A World of Infrared Photography Exhibition & Competition Winner

The AWoIR results are up. Some stunning infrared photography was entered and picking a winner was tough.
A World of Infrared Photography exhibition and competition is up.

As expected, we received a lot of great entries for this competition, with an excellent prize of a $400 allowance towards any MaxMax.com product or service, such as filters or having a camera converted to infrared. It was a tough competition to judge, because entries covered quite a range of approaches. We got it down to a shortlist of five, then two and finally chose the winner. In fact everyone who entered is a winner because we were universally impressed with the great work people are doing.

The winning entry is by Zach Stern of Gaithersburg, MD, in the US. Called “Field 0” the feeling from the judges was that this image went beyond the infrared wow effect to looking at how to make a strong image which is assisted by, rather than dominated, by the IR effect. Congratulations to Zach.

Infrared photography by Zach Stern

We would also like to talk about the image that came second. While there is no prize for this image, we think it is worth mentioning. This image, called “tallgrass prairie and reader ” by Stanley Schwartz, also crosses from IR wow to great photography. It has a peace and tranquility about it which is stunning. The only comment we could make is that possibly positioning the reader lower down the image and including more sky might have improved it further. But a big “well done”.

Infrared photography by Stanley Schwartz

All the finalists in A World of Infrared Photography can be viewed in the gallery on DIMW.

The artist statements are either with the images in the gallery or (for longer ones) can be read here.

Congratulations again to all the entrants.

March ThinkTank Photo Weather Competition Winner

The winner of this photography competition is now up.
The March competition winner is finally up. We’ve had a lot of personal dramas here and that is mainly the reason for the holdup in publishing this. I have also been reconsidering the running of competitions with small value prizes, which frankly attract too few entries to make it worthwhile for anyone. More news on that soon.

Anyway, March was weather photography and we got a very small number of entries. From these the winner was a clear standout as a strong, well composed and considered image. So the winner of the ThinkTank Photo Pee Wee Pixel Pocket Rocket prize, valued at $13.50, is Barbara E. Leven of Astoria, NY.

“The title of this image is “W Train”.  The newly fallen snow, the curve of the tracks, and the red lights on the train, like the glowing eyes of  some strange metallic caterpillar, all combined to make an irresistible image. I created it with a Nikon D70s, F9 at 1/1250 of a second using a Tamron macro zoom lens at 170 mm focal length and processed it in Photoshop CS3. By the time I boarded the train and arrived at my destination 30 minutes later in downtown Manhattan, the snow had turned to rain and was washed away!”

Weather photography by Barbara Leven

Thinktank Photo January Competition Finalists – Wildlife Photography

We are pleased to announce the winner and show all the finalists in the January wildlife photography competition.
The prize is a Thinktank Photo Remote Control 20 prize valued at $59.95

This is a raincover for camera and big lens

An interesting competition to judge.

We
are pleased to award the prize for this competition to J.J. Guy Longtin of Canada for his stunning entry Racoon Totem. Simply amazing.

J.J. Guy Longtin photography

You can view all the finalists in the wildlife photography competition gallery.

A special congratulations to
Félix Ménard for a very close second with his snail image.

Congratulations to all the finalists.

ThinkTank Photo December Competition Winner and Finalists – Pet Photography

We are pleased to announce the winner and show all the finalists in the December pet photography competition.
The prize for the November competition is the Lens Changer 75 prize valued at US$32.95.

The Lens Changer 75 can go on your belt or a harness system and will hold a large 80-200 f2.8 or similar sized lens, with the lenshood attached, or several smaller lenses. It is ideal for putting the lenses you need readily to hand when working a location without being bulky or limiting your mobility.

A large number of great entries made this a hard competition to judge but in the end we got it worked out.

We are pleased to award the prize for this competition to Gary Martin of the United Kingdom for histwo entries, but in particular the entry of his pet mouse. Not only did this stand out as the only non-dog or cat image, but it is also sharp where it needs to be, well posed and lit.

Gary Martin photography

You can view all the finalists in the pet photography competition gallery.

Congratulations to all the finalists.

Extensis Portfolio November ‘The Image’ Competition Winner and Finalists

We are please to announce the winner and show all the finalists in the November The Image competition.
Well, we set ourselves a very tough task for this competition: a completely open competition where the concentration is the resulting image.

We have two copies of the excellent Extensis Portfolio 8.5 Digital
Asset Management software to be won. This software makes it easy to
keep track of all the digital image and other media files that we use
to make our images. The two prizes are download licences and you can
download either a Windows or Mac version to suit your needs. The
software is valued at US$199.95.

