Adorama, the trusted source for market-leading photo, video, audio, imaging and electronics products and information, and Nigel Barker, internationally renowned photographer and judge from America’s Next Top Model, today announced the next monthly theme in the popular Top Photographer Challenge (TPC): Action.
Revealed in the “SlamDunk” episode of the series on IGTV, Barker says, “To take a great action picture isn’t just about stopping motion, but about capturing the story behind that motion.”
For the fourth challenge, content creators are called to upload their best action photos to Instagram with the hashtags #TPCslamdunk and #TopPhotographer, tagging @adorama and @nigelbarker, for a chance to win an Olympus camera package worth more than $5,000.
“With over 1 billion people with access to cameras in some shape or form, there has never been a greater interest in photography, and this challenge taps into that worldwide fascination,” says Nigel Barker. “During NYC Fashion Week I had dozens of people tell me they are trying their hand at these challenges, which means TPC is helping inspire and educate a new generation of photographers.”
The Action challenge of Top Photographer Challenge is open now through October 11. Nigel will announce the winner live on Adorama’s Instagram on October 16 at 12 p.m. (EST).
“This series is a true reflection of modern-day photography in the age of social media,” said Mary-Irene Marek, Director of Content and Social Media for Adorama. “Through our Instagram community we are able to see the work of talented content creators and help provide inspiration for other creatives just getting started.”
Creatives who wish to participate can visit adorama.com/tpc to learn more.
ADORAMA: More Than a Camera Store
Adorama is more than a camera store – it’s one of the world’s largest photography, video, audio and computer retailers. Serving customers for more than 40 years, Adorama has grown from its flagship NYC store to include the leading online destination for imaging and consumer electronics. Adorama’s product offerings encompass home entertainment, mobile computing, professional video and audio, the award-winning Adorama Learning Center, and AdoramaTV. Adorama is listed as one of the top five electronics retailers by Consumer Reports, “Best of the Web” by Forbes.com, and Internet Retailers Top 100.
Visit ADORAMA at www.adorama.com.
After almost a year of planning and consideration, “Light the Barricades” is now live in Los Angeles, CA, a project by renowned artists Candy Chang and James A. Reeves in collaboration with Annenberg Space for Photography
“Light the Barricades” is an interactive project that carries a deep message by means of visual art. Incorporating three walls, each of the walls represents one topic of contemplation – “Judgment”, “Resentment” and “Doubt”. The idea behind the installation is to provide the public an opportunity to take 5 minutes out of their busy lives and contemplate their inner obstructions and face their demons. As the artists say, we live in very disturbing times with numerous distractions and as a result, there is less peace between our minds and bodies. So, the project aims to force us to be a little more open and honest with our issues instead of neglecting them.
The artists drew their inspiration from the old scripts of “I Ching”, an ancient diagram system that has a history of almost 3000 years. It originated in China as a divination text that has been a subject matter of numerous scholastic debates and is considered one of the oldest Chinese classics.
Each of the walls has its distinctive word and a respective fable rendering a particular emotional barrier. On the back side of the walls visitors can find 3 concrete stools and vintage hourglass timers with questions underneath inviting them to sit and ponder upon their emotional barriers for 5 minutes.
“When we considered how walls are used today, our first thought was the advertising that covers our cities. We wanted to translate the language of billboards into a contemporary ritual for contemplation, perhaps even a moment of humility,” say Candy Chang and James A. Reeves, the artists.
In the framework of this project Front Signs fabricated three solar-powered internally illuminated eco-friendly light boxes. Fabricated with utmost thoughtfulness, the structures served their purpose to draw attention by their exclusive design and eye-catching details. Even though there was almost a year of planning before the start of the project, fabrication was given an extremely short period of time – less than a month. However impossible this may sound, the Front Signs team went above and beyond to make this project happen from start to finish including every component of fabrication such as custom metal work, printing, assembly and installation.
Currently, the light barricades are open to the public in the following locations until September 22nd:
Resentment – Grand Park, Downtown, Los Angeles
Judgment – Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County, Los Angeles
Doubt – Annenberg Community Beach House, Santa Monica
After September 22nd, the walls will be transferred to the Annenberg Space for Photography where the exhibit will be displayed until the end of the year.
Front Signs is an LA-based full service fabrication company that provides a wide variety of services for custom solutions to every occasion. Equipped with some of the cutting-edge industry equipment, the company offers full-cycle signage services. To view this and other project pictures please go to Front Signs Portfolio Page.
