March – April Contest: Capturing Light

Capturing Light

To enter Focal Press’s March – April Photo Contest, please click here.

The theme is “Capturing Light.”  The guest judge is Michael Freeman, author of the book Capturing Light.

Theme: Capturing Light

Inspired by the book: Capturing Light: The Heart of Photography

This contest is co-sponsored by creativeLIVE, so the prizes are bigger and better than ever!


  • Grand Jury Winner – wins a copy of Capturing Light, $200 worth of Focal Press books of the winner’s choice and $200 creativeLIVE credit.
  • Two Runners Up – wins a copy of Capturing Light, one Focal Press book of your choice and $50 off any creativeLIVE purchase.
  • People’s Choice – wins a copy of Capturing Light and $200 worth of Focal Press books of the winner’s choice!

About creativeLIVE:

creativeLIVE empowers you to unleash your potential by bringing the world’s greatest experts directly to you, live. Featuring workshops in photography, video, design, business, audio, music, and crafting, creativeLIVE makes dynamic education accessible to everyone.

About the Book:

In almost all photography it’s the quality of light that makes or breaks the shot. For professional photographers, chasing the light, waiting for it, sometimes helping it, and finally capturing it is a constant preoccupation — and for some an obsession. Drawing on four decades of doing just this, Michael Freeman, acclaimed International photographer and author takes a simple but practical approach to reacting to, and capturing photography’s most important commodity.

Read an excerpt from Capturing Light: Magic Hour – Magic Colors

Guest Judge: Michael Freeman

Michael Freeman is a renowned international photographer who specializes in travel, architecture and Asian art. Freeman has released a total of 135 books selling more than 4 million copies. His professional shooting ranges from reportage to architecture and special effects. Hallmarked by a 30-year collaboration with Smithsonian magazine, Freeman is a veteran professional editorial photographer working for major international publications.

Click here for a list of Michael Freeman’s books.
Michael Freeman’s books are available outside of the US and Canada through Ilex Press.



About Focal Press’ New Photo Contest Platform:

For this year’s photo contests, Focal Press has partnered with is a beautiful platform and it is very easy to use, as you will see!

ViewBug is an online photo contest community that provides the opportunity for photographers to share photos with chances to win prizes. With ViewBug, everyone can get an opportunity to be discovered. Unlike other photography competitions, ViewBug makes the photography contests fun and social by providing prizes by the best brands in the industry and including the most influential photographers as judges. Participants can also help judges select winners with a social media voting tool. ViewBug provides a slick profile to showcase your photos and different memberships to accommodate any type of photographer.

2014 Photo Contest Structure:

• This year there will be 6 contests

• Each contest will run for 8 weeks

• Entries can be uploaded during the first 6 weeks of the contest window

• During the last 2 weeks of the contest window, the  contest will be open for voting.


The prizes are bigger and better than ever!  Check to see what the prizes are for each contest.

For each contest there will be:

• A Grand Prize Winner and 2 Runner Up Winners that will be chosen by our Guest Judge.

• A People’s Choice Winner for the photo with the most votes.

Winners will be announced within 10 days of the contest closing.


Photos: Share your best shot that fits the contest’s theme. Be creative and original!

Limit: 3 entries per participant

Participation: You must own all legal rights to submitted photos

Photo Format: Color, Black and White, edited formats are accepted

Copyright: You maintain the rights to all of your submissions

Judging: The contest winner will be selected based on the creativity, originality and quality of the photo in accordance to the contest’s theme.

Promotion:  Focal Press would like to use the winning photos to promote the contests on our website, our blog and our Facebook page. We will check with the winners for permission to use their photos in this capacity before posting.

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