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Sigma Canada’s Join and Win Contest

Posted in Good News, Monthly Photo Contest, Photography Gear, TCBlog with tags , , , , , , , on October 18, 2010 by Darwin

Gentec International proudly announces its new Sigma Canada website showcasing the lenses, cameras, filters and accessories from Sigma, the world’s leading independent lens manufacturer. The new website will become a comprehensive resource for Sigma in Canada. The goal of the new website is to provide photographers with all the latest Sigma news and product information, plus a wealth of reference charts, photos, videos, and more. By joining the site, Sigma enthusiasts will receive product updates, promos and advance information as they are announced. In addition to joining the site, photographers can also upload their photos taken with Sigma lenses and cameras. The Sigma User Gallery is an ideal forum for photographers to share their best images with others in the Sigma Canada community, as well as with other photographers visiting the site.

To celebrate the launch of the new Sigma site, Gentec is offering a chance to win a fantastic photo prize package. Anyone who joins the Sigma website or posts photos to the Sigma User Gallery by December 15th, 2010 will be eligible to win (the winner will be randomly chosen and notified by January 15th, 2011 by Gentec International). The prize package, valued at $1000, includes a Sigma 18-250mm F3.5-6.3 DC OS lens, a Gary Fong Lightsphere® Collapsible flash diffuser, a Black Rapid RS-4 camera strap, and a Roots TRZ40 DSLR system backpack. Contest open only to Canadian residents.

Not Canadian?? Not to worry Gentec has given me a 20mm prime lens (in the lens mount of your choice) to give away to any winning photographer anywhere in the world (Martians need not apply!). Just head over to Visual Wilderness to enter. The contest theme is Visually Wild and we have some great entries already. Deadline Oct 31, 2010.

Visual Wilderness

Posted in Articles about Photography, Books about Photography, eBooks, Good News, Monthly Photo Contest, Photography Gear, TCBlog, Workshops and Seminars with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on September 27, 2010 by Darwin

I am happy to announce that today I am a proud co-founder of a new website called Visual Wilderness. Along with photographers Jay Patel, Varina Patel and Samantha Chrysanthou we are happy to create a web environment for  learning about nature and outdoor photography. At Visual Wilderness you can learn by downloading our instructional eBooks, by participating in our seminars, workshops, and webinars, by reading our informative blog and also by interacting on our forum.

As part of our launch we are excited to offer an online photo contest with a great prize, a Sigma 20mm f1.8 EX DG ASP RF lens. The Sigma 20mm is a fast, wide-angle prime designed for full frame and APS-c size sensors. This lens is a unique Sigma offering with an aperture of F1.8 making it the fastest super wide angle lens available from any camera or lens manufacturer. For the scenic or landscape photographer it’s important to have a wide angle lens with excellent optical performance and Sigma’s aspherical lens technology provides high quality images for the serious shooter. Sigma’s 20mm lens has a field of view of 94.5º and yet provides for a close focusing lens-to-subject distance of only 2.6 inches. Such performance parameters provide great creative freedom to the photographer who wishes to exploit its capabilities for juxtaposing very near subjects with the surrounding background. This extreme wide angle view also makes this lens ideal for creating “stitched” panoramic scenes for dramatic effect. The architectural photographer will find this lens attractive for shooting building interiors and the photojournalists will find its fast speed a life saver in low light conditions.This Sigma lens is available in Canon, Nikon, Pentax, or Sony mounts.

We would like to thank Gentec International for supplying us with this great prize. For more information about Sigma lenses, visit www.SigmaCanada.ca. Deadline to enter the contest is October 31, 2010. For complete rules go here.

Finally, for readers of this blog I am offering a 20% discount code on the following two eBooks. We think these two offerings are critical for photographers to master and we have made aperture and shutter speed choice as easy as 1,2, 3! Check these eBooks out; you’ll finally understand how to pick the right aperture and shutter speed for creative photography. The discount code is niwrad (that’s Darwin backwards) and it is valid until 11:59 PM (EST) on September 30th, 2010. Just click on the eBook photos below to learn more. We want to help you become a better photographer and over the course of the next few months we will have lots of new goodies designed to make learning fun and effective. Give us a quick look, drop by and say hi and let us know what you would like to see from us.

