Contests Leica

Leica Women Foto Project Award Contest is Open to Legal Residents of the 50 U.S. (and DC): Submit a 500-Word Proposal & a Series of 10 Images That Tell a Single Story, Made on Any Brand/Model Digital or Analog Camera, with at Least 4 Images Created Between 2018-19, Before 11:59:59 PM ET on August 29, 2019

The Leica Women Foto Project is a platform by Leica Camera USA that serves to empower the female perspective and its impact on today’s visual stories. The shape of a story is reactive to the storyteller’s perspective, developing a narrative that too often is reflective of individual truths. The Leica Women Foto Project encourages diversity and inclusion in visual storytelling to amplify voices typically underrepresented in photography, discovering the breadth of shapes formed by a single story…

As part of the Leica Women Foto Project, Leica Camera USA is seeking three U.S. photographers to receive an award to support a personal project that is relevant to today’s social and political climate. The mission of the Leica Women Foto Project is to educate, encourage and empower photographers to demonstrate the importance and impact of a woman’s point of view. The award serves as a catalyst to reframe how we see, how we think, and how we express our visual narrative….

NO PURCHASE OR PAYMENT OF ANY KIND IS NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN. A PURCHASE OR PAYMENT WILL NOT INCREASE YOUR CHANCES OF WINNING.

Eligibility

  • Void where prohibited and outside US.
  • Employees, officers, and directors of Sponsor or its parents, subsidiaries, affiliates, representatives, consultants, contractors, legal counsel, advertising, public relations, promotional, fulfillment, and marketing agencies, website providers, web masters, (collectively, the “Contest Entities”) and members of their immediate families (spouses, parents, siblings and children, regardless of where they live) and those living in the same household are not eligible to enter or win.
  • In addition, individuals who have a formal affiliation or partnership with enterprises that compete with Sponsor and manufacture or market cameras, sport optic products, lenses, and accessories for the aforementioned products, or make such performances available to such enterprises, are not eligible to enter or win. Competitors include, without limitation, Canon, Nikon, Sony, Hasselblad, Mamiya, Fuji, Samsung, Olympus, Sigma, Panasonic, and Pentax.

The following video presents Leica Q2 Accolades:
With its newly developed, 47.3 MP full-frame sensor, extremely fast Summilux 28 mm f/1.7 ASPH. prime lens, quick auto-focus, innovative OLED technology, and timelessly elegant design, the Leica Q2 elevates the tradition established by its predecessor, the Leica Q

Prizes:

Leica Q2

Leica Q2

  • Three (3) winners will each receive a cash prize of ten thousand dollars ($10,000.00 USD) payable via check, as well as a one (1)-year loan (“Prize Period”) of a Leica Q2 camera (or equivalent model at Sponsor’s sole discretion) (the “Loaner”).
  • At the end of the Prize Period, each winner will receive a replacement camera of equal value (as determined by Sponsor in its sole discretion).
  • Approximate Retail Value (“ARV”) of each prize: $14,995.00 USD. Total ARV of all prizes: $44,985.00 USD.
  • During the Prize Period, winners may be given the opportunity to participate in various promotional activities that are sponsored by, administered by, or associated with, Sponsor (e.g., digital promotions, gallery exhibitions, panel discussions, artist talks, etc.). For the avoidance of doubt, winners are not obligated to participate in such activities.
  • Limit one (1) prize per person, per household.
  • Any and all applicable federal, state, and local taxes and all fees and expenses related to acceptance and use of prize not specifically stated herein are the responsibility solely of winner.
  • Prize cannot be substituted, assigned, transferred, or redeemed for cash; however, Sponsor reserves the right to make equivalent prize substitutions at its sole discretion.
  • Sponsor will not replace any lost or stolen prizes or components of a prize(s).
  • Prize cannot be used in conjunction with any other promotion or offer.
  • Winners take financial responsibility for any loss or damage to the Loaner outside reasonable use.
  • Entrants acknowledge and agree that the Loaner remains the property of Sponsor at all times.

EXCLUSIVITY: During the Prize Period, winners may not enter into a formal affiliation or partnership with enterprises that compete with Sponsor and manufacture or market cameras, sport optic products, lenses, and accessories for the aforementioned products, or make such performances available to such enterprises. Competitors include, without limitation, Canon, Nikon, Sony, Hasselblad, Mamiya, Fuji, Samsung, Olympus, Sigma, Panasonic and Pentax. The scope of this exclusivity provision includes, but is not limited to, restraint from participation in events solely sponsored by competing camera manufacturers and brands, assuming the role of official brand ambassador, and posting social media content highlighting competing brands and products. If a winner is found to have violated this exclusivity provision, his or her prize must be returned in full to Sponsor within thirty (30) days of written, electronic or telephonic notice from Sponsor.

