga, ON, May 14, 2013 – Today, Nikon Canada introduced the 1 NIKKOR 32mm f/1.2 lens, a fast medium-telephoto offering for photographers who appreciate the speed and portability of the Nikon 1 system. With a fixed focal length of 32mm and a maximum aperture of f/1.2, it is the fastest lens in the ever-expanding 1 NIKKOR lineup.
Ideal for portraiture, the 32mm f/1.2 is capable of rendering breathtaking images that capture every detail.
“With the release of the 1 NIKKOR 32mm f/1.2 lens, the 1 NIKKOR lens lineup now offers a total of nine options for photographers seeking the ideal harmony of performance and portability,” said Gregory Flasch, National Advertising and Communications Manager at Nikon Canada. “With an unwavering focus on empowering users to express their creative vision, Nikon is committed to providing them with lens options that make the most of the capabilities and performances offered by the Nikon 1 system.” Continue Reading »
Limited Edition Pink PocketWizard Plus III Transceiver
Limited Edition Pink PocketWizard Plus III Transceivers:
are very special edition radio triggers which
have bright pink molded plastic exterior
are signed and numbered by photographer Bob Carey
in keeping with breast cancer awareness, they even incorporate a pink backlight display panel
production is limited to only 20 radios:
The first pink PocketWizard Plus III radio trigger was auctioned for seven hundred and fifty dollars during a May 3 New York City reception
Leaving just 19 additional, limited edition radio triggers to be auctioned online
All auction proceeds will benefit the Carey Foundation, a 501(c)(3) charitable organization, in celebration of its first anniversary
Also, LPA Design will offer a limited edition (five hundred), G-Wiz Squared gadget bags in the same Tutu Pink color:
This special edition of the Pocket Wizard G-Wiz bag will be available for purchase in limited quantities at the Carey Foundation website beginning in June
All net proceeds for these special-edition gadget bags will also benefit the Carey Foundation
This video presents “Bob Carey and The Tutu Project”:
Commercial photographer Bob Carey explains the “Tutu Project” and the non-profit Carey Foundation which provides transportation, meals, and other daily needs to women undergoing breast cancer treatment
Auction Begins for PocketWizard® Plus® III Radios in
Support of the Carey Foundation’s “Tutu Project”
Twenty “Tutu Pink” Limited Edition Radio Triggers Helping to Raise
Funds and Awareness for the Breast Cancer Community
So. Burlington, VT – May 10, 2013 – LPA Design, manufacturers of PocketWizard Photo Products, the world leader in wireless control of cameras, flash lighting and light meters, announced today that bidding has begun for twenty, very special edition radio triggers, molded in “tutu pink” and signed by photographer Bob Carey.
The first pink PocketWizard Plus III radio trigger to be auctioned, sold for seven hundred and fifty dollars, during a May 3 New York City reception, co-sponsored by LPA Design. All auction proceeds will benefit the Carey Foundation, a 501(c)(3) charitable organization, in celebration of its first anniversary.
The fully-functional PocketWizard Plus III radios feature a bright pink molded plastic exterior and in keeping with breast cancer awareness, they even incorporate a pink backlight display panel. Production is limited to only 20 radios leaving just 19 additional, limited edition radio triggers to be auctioned. Each unit is signed and numbered by Bob Carey. Details about bidding and more information can be found here: http://www.ebay.com/itm/Limited-Edition-Pink-PocketWizard-Plus-III-Transceiver- /121108403537?
In addition to the twenty PocketWizard Plus III radio triggers, LPA Design will also offer a limited edition (five hundred), G-Wiz Squared gadget bags in the same Tutu Pink color. This special edition of the Pocket Wizard G-Wiz bag will be available for purchase in limited quantities at the Carey Foundation website beginning in June. All net proceeds for these special-edition gadget bags will also benefit the Carey Foundation.
“The amazing photographs in Bob Carey’s Tutu Project collection demonstrate the healing power of photography and have captured the hearts, minds and spirit of so many people,” said Dave Schmidt, LPA Design’s VP of Marketing. “PocketWizard is inspired by Bob’s unique vision as well as his belief that each of us can make important positive contributions to the lives of others. PocketWizard is proud to support Bob and the great work being done by the Carey
THE ONLY THING RETRO ABOUT IT IS THE WAY IT LOOKS: NEW OLYMPUS FLAGSHIP PEN E-P5® TAKES COMPACT SYSTEM CAMERAS TO A NEW LEVEL
Advanced Performance in a Classic Design: 1/8000th of a Second Shutter, Built-in Wi-Fi, Custom Control, Creative Functions, Optional VF-4 Viewfinder and More
CENTER VALLEY, Pa., May 10, 2013 – Olympus marks the 50th anniversary of the legendary PEN F with the launch of the new Olympus® PEN E-P5, a digital update of a classic film camera designed with breakthrough technology and incredible performance advancements. Designed for photographers looking for superior image quality in a portable body, the PEN E-P5 delivers a stellar shooting experience with 1/8000th of a second shutter speed – a world-first for the Compact System Camera class – built-in Wi-Fi, autofocus advancements, easy-access manual controls and a host of other features.
