Photoshop Forum with Competitions and Prizes

A Photoshop forum with monthly competitions with real prizes.
This is just to let you know of a Photoshop forum that may be of interest to you.

There are many “Professional” Photoshop users that frequent the forum. Some have links to their sites and some are PS authors, instructors, etc. They (along with others in the group) are more than willing to answer your Photoshop questions.

If you are interested in a group with over 4000 members worldwide; that has monthly contests (utilizing Photoshop of course) and great prizes from many vendors then this is the place to go.  Each member gets a vote for the contest entry of their choice.

The link to the (Yahoo Group) forum is
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/adobephotoshop

The members vote on their favorite entries via
www.adobephotoshopcontest.com/modules/newbb

So stop by both links and have a look. Registration and contest entries are of course free.

You’ll find me hanging out there too.

Corel Manipulated Photography and Digital Art Competition January Winner

The results are up for the manipulated photography and digital art competition
Corel Manipulated Photography and Digital Art Competition

The January winner of the Corel PSP XI software is Peter Ciccariello with his image ‘Bird in a basket’.

Peter Ciccariello image

“Bird in a basket” is a digital collage containing multiple layers of photographs. This image is a primal montage of fear and anxiety. The bird psyche has become invisible, camouflaged, taking on the patterns and soma of its predators.

This is an interesting image and a great demonstration of the merger of many images together.

Also of Peter’s are:

Peter Ciccariello image

” Language as authority” is a digital collage containing a number of photographs and fragments of text all merged with an underlying structure of geometric forms texture mapped with additional photographs and rendered in Bryce. Postwork is done in Photoshop and Painter. This image questions the authority that our language implies. Are words inside or outside of the body? At what point does fragmentation destroy meaning? What is the landscape of language?

and

Peter Ciccariello image

“Thought machine” is a digital collage containing a number of photographs and fragments of text rendered in Bryce. Postwork is done in Photoshop and Painter. This image questions the authority that our language implies. Are words inside or outside of the body? At what point does fragmentation destroy meaning? What is the landscape of language?

Other finalists were:

John Muzzio of New Mexico:

John Muzzio image

Sea Horses
I started with Sinedot filter to give multiple curves.  I made them symmetrical using a mirroring filter.  I added Flaming Pearl’s Aetherize and flood and used the symmetrical tool.  I added a stock sea horse image, duplicated and many layers to give final finish.

John Muzzio image

Hubble Space Telescope
i used a NASA photo of Mars, used Sinedots on the image, doubled the layer, expanded the image and combined using hard light , again Sinedots, Flaming Pearl’s Flood and Glitterato.

Estelle Soh of England:
Estelle Soh image

This is a digital photomanipulation, using my own digital photographs.
How I made it:
The base photo is of a spider in a pyrex dish, against a kitchen strip light. I cropped, level-adjusted and colourised it, then used a brush to blend it into the dark background. I then copied the layer and ran it through a fractal trace filter to get the effect in the lower left corner, and erased the excess fractalised layer. Finally, I added a faint watermark of another spider photo (incidentally, of the same spider as before), using the divide function of a layer. Everything was done in the GIMP.

Larry Hill of Nevada
Larry Hill Image

The trail through Haleakala Crater on Maui crosses the lip of one of several dormant volcanoes. This is a composite of three photographs taken with the Nikon D2x. After assembly, considerable Photoshop work brought out the colors of sulphur and iron, lights and darks, individual color saturation, and sharpness. One component was resized to fit,  and the whole was skewed to remove assembly artifacts.

Marcia Fasy of Oregon

Marcia Fasy image

This photo was taken of a cow being electrically milked. He suddenly raised his head and looked at me only inches away. I don’t know who was more surprised!

He was painted in Painter IX after being edited in Photoshop CS2. using highlights/shadows, levels, and sharpening

Laurie Thompson of New Orleans

Laurie Thompson image

Feeling Strained –
made in Photoshop from photos including dried mud, my kitchen strainer and a casserole dish. The strained effect was created in Photoshop.

Tim O’Neill

Tim O'Neill image

This image was shot in the studio with a 6×8 foot larson soffbox as the mainlight, a large larson reflector as the primary fill and a Larson strip light as a kicker.  Captured on a Nikon D200 at f8.  I did basic retouching in PS2 then flattened the image and opened it in painter. I wanted a low key renaissance look so so kept my added colors more muted and vignetting the edges as I painted. The final steps included several texture layers in different modes, a curves bump for contrast, increased saturation, and dodging and burning.