Travel Photo Contest – The Winners

Posted in Good News, Inspirations, Monthly Photo Contest, TCBlog with tags , , , , , , , , , on August 16, 2010 by Darwin

I have managed to get back from the wilds of the Yukon into Whitehorse for a night in a hotel and have access to the internet so I can finally post the results of the photo contest. So it is with great pleasure that I share with you the winners of the LLTL Travel Photo Contest for June – August 2010. Below are the comments from my guest judge David duChemin:

Wow, what a hard task. First, I need to tell you I am uncomfortable with the idea of judging art, or even competing as artists. I don’t think art is something you can – or should – win at. It’s about expression, not about comparison. That said, there’s merit in putting our work out there and seeing if it resonates. Still, I think our work stands or falls on its own and so this was particularily hard for me. The images I’ve chosen are:

Sudipto Das

First Place – Sudipto Das’ wonderful image of Holi celebrations in India. I love the colour, the gesture, the extreme point of view on this. The timing is perfect and the composition is different from other images I’ve seen of this celebration. Beautiful photograph, Sudipto!

Sam Gellman

Second Place – Sam Gellman’s image of villagers at dawn in Burma. I love the mood of this image, and the incredible tonal depth. I can almost smell the morning fires and hear the rustling noises of a village awakening. I feel like I’m there and that’s not an easy feeling to recreate in someone.

Ilya Genkin

Third Place – Ilya Genkin’s image of the Broken Hill Sculpture Park in Australia. Beautiful light, great composition, makes me want to pack my bags and head for Oz.

1st Place Prize:

Sigma 8-16mm f4,5-5.6 DC HSM LENS thanks to Gentec International for this great prize! A Complete Collection of Craft and Vision E-books (all the e-Books in the Craft and Vision catalog!). Thanks to David duChemin for this prize! A copy of my book How to Photograph the Canadian Rockies

Second Place Prize:

The winner of second place gets a $100 Canadian Blurb Gift Card from Blurb Books

Third Place Prize:

The winner of third place gets a copy of my book Dances With Light and my undying appreciation (this last thing is worth a lot!).

Travel Photo Contest – Tom Nevesely

Posted in Monthly Photo Contest with tags , , , , , , on July 24, 2010 by Darwin

Tom Nevesely

©Tom Nevesely

Shot in Cairo, Egypt in April 2008

While on a trip through Egypt, we stopped for lunch at a nice outdoor restaurant in Cairo. Near the entrance sat this girl holding a goat. She had the most incredible smile that I just had to get take her photo (with her permission first, of course). I rarely photograph people so was a different experience for me.

Travel Photography Photo Contest

Posted in Good News, Inspirations, Monthly Photo Contest with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on May 29, 2010 by Darwin

June – August 2010 LLTL Travel Photography Photo Contest

Theme – Travel Photography

For the second LLTL photo contest of 2010 the theme is Travel Photography. Anyone can enter from any country with photographs from any where in the world. Send in your photographs showing landscapes, cityscapes, people, wildlife, culture or anything you encountered in your travels near or far. This is pretty much an open competition for anything you have photographed while traveling out and about.

Judge – David duChemin

David duChemin is a world renowned travel photographer, author and photographic educator who has a popular blog and fantastic website. If you do not know who David is check out his links… he is one of my constant inspirations! I am thrilled that he has agreed to judge this photo contest. Equally thrilling is that David has offered readers of this blog a 20% discount when you buy 5 or more instructional e-Books from his Craft and Vision Store. These e-books are only $5 each and are packed full of great information. With the discount you’ll get 5 for the price of 4. Cool eh? To get your discount just use this code – CDNLAND20. Click on the link below to order your e-books.

Click here to visit PixelatedImage.com – David duChemin.

