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, amateur to pro, 18+ worldwide. To see more details and to submit, go to:


“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

About PhoozL

PhoozL® ( 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.


2012 Summer Olympics GigaPan Competition

Bring your GigaPan EPIC to the 2012 Summer Olympics, shoot a gold medal gigapan and you could win!
2012 Summer Olympics Competition
Opens for Entries July 25!
Get ready to capture and create your own amazing gigapans of the action at the 2012 Summer Olympics. Don’t forget to bring along your GigaPan EPIC to London!

Upload your 2012 Summer Olympics images to between July 25 – August 20 to enter to win a $250 gift card to Adorama!

Registered members will vote by rating their favorite shots. The 10 top rated images will be named the GigaPan 2012 Summer Olympic Finalists. David Bergman, the photographer who captured world famous gigapan of President Obama’s Inaugural address, will choose the winner!

Enter as many times as you want – and rate as many images as you like.

The contest will be open for entries beginning July 25 through August 20, and voting from August 21st through September 18th. Finalists and the top winner will be announced on October 1st at

We can’t wait to explore what you capture and create!

Get inspired now – Check out these high-resolution GigaTag images of the Olympic Torch Relay.

Entrants must be a registered member of to enter, vote and win. Entrants must upload an image that is at least 50MB in size size that is public and viewable on Image must have a 2012 Summer Olympic theme, action or scene.

Registration, upload and viewing are all free. registered members many enter and vote on as many images as desired. The contest allows one rating per image per GigaPan registered member. launches LA Mobile Arts Festival in Santa Monica – August 18-26, 2012; Open Call for Entries: Deadline, July 15, 2012

Mobile art pioneers from around the world will show off their latest creations at the LA Mobile Arts Festival. The event will be Santa Monica Art Studios’ first-ever mobile arts exhibition showcasing nine days of mobile artistry from the heart of the West Coast’s contemporary art scene.

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Mobile art pioneers from around the world will show off their latest creations at the LA Mobile Arts Festival. The event will be Santa Monica Art Studios’ first-ever mobile arts exhibition showcasing nine days of mobile artistry from the heart of the West Coast’s contemporary art scene.

The Call for Entries is open from now to July 15, 2012. Submission and sponsorship details can be found on the LA-MAF website.

Santa Monica Art Studios is a major mecca for contemporary art and design in the Los Angeles area. This vast, historic airplane hangar was converted to a modern-day artists’ colony in 2003. Under its soaring roofline, artists of every persuasion come to share, create, and sell their works in studio and exhibition spaces.

LA Mobile Arts Festival 2012 will be a fusion of art and technology, exhibited in Arena 1 at SMAS – 2,400 sq. ft. of prime exhibition space that shows off cutting edge artworks from curators across the globe. Here, early aviation pioneers once roamed the hanger. What better place to champion today’s passionate iPhoneographers and mobile artists as this underground movement takes off worldwide. What better city than Los Angeles – home to a panoply of world class visual effects and digital artists, and to Silicone Beach, a new hub for iPhoneography and mobile art related tech developers.

“We welcome submissions for all the mobile arts—photography, sound- and video-based works, sculptural and performance art pieces,” said Daria Polichetti, co-founder of IPA. “We are thinking big – and encourage artists to investigate ways of going beyond traditional presentation methods. We are currently accepting proposals and will also be reaching out to artists with ideas for solo and collaborative installations. We are looking at new printing techniques, three-dimensional installations, environmental design and much more. Funds will be made available for the projects we are most excited about,” she said.

Some of’s award winning artists who will be taking part in this year’s festival can be seen on the2011 IPA Mobile Grant page. Best of all, many of the festival’s featured artists will be able to take advantage of IPA’s upcoming iPrints Store, enabling them to sell exhibit images as well as works from their larger portfolios, not just to the Los Angeles crowd, but around the globe. The iPrints Store is the beginning of an innovative and far-reaching sales platform for mobile artists. It is currently in beta testing, and will be launching soon.

New International Photo Competition Announced by Wind Industry

A chance to show wind energy as it has never been seen before

  • Winner to get €1,000 Amazon voucher and winning photo to become part of professional photography archive; five runners up get €250
  • Winning photos to be announced by Global Wind Day, 15 June 2012


A wind energy photo competition, open to all, was launched today. In the run-up to Global Wind Day on 15 June – the annual day promoting the power of the wind around the world – photographers are invited to let their imaginations take the lead and show wind energy technology in a new way, in line with the competition title, “Wind in Mind”.

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The six winners, who will receive a €1,000 Amazon voucher or one of five €250 vouchers, will be chosen by an expert jury and announced shortly after Global Wind Day. All the winning pictures will be displayed outdoors the EU area of Brussels.

The overall winning photo will also become part of an online professional photography collection,, and be published in renewable energy newspaper ‘Recharge‘ and in the European wind energy industry magazine Wind Directions.

“I can’t think of a better subject for a contemporary photo competition than wind energy,” said Julian Scola, Communication Director of the European Wind Energy Association (EWEA), organisers of the Global Wind Day alongside the Global Wind Energy Council (GWEC). “Wind turbines are an icon: symbols of the fight against climate change, of sustainability, of our modern age. While some people noisily oppose wind turbines there are many others who love them and find them a graceful addition to our landscape”.

Lauha Fried, Communications Director at GWEC, highlighted the global nature of the competition: “Wind power is an essential source of clean energy in over 80 countries today – we’d like to see photos taken from all around the world and encourage everyone to participate by sending us your best shots. A new feature for this year’s edition is the continental subcategory where a winner will be chosen for each continent”.

The competition is open until 6 May; for more information on the competition, on Global Wind Day, and to submit photos:

As in all competitions, check the terms and conditions carefully. The copyright section discussing the uses of the image is below:
– Entrants must be the photographer and owner of the copyright for any image entered.
– By entering the contest participants grant GWEC and EWEA a worldwide non-exclusive license to publish, reproduce, distribute and display the photos in their publications, on the website and through social media channels. Photos will not be used for commercial gain. The photos may be also used in marketing materials relating to the competition.
– By entering the contest participants grant all Global Wind Day partners (see website a non-exclusive license to reproduce, display and distribute the photos in their publications, on the website and through social media channels in connection only with Global Wind Day and clearly labeled as an entry to the 2012 Global Wind day Photo Competition.
– Photographers will always be credited alongside their image.

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.

Phoozl on Facebook a Photo Challenge

Phoozl Launches Unique “Alphabetography Photo Challenge” on Facebook

Photo games site 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:

OR… go directly to the Facebook Application:

(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 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 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.