Photo Contest

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Theme:  Shadows

Co-sponsored by Macphun!  Win Focal Press books and Macphun Software!

Inspired by the book:

Rick Sammon’s Creative Visualization for Photographers
Composition, exposure, lighting, learning, experimenting, setting goals, motivation and more

Guest Judge – Rick Sammon

Prizes:

Grand Jury Winner:

–          A copy of the book Rick Sammon’s Creative Visualization for Photographers

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

–          Macphun Creative Kit Plus ($149 value)

Two Runner Ups

–          A copy of the book Rick Sammon’s Creative Visualization for Photographers

–          A Focal Press book of your choice!

People’s Choice Winner

–          A copy of the book Rick Sammon’s Creative Visualization for Photographers

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

–          Macphun Tonality Pro ($69 value)

About the Book:

The difference between seeing and looking is essential—much like the difference, in music, between hearing and listening. In Creative Visualization, master photographer, photo educator and photo instructor Rick Sammon presents his proven methodology for creative digital photography. His signature inspiring and motivating approach opens creative avenues for photographers in a variety of genres.

With easy-to-follow examples, Sammon shows you how simple changes—with visualization, composition, post-processing, and more—can mean the difference between a snapshot and a great shot. This book, illustrated with more than 300 of Rick’s photographs, includes invaluable information about exposure, composition, subject choice, lighting, mood, and depth.

Guest Judge: Rick Sammon

Award-winning photographer Rick Sammon is a man on a mission – a mission to make learning digital image-making fun, creative, exciting and reward. He has published 36 books (including seven children’s books), offers 11 iPad and iPhone apps, and has more than a dozen online classes. He is a regular columnist for Digital Photo and Adventure Collection.com. Rick hosts inspirational, photography and Photoshop shows on kelbytraining.com, and runs more than a dozen photography workshops and presentations around the world each year. Rick was named on of the best photographers by Squarespace.com and one of the best travel photographers by Chillisauce.com. He reaches his wide audience of photo enthusiasts through his blog, books, how-to videos, iPhone and iPad apps, the Digital Photo Experience podcast and an expanding following (almost a million total at the time of this publication) on social media. He also presents at Photoshop World. He is also a Canon Explorer of Light, a Westcott Top Pro Elite, Lexar Pro, and a x-rite Coloratti. Rick also plays guitar, bass guitar and keyboards, one of his great joys in life. See www.ricksammon.com for more information.

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THE 2015 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.

2015 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 Tracey Clark for acting as our guest judge for the January contest! The theme was “family,” sponsored by Tracey’s, Elevate the Everyday.

First Place Choice: “LOL” by Naomi Weiser, Efrat, Israel

LOL - First Place

What Tracey had to say: The perspective of this shot is what first captured my attention as it’s unique and unexpected in the most wonderful way. But, beyond that, I’m drawn to the expression of each member of the family here. Each one is expressing themselves a little bit differently; each personality seems to shine through. The overall feeling of joy here is infectious! This portrait of a family is not only visually compelling, it’s emotionally expressive which makes it a great shot and a perfect interpretation of the theme family.

 

Second Place Choice: “Linear Family” by Kate Reavill, Headington, Oxford, UK

Linear Family - Second Place

What Tracey had to say: What I’m drawn to first in this shot is the overall composition; the space, the strong diagonal lines, etc.  The perspective of the shot offers a unique window into the leisure time of this family giving us plenty of context and a sense of place. Overall the image evokes a feeling of nostalgia and exemplifies meaningful moments spent with family enjoying life’s simple pleasures.

 

Third Place: “Family” by Randy Riksen, Grand Haven, MI, USA

Family - 3rd Place

What Tracey had to say: This shot captures something that every parent can relate to; the mayhem and hilarity of what family life sometimes looks like. I’m drawn to and amused by the cast of characters here and the way that even in the absurdity of it all, you can feel the family’s connection and love for one another. Obviously this was a somewhat contrived moment at a family photo shoot, but I really appreciate that this shot feels like an authentic and loving moment caught in between the poses.

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

Festive Welcome

Thanks to authors Ellen and Josh Anon for acting as our guest judges for the December contest! The theme was “holiday,” sponsored by Ellen and Josh’s, See It: Photographic Composition Using Visual Intensity.

First Place Choice: “Festive Welcome” by Gerri Jones, Wilson, NY USA

What Ellen and Josh had to say: We think that the image was true to the Holiday theme and showed considerable ingenuity by creating star shaped specular highlights.  In addition the limited depth of field not only served to identify the subject clearly, it also helped to keep the visual intensity of the image within a pleasing range. Had the entire image been in sharp focus it would have been chaotic.

Second Place Choice: “Mystery in Blue” by Tatiana Loguinova, Antwerp, Belgium

What Ellen and Josh had to say: The wintery scene looks as though it would be at home on the front of a holiday card.  The limited color palate along with the vignetted edges balance the visual intensity of the delicate details of the snow icing on the tree branches creating an image we want to linger over.  The image has a very painterly and timeless feel to it.

Third Place: “Sunbath” by Tathagata Mukherjee, West Bangal, India

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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 August contest is “travel” sponsored by Focus On Travel Photography by Haje Jan Kamps, a professional photographer and freelance writer living in the UK — follow Haje on Twitter (@Photocritic) or check out his blog, www.photocritic.org. Haje has written all kinds of photography books, but this new addition to the Focal Press Focus On series has our hearts during this crazy summer travel season. The book offers a realistic and easy-to-follow approach to travel photography and covers the basics of photography in brief before throwing itself into the real essence of travel photography: landscapes, people, and capturing the spirit of your destination. Finally, Haje explores how you can download, edit, and distribute your photos while you’re on the move-all without being over-burdened with equipment. Available this September wherever fine books are sold or through your preferred online retailer!

First Place: Focus On Travel Photography and a Focal Photography book of choice*

Second Place: Focus On Travel Photography and a Focal Photography book of choice**

Third Place: Focus On Travel Photography

*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 Kate.Iannotti@taylorandfrancis.com


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