The new flagship in the Olympus PEN series exudes detailed craftsmanship, from a seamless design to an all-metal casing that houses many of the same award-winning technologies found inside Olympus’s premier Micro Four Thirds® camera, the OM-D E-M5®: 16-Megapixel TruePic VI Live MOS sensor, FAST AF, 5-Axis Image Stabilization and more. Continue Reading »
The Sigma USB dock was developed exclusively for Sigma’s new Art, Contemporary, and Sports series of lenses.:
This allows photographers to easily update lens firmware and adjust parameters (e.g. focus) via a standard USB connection to their computer
It has a suggested retail price of $59.95
It will be available for Canon and Sigma lenses in May, with the Nikon version to follow
For more information about Sigma and other Sigma products, please see the Sigma brand page
NEW SIGMA USB DOCK ALLOWS PHOTOGRAPHERS TO UPDATE FIRMWARE AND ADJUST SETTINGS ON THE NEWEST SIGMA LENSES
TORONTO, ON., May 9, 2013 – Gentec International announces the launch of Sigma’s new USB Dock and proprietary Optimization Pro software. Developed exclusively for Sigma’s new Art, Contemporary, and Sports series of lenses, the USB Dock easily connects to a computer via a standard USB connection and allows photographers to update lens firmware and adjust parameters, such as focus.
The USB Dock is currently compatible with the 35mm F1.4 DG HSM and 30mm F1.4 DC HSM lenses from the Art line, the 17-70mm F2.8-4 DC MACRO OS HSM lens from the Contemporary line, and the 120-300mm F2.8 DG OS HSM lens the Sports line. Using the USB Dock, it’s possible to update the lens firmware via the Internet. Multiple focus setting options are also available: four categories for fixed focal length lenses and sixteen categories for zoom lenses (four options for focal length and four options for shooting distance). In addition, lenses from Sigma’s Sports line include a “Custom Mode Switch” for customizable AF speed (three AF speed modes), focus limiter, and optical stabilizer (OS) function (three OS adjustment modes).
This video presents “Manfrotto Befree tripod in action travel and shoot”
MANFROTTO LAUNCHES INNOVATIVE Befree, A COMPACT TRIPOD SPECIFICALLY DESIGNED FOR TRAVEL PHOTOGRAPHERS
TORONTO, ON., May 9, 2013 – Gentec International announces Manfrotto’s Befree, a compact tripod featuring an innovative design dedicated to who love to travel. Now, there’s no need to sacrifice a sturdy camera support when travelling. With this convenient travel companion, photography on-the-go has never been easier.
The Befree tripod is an easy tool to pack. Thanks to its unique design, the legs fold perfectly around the head into a closed position, where it is only 40 centimetres in length. The tripod’s lightweight aluminum construction makes it especially easy to carry; at 1.4 kilograms, it weighs less than the average laptop. The Befree also comes with a dedicated shoulder bag that protects it from accidental damage and makes it more portable for traveling and convenient to store in luggage. No longer will photographers have to compromise on picture quality because they weren’t able to travel with their heavy tripod.
Samsung’s latest NX-Series mirrorless camera, the NX2000, launched globally this morning.
20.3 MP CMOS sensor
3.7-inch touchscreen LCD display
FullHD video and 3D still/video shooting capability (3D is available when paired with the 45mm 2D/3D lens; sold separately)
Fast 8fps continuous shooting
Built-in Wi-Fi for easy sharing via email or social networking sites like Facebook and YouTube
MSRP: $649.99 including 20-50mm lens
Samsung Expands Award-winning NX Line with the Samsung SMART Camera NX2000
Capture your world in superior quality and share your story with total ease
Ridgefield Park, N.J. – May 1, 2013 – Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd, a global leader in digital media and convergence technologies, today announced a new addition to its award-winning NX family, with the launch of the NX2000. A stylish, slim compact system camera (CSC), the NX2000 combines outstanding, professional results with revolutionary Samsung SMART Camera technology. Photos and movies can be captured with ease and immediately shared with friends and family in stunning clarity.
“Combining consumer demand for quality photography with the increasing desire for instantaneous sharing has become a focus for our NX range,” said Sun Hong Lim, Senior Vice President and Head of Sales & Marketing, Digital Imaging Business, Samsung Electronics. “The NX2000 builds on this theme to offer a stylish model which caters to the needs of today’s aspiring photographers who love to share their lives on social networking sites. Ideal for the everyday photographer who wants to capture their world, the NX2000 allows users to express themselves and share their beloved stories with ease with the people who matter.” Continue Reading »