May – June Contest: Distortion


To enter Focal Press’s May – June Photo Contest, please click here.

Theme: Distortion

This contest is co-sponsored by Lensbaby!

Inspired by the book: Lensbaby: Bending Your Perspective

Guest Judge – Corey Hilz


Grand Jury Winner:
Lensbaby Composer Pro with Double Glass
– A copy of the book Lensbaby: Bending your perspective, 2nd Edition
– $200 worth of Focal Press books of your choice!

Two Runner Ups
– A Focal Press book of your choice!

People’s Choice Winner
– $200 worth of Focal press books of your choice!

About Lensbaby:

Lensbaby is a Portland, Oregon based manufacturer of award-winning Creative Effects SLR and mirrorless camera lenses. Lensbaby lenses are the brainchild of Craig Strong, a professional photographer turned inventor who launched the Lensbaby company in 2004.

Learn more about the Lensbaby product family here. Get inspired by the work of accomplished Lensbaby shooters here.

To learn more about the Lensbaby Composer Pro with Double Glass, click here!

About the Book:

If you’ve ever wished you could learn about all of the creative possibilities the Lensbaby offers, this is the book for you! Seeing subjects with a new perspective is at the heart of the Lensbaby experience, and with the essential information found in this book, you’ll be able to take your creative exploration to the next level.

Written by Lensbaby Guru Corey Hilz, Lensbaby: Bending Your Perspective starts off with an overview of each lens in the Lensbaby suite. Then comes the fun stuff! Packed with tips on composition and techniques for capturing your best images, you’ll be immersed in the wonderful world of Lensbaby in no time. On nearly every page you’ll find a full color image created by a Lensbaby expert to inspire your own shooting. You’ll also find complete coverage of all of the Lensbaby accessories, from the Optic Swap System to a macro kit, creative aperture discs, and a super wide angle lens. With this gorgeous and practical book by your side, you’ll never see the world in the same way again.

Read an excerpt from Lensbaby: All That Blur…

Guest Judge: Corey Hilz

Corey Hilz focuses his photography on the natural world and has built his stock of photographs from travel and extensive exploration of local areas; believing some of the most interesting subjects are found close to home. Corey is a published author and his photos have been used in magazines, books, newspapers, calendars, brochures and catalogues. He gives lectures, teaches workshops and provides private instruction for those looking to focus their learning. In particular, Corey enjoys working with students in the field, so they may learn to improve their images as they create them.



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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