Deadline

Entries will be accepted from June 1 to August 1, 2010. Final deadline is August 1 at midnight MST

How to Enter

This contest is free to enter. Send me a JPEG 400 pixels wide in the horizontal dimension (don’t worry what the vertical pixel dimension is) and set your colour space to sRGB. Please include a link to your website and a direct link to a larger version of the photo if you have one. Also you need to include a short paragraph about the photo either about how you took the image, or why the image resonates with you, or what you are trying to express to the viewer. Also please include the location of where the image was shot. It does not matter when you took the image, with what media, only that you are the artist who took the photo and that the photo is yours in ownership. This contest is open to any one, anywhere in the world, of any nationality.

Send entries to wiggett@telusplanet.net – please only one entry per person. The photo will be displayed on this blog with appropriate credit and a link back to each artist’s website (be sure to include your website info!). No other use of the image will be made by me or the contest sponsors without the artist’s prior permission. The posting photographer retains all rights to thier image implicit or implied. This ain’t no rights grabbing photo contest, I’ll just display your photo here as outlined above. I do reserve the right to cancel the contest and/or prizes without prior notice (what if someone dies and can’t provide their prize or I get abducted by bald-guy loving aliens?). You just never know. I also reserve the right to decline to display any photo I deem offensive or inappropriate (please no travel photos from the Red Light district!).

Prizes

Winning Image

The image judged best overall nets the photographer the following great prizes:

1. Sigma 8-16mm f4,5-5.6 DC HSM LENS

This is the first ultra wide zoom lens with a minimum focal length of 8mm, designed specifically for APS-C size image sensors. It has an equivalent angle of view of a 12-24mm lens when used on digital camera with an APS-C size image sensor. HSM ensures quiet and high speed AF as well as full-time manual focus capability. The lens has a minimum focusing distance of 9.4 inches throughout the entire zoom range which allows photographers to emphasize the subject by creating exaggerated perspectives. This lens has a compact construction with an overall length of 4.2 inches and a maximum diameter of 2.9 inches and is perfect for shooting landscape photography, architecture, building interiors, photojournalism, wedding photography, group pictures and travel photography. List price about  $1200 Canadian. Sponsored by Gentec International.

Sigma 8-16mm lens

2. The photographer also gets A Complete Collection of Craft and Vision E-books (all the e-Books in the Craft and Vision catalog!). Thanks to David duChemin for this great prize!

3. A copy of my book How to Photograph the Canadian Rockies

Second Place Image

The winner of second place gets a $100 Canadian Blurb Gift Card. As many of you know I use Blurb to make special edition books for gifts and portfolio presentation – here is a link to my Blurb Books. I am super happy with the quality of the books especially if you follow Blurb’s color-managed workflow and use premium quality paper. If you ever want a publication quality book of your own photography, I highly recommend Blurb which now has a dedicated Canadian printer and shipper. Blurb is offering reader’s of this blog a $10.00 discount on any Blurb book you make – to redeem just use this code below:

DWP25 (offer valid between 2010-05-25 and 2010-07-30. Promotion only valid for books created by the customer)

Third Place Prize

The winner of third place gets a copy of my book Dances With Light and my undying appreciation (this last thing is worth a lot!).

Good Luck to all!

The Canadian Landscape Contest – Tom Keller

Posted in Monthly Photo Contest with tags , , , , , , , , on March 27, 2010 by Darwin

Tom Keller

©Tom Keller

Cascade Lakes, Opabin Plateau, Yoho National Park, October 2009.

A light snow had fallen overnight and temperatures had dropped low enough to form a thin layer of ice on the higher lakes. I like how here an open pool creates a natural mirror and helps capture the reflection of the Wiwaxiy peaks and the golden Larches in this pastel image.

Canadian Geographic Magazine Photo Contest Rights Grab?

Posted in Controversy, Ethics, Magazines, Rants, Sad News with tags , , , , , , on March 7, 2010 by Darwin

Canadian Geographic Magazine and Parks Canada have organized a photo contest entitled: Heritage Treasures of Parks Canada Photography Contest with three categories: Nature in Parks Canada, National Historic Sites, and Visitors at Parks Canada. The grand prize is a $3000 VIA Rail gift card and a Discovery National Pass to Canadian National Parks and Heritage Sites. The deadline is October 29, 2010.

