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Canadian Rockies Photo Contest

Posted in eBooks, Good News, Monthly Photo Contest, TCBlog, VWBlog on July 14, 2011 by Darwin

How to Photograph the Canadian Rockies Photo Contest

Contest runs from July 15 – September 30, 2011

I am happy to announce a new photo contest to celebrate the glory of the Canadian Rockies and promote my new website How to Photograph the Canadian Rockies. Enter your best images of the Canadian Rockies. Any subject matter is acceptable (sports, wildlife, landscapes, macro, travel, or people) as long as the photo was taken within the Canadian Rockies (see this map for geographical boundaries of the Canadian Rockies). The contest is easy to enter and the prizes are great!

Prizes: The winning image will net the photographer a two night stay at eco-award winning Aurum Lodge, located 45 kilometres west of Nordegg, Alberta, Canada in the heart of the Bighorn Wildlands and situated overlooking Abraham Lake. The prize includes accommodations for one or two persons in a superior corner room and includes one evening meal, two breakfasts and taxes (value $400 CAD).

The winner also receives a 20-image personalized portfolio critique by me (Darwin Wiggett) presented as an interactive PDF (value $200 CAD).

To Enter: Simply go to How to Photograph the Canadian Rockies Flickr group, join the group and enter your favourite image taken in the Canadian Rockies. You may enter up to 10 images per week. If you are already part of the group, your images are automatically considered for the contest. Every Thursday I will pick my favourite entry from the Flickr group and post it on the How to Photograph the Canadian Rockies blog. The final winning image will be chosen from the weekly picks and awarded the prize on Thursday Oct. 6, 2011. Enter weekly, enter often – final deadline is September 30th at 11:59 MST.

Terms and Conditions: Only images of the Canadian Rockies are eligible (open to any photographer, anywhere in the world). All images must be the original work of the photographer. By posting on the How to Photograph the Canadian Rockies Flickr Group the photographer grants publication of images on the How To Photograph the Canadian Rockies blog. The photographer retains copyright and the only use granted by entering is posting of a weekly winner and the final winning image on the How to Photograph the Canadian Rockies blog. If you are already a member of the How to Photograph the Canadian Rockies Flickr group and do not wish your images to be eligible for the contest, you must withdraw your images from the Flickr group for the duration of the contest.

The prize of two nights’ accommodation to Aurum Lodge is available only during the off-season, from October 2011 to April, 2012, excluding public holidays.  Transportation to and from the Aurum Lodge is the responsibility of the winner.

Good luck!

©Darwin Wiggett - The deck at Aurum Lodge

Winners of the Visual Wilderness Canadian Landscape Contest

Posted in Art of Photography, Good News, Monthly Photo Contest with tags , , , , , on May 3, 2011 by Darwin

Drum roll please!

The winners of the Visual Wilderness Canadian Landscape Photo Contest have been announced! Head over to this post to read more about the winners, the prizes and the image as critiqued by Samantha and me. Thanks for all the great entries!

Reminder: Enter the Visual Wilderness Canadian Landscape Contest

Posted in Good News, Monthly Photo Contest, TCBlog with tags , , , , , , , , on April 28, 2011 by Darwin

Hi all, this is a reminder that if you have any photos of Canada to enter the contest over at Visual Wilderness by the end of April, 2011 for a chance at some great prizes! Below are the rules:

  • All contest entries must be posted no later than 11:59 PM EST April 30, 2011. One entry per person
  • All photographs should meet the theme: The Canadian Landscape. Photographs must have been taken within the country of Canada. You do not need to be a Canadian citizen to enter the contest but the photo must have been taken on Canadian soil.
  • The photographer should include a brief explanation of technique, the location and any relevant comments.
  • The winning photograph will be featured on the Visual Wilderness blog along with a few words from its maker. Three or four runners-up will also receive mention on the Visual Wilderness blog. Copyright belongs to the photographer but, by entering, the photographer consents to their image being posted on the VW blog if selected as one of the winning images.
  • The winner will receive the following prizes: Publication of the winning image in Outdoor Photography Canada Magazine. The winner will be published as a full page feature. A one-year subscription to Outdoor Photography Canada Magazine. Free enrollment in Samantha Chrysanthou’s Learning to “Speak” the Language of Visual Expression – a six week on-line photography course beginning September 1, 2011

Also be sure to enter Outdoor Photography Canada Magazine’s Spring Photo Contest as well – deadline May 31, 2011. You could win a new camera, lens and photo bag! Good luck.

©Darwin Wiggett - Digby Gut from Point Prim, Nova Scotia

Visual Wilderness Photo Contest – April 2011

Posted in Monthly Photo Contest, TCBlog with tags , , , , , , , , on March 31, 2011 by Darwin

The latest Visual Wilderness Photo Contest will begin April 1st, 2011. This month the theme is the Canadian Landscape. Photographs must have been taken within the country of Canada. You do not need to be a Canadian citizen to enter the contest but the photo must have been taken on Canadian soil.

The winner will receive the following prizes:

To enter just head on over to Visual Wilderness and click “Enter the Contest”

Good luck!

©Darwin Wiggett - Cape d'Or Lighthouse Nova Scotia, Canada

Visual Wilderness – The American Landscape Photo Contest Winners

Posted in Art of Photography, eBooks, Good News, Inspirations, Monthly Photo Contest with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on March 1, 2011 by Darwin

Check out the winners of this month’s photo contest over at Visual Wilderness on the theme of the American Landscape. I love the winning image!

