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.