PhoozL Announces Shared Cash-Prize Photo Contest: ‘PETS in B&W’

Photography competition site PhoozL announces a special cash-prize photo contest: ‘Pets in B&W’. This is a judged contest where the Top 3 Winners share a progressive (growing) cash prize pool from the paid-entry proceeds. The judge is pro pet photographer and pet photo author Andrew Darlow, and the contest is open to all logged-in members of Phoozl.com, amateur to pro, 18+ worldwide. To see more details and to submit, go to:

http://www.phoozl.com/weekly-photo-contest/pets-in-bw/

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“We’re excited to announce our first shared-cash-prize contest,” says Harald Johnson, PhoozL’s founder. “It costs only $10 for up to 3 entries, and 60 percent of entry proceeds will be paid out to winners! And who better to judge this contest than pro pet photographer and pet photo author Andrew Darlow.”

About Judge Andrew Darlow

Andrew Darlow is a professional photographer, author, and consultant. He is the author of two award-winning books: “301 Inkjet Tips and Techniques: An Essential Printing Resource for Photographers” (Course Technology, PTR), and “Pet Photography 101: Tips for Taking Better Photos of Your Dog or Cat” (Focal Press). Andrew publishes the “Inkjet & Imaging Tips Newsletter,” which is available for free to subscribers at imagingbuffet.com/newsletter.

About PhoozL

PhoozL® (http://www.phoozl.com) provides photo education and entertainment for photographers and photo enthusiasts who want to be challenged and have “phun” while learning more about photography and spreading their creative wings. Photo contests, photo assignments, photo critiques, photo learning, photo sharing and community… it’s all part of PhoozL.

*PhoozL® and Photo IQ® are registered trademarks of Harald Johnson Communications.

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Epson International Panorama Awards 2012 Competition Now Open for Entries

Professional and amateur photographers around the world are invited to enter The EPSON

International Pano Awards to compete for over $25,000 in cash and prizes. Early-bird entries are open from December 2011 until Friday 20th of April 2012.

The third Epson International Pano Awards is dedicated to the art of panoramic photography. Advances in digital photography and software such as PTGui and Adobe Photoshop has resulted in an explosion in image stitching, especially in the panoramic format. Panoramic film photography also remains alive and well.

The Epson International Pano Awards showcases the work of panoramic photographers worldwide and is the largest and most important competition for panoramic photography.

The 2011 competition saw 3,586 images submitted from 985 photographers in 62 countries.

The 2012 competition is now open for all professional and amateur photographers with an increased combined prize pool of more than US $25,000 in cash and prizes!

Prizes include an Epson Stylus Pro 7900 printer, an Epson Stylus Pro 4900 printer, an Epson EB-1775 Ultra-Slim Projector and US$5000 cash.

2011 saw the successful introduction of a new VR/360 category for ‘immersive’ panoramic photography. The competition also presented a display of winning and high scoring images at the PMA Photo Imaging trade show in Sydney in June, which was attended by tens of thousands of people.

The judging panel includes some of the world’s top panoramic photographers and industry professionals, including members of the IAPP and IVRPA.

www.thepanoawards.com

How To Win Photo Competitions – An eBook Review

How To Win Photo Competitions is an eBook it was about time somebody wrote, and who better that Peter Eastway, who has not only won many competitions at the highest levels but has also judged so many competitions himself.

How To Win Photo Competitions

By Peter Eastway

eBook, 2011

A$49.95

The ninety page eBook not only covers details of the judging process and tips on winning photos, but also on how to take and process a winning photo in the first place.

Sixty of the ninety pages in this book are on the shooting and processing of strong images. That will be a problem to some, but I feel it works. Much of this material is not new, after all how much new can one say about composition or using a histogram. But it is all written from the perspective of competition use, and that makes it very valuable by giving it the specific focus required.

The other thirty pages of the book are specifically focused on competitions, from why to enter competitions to details of the judging process. This information is well organised and effective. The part I personally liked the most was right at the end, where Peter discusses some of the decisions he made in preparing certain winning images. Other people will find their own favourite parts.

Judging the book as a whole, I would say it is the perfect book for amateur and semi-professional photographers who want to make their competition success less hit and miss. For professional photographers there is a lot to also get from this book, but I would hope that much of the material in the shooting and processing sections would be familiar. The information specifically about competitions is great and really should be read, while the shooting and processing sections will make your photography better, so are also worth careful study.

The thing I really love about this book is that it really gets you thinking about your images from purely a competition standpoint. There are few other books that will do that.

My only real criticism of this eBook is the price. Let’s be blunt, I think it is overpriced, especially given that there is really about 40-50 pages of truly competition-focused material. While there is lots of debate about the pricing of eBooks and many publishers defend identical pricing for print and eBooks, I just don’t buy it and I don’t think many consumers do either. A pro will not think twice about the price, perhaps, but an amateur will. That would be a real shame because amateurs will benefit most from this book. Whilst dead tree books beautifully illustrated in full colour do cost more to print, that is not the case with eBooks. So, if this eBook was half (still a bit high IMHO) or a third the price (just right, in my view) I would recommend it with no reservations. At essentially $50 I still recommend it, but I know many of the people who should read it will not, and that would be a real shame.