Stay tuned for the next Visual Wilderness contest to begin April 1st (no fooling!) on the Canadian Landscape. There will be great prizes as always. And once you’re over at Visual Wilderness check out the new eBook by Jay and Varina: The Workflow Series: Mountains.

For my Alberta friends, stay warm, the deep freeze should end soon!

©Darwin Wiggett

Photo Contest Reminder

Posted in Good News, Monthly Photo Contest, TCBlog with tags , , , , , on February 26, 2011 by Darwin

Don’t forget to enter the Visual Wilderness Photo Contest themed American Landscape for a chance to win a four-part webinar by Jay and Varina Patel called Nature Photography and iHDR Workflow which includes sessions on Nature Photography: Equipment and Research, RAW Processing, Layers and Masks in Photoshop, and iHDR Workflow. Show us your best landscape photo from the good ole USA. Good luck, deadline is Feb. 28, 2011 at midnight Eastern standard time.

 

©Darwin Wiggett - Deadhorse Point, Utah

New eBook and Photo Contest over at Visual Wilderness

Posted in Art of Photography, Articles about Photography, Artistic Development, Books about Photography, eBooks, Good News, Image Processing and Software, Inspirations, Instruction, Monthly Photo Contest, TCBlog, Techniques, Webinars, Workshops and Seminars with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on February 1, 2011 by Darwin

Note: To see all future ebook releases, please visit us over at oopoomoo.com

Hey y’all, time to wander over to Visual Wilderness for two new offerings!  The first is Samantha’s new eBook, Foundations which is part of her new Mastering Composition and Design Series of eBooks. That means there are more eBooks on this topic coming in the future. This first book lays the foundations for those who have difficulty ‘seeing’ potential images while in the field. Personally, I think any visual artist needs to master the foundational skills in visualization; Samantha introduces you to the essential skills that underpin creative photography and all for just $4.95. Click on the photo below to learn more.

The Visual Wilderness team has just announced our next photo contest with the theme; American Landscape. So if you have a killer landscape image taken in the United States of America then head over to Visual Wilderness to enter. The prize? This month Jay and Varina Patel are giving away a four-part webinar: Nature Photography and iHDR Workflow worth $196 US greenbacks. These webinars have gotten rave reviews by all who take them. And for those of you who have no US landscape photos, no worries, in the following months we will be covering other geographical locales like Bahrain, Gabon, Laos, Mozambique and Uruguay.  😉

Your Best of 2010 Photo Contest Winner Announced!

Posted in Good News, Inspirations, Monthly Photo Contest, TCBlog with tags , , , , on January 1, 2011 by Darwin

Well the judging is completed over at Visual Wilderness and the winner of the Singh-Ray Vari-N-Trio filter is…

go here to find out!

Stay tuned for the next photo contest to be announced Feb. 1, 2011!

©Samantha Chrysanthou

Inspirations – Kevin McElheran

Posted in Art of Photography, Articles about Photography, eBooks, Inspirations, Instruction, Monthly Photo Contest, Techniques with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on December 29, 2010 by Darwin

Check out this awesome photo by Kevin McElheran of the recent eclipse. Kevin has been doing some amazing night photography and light-painting.  Go check out his night photography and light-painting gallery and see why I absolutely love his unique style and vision–you’ll be blown away! This is one guy to watch–he is taking night photography to the next level. Kevin always does really well in the photo contests hosted here and over at Visual Wilderness (hurry, deadline to enter is Dec 31 at midnight eastern time). If you want to learn the basics of light-painting go here. Below the photo is Kevin’s description of how he made the photo.

©Kevin McElheran

 

The Painful Stuff: It was stupid cold and I didn’t have gloves with me(!!) which equaled frozen fingers @ 15 seconds holding the remote cable. My eyes watered up, then my eye lashes froze into little icicles, which fogged up my glasses leaving me unable to see and fingers too far gone to wipe my glasses clean. After getting this shot, it was all I could do to grab the tripod and run blindly for the car which had the heater running…(my next problem).

Entering that nice hot climate of the interior of my car sent pain so terrible into my fingers I would have preferred slaming them in the car door so I just sat there, all alone, crying and whinning trying to believe it was worth it!

The Other Technical Info: 5dMII, 24 – 70 2.8, ISO 3200, 15 seconds, remote cable, full lunar eclipse.

 

Weekly Photo – December 24

Posted in Inspirations, Monthly Photo Contest, Techniques, Weekly Photo with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on December 23, 2010 by Darwin

On December 21, I was lucky enough to go out with my camera to be treated to both a stunning sunrise and a dramatic sunset. In the morning I grabbed the camera as I went out the door to walk the dog because the sky looked promising. I snapped the image below along the Bow River in Cochrane, Alberta (Canon Rebel T2i and the Sigma 8-16mm super wide at 8mm, 2 seconds at f11, ISO 100).

©Darwin Wiggett

Later that afternoon, I saw chinook clouds forming and guessed that a big sunset might happen. So I drove out to McDougall Church at Morley at sunset to be treated to a big under-lit chinook arch. How lucky! This image is a sky stitch of two images to make a big square ulta-wide image (Rebel T21, Sigma 8-16mm lens, f8).

 

©Darwin Wiggett

If you had a lucky day in 2010 and got an image you like head over to Visual Wilderness and enter our year-end photo contest for a chance to win a Singh-Ray Vari-N-Trio filter (deadline Dec, 31, 2010). Happy holidays to everyone!