Mike Butler of Canada

Mike Butler image

Reclamation
This image was created by deconstructing photos of store fronts taken on a sunday morning. The images were reassembled to suit the artist’s fancy and softened with a number of Corel Paintshop Pro software filters, Corel Painter brush strokes, third party plugins and layering.

Mike Butler image

Sunday Morning Sidewalk
This image was created by deconstructing photos of store fronts taken on a sunday morning. The images were reassembled to suit the artist’s fancy and softened with a number of Corel Paintshop Pro software filters, Corel Painter brush strokes, third party plugins and layering.

Corel Most Creative Family Photo Competition January Winner

The results are in for the creative family photo competition for January.
Corel Most Creative Family Photo Competition

Results of the January Competition

Well we have a winner for January of the Corel Snapfire software: Ursula Freer of Santa Fe, New Mexico, with the work Galicia

Ursula Freer image

Galicia  (the place I was born, Poland then, Russia later, Ukraine now.)
This family photos is a composite of some ancient badly faded photos of my ancestors, their home and scans of old letters. Since the photos were beyond repair I decided to keep the frame, background and mushrooms (all reminiscent of the surroundings) similarly soft to they would work together.

This work struck everyone here as  a great way to present family photos in a very powerful way.

A runner up I want to feature is by Lindy Leslie-Bitterli of Sykesville, Maryland with her work 4th Birthday Lindy Leslie-Bitterli image

These are pictures of my little boy which I took with a digital Olympus camera on his 4th Birthday.
I took each photo, resized them by 50% and then using the FREEHAND SELECTION tool, feathered by 40, extracted the part of the photo I wanted to use. I created a blank transparent canvas, then copied each selection and pasted onto the new canvas. I also use the  ONE STEP NOISE REMOVAL tool to get rid of any graininess in the photos. I then applied a DROP SHADOW to each photo. I created a gradient, using the colors from the pictures, flood filled my background and then added a paper texture to the gradient background. I added his name, selecting a font that I thought was most suitable, an extra picture which I tubed (the snake) and lastly added a border.

It is a great way to combine images in a way kids and family will love. Well done.

Get your entries in for February.

MaxMax.com Digital Infrared Photography Competition January Winner

With much difficulty we have chosen the winner and runners up in the January competition.
Results of the January Competition

Some
very impressive photography was entered for this competition. In fact
this was the hardest competition we have had to judge, with so many
amazingly good entries.

The January Winner of the IR filter from MaxMax.com is David Twede’s great shot.

David Twede's winning image

For all the entries in January, visit the Infrared Photography January Competition Gallery. There were many other images that were very close to winning.

Entries are now coming in for February. Entry details are here.

MaxMax.com Digital Infrared Photography Competition December Winner

With much difficulty we have chosen the winner and runners up in the December competition.
MaxMax.com Digital Infrared Photography Competition

Results of the December Competition

Some very impressive photography was entered for this competition. In fact this was the hardest competition we have had to judge, with so many amazingly good entries.

The December Winner of the IR filter from MaxMax.com is Dan Newcomb’s great shot.
Dan Newcomb's winning infrared photograph

For all the entries in December, visit the Infrared Photography December Competition Gallery.  The other finalists who were VERY close to winning it were Bira Harbour,  China garden by cappaholic and Marsh, with many others that we would also have loved to give a prize to.

Entries are now coming in for January. Entry details are here.

CANON ANNOUNCES WINNER OF FIND YOUR SHOT ONLINE PHOTO COMPETITION

$25,000 Major Prize Awarded to ‘Lone Surfer’ Image
Press Release 
 
Canon is pleased to announce the winner of the Find Your Shot photo competition, Brad Liber, for his photograph titled ‘The Lone Surfer’. The contest, timed to celebrate the launch of Canon’s newest addition to the digital SLR range, the EOS 400D, was created to encourage Australians to experiment with photography and view the world differently through the images they capture.
 
Canon Prize Winner
“Lone Surfer” taken by: Brad Liber

With more than 23,000 entries and 43,000 online votes, the prize winning photograph stood out above the tens of thousands of other entries with its unique beauty. Throughout the eight weeks of the competition three winners were selected weekly – two by the online community as well as a wildcard pick. These 24 weekly winners were then eligible for the ‘Find Your Shot’ major prize.
 
