Archive for January 2010

27 Jan, 2010 | Posted by: photosource

NOTE: Its up to you if you want to enter any of the contests we list on this page. Its well known that some photo contest sponsors ask for free commercial use of the winning entries (or sometimes all of the entries!). You dont have to guess who the winner of that contest is. Dont give up any of your rights. If your photo is good enough to win a national contest, its good enough to earn many dollars for you in the future. So, enter photo contests keeping this in mind.

* Adorama just launched a contest for photos
taken with your iPhone, and, though the contest is a little specialized, the prizes are spectacular. One $1,000 Adorama Gift Certificate ($1000.00), Ten Wacom Tablets ($129.95), Fifteen Canon Wireless Printers ($129.95), Thirty $100 Adorama Gift Certificates ($100.00) and Twenty-Five $50 Apple App Store Gift Cards ($50.00). Photos must be taken using an iPhone and only iPhone apps can be used in editing. Deadline for entries is 7:00 PM PST on Feb 16, 2010. For more details:

* Next we have a Business Card Photo Contest that runs through to Thursday, March 18, 2010. It’s based in Great Britain, but seems to be open to anyone worldwide. Grand Prize wins a choice of £1000 or a Canon EOS digital SLR camera and 500 free business cards. Second Place wins £100 and 250 free business cards. And the first 15 contestants to submit their photos will get 200 free business cards. For terms and conditions see:

* As of September 2009 Leica Camera AG announced the world’s first digital rangefinder camera with a full-frame 24 x 36mm sensor. As the world’s smallest full-frame system camera, the LEICA M9 continues the long heritage of the Leica rangefinder system, and unites more than 50 years of continuous technical improvements to the M System with cutting-edge digital technology. You’d love one, wouldn’t you? If only you could afford one, right? No problem! Win one in Leica’s Oskar Barnack Award and the Leica Oskar Barnack Newcomer Award contest which are open for entries until 15 March. The award is given by an international jury “to photographers whose unerring powers of observation capture and express the relationship between man and the environment in the most graphic form in a sequence of a minimum of 10 up to a maximum of 12 images”. The winner of the Leica Oskar Barnack Award will receive 5,000 euros or, alternatively, Leica camera equipment to the same value. Also, the Newcomers Award is open to all (prospective) pros who are aged 25 years and under. The winner of the Newcomer Award will receive 2,500 euros. For details see:

* New Images of Age and Aging
What circumstances and opportunities do we hope for in old age? Do we have models from today’s perspective to go by? How do we imagine our lives from 65 on? How can the potential of the “old” in society be meaningfully utilized? Submitted photos should deal with civil or personal conceptions and ideas of aging. We cordially invite all photographers regardless of age, whether professional, amateur, artist, student, or hobbyist, to participate. The Joint Academy Initiative on Aging – German National Academy of Sciences Leopoldina and German Academy of Science and Engineering acatech is sponsoring a photo contest focussing on New Images of Age and Aging with a deadline of March 12, 2010. The three winning pictures will be awarded € 500 (winner), € 300 (second), € 200 (third). The English version of the rules are at the bottom of the page. For more information see:

-Jim McCue

20 Jan, 2010 | Posted by: photosource

NOTE: It’s up to you if you want to enter any of the contests we list on this page. It’s well known that some photo contest sponsors ask for free commercial use of the winning entries (or sometimes all of the entries!). You don’t have to guess who the winner of that contest is. Don’t give up any of your rights. If your photo is good enough to win a national contest, it’s good enough to earn many dollars for you in the future. So, enter photo contests keeping this in mind.

* Have you been thinking of learning more about HDR photography? Here’s a contest that could inspire you as well as win you some help with the project. But before you look, this is not for the full-time pros among us. You have to be an amateur photographer—essentially not claiming photography as your main profession, which should leave it open to many. The ThirstyPhoto Group (and their Facebook App) was created with a few simple goals : To create a fun way to get your photography out there and critiqued by other users. To have enough contributors that marketing folks at big companies with stuff to sell - will give it away to their contests for free. To showcase Contest winners who deserve our continued praise for their excellent work. Their current contest, which is open until February 26, has a great bunch of prizes: A copy of Adobe Photoshop CS4, a copy of Adobe Lightroom 2, two copies of Photomatix Pro, a copy of The HDRI Handbook: High Dynamic Range Imaging for Photographers and CG Artists and a copy of Complete Guide to High Dynamic Range Digital Photography. Go join The ThirstyPhoto Group on Facebook to find out more about it.

