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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

Prizes:

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.

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THE 2014 FOCAL PRESS PHOTO CONTESTS:

About Focal Press’ New Photo Contest Platform:

For this year’s photo contests, Focal Press has partnered with Viewbug.com. Viewbug.com 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.

Prizes:

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.

Rules:

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 Focalpress.com website, our MasteringPhoto.com blog and our Facebook page. We will check with the winners for permission to use their photos in this capacity before posting.

Questions? Concerns? Comments?

Email sloane.stinson@taylorandfrancis.com

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Congratulations to our March – April Photo Contest Winners! The theme was “Capturing Light.”

Theme: Capturing Light
Inspired by the book: Capturing Light
Guest Judge: Michael Freeman

Read excerpts from Capturing Light:

Gray Light – The Beauty of Restraint

Capturing Light: Magic Hour – Magic Colors

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Comments from Michael:

“The way that judging usually goes in photo competitions is that you scan quickly through the selects, and almost immediately see the small group from which the winner will emerge. Although there’s a narrow band of maybes, it’s usually clear cut, and the uncertainties come in fighting it out with other judges! This competition, I have to say, was different. For once I don’t enjoy making a choice, because the overall level among the finalists is so high. I’m actually more concerned about disappointing the ones I do NOT pick, because they all deserve recognition. That said, it’s also a little unusual in that for the overall winner I agree with the People’s Choice of ‘The Perfect Gap @ North Curl Curl’. Simply outstanding. Much more than just camerawork went into achieving this shot.

For the two runners up, I’m choosing ‘Milky Way over the Italian Alps‘ and ‘Shining‘. Choosing between the star shots (all good) was difficult, and among the others I chose ‘Shining’ because, while the subject itself, if you simply described it, is not much—just a flower in morning dew, which has been done many times—the sheer enthusiasm evident in this image, and the explosion of light, pushed it high on my list.”

Click here to see all of the finalists!

Grand Jury and People’s Choice Winner

The Perfect Gap @ North Curl Curl
By TheFrothLab

Runner Up Winners

Milkyway over the Italian Alps
By Thomas Zagler

Shining
By Agnieska D

Thank you to everyone who entered!

Enter our May – June contest! Theme: Distortion. Enter for a chance to win $200 worth of Focal Press books and a Lensbaby Composer Pro!

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!

Prizes:

  • 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.

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THE 2014 FOCAL PRESS PHOTO CONTESTS:

About Focal Press’ New Photo Contest Platform:

For this year’s photo contests, Focal Press has partnered with Viewbug.com. Viewbug.com 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.

Prizes:

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.

Rules:

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 Focalpress.com website, our MasteringPhoto.com blog and our Facebook page. We will check with the winners for permission to use their photos in this capacity before posting.

Questions? Concerns? Comments?

Email sloane.stinson@taylorandfrancis.com

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Thank you to author Michael Freeman for acting as our guest judge for the July contest! The theme was “black & white photography,” sponsored by Michael’s book, Black and White Photography Field Guide



First Place: “Fishing” by Mithun Saha, Gangarampur, West Bengal, India

What Michael had to say:
It’s not just the excellent timing of this shot, but the way in which several image qualities mesh together to create an image which unusually has immediate impact and yet is worth lingering over. The boat is moving diagonally towards the camera, so from this high viewpoint there was only one chance for the shot. See also how the connection between the top of the net and the dark area of ripples top right initiates a long sweeping curve through the men, craft, pole and wake. And in the context of this month’s theme, this is an image that uses black and white purposefully: the contrast of silhouette and the surface texture of the water. Cropping is entirely justified here, holding the three points left, below and right.


Second Place: “Praying” by Guy Dahan, Sceaux, Ile de France, France

What Michael had to say:
Personally, I like ambiguity and uncertainty in pictures, and I don’t see enough of it these days. There’s a sly sense of humor at work here, and I certainly did a double-take when I saw it as a thumbnail. Images that start off as one thing, and take a short while to resolve themselves as something else will almost always get my vote. Beautifully processed, by the way, holding not just the texture of the pale hair but of the dark felt hat also, so it also qualifies nicely in the black-and-white department.


Third Place: “Vintage Shay #5” by Cynthia Sperko, Marietta, Pennsylvania, USA

What Michael had to say:
Irresistible! I’m not even a great fan of steam trains, even though I had an uncle who actually drove them in Yorkshire, but this captures so much that I can feel the appeal. The combination of billowing, tactile smoke from the stack and white steam from the whistle (they couldn’t have filled the upper part of the frame more), and their contrast with the sheen of machinery make this a thoroughly textural image in good black-and-white tradition. Well caught and framed too, even if it has, as I suspect, been cropped a bit to tighten it all up.

Thank you to everyone who entered!

Don’t forget to enter August’s contest!  Theme: Surreal Photography

Black&White

The brand new contest location for the Focal Press Monthly Photography Contest is now open!