You might also be interested in reading my latest post on the HP Professional Photography blog about why to enter competitions.

 

Phoozl on Facebook a Photo Challenge

Phoozl Launches Unique “Alphabetography Photo Challenge” on Facebook


Photo games site Phoozl.com has announced the launch of its new, seasonal “Alphabetography Photo Challenge: the Four Seasons” contest as a Facebook Application. The first “Winter” challenge or contest has just begun after the start of the Winter 2010/11 season (in the Northern Hemisphere), and it runs for approximately 45 days to its conclusion in early March.

A Unique Alphabet Photo Concept

During each season’s contest (using “Winter” as the example), photo enthusiasts submit photos that apply or relate to the current letter that’s in play. So during the “W Letter Period,” entrants upload photos whose subject contains a word that starts with the letter “W” (examples: White, Winter, Wonderful). When the game-play moves to the letter “I”, entrants submit “I” photos. And so on through the six letters of the word “Winter.” Entrants are allowed up to 5 submissions per letter maximum. Photos can be submitted via Facebook or photo-sharing sites, or uploaded from local computers or mobile devices. Participants can even join the contest late as there are six Letter Periods in this (“Winter”) Challenge, so they have six chances to enter.

Voting, Judging, Gallery, and Prizes

The Winter 2010/11 Alphabetography Photo Challenge costs nothing to enter but is offering 11 different Prizes sponsored by such companies as: Blurb, Datacolor, Frame Destination, and Course Technology PTR. There are galleries and public voting, and the Top 5 vote-getting photos for each letter move to the Judging Phase where a panel of three professional photographers will judge and score the 30 Finalist Photos based on published criteria. Add any Extra Points, and the top scores win.

Contest participants need only a Facebook account to enter, and they must be at least 18 years old. Photo submissions are acceptable from anywhere in the world, and there are no restrictions on when photos are taken or if they have been manipulated.

“We’re super excited about this new contest that challenges photo enthusiasts around the world to sync up their creativity with the earth’s seasons and get recognition for their work,” says Phoozl’s Harald Johnson and the creator of the Alphabetography Photo Challenge. “Sure, there are other alphabet photo games out there, but there is nothing like this!”

Start Alphabetographing!

To learn more about the Alphabetography Photo Challenge: the Four Seasons, or even better, to take the challenge and to participate, go to Phoozl’s Fan Page on Facebook and click the “Challenges” tab to enter the Application:

http://www.facebook.com/phoozl

OR… go directly to the Facebook Application:

http://apps.facebook.com/alphabetography

(you need to “Allow” the Request for Permission screen that appears)

About this Contest and the Four Seasons

Each temperate, astronomical season (Winter, Spring, Summer, Autumn) comprises its own complete Alphabetography Photo Challenge from photo submission to announcement of winners. A new contest will start with the next season in the calendar.

The four seasons are based on the traditional names used in the temperate and sub-polar regions on the globe. Taking Winter as the example, this is the season with the shortest days and lowest average temperatures, due to the tilt of the earth’s axis and the lower intensity of sunlight striking its surface during that time. In the Northern Hemisphere, Winter corresponds to the months of December, January and February. In the Southern Hemisphere it’s reversed: Winter is June, July and August. So even though the Winter game takes place December-February (actually, starting in January), a Southern Hemisphere resident could select photos from THEIR Winter, if they want to meet the “Wintery” judging criterion (there are four different criteria). However, photos from ALL seasons are eligible for submission regardless of the season or the player’s location.

About Phoozl

The Alphabetography Photo Challenge is run and administered by Phoozl.com. Phoozl is a website destination or portal that provides a safe place to have fun with photos and photography (and other visual arts). The core of Phoozl is the many online Flash or “videogames” organized in different categories. Games range from puzzles to quizzes to “click mysteries” to “first-person-shooters” and other unique categories. But Phoozl is more than just online photo games. There’s information and learning, too, in the form of Photo IQ quizzes, Photo Tips from experts, and educational games that even include “brain-training.” Plus there are contests, creative challenges, missions, hunts, and “secret events.” There is also a PhoozNews blog, and a Community section will be coming online soon. Phoozl’s tagline says it all: “photo games & more.”

Early Reviews for Phoozl:

“Loved the game [Photo IQ]… Finally a site dedicated to photo games!!!”

— Camillia

“Thanks for creating something totally different!”

— Nish

Leica Oskar Barnack Award for Photography

Invitation to submit entries for the competition for 2010

Leica Camera AG, Solms, extends their invitation to submit entries to their international photography competition for professional photographers, the ‘Leica Oskar Barnack Award’. Applications from interested photographers will be accepted exclusively online at www.leica-oskar-barnack-award.com between 15 January and 15 March 2010. The competition also includes the awarding of a ‘Newcomer Award’ that addresses all (prospective) professional photographers aged 25 and under.