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Perfect Corp. launches a fashion week photo editing contest to challenge creative minds to discover the newest features in the YouCam Perfect App photography toolkit.
Perfect Corp., the leading global beauty tech service provider, is helping photo fanatics elevate their images with the ultimate Artificial Intelligence (AI) & Augmented Reality (AR) photo editing app, YouCam Perfect. With over 750 million global downloads across the suite of YouCam apps, Perfect Corp. steps beyond YouCam Makeup’s virtual beauty try-on to utilize technology as a means of putting serious photo edit and design power into fanatics’ pockets through YouCam Perfect. The advanced photo editing mobile app features hundreds of AR filters, AI effects, stickers, and editing options that help users create seriously eye-catching content in seconds. With over 2.8 billion virtual try-ons per month across the YouCam suite of apps, it’s clear the photo editing frenzy has just begun and the love for photo effects is very, very, real. Nearly 25 million photos are taken every single day in YouCam Perfect, with over 58% of all users applying filters to their pictures.
To kick off fashion’s biggest month, we’re fueling the photo editing buzz by giving fans a chance to walk the New York Fashion Week runway using advanced photo editing features that place them center stage. We’re launching a NYFW photo editing contest to challenge our YouCam photo editing wizards to bring their fashionista dreams to life leveraging top features including crop and cut tools, visual effects, and fashionable frames that seamlessly place your selfie on the fashion runway. A catalog of runway backgrounds and a newly released multi-layering effect are now available in YouCam Perfect for fans to use as the backdrop for their NYFW fashion star moment. Users are invited to strike a pose to place themselves center stage for a fierce fashion photo that is sure to make a statement.
“With more photo editing features than ever before, we are excited to challenge the YouCam community to think outside the box and explore YouCam Perfect’s extensive photo editing toolkit to create impactful and eye-catching New York Fashion Week creatives that showcase their inner fashionista,” explains Perfect Corp. founder and CEO, Alice Chang. “We look forward to showcasing the creative genius of our users who combine advanced photo editing effects with raw talent and striking visuals for a memorable user experience.”
The New York Fashion Week photo editing contest will kick off September 6th. To enter: https://www.youcamapps.com/post/710666510065992813.
YouCam Perfect is available for free download on the App Store and Google Play.
About Perfect Corp.
With over 750 million downloads globally, Perfect Corp. is dedicated to transforming how consumers, content creators and beauty brands interact together through AI and AR technologies. Our experienced team of engineers and beauty aficionados are pushing the frontiers of technology to create the beauty platform of the future – a fluid environment where individuals express themselves, learn the latest about fashion and beauty, and enjoy instant access to the products from their favorite brands. Further information about Perfect Corp. can be found at perfectcorp.com
Sigma Corporation of America, a leading still photo and cinema lens, camera, flash and accessory manufacturer, today announced its Dealer Workshop lineup for the month of September, featuring ten hands-on learning experiences for photographers of all levels. Attendees will gain valuable insights from Sigma experts and then put their newfound skills to the test in the field. Workshops will cover aviation, architecture, sports, portraiture, real estate photography and more. In addition, attendees will have the opportunity to try out Sigma’s hottest lenses!
Workshops for all skill levels will cover aviation, architecture, sports, portraiture, real estate photography and more; get hands-on experience and training from Sigma experts
The Portrait Masters Conference
Where: Phoenix, AZ
When: September 3-6, 2019
The Portrait Masters Conference is three days of intense learning and networking. Each day new speakers take the stage to do live-demos and presentations. In between presentations, attendees can practice what you’ve learned by visiting one of 35 shooting bays. Visit Sigma booth #116-118 to see the line-up of lenses; borrow the Sigma 105mm F1.4 Art and many other portrait lenses to take pictures of models at the shooting bay. Sigma reps, Mike Hill and Danielle Rischawy will be available to answer any questions.
Pints and Pics with Hunt’s Photo
Where: Manchester, NH
When: September 5, 2019
Join Hunt’s Photo on September 5th for Pints & Pics night at To Share Brewing Company. Sigma will have plenty of gear available on loan to shoot in and around the brewery. Sigma rep, Mike Deutsch will be on hand to answer any questions and facilitate lens loans, including the 105mm F1.4 Art lens, known as the “Bokeh Master”.