* Photographers and photojournalists have until March 1 to submit their photos to a contest in Medellín, Colombia, that will focus on labor and the environment. The competition aims to highlight labor and social conditions in Latin America from the perspective of photographers, according to the organizer, Escuela Nacional Sindical (ENS). Works may be submitted in four categories: women workers, children workers, men workers, and migrant workers. The winner of each category will receive a cash prize of US$1,300. Among the requirements: photos must be digital and sent via e-mail as a JPG file; and each photo must include a title and a 100-word description. The widest side of the image must measure 800 pixels. For more information go to:

* The Worldwide Photography Gala Awards ( WPGA) is sponsoring a juried competition for students and recent graduates of photography, fine art and design attending institutes, colleges, schools and universities worldwide: The Nadar Award for Students. Students from art-related schools and faculties such as architecture, as well as students from other careers, who are amateur photographers (i.e. members of photographic associations and photo clubs) may also qualify to submit images to The Nadar Award. The deadline for submissions has been extended to February 28th. There are several categories: - Portrait, People and Figure.
- Documentary, Editorial and Current Affairs
- Digital enhanced and alternative processes
- Fine Art
- Citiscapes and Architecture
- Landscape and Nature
The Best of Show winner will earn a free attendance to one of the Santa Fe Photographic Workshops, including round trip, lodging and tuition. The winner and Reid Callanan will choose together the workshop which best fits for the student. The winner will also receive a cash prize of 1,000 US$. Nadar Award Second and Third prize will also be awarded. Second Prize Winners will receive a cash prize of 600 US$ and Third Prize a cash prize of 40 0 US$. The winners in each category will receive cash prizes 300 US$ each.
For more details:

* If I understand this one correctly, you submit up to 4 of your best “Glamour” photos through from now to February 12 and folks vote on which ones they like best. But then Naomi Campbell chooses which photographer she wants to have shoot a project under her direction with a model chosen also by her for Glamour magazine. This one could be amazing, or…
Check it out at:

* Here is a contest for all U.S. and international freelance, amateur and professional photographers and students, 18 to 35 years of age. Applicants may apply as individuals, or as collaborators. The Hearst 8x10 Photography Biennial is a competition to identify and promote new and emerging talent among photographers in the United States and abroad. Eight (8) winners, chosen every other year, will have selected works showcased in an exhibition under the title, "8x10" in the Alexey Brodovitch Gallery and the Hearst Gallery at Hearst Tower in New York City and will be published in the accompanying "8x10" catalog and on and All entries must be emailed before May 31, 2010. For more details see:

* And from our Friends Over There: The Royal Photographic Society invites amateur and professional photographers worldwide to submit their work for consideration for The Society’s 153rd International Print Exhibition. There is a reduced entry fee for Society members, and entries from photographers under 25 years of age are also encouraged, with a reduced entry fee and eligibility for individual awards.
Great prizes:
• 1 Gold Society Medal and a prize of £2,000
• 2 Silver Society Medals and prizes of £1,000 each
• 3 Bronze Society Medals and prizes of £500 each

• RPS/Allen & Overy international award of £750 on the theme ‘Cities of the World’
(an individual interpretation of global cities), this award reflecting the international nature
of The Society
• RPS/Allen & Overy award of £750 on the theme ‘Industry and Commerce’ (looking at the oil/gas/energy/banking or legal sector for dynamic visual interpretations of the
world of industry and commerce)
• Under 25 - Gold Society Medal and a prize of an Olympus PEN Camera
( for the best image by an entrant under 25 years of age.
Deadline for entries is Monday 29 March 2010.
For more info go to:

* In case you missed this one before, here’s a contest that should appeal to many PhotoLetter readers. Frommer’s, the travel guidebook company, is awarding the winner of its first Cover Photo Contest the photo credit of a lifetime—placement of the winning photo on the cover of a forthcoming travel guide—and $5,000. Four second-place winners will receive a prize pack containing three Frommer’s Day by Day travel guides and a selection of Frommer’s Lug travel accessories, worth more than $300. Deadline for entries is March 31st. Contestants can visit to enter the contest and upload their best travel photos.
Jim McCue