Otherworldly photography winners

National Geographic announced the winners of its 2014 Traveler’s Photo Competition. There are lots of great shots, of course — but some are more striking than others as they appear rather otherworldly, even though no special effects are involved.

volcano swing

“This photo, taken at the ‘end of the world’ swing in Banos, Ecuador, captures a man on the swing overlooking an erupting Mt. Tungurahua,” Nat Geo writes. “The eruption took place on February 1st, 2014. Minutes after the photo was taken, we had to evacuate the area because of an incoming ash cloud.” (click to see the full res!)

The i09 site spotlights some of the best scifi-like shots here.

The main winners page is here.


Contest: CEA and Eye-Fi seek shots

The Consumer Electronics Association has partnered wireless storage card maker Eye-Fi for its fourth annual digital photo contest — and will award the grand prize winner a Canon EOS Rebel T3i and an Eye-Fi wireless SD memory card.

All photo entries will be displayed at the LVH in the PMA@CES exhibits.

Entrants can submit one photo in each of four categories: people, travel, pets and cell phone shots. Contestants can enter photos here, at CE.org/BestShots.

The winner will be announced January 11, 2013, at CES.

Four top prices, one per category, include compact cameras from Nikon, Sony, Panasonic, and Fujifilm.


Wikipedia holds “World’s largest photo contest”


Thousands of volunteers in more than 30 countries will upload photos of historic sites throughout the month, Wikipedia says, making hundreds of thousands of photos available under a free license on its image database.

Billed as the world’s largest photo contest, “Wiki Loves Monuments 2012” runs from September 1st through 30th.

In last year’s contest, the organization adds, 5,000 photographers from 18 European countries uploaded more than 168,000 photos.

This year’s contest will have significantly greater participation, Wikipedia says, including the United States and many non-European countries for the first time. Volunteers organize the contest in each country. The winning photos from national contests will be considered by an international jury in late October. The international jury will announce the top-ten international photos and the overall best picture winner in early December.

“There are millions of historically and culturally significant monuments and buildings around the world, though most of them still have no freely-available images on the Internet,” one of the contest founders says. “Wiki Loves Monuments is an important way for volunteers around the world to showcase the cultural heritage in their countries and share these images with everyone through Wikipedia.”

More information is here and here.


Adobe Lightroom sponsors Trip to Tahiti photo contest

Adobe is asking you to enter your best travel photos in its “Around the World with Adobe Photoshop Lightroom” contest, for a chance to win a photo expedition to Thailand with photographer Steve McCurry.

Just submit a photo on the Facebook contest page, “and then join a rapidly growing community of Lightroom users who take amazing photos,” Adobe says.

The entry period ends August 23.

The contest is here on Facebook.


Sony Photography Awards opens for entries

The 2013 Sony World Photography Awards, organized by the World Photography Organization, are open for entries.

“Each year the Sony World Photography Awards uncover and celebrate the very best in international contemporary photography,” the WPO says. The contest is free to enter, and is judged by leading figures of the photography community. The competitions close on 4 January 2013. The winner will be presented with $25,000. More than 430,000 photographs from 178 countries have been submitted already.

Categories include:

• Professional competition for serious photographers

• Open competition for amateurs and enthusiasts

• Student Focus for higher education photography students aged 18-28

• Youth competition for photographers under 20

• Moving Image Award

• 3D Award

More information is here.

Learn sports photography from a pro

Enjoy photographing sports? The winner of a new photo contest from Western Digital will learn from Sports Illustrated photographer Peter Read Miller.

The winning photographer will attend the Sports Photography Workshop in Denver, Colorado from April 9-15 — and receive round-trip airfare, hotel, and ground transportation as well.

More information is here.


Win an Australian Outback Photo Safari

An Australian Photo Safari in August with AIPP Grand Masters of Photography photographers Tony Hewitt and Peter Eastway is the Grand Prize package in a sweepstakes offered by a group of imaging industry companies.

“There are few experiences that match sunrise or sunset at Uluru, the amazing rock that stands in the heart of Australia’s Red Centre, Eastway says. “Surrounded by the myths and legends of the Aboriginal Dreamtime, there is something very special about this remote area, as well as the other areas we will discover on our Adventure in Oz.”

The Adventures in OZ photo safari sweepstakes ends March 1, 2012, with two Grand Prize drawings. Contestants can enter the sweepstakes online at www.safarisweepstakes.com.

The Grand Prize packages, one of which will be awarded to a student and one to a non-student, are valued at approximately $12,000.

The contest is offered by Nik Software, Academic Superstore, Adorama, Animoto, Bay Photo Lab, Datacolor, GNP Frame, Hahnemühle, WPPI, and Zenfolio.

Sigma contest promises plentiful gear


Sigma “wants to check some photography gear off your wish list this holiday season.”

The camera lens and accessory developer kicked off a “Dear Sigma” contest on Monday.

Photographers are invited to Sigma’s Facebook page through Dec. 16.

Participants will draft a “Dear Sigma” letter describing what Sigma products they’re dreaming of this holiday season.

The winner will receive his or her wished-for Sigma products totaling up to $2,500 of the manufacturer’s suggested retail price.

More information is here.


Google offers Photography Prize

Saying “great art deserves great exposure,” Google teamed with Saatchi Gallery, London for the Google Photography Prize, a chance for students around the world to showcase their photos on Google+ and have their work exhibited at a major art institution.

The contest is open to university students around the world.
Ten finalists chosen by a jury of renowned photographers will show their work at Saatchi Gallery, London for two months in 2012.
One winner will go on a “once-in-a-lifetime trip to an amazing destination with a professional photography coach,” Google says.
There are 10 categories. Submissions are due by January 31, 2012.

See google.com/photographyprize for more details.

American Eagle Outfitters launches back-to-school photo contest

American Eagle Outfitters, Pittsburgh, Pa., is launching a social media photo campaign for back-to-school. “AE BestShot” enables customers to upload photos of themselves wearing AE denim. Ten grand prize winners will receive $3,000 and a spot in a future AE photo shoot. Two hundred winners will receive $100 AE gift cards and their photo featured on AE’s 25-story LED screen outside its flagship store in Times Square.

Customers can participate in the contest on the company’s contest site or by clicking the “AE BestShot” tab on the American Eagle Outfitters Facebook fan page. There is also an “AE BestShot” app for iPhone and Android devices. Winners are selected by customer votes on Facebook or Twitter each week through Aug. 16, and customers can submit as many photos as they want. Weekly winners become finalists for the grand prizes. Grand prize winners will be announced on Aug. 25.