“Hope For Charity” © Didik suhartono, 2010 entry, Picture This: We Can End Poverty
The United Nations Development Programme, along with Olympus and the Agence France-Presse Foundation, have launched the second annual Picture This photo contest in Johannesburg, South Africa. Picture This: We Can End Poverty seeks to show the inspirational work that is being done in many countries to achieve the Millennium Development Goals, eight goals agreed on by world leaders to halve extreme poverty by 2015. The first, second and third place winners in each of the two categories—professional photo and amateur photo—will win an Olympus E-P2. The first prize winners and the People’s Choice winner will be flown to New York for an awards ceremony. The first prize winner in the professional category will also be eligible for a fellowship through The AFP Foundation. For more information, visit the official contest page.
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Canon has kicked off its annual Photography in the Parks Photo Contest, which invites photographers to “Visit a park [and] shoot what inspires you” for the chance to win a grand prize trip for two to a National or State Park as well as a Canon EOS 5D Mark II / EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM Kit and a PIXMA Pro9500 Mark II Printer. Click here to see the contest rules and to enter your photo. You can also learn more about the Canon in the Parks program of workshops, which DP has participated in in the past, here.
The Olympus PEN your story challenge opened for submissions this week, so what are you waiting for? Submit something to it! This contest is pretty unique—and really exciting—so rather than explain it myself, I invite you to visit the Olympus YouTube page to watch a video all about it. I will say that six finalists will get a new Olympus PEN E-PL1 and $5,000 to make their proposal a reality. And one grand prize winner “will also be given the chance to introduce themselves to the world, with an all-expense-paid trip to New York, where their work will be displayed live on a giant video board during the US Open.” Submissions close June 6th.
Energizer and National Geographic have teamed up again to present The 2010 Ultimate Photo Contest. The winning photo will be featured in an Energizer ad in the December 2010 issue of National Geographic magazine. More from Energizer below. Visit the official contest website to learn more and enter.
Energizer 2010 Ultimate Photo Contest
Do you have a winning shot? Send in your best photos—in categories like Animals/Wildlife, Travel, and Weather—for a chance to win a National Geographic Expeditions trip for two to Greece! The winning photo will also be featured in an Energizer ad in the December issue of National Geographic magazine.
This year, the Energizer Ultimate Photo Contest is all about you. Send in your photos, rate contest entries, see how your favorites are doing, and ask award-winning photographer and contest judge Jim Richardson your photography questions.
There’s no question about one thing: To get the best shot, you need the best equipment. That’s where Energizer comes in. Energizer® Ultimate Lithium AA and AAA batteries are the world’s longest lasting batteries in high-tech devices. They last up to eight times longer than Energizer® MAX® in digital cameras (results vary by camera), you can take your mind off your batteries and focus on capturing that winning photo.
© Paolo Pellegrin, Arts & Entertainment winner- Sony World Photography Awards 2010 / Magnum Photos for New York Times Magazine
Sony has announced the winners of the 2010 World Photography Awards. The gallery of winning images is full of stunning work and well worth checking out. Congrats to all the winners!
Sony World Photography Awards 2010 winners announced
• Professional category winners revealed
• Italian photographer Tommaso Ausili wins L’Iris d’Or
• Vitali Seitz wins Sony World Photography Awards Amateur Photographer of the Year
The L’Iris d’Or and professional category winners of the 2010 Sony World Photography Awards were announced today, Thursday 22 April, at the Sony World Photography Awards Ceremony at the Palais des Festivals in Cannes, France.
The 12 professional winners spanned categories as diverse as fashion, architecture, current affairs and sport and were revealed alongside the Sony World Photography Awards Amateur Photographer of the Year as part of the World Photography Festival.
Chosen by the 2010 Honorary Judging Committee, comprising 12 World Photographic Academy members, the professional category winners are:
Photojournalism and Documentary
• Walter Astrada (Argentina) for Current Affairs
• Scott Barbour (New Zealand) for Sport
• Tommaso Ausili (Italy) for Contemporary Issues
• Paolo Pellegrin (Italy) for Arts and Entertainment
• Martin Brent (United Kingdom) for Advertising
• David Handley (United Kingdom) for Fashion
• Mohammad Golchin (Iran) for Music
• Philipp Lohöefener (Germany)for Architecture
• Tommaso Bonaventura (Italy) for Portraiture
• Renhui Zhao (Singapore) for Conceptual and Constructed
• Pere Pascual (Spain) for Natural History
• Peter Franck (Germany) for Landscape
On behalf of the Honorary Judging Committee Aidan Sullivan commented, “It has been an honour to be part of the judging of this years awards. Being able to view the remarkable work and spend time with such eminent colleagues was a real delight. The judging process was one of both pleasure, in seeing such a high calibre of work, and of pain in that the standard made reaching our decisions difficult and I would like to congratulate all of the winners across all of the categories.”
The prestigious L’Iris d’Or/Sony World Photography Awards Photographer of the Year award was awarded to Tommaso Ausili. The Italian photographer’s evocative series of photographs in the Cotemporary Issues category, entitled “The Hidden Death”, is an insightful depiction of an assembly line at an abattoir. Ausili was awarded a $25,000 cash prize plus Sony digital SLR camera equipment and he joins previous L’Iris d’Or winners David Zimmerman and Vanessa Winship as a member of the World Photographic Academy.
Tommaso Ausili said at the ceremony: “I’m very glad to receive this award. Since I started this series on the death of animals, I have felt an enormous sense of guilt, and this prize goes some way to repay that debt. Thanks to the Sony World Photography Awards for honouring my work with this prize.”
Photographer Vitali Seitz was announced as the 2010 Sony World Amateur Photographer of the Year at the ceremony. Based in Munich, but originally from Siberia, Vitali’s image entitled “Hauskonzert: Home concert” was taken at an informal concert as part of a family birthday and also won the amateur Music category. In addition to his title Vitali picked up a $5,000 cash prize and Sony digital SLR camera equipment.
All the winning and shortlisted images of the 2010 awards are on display until 27 April as part of the World Photography Festival in Cannes. The images will then be showcased in the Sony World Photography Awards Global Tour exhibition which will tour around the world throughout 2010 and 2011.
The final presentation of the evening went to celebrated American photojournalist Eve Arnold. Presented the day after her 98th birthday, the Lifetime Achievement Award was collected by her grandson Michael Arnold. Eve’s 50 year career has captured some of history’s most memorable figures from Malcolm X to Marilyn Monroe and was the first female photographer to be taken on by Magnum. A retrospective of Eve’s work, curated by Zelda Cheatle, is currently on display in Cannes as part of the World Photography Festival.
Astrid Merget, Creative Director of the World Photography Organisation, said: “The quality of work submitted by this year’s professional photographers was remarkable. Narrowing down so many impressive selections to just 36 finalists was a feat worthy of a very distinguished jury like ours to undertake. We are all thrilled with the results and honoured to have such talented photographers participate in our awards programme.”
Yoshiyuki Nogami, Vice President of Digital Imaging at Sony Europe, said: “We are once again honoured to support this unique competition which celebrates the power of photography. This year’s contest has produced an inspired showcase of phenomenal photographic talent and we congratulate all these deserving winners.”
All the winning professional and amateur images can be viewed at www.worldphotographyawards.org