My Sydney now photo competition

Show us ‘your Sydney’ for the chance to win one of four Nikon digital camera packagesrnEntries now open until Friday 15 February 2008
Press Release

The Museum of Sydney and Nikon Australia are giving budding photographers the chance to capture their Sydney moments and win one of four Nikon digital camera packages valued at $5000 as part of the new photography exhibition Sydney now: new Australian photojournalism.

Sydney now curator Inara Walden says ‘Whether you live in Sydney or are just visiting, we want to see what’s going on in your Sydney right now.’

‘We’re looking for photos that capture what this city means to you. Your photo might show your favourite place or people, it could portray a lifestyle or capture a quiet moment from everyday life – anything that has meaning for you in terms of the way you experience Sydney today.

‘Traditionally when we think of photojournalism, we think of pictures made in other places, but today a new generation of photojournalists is placing the same emphasis on documenting what’s happening right here in our own society. This is the challenge of the competition – to capture the energy, diversity and wonder found in Sydney’s everyday lived experience. It may even be found in your own backyard,’ says Walden.

Visit to enter and then upload your photo that captures a slice of Sydney life to the Flickr website by Friday 15 February 2008.

Three winning entries will be selected from 20 finalists on Wednesday 20 February 2008 by Sydney now curator Inara Walden, award-winning Sydney Morning Herald photographer Dean Sewell and Craig Gillespie from Nikon Australia. The public will also be able to vote on the winning entries through the online exhibition at

The prize winning photographs will be displayed at the Museum of Sydney between Saturday 23 February and Sunday 27 April 2008, with all 20 finalists featured in a digital display alongside the Sydney now exhibition.

Enter My Sydney now for the chance to win one of the following prizes:
*    First prize – D80 Digital SLR with 18-135mm + 70-300mm lenses (rrp $2299) AND a COOLPIX S51 Blue 8.1MP compact digital camera (rrp $399)
*    Second prize – D40x Digital SLR with 18-55mm + 55-200mm lenses (rrp $1399)
*    Third prize – D40 + 18-55mm lens (rrp $899)
*    Finalists – the remaining 17 finalists will receive a copy of the Sydney Now book with over 100 images by 24 photographers featured in the exhibition (rrp $45)

Visit to enter the My Sydney now competition and view the terms and conditions

Proudly sponsored by The Sydney Morning Herald and Nikon Australia Pty Ltd

Win a Camera Bag a Day till December 15

ThinkTank Photo have a big giveaway happening of camera bags to suit all your camera gear.
From November 16 through December 15 ThinkTank Photo are giving away one of their camera bags every day in the “Bag A Day” drawing. 

The lucky winners can select from any of the bags available at  [Note: the only bag not eligible as a prize is the Airport Security roller.]  There is no purchase necessary and you need to enter only once.  If their name isn’t drawn on one day, it is still eligible to be drawn on subsequent days. 

To enter, all you need to do is go to 

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.

ThinkTank Photo June Competition Winner and Finalists – Long Exposure Landscape

We are pleased to show the finalists and the winner in the long exposure landscape photography competition.
The June 2007 Long Exposure Landscape Photography Competition is the first in twelve monthly photography contests where the prize is provided by Thinktank Photo, the fairly new and very innovative camera bag company.

The June competition had a relatively small number of entrants but all were quality ones. In the end it came down to choosing between the images of two photographers.

We are pleased to announce that the winning entry is by Gloria Wilson with her entry Harvesting.

Gloria Wilson photography

This image struck us as beautiful, inventive and clever. We also loved Gloria’s other two images.

We also feel we should acknowledge that a very close second was by Manu Schnetzler, called California Coast.

To view all the finalists in the long exposure landscape photography competition, follow this link.

Congratulations to everyone, and especially Gloria.

