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May 21st, 2013 No Comments
TWAN logo

TWAN logo (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Twenty-four hours back Yahoo News reported on The World at Night’s Third Annual Earth & Sky Photo Contest.  Though its raison d’etre is to celebrate the beauty of the night sky, an important intention is to raise awareness of light pollution and atmospheric pollution.

The World at Night (TWAN) describes itself as “an international effort to present stunning nightscape photos and time-lapse videos of the world’s landmarks against celestial attractions.”  Their photo contests winners indeed include some “stunning” images.

A panorama featuring an arc of the Milky Way accompanying the shimmer of the Aurora Borealis above a waterfall would deserve first prize in just about any photo contest, and it won just that for Stephane Vetter in TWAN’s contest.

It’s far from the only spectacular photograph, though.  The ten-image gallery has photo after photo, several of which are, in Yahoo’s words, “jaw-dropping.”

Luc Perrot’s dramatic vertical format image positioning a gorgeously photographed, nebulous Milky Way over a channel between black rocks is an integral composition of two halves, each of which would be impressive on its own!  One cleaves the night sky; the other, the black rocks.

This blog had brought to your attention a photograph on 1st April, calling it ‘Aurora Meteoris’.  It won third place in one of the two categories in the contest.  This is Shannon Bileski’s photo of a meteor streaking through the Northern Lights. 

Considering that Fredrik Broms’s submission has a perfectly exposed Adams-like landscape (with some expressive barrel distortion) topped with the bonus of a huge ‘dancing’ swirl of multi-tinted Aurora Borealis, perhaps it should have done better than fourth place?

You’ve seen star trails dozens of times but did you ever see one quite so artistically satisfying with such precise concentric streaks above a glowing, golden-hued Golden Gate Bridge?  Rick Whitacre’s photo is a triumph of composition, exposure, and planning.

These are only some of the contest winners; there’s lots more where that came from, i.e. TWAN. 

If astrophotography turns you on, TWAN has numerous galleries indexed and accessible by region, photographer, location, and even subject matter which includes the obvious and expected like ‘Star Trails’, the associated and related, like ‘Observatories’, and the offbeat, like ‘Virtual Reality’.


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‘C’ is for Contest, ‘C’ is for Coolpix

November 3rd, 2012 No Comments
Nikon Coolpix series

Nikon Coolpix series (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The ‘Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum International Photography Award’ competition is a mouthful of a name – and it has every right to be, as it is brimful with the green stuff.  It has a humongous prize pot of $389,000 and the grand prize itself is a whopping $120,000!

Check out HIPA’s website and see if you think you think you want to try your luck in any of the four categories.

You know there’s going to be lots of intense competition so perhaps you want to try something that’s not quite so competitive but still has a big fat prize?  Try ePhotozine’s Competition which has a daily theme and gives away four Nikon Coolpix cameras per month.  

Did I write “not quite so competitive”?  Oops— scratch that!

Regardless of whether or not you enter either competition, it pays to at least look at the entries, especially winning ones, because the very act of doing so will allow you to learn something.  Because, for most contests, it costs nothing to enter, you may as well match your skills and take a shot at winning . . . say, a Coolpix!   

Talk of Nikon’s Coolpix, is this the new face of that simple, snapshot camera?  

Some ‘enthusiast’ cameras pack in so many useful features and impressive specs that they allow amateur photographers to grow and progress toward the next level.  In similar fashion this Coolpix, the P7700, would allow the novice photographer to grow and progress toward the next level, that of an amateur or enthusiast – but with a different twist:—

The P7700 is not crammed with different exposure modes; rather, it has the four traditional exposure modes from the days of yore (plus a programme mode).  This limitation will let – or make – the serious novice learn the principles of exposure.  It also has interchangeable lenses (of course), a vario-swivel LCD screen, EV compensation, and more useful features.

At the same time, it does have separate dials for ‘Scene Modes’ and ‘Effects’ which too will let the newbie continue on his/her learning curve.  This is a smart design – a smart design for a smart camera series that thoroughly deserves its reputation and popularity.


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Two Major Contests and Two *You* Can Enter!

October 25th, 2012 No Comments

Amateurs can not only learn something about the craft by participating in a photo contest, they can ‘measure’ themselves.  So why not enter one?!  You may not win it even if you follow the guidelines I had posted our BPro sister site in National Geographic’s Traveler Contest – How to Win it! but an honourable mention wouldn’t be too bad.

Let’s look at a few contests, two that have just finished and two that are accepting entries. 

Serif’s PhotoPlus Photography Competition is a big one and earlier this month the winning photo was announced.  The winner, C.K. Ng of Indonesia, took home an enviable assortment of first-rate equipment worth £2,000 plus subscriptions to two magazines!

The winning photograph is simply stunning and worth a look (scroll down for a higher res image).  It is one of those unusual situations where a front and centre composition dead-on is the best choice, albeit not without posing a hazard to life and limb.  Some more excellent entries are here.

Staying in Asia – near Russia’s Lake Baikal to be precise – we look at Vladimir Medvedev.  He won top prize and ‘best portfolio’ prize in BBC’s Wildlife Photographer of the Year contest earlier this year.  

Available online are six of Medvedev’s images (not including a self-portrait).   Mountain goats on a snow-clad hillside and a porcupine against the backdrop of a lake and mountain are two beautiful wildlife photographs.  But continue viewing this mini-portfolio and you’ll be rewarded with a couple of truly breathtaking ‘art photos’.

So now your interest is whetted and you want to enter a photo contest?  Try these two; they’re accepting entries.

You have a good chance of getting somewhere in this contest because it’s awarding 120 recognitions besides nine cash prizes with a top prize of $3,226!  The catch is that you’ll have to be in Shanghai or have photographs of Shanghai’s historic or cultural spots in order to enter it.

Much easier to enter but having virtually nothing for a prize is an intriguing themed contest, In the Dark.  The possibilities are manifold – streetwalkers, city lights, nocturnal animals, night shift workers, graveyards, vampires, werewolves . . . .

Happy Clicking!


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