The winning image was selected by the Find Your Shot judges – acclaimed athlete Matt Shirvington, travel expert Shelley Craft, Canon Australia Managing Director Mr Shuichi Tsukahara, and renowned photographer Tim Clayton – as best capturing the spirit of the ‘Find Your Shot’ contest. For his winning image, Brad receives an incredible once-in-a-lifetime trip worth $25,000, a personal travel consultant to help plan, and an in-depth workshop with professional photographer Tim Clayton in preparation for the trip.
 
With her entry, ‘The Rose’, Kate McNamara took out the Peoples Choice award. The people’s choice winner was chosen by the online community and will receive $5,000 towards a dream holiday.
 
“The competition has delivered exactly the result we hoped for; increasing interest in photography as well as encouraging consumers at all levels to get out there and be creative with photography,” noted Shannon Tweedie, Marketing Communications Manager for Canon Imaging Products Group.  “We are thrilled at the overwhelming amount of support and interest in the competition and that Canon has been able to encourage aspiring Australian photographers.”
 
The contest, launched on September 24 included an online photo gallery showcasing all the incredible images entered into the contest. In support of the competition Canon also created a web-based community and online forum that provided useful photography tips to aspiring photographers (canon.com.au/eos400d/tips3.aspx).
 
To view the competitions online gallery, please visit www.canon.com.au/findyourshot. For other Canon product information, please visit canon.com.au or contact directly on phone at 1800 021 167.
 
About Canon
Canon Australia is a leading provider of advanced, simple-to-use imaging solutions for businesses and consumers. Canon’s Australian R&D company, CISRA, develops customised solutions for local customers, and exports digital imaging technologies for use in Canon products worldwide. Canon has ranked among the top-three US patent recipients for the past 13 years, and had global revenues of around $US32 billion in 2005. Canon Australia also operates Canon Finance Australia, which offers one-stop shopping for customers wanting leasing or finance services. For more information, visit canon.com.au

$25,000 Major Prize Inspires More Than 20,000 Entries for the â

AUSTRALIAN’S PROVE THEIR PASSION FOR PHOTOGRAPHY AS CANON’S ONLINE PHOTO COMPETITION HEATS UP
Press Release
 
Canon’s new EOS 400D digital SLR camera makes creative photography easier than ever before. To celebrate the launch, Canon announced ‘Find Your Shot’, an online photo contest created to encourage Australians to experiment with photography and view the world differently through the images they capture.
 
On 24 September, Canon launched ‘Find Your Shot’ with a $25,000 major prize and has since generated an overwhelming response. With only two weeks of the competition left, 20,539 entries have been submitted. However it is not just the quantity of photos, the quality of entries has been more than impressive.  The ‘Find Your Shot’ photo gallery has become a showcase of incredible images that push the bounds of creativity and beauty. The competition site also includes a tutorial section to help photographers get the shots they want and discover what they need to be creative. 
 
The major prize for the ‘Find Your Shot’ contest is a dream holiday anywhere in the world valued up to $25,000. The finalist will also be assigned a personal travel consultant to help plan the trip and receive an in-depth photography workshop with professional photographer, Tim Clayton, to help the winner get the most out of their holiday shots. A celebrity panel of judges has been enlisted to determine the winner, including acclaimed athlete Matt Shirvington, travel expert Shelley Craft and renowned photographer Tim Clayton.
 
Each week the best photo as judged by the online ‘Find Your Shot’ community receives a Canon EOS 400D, or $1,500 worth of Canon products. Other opportunities to win include 500 instant cash prizes of $50 simply for registering, as well as the ‘People’s Choice’ award including an ultimate travel experience to a destination of choice valued at up to $5,000.
 
Canon created a web-based community and online forum to house the competition, providing useful photography tips (canon.com.au/eos400d/tips3.aspx).  Each week, new ideas and advice are posted to encourage amateur photographers to learn and experience creative photography.
 
The major prize winner will be announced on the 13 December 2006.
 
To view submitted images or for additional information regarding ‘Find Your Shot’, log on to the competition site at canon.com.au/findyourshot.  The competition closes midday 5 December 2006 and is a game of skill.  For other Canon product information, please visit canon.com.au or contact directly on phone at 1800 021 167.

 
About Canon
Canon Australia is a leading provider of advanced, simple-to-use imaging solutions for businesses and consumers. Canon’s Australian R&D company, CISRA, develops customised solutions for local customers, and exports digital imaging technologies for use in Canon products worldwide. Canon has ranked among the top-three US patent recipients for the past 13 years, and had global revenues of around $US32 billion in 2005. Canon Australia also operates Canon Finance Australia, which offers one-stop shopping for customers wanting leasing or finance services. For more information, visit canon.com.au