The two paragraphs below are directly cut and pasted from Canadian Geographic’s Rules and Regulations page for this contest:

Publication

Winners of the grand prize, the top three prizes in each category and a special mention in the “Nature in Parks Canada” category will have their photo and name published in a future edition of Canadian Geographic, on the Canadian Geographic Photo Club Web site (photoclub.canadiangeographic.ca) and on the Parks Canada Web site (pc.gc.ca). The participant who wins the special mention for the International Year of Biodiversity in 2010 in the “Nature in Parks Canada” category will also have his or her photo and name published on Canada’s official Web site for the International Year of Biodiversity. Canadian Geographic and the Parks Canada Agency reserve the non-exclusive right to publish any entry and/or use any entry in promotional material. The participant is responsible for releasing copyright to the photo, and this copyright release must be available if the photo wins. All photos will be credited to the author’s name.

Copyright Notice

With respect to any photo entered in this contest, you, or the copyright holder for these photos, retain the copyright. By uploading or entering a photo in the contest, you grant (or certify that the photo’s copyright holder expressly grants) Canadian Geographic Enterprises, the Parks Canada Agency and its affiliated groups a world-wide, royalty-free, irrevocable and non-exclusive right and license to use, copy, adapt, transmit, communicate, publish, publicly display and distribute, as well as create and distribute compilations and derivative works or merchandise from any such submitted photos to promote the contest or any resulting public display. You further grant the Parks Canada Agency the right to archive the submitted photos and to use them as part of educational or business activities. You represent and warrant that you have the right to grant the license set out above.

Here is my perspective and opinion about the rules and regulations:

First, the issue of copyright is totally unclear. In paragraph one, we have Canadian Geographic telling us that “The participant is responsible for releasing copyright to the photo, and this copyright release must be available if the photo wins”. I read this as meaning that Canadian Geographic expects participants and especially winners will hand over their copyright to Canadian Geographic. But then in paragraph two, Canadian Geographic tells us; “With respect to any photo entered in this contest, you, or the copyright holder for these photos, retain the copyright”. Which one is it? Does the photographer retain copyright or not? Or is it only the contest winners who give up copyright? At the very least I think Canadian Geographic should rewrite the rules so we clearly know who retains copyright.

The issue of who owns copyright is huge. I am not a lawyer, but in my 25 years as a photographer, if I gave up copyright, I gave up ownership of my photo. While Canadian Geographic may credit you with taking the photo, the rules do not seem to require this in all the uses they may make of your photo. And, in my experience, if you transfer copyright they can do whatever they want with your photo without your permission. Technically, you no longer have any rights to the photo. You can’t sell it, print it, display it etc. without first getting permission from Canadian Geographic. Giving up copyright to your photos is like handing over your kids for adoption. Are the prizes worth giving up copyright? Only you can decide. For me, I would not enter this contest if I had to give up copyright.

Secondly, this line in paragraph two really worries me: “By uploading or entering a photo in the contest, you grant (or certify that the photo’s copyright holder expressly grants) Canadian Geographic Enterprises, the Parks Canada Agency and its affiliated groups a world-wide, royalty-free, irrevocable and non-exclusive right and license to use, copy, adapt, transmit, communicate, publish, publicly display and distribute, as well as create and distribute compilations and derivative works or merchandise from any such submitted photos to promote the contest or any resulting public display.” So even if the photographer still holds the copyright, simply by entering the competition Canadian Geographic, Parks Canada and affiliated groups (who knows how many) essentially have license to do what they wish with your photos. It might seem that such promotion is only in regard to the photo contest but when I see the word merchandise I get nervous. Does this mean Canadian Geographic can make a t-shirt with your photo and sell that t-shirt to promote future photo contests? If so, you will not see a dime of the proceeds. Maybe this was not Canadian Geographic’s intent but they still have the rights if they wanted to go this route.

