Today, The Nature Conservancy unveiled the winners of its 2018 Photo Contest. Selected from more than 50,000 entries, a photo of two wild horses, “Stallions Playing” in Camargue, France taken by Camille Briottet of Lyon, France won the Grand Prize. Second place, “The End is Near,” featured a photo of a broken piece of the Vatnajokull Glacier at Jokulsarlon Bay in Iceland by Andre Mercier of Los Angeles, CA. And, third place went to Terra Fondriest of St. Joe, Arkansas for a photo titled “Frog Hug,” of a young girl holding a bullfrog.
“The quality of entries this year is stunning. It was very difficult to select the winner,” said Bill Marr, director of photography for The Nature Conservancy and one of the contest’s judges. “TNC’s Photo Contest is a wonderful intersection for those who love nature and those who love photography. We have wonderful entries from all over the world, from beautiful Western landscapes to squirrels in a backyard in Austria. Photography is a common language for all.”
This year’s photo contest received a record number of entries: 57,489 from 135 countries. Winners received prizes including gift cards and packages from Backcountry, Patagonia, Tom’s of Maine, Lokai, and the grand prize winner received a digital camera package.
Additional awards in the following categories were given to:
People and Nature
Tanner Latham, Bozeman, Montana
Harry Randell, Bulawayo, Zimbabwe
George Bufan, Timisoara, Romania
Hernando Alonso Rivera Cervantes, Villa de Alvarez, Mexico
Aline Fortuna, Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil
Paul Zizka, Banff, Alberta, Canada
Jeremy Stevens, Fallsington, Pennsylvania
Jorge André Diehl, Distrito Federal, Brazil
Aristo Risi, Shelharbour, Australia
Roberto Moccini Formiga, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Megan Lorenz, Etobicoke, Ontario, Canada
Florian Ledoux, Brasles, France
Cities and Nature
Kwok Kui Andus Tse, Hong Kong, China
Yonca Ables, Fort Lauderdale, Florida
Jesse Yang, Fort Lee, New Jersey
Judges’ Special Recognition
Duncan McNaught, Castle Douglas, United Kingdom
Elyse Butler, Honolulu, Hawaii
Ruben Dario Mejia, Barranquilla, Colombia
To view the winning photos please visit nature.org/photocontest
The Nature Conservancy is a global conservation organization dedicated to conserving the lands and waters on which all life depends. Guided by science, we create innovative, on-the-ground solutions to our world’s toughest challenges so that nature and people can thrive together. We are tackling climate change, conserving lands, waters and oceans at an unprecedented scale, providing food and water sustainably and helping make cities more sustainable. Working in 72 countries, we use a collaborative approach that engages local communities, governments, the private sector, and other partners. To learn more, visit www.nature.org
The World Photography Organisation today opens the 12th edition of the Sony World Photography Awards, the world’s most diverse photography competition. To celebrate its continued presence as a leading global photography competition, the Awards reveal the latest recipients of the Sony Grant, from previous Award winners, and announces three new categories for 2019.
Created by the World Photography Organisation, the Sony World Photography Awards are an authoritative voice in the industry. Celebrating the best contemporary photography from the past year, the Awards give vast exposure, visibility and opportunity to photographers worldwide on an annual basis. Sony supports the Awards to help the continued development of photographic culture throughout the world, celebrating the best of past and present practitioners, as well as giving a global platform to today’s talent. Submissions to the Awards are free at www.worldphoto.org.
Speaking of her experience upon winning the overall title at the 2018 Awards, Alys Tomlinson said: “Being named Photographer of the Year means a huge amount to me. It’s wonderful to be recognized for what I do, for what I am so committed and passionate about. Having worked on the ‘Ex-Voto’ series for five years, winning this Award has opened up and emphasized the centrality of pilgrimage to us all.”
Photographers worldwide are invited to submit to the Awards’ four competitions: Professional, outstanding bodies of work between 5-10 images across ten categories; Open, rewarding the world’s best single images across ten categories, Youth, a single brief for emerging talent aged 12-19, and Student, for photography students across the globe. The National Awards program will also reward local photographic talent.
