Posts Tagged ‘National Geographic’

“Afghan Girl” Sells for $178,900

photo: Afghan Girl by Steve McCurry

At the National Geographic Society‘s an art auction Thursday, records were set for several artists and photographers, including Steve McCurry, whose haunting photograph “Afghan Girl” soared to three times the high estimate, selling for $178,900. Read the full story here.


Nikon Full Story Photo Contest Sends Winner on a National Geographic Traveler Expedition

photo: Nikon/National Geographic

If you enter one photo contest before the end of the year, let it be this. With The Full Story contest, Nikon and Nat Geo are soliciting shutterbugs to share stories that will make for great photo essays. To enter, they’re asking for one photo, accompanied by a >100 word paragraph about its meaning. They also want to see three additional photos, just to check out your photography chops.

The prizes, my friends, are more than worth the price of admission. (The price is free, but still.) Five first prize winners will be given Nikon D600 DSLRs with which to shoot their “full story” photo essays, and then one grand prize winner will be selected from among the five and sent on a National Geographic Expedition to the Galapagos Islands.

For more information, and to enter, visit the official contest page. Good luck!



Nikon Aspire Sweepstakes

Nikon and National Geographic have announced the Nikon Aspire Sweepstakes, which gives passionate photographers the chance to go on an exclusive photo excursion with one of National Geographic’s renowned professional photographers. One lucky photographer will receive a new Nikon D7000 camera, a private tutorial from a Nikon product specialist, and a photography excursion with a National Geographic professional photographer.You can enter once per day until January 26, 2011. 

Visit the official contest page for more information and to enter. Good luck!


2010 National Geographic Photo Contest

The 2010 National Geographic Photo Contest is open through the end of the month, and if you haven’t heard of it or already entered, below more information from NatGeo. They are offering some big prizes and exposure to one talented photographer!

National Geographic is calling photographers from around the world to participate in their 2010 Photo Contest! The talented winner will have their picture published in worldwide editions of National Geographic renowned magazine, receiving incredible exposure and global recognition. They will also win a trip to Washington D.C. to participate in the annual National Geographic Seminar in January, as well as a cash prize of $10,000 (USD).

No matter what your skill level, all entries are accepted across three categories: People, Places, and Nature. Each entry has a fee of $15, but there is no limit on the number of entries per entrant. Before the conclusion of the contest, online photo galleries featuring top submissions in each category will be updated weekly for web users to vote on for the selection of the Viewer’s Choice winner. Users can also download wallpapers and complete jigsaw puzzles from featured entries.

The competition ends November Tuesday, November 30th. The Grand prize winner as well as the winners from each category are chosen by a panel of experts. The judges will announce the global grand-prize winner in December 2010.

Visit the official contest page for more information.


Iconic Photographs

image via LIFE Magazine photo archive

Edith Shain, who was one of the subjects in the classic World War II photograph of a sailor kissing a nurse in Times Square in August 1945, has passed away at the age of 91 (via Reuters).  This news got us to thinking about how photographer Alfred Eisenstaedt’s  V-J Day photograph, featuring Shain, is truly one of the most iconic images in the history of photography. What other photos come to mind when you think of iconic shots? What about Steve McCurry’s “Afghan Girl,” which was published on the June 1985 cover of National Geographic? Perhaps The Beatles’ “Abbey Road” album cover image, taken by Iain Macmillan?

image via National Geographic 100 Best Pictures

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