Lensbaby Sponsored Selective Blur Photography Competition Winner and Finalists

An amazingly difficult competition to judge has been finally decided.
The Lensbaby selective blur competition proved to be very difficult indeed to judge. Not only was there a large quantity of amazingly good work, but when it came to judging it we discovered there were enough different things to look for in blur images that the judges started off all looking for different things. Eventually we sorted this out and got down to a half dozen great images. One image stood out from these.

The winning entry is Tuscan Summer by C. David Tobie. This struck us as not only a very effective use of blur but also one in which the blur has assisted in making an iconic image. Congratulations to David,


You can view all the finalists in the Lensbaby Competition here.
This link will take you off of the DIMi site to a photo gallery where you can explore all the finalists individually or through a slideshow.

Epson Australian Landscape Photography Competition Winner

With huge difficulty we award the Epson 1410 printer to a single winner.
Results for the Australian Landscape Photography Competition

This was a hugely difficult competition to judge. All the people we consulted had the same experience, they found it reasonable easy to get it down to four or five finalists (always the same ones) but then it was hard to choose between them because all were great images and all were strong in various ways.

In the end, everyone agreed that it came down to one image. So we award the prize of an Epson 1410 printer to Tony Dimmock of Melbourne for his image Passing Storm 2, shot at Lake Mungo. The judges felt it was a strong and dramatic image, showing patience to get the sky and lighting right, even though the sky and landscape were shot at different times. For those who don’t know, Lake Mungo is not easy to get to and has some significance beyond the amazing landscape for being the site of some of the oldest Aboriginal remains found in Australia.

Tony Dimmock Photography

You can view all the finalists in the Epson Australian Landscape Photography Competition Gallery Digital Infrared Photography Competition February Winner and Grand Prize Winner Announcement

With amazing difficulty we have chosen the winning entry in February and also the Grand Prize winner of the camera conversion by
Results of the February Competition

With great difficult we have chosen the February winner on the IR filter from

The February Winner of the IR filter from is Mitch Dobrowner of California.
February winner

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

The Grand Prize winner of a camera conversion by is also Mitch Dobrowner of California for this stunning image.

Mitch’s image was chosen as the grand prize winner because it is not only a stunning image and tackles unusual subject matter for IR, but also because it makes great use of the often seen limitation of an unconverted digital camera for IR, long exposures.

An extremely well done to Mitch, the other monthly winners and to all the finalists whose work has been shown over the three months of the competition. With so much great creativity out there, DIMi will be looking to organise another IR competition as soon as possible.

Power Retouche Fine Photography Competition January Winner

Some great entries in this photography competition.
Results of the January Competition

The January Winner of the Power Retouche software is Darren Livingston of Virginia, USA.

David Livingston photography
Photo was taken at a military funeral at Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington VA, USA.  I used a Canon 1D DSLR with a 70-200 zoom lens.

Judges’ comments: A great image. Perfect timing and placement. Good lighting emphasis. Very strong.

David Livingston photography
Infrared portrait of my son using 20mm f2.8 lens on Canon camera.

Finalists were:

Peter Ciccariello

Peter Ciccariello photography

“The Gold Watch”

A study in contrast, literal and metaphorical. Taken with a Nikon D80, available light, no post work.

Steve Dunn

Steve Dunn photography

After an hour of trying to get a decent sunset I headed home and looked out the window and noticed a storm coming. I headed back down and got this shot.
It was shot at BULB with the shutter held open for 2 minutes at f4.5 and ISO100

Jack MacDonald

Jack MacDonald photography

Quickdraw contest – digital telephoto.

Redrawn, smudged, textured and blurred.  Used Photoshop CS2.

John Stevenson

John Stevenson photography

John Stevenson photography

They are part of a series – “truly scene” – which I’ve worked on recently (mostly in the middle of the night ….).  They pay a sort of modern-day photographic homage to the botanical artists of renown from the 18th and 19th centuries.  (Both entries here use some of the Power Retouche plug-ins.)  My renderings are in this instance are built from scanograms

Our thanks to Power Retouche for the prizes and to all the entrants.