Photo contest vs. mass consumerism

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A buddy of mine is running a photo contest with a cause. Dave is living with just 100 personal possessions in an effort to raise awareness of the problems caused by mass consumerism.

The 1st prize winner will receive $100 plus $100 donated to the Plant with Purpose Trees Fund in the winner’s name. All winning photographs will be printed, matted, and displayed in the lobby of Rohr Hall at Point Loma Nazarene University for two weeks in December.

The theme is: Challenging Stuff. Mass consumerism is a way of life. Photos should challenge assumptions about consumerism.

I’m one of the judges along with photographers Scott Bennet and Marcus Emerson. The contest is free to enter and helps a good cause. Please check it out.

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Competitions For You and Your Kids

If you’ve been making photography a family affair and you’re a competitive bunch check out these competitions which all feature categories for adults and under 18s:

Travel Photographer of the Year – Always has exceptionally high standards of work entered, this one is open to amateurs and professionals and features a special category for under 17s. This year they’ve created the “first shot” category to give less experienced amateurs a chance to compete against each other while the more experienced compete in the other categories. The entry fee for adults are from £10 to £15 per category and the Young TPOTY category is free. There are some awesome travel and photography equipment prizes up for grabs.

Environmental Photographer of the Year – Features four categories for any age (both amateur and pro photographers) and one specifically for under 21s. This one is free to enter and has the aim of raising awareness of our environment. There are no physical prizes but winning work will be published on the website and displayed in a roving exhibition.

National Wildlife Photo Contest

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Shell Wildlife Photographer of the Year

I mentioned the Travel Photographer of the Year in a previous post because it had some very deserving winners this year (it you haven’t already go look!). Well, now another fantastic UK-based competition is open for entries. The Shell Wildlife Photographer of the Year has thousands of pounds of cash up for grabs in fifteen different categories for adults and one category for under-17s. I made it through to the semi-finals last year and will definitely be trying again this year! To make it even easier you can enter digital images online or send prints by mail. The deadline is 31March 2008 for online submissions and 24March 2008 for entries by mail so get out there and find some wildlife!

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Nikon Small World: Excellence in Photography through the Microscope

Fly by Charles Krebs, 1st Place 2005The Nikon Small World competition is a showcase for the best photomicrography—photographs of tiny things through a microscope—on the planet. The winners for the 2007 competition have been chosen (but have not been announced). For the first time, Nikon is allowing visitors to see the top 100 entries and rate them. The photographs are surreal, otherworldly, and strikingly beautiful. Well worth a visit if you are interested in extreme macro photography.

For more about photomicrography (in case you want to enter the 2008 competition):

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Photodoto Grand Opening contest winners announced

There were over 180 high-quality entries in the Grand Opening contest. Thank you to everyone who participated. It was a pleasure going through the entries even though it was incredibly difficult to narrow it down to just three who would take home the prizes. The judges were looking for technical excellence, adherence to the theme, and visual impact (the ones that really caught their eye). But these three winners stood out with unanimous appeal. So, without any further delay:

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