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Leica Lenses

Leica APO-Summicron-SL 50mm f/2 ASPH., a Full-Frame Mirrorless Leica SL-Prime Lens: Compact, Fast & Nearly Silent AF, Natural Skin Tones, Soft Bokeh, L-Mount Standard Compatibility

This is an update to the previous blog, Leica Announces Availability of Mirrorless Leica SL Lenses, APO-Summicron-SL 75 mm f/2 ASPH. and APO-Summicron-SL 90 mm f/2 ASPH. for Portraiture: High Speed AF System with Dual Syncro Drive™; 3D Visual Effect; Photography in Difficult Lighting Conditions; More Compact & Lower Weight.

Leica SL Lenses (left to right): Summilux-SL 50 f/1.4 ASPH., APO-SUMMICRON-SL 35 f/2 ASPH., APO-Summicron-SL 75 f/2 ASPH., APO-Summicron-SL 50 f/2 ASPH., APO-SUMMICRON-SL 90 f/2 ASPH.

Leica SL Lenses (left to right): Summilux-SL 50 f/1.4 ASPH., APO-SUMMICRON-SL 35 f/2 ASPH., APO-Summicron-SL 75 f/2 ASPH., APO-Summicron-SL 50 f/2 ASPH., APO-SUMMICRON-SL 90 f/2 ASPH.

Leica APO-Summicron-SL 50mm f/2 ASPH. on Leica SL (Typ 601)

Leica APO-Summicron-SL 50mm f/2 ASPH. on Leica SL (Typ 601)

Leica officially announced on August 15, 2019, an addition to the Leica SL lens family – the new Leica APO-Summicron-SL 50mm f/2 ASPH. lens. for the Leica SL (Typ 601) full-frame, mirrorless camera.

Leica APO-Summicron-SL 50mm f/2 ASPH.

Leica APO-Summicron-SL 50mm f/2 ASPH.

Leica APO-Summicron-SL 50mm f/2 ASPH. lens’ highlights include:

  • Summicron-SL lenses are apochromatic – in short: APO – corrected
  • L-Mount standard compatibility
  • Autofocus system is fast, precise, and nearly silent
  • Higher Contrast for greater visual depth
  • Faster and more precise manual focusing
  • Soft transitions into the bokeh

The following video presents In Love with Bokeh with Ivo von Renner | Leica SL:
Bokeh is a Japanese word, meaning ‘blur’, and describes the pleasing or aesthetic quality of the out-of-focus blur in a photograph.

You will seldom reach more ‘authentic’ image results than with the NEW Leica APO-Summicron-SL 50 f/2 ASPH.
The reason is an unique combination of highest detail rendition and a focal length that gets closest to what is naturally perceived by the human eye.
Leica APO-Summicron-SL 50 f/2 ASPH.: F2, 1/1000 s, 400 ISO, 50 mm: Photo by Janina Mock

Leica APO-Summicron-SL 50 f/2 ASPH.: F2, 1/1000 s, 400 ISO, 50 mm: Photo by Janina Mock

NEWS from Leica Store Miami

Leica Camera AG has expanded the Summicron-SL lens family with another high-performance lens: the Leica APO-Summicron-SL 50mm f/2 ASPH. Its focal length makes the new SL-Lens extremely versatile and recommends it for use in almost any situation – for instance, reportage and travel photography, studio work, architectural, landscape, portrait, close-up or documentary photography. As is the case with the other Summicron-SL lenses, the APO-Summicron-SL 50mm f/2 ASPH. sets standards and takes its place as the new reference lens among the standard focal lengths. Thanks to the L-Mount standard, the APO-Summicron-SL 50mm f/2 ASPH. is also fully compatible with cameras manufactured by other partners of the L-Mount Alliance that also use the lens mount developed by Leica.

Leica APO-Summicron-SL 50 f/2 ASPH.: F6.3, 1/1000 s, 400 ISO, 50 mm: Photo by Janina Mock

Leica APO-Summicron-SL 50 f/2 ASPH.: F6.3, 1/1000 s, 400 ISO, 50 mm: Photo by Janina Mock

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Cameras Hasselblad Lenses

Hasselblad: X1D II 50C Mirrorless Medium Format Digital Camera (50MP CMOS Sensor, 14-Stop Dynamic Range, 16-bit RAW Images), XCD 35-75 Compact Mid-range Zoom Lens, Phocus Mobile 2 App – at No Charge (Quicker Workflow), 907X Special Edition (Modernised CFV II 50C Digital Back + New 907X Camera Body)

The following video presents Introducing Hasselblad X1D II 50C:
Introducing the Hasselblad X1D II 50C, an evolved medium format photography experience.
The X1D II 50C brings you the power of medium format in a portable, lightweight body. Compact. Powerful. Enhanced.