As you could image, the competition was far from easy to judge. At least we had two equal first prizes to offer that made things easier. In the end we got there, but not without a lot of heartache as there was a very close third image, by Bill Logan, that we would have loved to award a prize to as well.

So, in no particular order, here are the two winners.

With an almost straight photographic image we are please to award one prize to Kort Kramer for his Jet Stream Sunset. This image illustrates the importance of being there with a camera, of looking up and working with what you find. The image is striking for the color and the contrast between the linear and more organic clouds. Simply stunning.

Kort Kramer image

The second first prize winner is for a very different image. Nathan Selikoff’s A Society of Stickpeople (captured, #31) is a stunning image, complex and intriguing, yet also simple and graphic. It had all of our judges amazed and left wanting more. Nathan Selikoff’s artwork website can be seen here.

Nathan Selikoff

Congratulations to you both and to all the finalists. There was a lot of stunning work that deserved a prize.

View all the finalists in the gallery.

ThinkTank Photo November Competition Winner and Finalists – Landscape Photography

We are please to announce the winner and show all the finalists in the November landscape photography competition.
The prize for the November competition is the ThinkTank Lens Changer 35 prize valued at $26.50. The Lens Changer 35 can go on your belt or a harness system and will
hold a 24-70 f2.8 or similar sized lens, like a 100mm f2.8 macro, with
the lenshood attached, or several smaller lenses. It is ideal for
putting the lenses you need readily to hand when working a location
without being bulky or limiting your mobility.

A small number of entries this month made judging easier than normal but it was still tricky to pick out of a small number of finalists.

We are pleased to award the prize for this
competition to Rick Bulger of Wellington, New Zealand for his fine, graphic landscape image.

Rick Bulger photography

You can view all the finalists in the infrared photography competition gallery.

Congratulations to all the finalists.

ThinkTank Photo October Competition Winner and Finalists – Infrared Photography

We are please to announce the winner and show all the finalists in the October infrared photography competition.
The prize for the October competition is the ThinkTank Photo Speed Freak beltpack bag valued at $130.00. This holds a regular SLR with lens, plus a second large lens, thus making it an ideal bag for a field trip when you want to work light.

We had a great range of entrants, from film to unconverted and converted digital cameras and a wide range of subject matter. We received striking landscapes and interesting details.

After much deliberation we are pleased to award the prize for this competition to Victor Passapera of Mahopac, NY, USA for his stunning landscape A Touch of Light. Judges felt this was a stunning image that demonstrated the value in being there at the right time.

Infrared photography

You can view all the finalists in the infrared photography competition gallery.

Congratulations to all the finalists.

ThinkTank Photo September Competition Winner and Finalists – Architectural Photography

We are pleased to announce the winner and finalists in the ThinkTank Photo Architectural Photography competition.
Architectural photography is an interesting and varied area of photography, ranging from the wide, external shot to the tight, interior one. As such, we had a similar variety of image subject matter entered in the September competition.

We are please to announce that the winner of the ThinkTank Photo Lens Changer 15 is
Alan Gaynor of New York City with his image:

Architectural photography by Alan Gaynor

This striking image makes great use of textural contrast.

You can view all the finalists in the architectural photography gallery.

Congratulations to all the finalists.

ThinkTank Photo August Competition Winner and Finalists – Amateur Sport Photography

We are please to announce the winner and finalists in the ThinkTank Photo Amateur Sport Photography competition.
The August competition brought in a good number of high quality entrants. Sport photography is not easy, as good examples need to capture action, drama and emotion.

With this in mind we are pleased to announce that the winner of the ThinkTank Photo Digital Holster 30 is Liz Hardley of New Zealand with her striking image Last man home:

Last man home, by Liz Hardley

The image captures emotion, energy and action in a most striking image.

All the finalists can be viewed in the main gallery for this competition.

Our congratulations to all those who entered.

ThinkTank Photo July Competition Winner and Finalists – Macro Photography

We are pleased to show the finalists and the winner in the macro photography competition.
The July Macro Photography Competition brought a lot of entries. It was a complex one to judge and we ended up having to wait and bring in a couple of other photographers to cast their eyes over the entrants and help us reach a conclusion.

The winner of the ThinkTank Photo rotation360 backpack is Russell Stewart, of Queensland, Australia

Russell Stewart photography

The finalists can be viewed in the macro competition photography gallery.

Two special notes about this competition. One is that the submitted work varied massively and we left in some finalists that we were not sure they actually met the macro and closeup requirement but were great images anyway. Since they were not winning we felt it did no harm and everyone cn benefit from looking at some great images.

The second note is that one of the photographers entering this competition, SkyDancer, passed away suddenly between entering the competition and the judging. Sky was a great person, an online friend and a great artist. We will miss her very much.

Lastly our congratulations to everyone who entered.