If granting a royalty-free right to promote the contest does not worry you, then this line might make you pause: “You further grant the Parks Canada Agency the right to archive the submitted photos and to use them as part of educational or business activities.” To me this means Parks Canada can use your images in any way they want from educational slide shows and web information to actually using your photos in advertisements without any recompense or credit to the photographer. They can even license your photos for a fee to anyone without you ever getting a residual royalty. You might as well just put your photo entries on a disc and hand them over to Parks Canada to use as they wish because, in my experience, by entering the Canadian Geographic contest that is what you are effectively doing.

So… if you plan to enter this contest, be aware of what you may be giving up. I would also suggest anyone who is not happy with the terms of the competition or the clarity of the rules should write to Canadian Geographic with their concerns. More and more I see photo contests essentially taking all rights from the photographers and often entrants naively still enter because they don’t read or understand the rules. Part of the problem in this case is that the rights you are giving up are not clearly spelled out. Go here to email Canadian Geographic your concerns.

For an example of more a photographer friendly competition check out Nature’s Best Magazine’s Rules and Guidelines.

For another example of a rights grab contest see Bob Krist’s entry here

The Canadian Landscape Contest – Jonathan Huyer

Posted in Monthly Photo Contest with tags , , , , , , , , , on January 24, 2010 by Darwin

Jonathan Huyer

©Jonathan Huyer

 

I went to Castle Junction in Banff at sunrise in December, hoping to bag a classic trophy shot of Castle Mountain bathed in the alpenglow that lasts for just a few minutes. But since it was partly cloudy, the shot didn’t pan out. Turning around to go home, I set my eyes upon a magnificent sunrise over the Bow River. I quickly assessed the scene, making post holes in the deep snow as I tried various positions. I liked this composition the best, as the soft domes of snow on the rocks added to the already immensely peaceful nature of the area. I leveled the camera, adjusted the 2-stop graduated ND filter, and fired away just as the reflection on the river reached a maximum. I had time for only a few shots before the show was over, which is just as well because by that time my fingers were completely frozen in the -21 degree weather. A couple of days later I went back and got my trophy shot of Castle Mountain, but this photo will always resonate with me because it was the surprise view that was waiting for me, right behind my back.

2009 Year End Photo Contest – Winners

Posted in Monthly Photo Contest with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on January 17, 2010 by Darwin

Thanks to everyone who entered the LLTL year end contest. As always the images were totally inspiring!

To see all the entries click here:

I do not envy Mark Wainer, our judge of the competition, he had the difficult task of picking a winning image! So… drum roll, please, the winners are:

Eleanor Marsh  – 1st Place

Mark commented  on Eleanor’s work:

“We may sometimes believe that someone else was lucky to capture a landscape with beautiful or dramatic lighting, but this image proves the adage that the harder you work the more fortunate you become. The photographer had to endure wet and cold conditions for many hours in order to have a brief moment of dramatic lighting and smooth water. The composition is inviting with a great recreation of the landscape’s depth and its many layers.”

©Eleanor Marsh

For her win Eleanor will recieve a 17×20 print of her choice from Mark Wainer, and a 12×18 inch print of her choice from me

Michael Bohlander – 2nd Place

Mark commented on Michael’s work:

“This photograph is well composed in beautiful, subtle colors with great depth and interest from the foreground to the sky. The photographer used his craft to recreate a scene from two different times in a way that could not be perceived without photography.” 

©Michael Bohlander

Andrew Kulin

Mark commented on Andrew’s work:

“This photograph reveals a well composed street scene with dramatic lighting and many elements to attract the viewer’s interest. Many people would walk right through this location without realizing the potential for a great photograph.”

©Andrew Kulin

Stay tuned in a few days I will announce the next photo contest. Thanks again to everyone who took the time to enter. I am constantly inspired and humbled by your great work!

 

The Daily Snap – Dec 24

Posted in The Daily Snap with tags , , , on December 24, 2009 by Darwin

©Darwin Wiggett - Canon G9

 

I liked the brush stroke look to the peeling paint. Using a point-n-shoot in macro mode means making photos like this is a snap. I just handhold, point and click and I have lovely abstract photos. So much easier than setting up a big dSR on a tripod! I have printed these to 12×18 and they look amazing.