The 2019 Awards is marked by the introduction of two challenging new categories in the Professional competition: Brief and Documentary. Brief will test photographers abilities to compose a body of work on a specific theme. The inaugural theme of this category is ‘Identity’. The documentary is a new category for bodies of work portraying facts about a chosen subject, giving insight into contemporary issues and news. In choosing these new categories, the Awards hopes to continue appealing to a diverse range of contemporary photographers.
In the Open competition a new Creative category has been introduced and the Awards welcome Culture Trip and Eurostar as category partners.
Introduced in 2016, Sony Grants provide previous Award winners with further opportunities to develop and display their works and establish an ongoing relationship with Sony after the Awards. The recipients are chosen by Sony* from the winning and shortlisted photographers of the Awards’ Professional and Student competitions.
The 2018 Sony Grant recipients are announced today as Alys Tomlinson (UK), Luca Locatelli (Italy), Tom Oldham (UK) and Balazs Gardi (Hungary). Each receives $7,000 (USD) to develop a project of their own over the next year, with the resulting images being exhibited at the 2019 Sony World Photography Awards Exhibition at Somerset House, London.
The 2018 Student Sony Grant recipients are revealed as Morgan Mulholland (South Africa), Anshul Mehrotra (India) and Cao Hongmei (China). Each student will receive $3,500 (USD) to develop a collaborative project set by Sony and the World Photography Organisation which will also be exhibited in London.
A further round of Sony Grants has been confirmed for the winning and shortlisted photographers of the 2019 Sony World Photography Awards.
New images from the recipients of the 2017 Sony Grants – Frederik Buyckx, George Mayer, Yuan Peng and Will Burrard-Lucas alongside students Sarah Schrimpf, Tatsuki Katayama and Shravya Kag – are available at www.worldphoto.org/press.
*Sony Imaging Products & Solutions Inc
2019 prizes and deadlines:
Photographers have until November 30, 2018 to enter the Student competition, January 4, 2019 for the Open and Youth competitions, and January 11, 2019 for Professional. Full competition and categories descriptions can be found at www.worldphoto.org/swpa.
All category winners of the Professional, Open, Youth and Student competitions will receive digital imaging equipment from Sony. In addition, cash prizes of $25,000 (USD) will be presented to the Photographer of the Year and $5,000 (USD) to the overall Open competition winner. All winning and shortlisted photographers’ works will be exhibited at the annual Sony World Photography Awards Exhibition in London and will then be toured internationally. The winning images will also be published in the annual Awards’ book.
Honor, a leading smartphone e-brand, today launched a worldwide photo competition #AIMAZING Journey with VisitBritain, encouraging a young generation of adventure seekers to share pictures of their favorite travel destinations.
The partnership between Honor and VisitBritain is the latest announcement since the global launch of the Honor 10 in London on 15 May, 2018, when Honor launched its #AIMAZING Journey, from June to August, inviting every Honor user to share their life experiences online.
The journey begins in Britain today, when Honor fans will be encouraged to share their favorite travel experiences on the Honor Global Facebook page and the HiHonor competition website with their Honor phones. Britain is the first stop of the competition before it embarks on a round-the-world trip, calling at a new destination every fortnight, including United Arab Emirates, Russia, France, Germany and Finland.
At the same time, VisitBritain’s latest global campaign, ‘I Travel For…’ also explores people’s passions for travel, and showcases the best places to visit in Britain. The two campaigns complement one another in this joint competition which calls on people to share their best travel experiences using their smartphone.
As the leading e-brand for digital natives, Honor values its young and trendsetting fans. To this end, Honor is committed to creating experiences with them and for them, and with this competition Honor is offering participants a chance to receive a voucher towards their next holiday getaway.
“Honor fans are an inspiration to our brand worldwide. That’s why we work hard to co-create lifestyle experiences for them,” said George Zhao, President of Honor. “With this competition, we hope to offer a once in a lifetime holiday experience to a younger generation of smartphone users and learn about their favorite destinations, how they travel and what they love to do when they get there. We chose Britain to launch the Honor 10 and for the first stage of this competition, because it is one of the world’s top tourist destinations. There is nowhere else you can experience so much in one place.”
VisitBritain Chief Executive Sally Balcombe said: “We want the UK to be the destination of choice for visitors from China and this competition is a perfect opportunity for free-spirited and spontaneous adventure seekers to show the world their favorite moments in Britain using their smartphone.”
