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.
© Peter McBride, courtesy National Geographic Books
The new book “National Geographic: Ultimate Guide to Travel Photography” recently came across my desk, and I have to say I am impressed with how much helpful information author Scott S. Stuckey has packed into the pint-sized edition. It’s ripe with tips that wouuld be relevant to both pros and those just getting started in the field. Most of the tips even translate to amateur photographers who just want to get the most out of a travel experience, even if they don’t plan to sell their photos afterward. Some of my favorite tips are below. The book is available at the National Geographic online store.
Show Respect and Honest Appreciation
“‘To be a great photojournalist,’ says Justin Guariglia, ‘you have to love people, to care about the culture you’re shooting. Your sincerity and respect will help you to understand what you’re trying to photograph—and will be obvious to the locals. As you absorb the culture, you become part of it. And that is reflected in your photography.’” (pg. 56) Image © Catherine Karnow, courtesy National Geographic Books.
Shoot Verticals Too
“Landscapes are wide and horizontal, but don’t forget to shoot vertical compositions of them. Professional photographers shooting for magazines know that many, if not most, of the pictures that get published will be verticals, filling one page or less than a page. Horizontal images covering two full pages —the coveted ‘double truck’—are the exception rather than the rule.” (pg. 133) Image © Jim Richardson, courtesy National Geographic Books.