This is an update to the previous blog, New Lenses for Hasselblad X1D Mirrorless Digital Medium Format Camera in 2017 – 2018: Include XCD 3.5/120mm Macro, XCD 35-75mm Zoom, XCD 65mm, XCD 22mm Wide Angle.

Hasselblad recently introduced the following new additions for medium format photography:

Hasselblad X1D II 50C

Hasselblad X1D II 50C

  • X1D II 50C
Hasselblad XCD 35-75

Hasselblad XCD 35-75

  • XCD 35-75 zoom lens
  • Phocus Mobile 2
Hasselblad CFV II 50C

Hasselblad CFV II 50C

  • The modernised CFV II 50C digital back
Hasselblad 907X camera body (left) attached to Hasselblad CFV II 50C (right)

Hasselblad 907X camera body (left) attached to Hasselblad CFV II 50C (right)

  • New 907X camera body

The following video presents Introducing CFV II 50C:
The CFV II and 907X connect Hasselblad’s photographic history into one system.

These new offerings yet again expand the potential of medium format photography with modularity and flexibility, all while offering Hasselblad’s renowned, stunning image quality.

PRESS RELEASE

HASSELBLAD EXPANDS REACH OF MEDIUM FORMAT IMAGING FOR EVEN MORE CREATIVE VERSATILITY

Hasselblad X1D II 50C

Hasselblad X1D II 50C

Hasselblad X1D II 50c + Hasselblad XCD 3,5-4,5/35-75 Zoom Lens: © Haitong Yu

Hasselblad X1D II 50c + Hasselblad XCD 3,5-4,5/35-75 Zoom Lens: © Haitong Yu

Introducing the X1D II 50C, XCD 35-75 zoom lens, Phocus Mobile 2, and revealing details of the upcoming CFV II 50C digital back and 907X camera body

Hasselblad X1D II 50C: Photo by Hasselblad Master Ben Thomas

Hasselblad X1D II 50C: Photo by Hasselblad Master Ben Thomas

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Contests Nikon

Nikon Photo Contest 2018-2019: The Winners are Announced

This is an update to these previous blogs:

The following video presents Nikon Photo Contest 2018-2019 Final Judge Movie:
Winners of the Nikon Photo Contest 2018-2019 Selected

■Nikon Photo Contest
Nikon Photo Contest is an international photo contest with a significant history behind it.
The goal of the contest is to provide an opportunity for photographers around the world to communicate and to enrich photographic culture for professionals and amateurs alike.
Since the first Contest was held in 1969, hundreds of thousands of photographers from around the world have participated and shown their support for the Contest.
To date, more than 410,000 photographers have submitted over 1,620,000 photographic works in the contest, making it a truly international event.

Congratulations to the Winners!

PRESS RELEASE

WINNERS OF THE PRESTIGIOUS 2018-2019 NIKON PHOTO CONTEST UNVEILED

The Nikon Photo Contest Received Record-High 97,369 Submissions from 170 Countries and Regions;
Grand Prize Winner to be Announced August 23

July 29, 2019

MISSISSAUGA, ON –Nikon Canada Inc. is pleased to announce the winners of the 2018-2019 international Nikon Photo Contest, one of the largest and most distinguished photo contests in the world. Started in 1969 as an opportunity for photographers to share their unique visions and enrich photographic culture, the Nikon Photo Contest is celebrating its 50th anniversary of recognizing talented creatives worldwide. (more…)

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Guest Blog

Restoring Vintage Photos

 

From Photoxels Editor
When Max approached me about a guest blog on the subject of photo restoration, I thought that was a good idea and would benefit our readers. After all, who doesn’t have some old photos in albums or hanging on the wall, perhaps passed on by parents and grandparents? They have cracked or the colours may have faded over the years.

Of course, we have all dabbled in Photoshop and digitally manipulated photos, but restoring vintage photos takes a bit more expertise and art skills than most of us have, as Max explains below.

So, here is Max’s article on Restoring Vintage Photos.


A note on Guest Blog: A Guest Blog is not a Sponsored Post: we do not get any financial gain from this post. There is no referral fee, should you decide to avail yourself of the photo restoration service mentioned in this article. A Guest Blog is also not a recommendation. We have not used this service and you should do your own research and make your own decision concerning availing yourself of the service.