The launch of the Honor 10, Honor’s flagship smartphone for 2018, revealed two major ground-breaking and industry leading smartphone technologies to consumers. The first was the advanced AI 2.0 technology, applied chiefly to the smartphone’s dual-lens camera. Second, was the Honor 10 CMF design, a 3D glass back with a stunning nano-scale optical coating composed of 15 layers of shimmering color.
Honor 10 has recorded a sales volume at over 1 million, after only one month of its initial launch in China and one week after the global launch in London. With a unique Internet-powered business model, unrivaled product, and unbeatable value, Honor has taken its successful business model from China to the global market. As George Zhao announced at a launch event in London last December, Honor aims to become a top-five smartphone brand by 2020.
Ripley’s Believe It or Not! is hosting a 99 Strange Days of Summer Photo Contest with a $5,000 cash prize for the strangest photo. From incredibly weird pets to outrageously cool beards and mustaches, everyone has a little STRANGE in them. Ripley’s Believe It or Not! is rewarding the strangest summer photos with their 99 Strange Days of Summer Contest. Submit a photo via Twitter, Instagram, or by directly uploading to ripleys.com/strangesummer. The winner will receive a $5,000 USD cash prize and a feature on Ripley’s social media. The winner will be selected based on the strangest and most creative photo.
How to enter
Take an original photo or video and then share it on social media or upload directly to ripleys.com/strangesummer.
Twitter entries must include #Ripleys99 and @Ripleys. Instagram entries must include #Ripleys99.
A panel of judges will select the finalists, and the winner will be chosen by a public vote. Voting begins on September 2, 2018 at ripleys.com/strangesummer.
@GoParks Photo Contest: 11 Moments That’ll Expand Your Bucket List
A captivating starry night at Acadia National Park is the grand prize winner of the 2017 Share the Experience photo contest, hosted by the National Park Foundation, the official nonprofit partner of the National Park Service. Captured by Manish Mamtani of Peabody, Massachusetts, this image will be featured on the annual National Parks and Federal Recreational Lands Pass. View the complete collection of winning photos on the National Park Foundation’s blog today.
Experience the interactive Multichannel News Release here: https://www.multivu.com/players/English/7588557-national-park-foundation-share-the-experience-photo-contest/
This annual contest invites amateur photographers to submit their favorite views, moments, and adventures from America’s national parks and public lands. The 2018 Share the Experience photo contest is now accepting entries through December 31.
“The Share the Experience photo contest inspires people to explore the country’s diverse public lands,” said Will Shafroth, president of the National Park Foundation. “Once people discover these incredible treasures for themselves, the hope is that they’ll be moved to also support them.”
The grand prize for the winning image is $10,000, followed by $5,000 and $3,000 for second and third place. Winners also receive outdoor gear provided by Celestron and Osprey Packs, hotel packages courtesy of Historic Hotels of America®, and an annual National Parks and Federal Recreational Lands Pass.
“I have always been a great fan of America’s national parks,” said Manish Mamtani, who took the winning image while visiting Acadia National Park with his wife last summer. “I love the way beauty and wilderness is preserved in the parks. I always feel a close connection to nature in the national parks. My love for night sky is the reason I ventured into Astro-photography. Hiking in the night sky not only fulfills my appetite for adventure, but also makes me appreciate my existence among billions of galaxies, where our planet itself is no more than a tiny dot. Some of the national parks like Death Valley, Big Bend, Natural Bridges, Acadia and Arches provide the darkest night skies.”
A photograph by Kristy Burns from Livingston, Texas, of Fort Union National Monument took second place.
Third place went to Dorrie Henderson of Lafayette, Indiana, for her photo of Coconino National Forest.
Prizes are awarded for fan favorites and the following six category winners:
Adventure and Outdoor Recreation
Historical and Cultural
Scenic, Seasons, and Landscapes
Family, Friends, and Fun
More than 16,000 photos were submitted to the contest, which ran from May 4, 2017, through December 31, 2017.
The 2018 Share the Experience photo contest is hosted by the National Park Foundation in partnership with the National Park Service, the Bureau of Land Management, the Bureau of Reclamation, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the U.S. Forest Service, and Recreation.gov. Share the Experience is the official photo contest of America’s national parks and federal recreational lands, showcasing the more than 500 million acres of federal lands and drawing entries from across the United States. For a full listing of prizing and rules, or to submit a photo, please visit www.sharetheexperience.org. You can also follow @GoParks on Instagram for photo inspiration.