Enter your image here: Focal Press Monthly Photography Contest

The theme for the July contest is “BLACK & WHITE PHOTOGRAPHY” sponsored by Black & White Photography Field Guide by Michael Freeman.

The popularity of black and white photography has never really waned, but with the rise and accessibility of post-production software making black and white photographs easier to achieve, the interest in this popular and challenging area has exploded. This month we are saluting photography’s roots with the theme black & white photography, sponsored by Michael Freeman’s Black and White Photography Field Guide.

Black and White Photography Field Guide: The essential guide to the art of creating black & white images by renowned photographer Michael Freeman, is a practical guide that fits in your camera bag and is packed with advice on lighting, shooting, conversion and post-production – know-how that no photographer and lover of black and white photos can afford to be without.

Michael Freeman, author of Black & White Photography Field Guide is our guest judge this month.

Michael Freeman is a renowned international photographer and writer who specializes in travel, architecture, and Asian art. He is particularly well known for his expertise in special effects. He has been a leading photographer for the Smithsonian magazine for many years, and has worked for Time-Life Books and Reader’s Digest. Michael is the author of more than 20 photographic books, including the hugely successful The Photographer’s Eye.

Click here for a full list of Michael Freeman’s books.

Black & White Photography Field Guide is available wherever fine books are sold or through your preferred online retailer!

First Place: Black & White Photography Field Guide and a Focal Photography book of choice**

Second Place: Black & White Photography Field Guide and a Focal Photography book of choice**

Third Place: Black & White Photography Field Guide

** Does not include Focal Encyclopedia of Photography

Questions? Concerns? Comments?

Email sloane.stinson@taylorandfrancis.com

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Thank you to author Michael Freeman for acting as our guest judge for the February contest! The theme was “street photography,” sponsored by Michael’s, The Photographer’s Story.

 

First Place Choice: “l’Inspecteur” by Alexandre da Veiga, Braintree, MA, USA

Inspector

What Michael had to say: Storytelling is notoriously difficult to carry off in a single image, so this was a real challenge. A single image needs a balance between obvious and obscure, but it does need to intrigue. One solution is to hint at something through expression, a suggestion that we might want to know more about what that person is thinking. This image, technically and visually very competent, does that for me.

 

Second Place Choice: “Alan with lung cancer” by Eleanor Leonne Bennett, High Disley, Cheshire, UK

Alan

What Michael had to say: Here’s a perfect case of a meaningful title (which I can’t extend to some of the others!), and interestingly the only submission of the three hundred plus that tackles a painful story head-on. The expression is caught, and there’s an ambivalent relationship with the companion. It’s just slightly let down by the too-heavy printing, but that could be improved by going back to the original raw file.

 

Third Place: “Cleaning the graffiti” by Apurva Madia, Ahmedabad, Gujarat, India

Graffitti

What Michael had to say: The story here is not really that someone is cleaning up vandalizing graffiti, but includes the idea that the series of photographs (we have to assume the girl here shot them) is of the street in which they are hung, so they are like a series of windows into the scene itself. It helps that the lighting is the same in the image and in the strip. Actually, I sometimes walk up this street to the Moroccan butchers.

 

Overall Comments:

I’m not sure that everyone had the storytelling theme in mind when they selected their entries. There were, for instance, a number of good, competent shots that would have done well in a travel-oriented competition, but what we were interested in was how a photographer can give a sense of a story. Some other images were, while again good in themselves, stories only in the photographer’s imagination — the skill is sharing that imagination with viewers.

Thank you to everyone who entered!

Photographers Story

The brand new contest location for the Focal Press Monthly Photography Contest is now open!

Enter your image here: Focal Press Monthly Photography Contest  

The theme for the February contest is “STREET PHOTOGRAPHY” sponsored by The Photographer’s Story by Michael Freeman.

Photography’s greatest success has been in storytelling, based on its unique ability to capture images from reality. In The Photographer’s Story, best-selling author Michael Freeman encourages and guides readers, using examples from his own experiences and assignments, and from the rich history of documentary photography, to find their own direction and themes, and ultimately capture stories of their own.  This month share with us the stories you have captured on the streets of your hometown.

Michael Freeman is a renowned international photographer and writer who specializes in travel, architecture, and Asian art. He is particularly well known for his expertise in special effects. He has been a leading photographer for the Smithsonian magazine for many years, and has worked for Time-Life Books and Reader’s Digest. Michael is the author of more than 20 photographic books, including the hugely successful The Photographer’s Eye.

The Photographer’s Story is now available wherever fine books are sold or through your preferred online retailer!

First Place: The Photographer’s Story and a Focal Photography book of choice*

Second Place: The Photographer’s Story and a Focal Photography book of choice**

Third Place: The Photographer’s Story

*Does not include Focal Encyclopedia of Photography
** Does not include Focal Encyclopedia of Photography and must be valued at $39.95 or less

Questions? Concerns? Comments?

Email sloane.stinson@taylorandfrancis.com


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