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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.

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!