Share the Experience is a great example of the countless ways there are to #FindYourPark. Launched in March 2015, Find Your Park/Encuentra Tu Parque inspires people from all backgrounds to connect with, celebrate, and support America’s national parks and community-based programs. #FindYourPark invites people to discover and share their own unique connections to the country’s natural landscapes, vibrant culture, and rich history.
ABOUT THE NATIONAL PARK FOUNDATION
Celebrating 50 years, the National Park Foundation is the official charity of America’s national parks and nonprofit partner to the National Park Service. Chartered by Congress in 1967, the National Park Foundation raises private funds to help PROTECT more than 84 million acres of national parks through critical conservation and preservation efforts, CONNECT all Americans with their incomparable natural landscapes, vibrant culture and rich history, and ENGAGE the next generation of park stewards. In 2016, commemorating the National Park Service’s 100th anniversary, the Foundation launched The Centennial Campaign for America’s National Parks, a comprehensive fundraising campaign to strengthen and enhance the future of these national treasures for the next hundred years. Find out more and become a part of the national park community at www.nationalparks.org.
SOURCE National Park Foundation
Vivid-Pix, The Imaging Alliance, and Family Motor Coach Association announces “Cross Town or Cross Country, National Photo Month Photo Contest.”
Everyone loves photography, and with today’s technology, it’s never been easier to take and share photos. To commemorate May is National Photo Month, we recognize the best photo moments are created at home, in everyday towns and in travels across this great country.
People are invited to enter photos of their local community, historical photos of their family, and photos taken in our U.S. National Parks.
A $500 U.S. Savings Bond grand prize will be awarded, following by three winners of a U.S. National Parks Annual Pass.
Judging will be conducted by the board of The Imaging Alliance, an international non-profit representing leading companies like Canon, Fujifilm, Humaneyes, Manfrotto, National Geographic, Nikon, Noritsu, Olympus, Panasonic, Sigma, Sony, Tamron, Unibind, Vivid-Pix, Western Digital, and more, as well as leading retailers and service providers like Shutterfly, Roberts Camera, Mike’s Camera, Hunt’s Photo and Video, and APPO.
To bring photos to their best quality, Vivid-Pix is providing 10 free fixes using any of their software. RESTORE for Windows and Mac offers one-click color and contrast correction and intuitive fine-tuning sliders that improve scanned prints, slides, documents, and digital photos in seconds. Land & Sea and Land & Sea SCUBA for Mac and Windows; provides one-click improvement to photos with poor color, are too dark, too light, backlit, hazy, tilted, and even taken underwater. SCUBA, in addition to providing scuba depth correction and additional capabilities, processes RAW, DNG, TIF and JPEG image formats.
For information about the contest, visit: http://www.crosscountryphotos.com
The New Cosmos of Photography is open to entrants globally and is Canon’s cultural project to discover, nurture and support new photographers. Since its launch in 1991, the programme has encouraged participants to explore new and creative ways to engage with photography. Last year’s Grand Prize winners came first time from Europe.
The New Cosmos of Photography encourages participants to create original pieces of work that push the boundaries of photography. Award winners will have their work featured at exhibitions and published collections, as well on the New Cosmos of Photography website. To date, the New Cosmos of Photography contest has accepted 27,406 entries, many of whom have gone on to achieve international success through their work. As a result, the contest is today regarded as a gateway to success for new photographers.
Entries for this year’s New Cosmos of Photography will be accepted between 18 April and 6 June 2018. The Excellence Award Selection Committee will meet in July to choose seven Excellence Award winners and 14 Honorable Mention Award winners. In November, the Grand Prize selection committee is scheduled to meet to decide the Grand Prize winner from among the seven Excellence Award-winning entries.
The Grand Prize winner of this year’s competition will receive JPY 1 million in prize money and a Canon product. In addition, the winner will have the opportunity to host a solo exhibit to launch the exhibition of winning 2018 entries for next year’s New Cosmos of Photography. To encourage the continued pursuit of their creative activities, 2018 Excellence Award and Honorable Mention Award winners will also receive prize money and the chance to display their works at this year’s exhibition of winning entries.