GUEST BLOG

How Are Vintage Pictures Restored? A Guide To Its Process

Photographs are valuable. Many of us use them to look back on times that are long gone. It’s safe to assume that these pictures may still be intact. Unfortunately, they won’t always remain this way. Photographs don’t last forever and usually fade after a few decades. Thankfully, in our case, the photographs we take may last a few more years without a problem. Could you imagine the state of your pictures if they were to grow old? If you have any old photos like this of your childhood or from when your grandparents or parents were young, they may show signs of age. However, many companies can remedy this issue; they work to alter your vintage pictures, restoring them their former glory.

vintage image before & after

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Featured Site Tutorials

A Beginner’s Guide to Shooting Better Landscape Photographs

There are lots of YouTube tutorial videos out there but too many just show off beautifully Photoshopped images without really helping the viewers wanting to learn.

But, here’s one that we found by landscape photographer Mark Denney that is refreshingly different — and extremely helpful to the beginner photographer.

It’s entitled “5 BEGINNER Landscape Photography MISTAKES To AVOID” and he shows you with great examples what to avoid and how to rectify the five mistakes beginner photographers usually fall into.


Thanks, Mark, for sharing a really useful video. Wish someone had told me those things when I started photography!

Visit our Featured Site: Mark Denney YouTube

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Contests Nikon

Nikon Canada Social Contest | Summer 2019 for Legal Residents of Canada: Submit Your Favourite Summer Photo Which was Captured with a Nikon Camera, Before August 31, 2019 at 11:59:59 p.m. ET

WIN A NIKON COOLPIX W300!
Submit your favourite SUMMER photograph for a chance to win. 1 entry per person.
Contest …. runs until August 31st!

NO PURCHASE IS NECESSARY. A PURCHASE WILL NOT INCREASE YOUR CHANCES OF WINNING.

Eligibility:

  • The Contest is open to anyone who are legal residents of Canada and who, at time of entry, are of the age of majority in their province of residence (“Eligible Entrants”).
  • Employees of Nikon Canada Inc., their parent companies, subsidiaries, dealers, affiliates, prize suppliers, advertising/promotion agencies and any entity involved in the development, production, administration, judging or fulfillment of the Contest, and any such person who is domiciled with an employee of Nikon Canada and any of their immediate family members, are not eligible to enter the Contest.
  • The Contest ends on August 31, 2019 at 11:59:59 p.m. ET (the “Contest Period”).

The following video presents COOLPIX W300: 4K UHD Sample Video:
Whether it be a thrilling diving expedition, or a relaxing holiday by the beach, the COOLPIX W300 is here to capture it all. Waterproof, shockproof, cold-resistant, and dustproof, the COOLPIX W300 will preserve all your moments in stunning clarity with its 16.05-megapixel back-illuminated CMOS sensor and 4K UHD video capabilities. No matter where you are, stay constantly connected with SnapBridge to keep your friends and family up to date with your adventures.

On land or at sea, capture it all with the COOLPIX W300…

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Nikon Press Releases

2019 Women Photograph + Nikon Grants: Nikon Announces Five Winners

This is an update to the previous blog, Women Photograph + Nikon Grants: 2019 Project Grants for Women & Non-binary Photographers: Apply before MAY 15, 2019

Women Photograph announced the recipients of the 2019 grants: the Women Photograph + Nikon grants of $5,000 have been awarded to Iman Al-Dabbagh, Shaima Al Tamimi, Sophia Nahli Allison, Marie Hald, and Annie Tritt.

  • The Women Photograph + Getty Images grant of $10,000 has been awarded to Koral Carballo.

PRESS RELEASE

July 15, 2019

Nikon Inc. Announces Winners of 2019 Women Photograph + Nikon Grants

Five Accomplished Visual Journalists from Around the World Awarded $5,000 each to Help Tell Their Powerful Stories

Melville, NY – Nikon Inc. is excited to announce the winners of the 2019 Women Photograph + Nikon Grants, celebrating talent and diversity within the photojournalism community. For the second year in a row, Women Photograph and Nikon are awarding five women and non-binary photographers with $5,000 USD each to support their documentary projects and raise awareness for their unique stories.

“It is an honor to work alongside the members of Women Photograph for a second year,” said Lisa Baxt, Associate General Manager, Communications, Nikon Inc. “We are so inspired by their strong work and dedication to making positive changes within the photography community and we are proud to support this initiative to recognize and elevate the voices of women and non-binary visual storytellers.” (more…)

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