November – December Contest: Capturing the Moment

To enter Focal Press’s November – December Photo Contest, please click here.

Theme:  Capturing the Moment

Inspired by the book: Capturing the Moment

Guest Judge – Michael Freeman


Grand Jury Winner:

–          A copy of the book Capturing the Moment

–          $200 worth of Focal Press books of your choice!

Two Runner Ups

–          A copy of the book Capturing the Moment

–          A Focal Press book of your choice!

People’s Choice Winner

–          A copy of the book Capturing the Moment

–          $200 worth of Focal press books of your choice!

About the Book:

Capturing the Moment is about a gesture, an expression, a ball in the net, a whale breaching, like Marilyn Monroe’s skirt flying up or Alfred Eisenstaedt’s image of a kiss between a soldier and nurse in Times Square. Moments in all forms are the true core of photography, and this book will explain how to anticipate them, recognise them, choose them, and capture them, through the eyes and wisdom of award-winning, international photographer and celebrated author Michael Freeman.

READ AN EXCERPT: Capturing the Moment – 3 Styles of Camerawork: The Fireman

Guest Judge: Michael Freeman

Michael Freeman is a renowned international photographer with over 40 years of experience shooting for a vast number of editorial clients, notably the Smithsonian magazine, Time-Life Books and National Geographic. He has over 100 books published around the world, with over three million in print, including the best-selling The Photographer’s Eye. For his educational work, he was awarded the Prix Louis Philippe Clerc by the French Ministry of Culture, and he is also responsible for the distance-learning courses on photography at the UK’s Open College of the Arts.



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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