The Great Reno Balloon Race with Action Camera
Where: Reno, NV
When: September 6-8, 2019
The Great Reno Balloon Race is the world’s largest free hot-air ballooning event and has won many awards over the years, including ‘Best Special Event in Reno’ and ‘Best Special Event in Northern Nevada.’ Taking place just a few miles north of downtown Reno, the event enchants both young and old with its vibrant colors and inspiring music. Sigma rep, Lew Held will be on hand to loan out Sigma lenses September 6th and 7th.
Pinners Texas with Arlington Camera
Where: Dallas, TX
When: September 13-14, 2019
Pinners is a conference featuring 100+ Pinterest-based classes taught by the best presenters in the nation covering DIY, crafts, cooking, self-improvement, photography, party planning, scrapbooking, holiday, beauty and more. On Saturday, join Sigma Ambassador, McKenzie Deakins as she teaches attendees how to use a camera in manual mode. She’ll cover basic functionality, how cameras read light, and how to capture crisp beautiful images. Later in the day, attendees can put their new skills to the test with McKenzie as she leads a photo walk through downtown Dallas. Check out the Arlington Camera booth during the conference for exclusive sales on Sigma gear.
Pixel Photo Fest 2019 with Pixel Connection
Where: Cleveland, OH
When: September 13-15, 2019
Pixel Photo Fest is an immersive, three-day photographic experience offering informative workshops, award-winning speakers, hands-on activities, gear trials, and so much more. It’s a can’t miss event for creatives of all levels. Come to the Sigma booth to ask technical representative, Brian Matsumoto, about our line-up of lenses and the sales promos at Pixel Connection. In addition, Sigma Pro, Jim Koepnick is hosting several presentations on sports photography.
Skatepark Photography with Focus Camera
Where: Brooklyn, NY
When: September 15, 2019
Join Sigma Pro, Liam Doran as he discusses the ins and outs of action sports photography. The day will be spent shooting under the guise of an editorial assignment. Attendees will learn how to create a set of images that tell a story and engage viewers more than just a one-off shot. Liam will cover all aspects of shooting action sports from the technical to artistic and even the business. Sigma and Focus Camera reps will be on hand to guide and assist attendees. In addition, Sigma technical representative, Marc Farb will be on hand to loan out the Sigma 12-24mm F4 Art and the Sigma 70-200mm F2.8 Sports lenses along with many others.
Real Estate Photography 101 with Camera Bar
Where: Hartford, CT
When: September 21, 2019
Sigma Corporation and Camera Bar of Hartford CT will be hosting Heather Prohaska, a well established and recognized real estate photographer from Massachusetts. Heather will be instructing attendees on composition, lens selection, using available light in combination with continuous flash when needed and how to deal with back lighting. Sigma technical representative, Mike Deutsch will be on hand to loan out the Sigma 14-24mm F2.8 Art and many other Sigma wide angle lenses.
Portrait Workshop with Ashley Blake with Tempe Camera
Where: Tempe, AZ
When: September 21, 2019
Join photographer Ashley Blake for two back-to-back hands-on portrait workshops! The first will feature Ashley’s recent work and useful tips on how to shoot outdoors with strobe and natural light. The second workshop will focus on how to photograph children in a studio setting. Attendees can bring their camera and try out Sigma lenses and photograph a model during the event.
Fall Colors Workshop with Shutterbug Camera
Where: Eastern Sierras, CA (Bodie Ghost Town, Mono Lake)
When: September 29 – October 2, 2019
Join Sigma and Shutterbug Camera for a series of workshops photographing fall colors in the Eastern Sierras. Attendees will have an entire day at Bodie ghost town including six hours of special interior building access as well as sunrises and sunsets at Mono Lake and more across this four day workshop. Attendees will leave the intensive workshops with heightened perception of the natural scene, a stimulated compositional eye and the necessary tools to anticipate quick decisions in the field to respond to changing conditions. Sigma lenses will be available on loan.
Full details for each of Sigma’s September workshops can be found on the Sigma event calendar.
About Sigma Dealer Workshops
Designed in collaboration with Sigma dealers around the country, the Sigma Dealer Workshop program engages photographers through a mix of classroom lectures, hands-on workshops, and real-world shoots. Led by Sigma technical representatives and photography experts, workshop topics cover popular photography genres such as astrophotography, landscape, portraiture and more. Photographers of all skill levels, from novice to professional, are welcome to attend. Sigma Dealer Workshop schedules and logistics, including registration, cost, special promotions, and agenda, can be found on the Sigma Events webpage.
About Sigma Corporation
Craftsmanship. Precision. Dedication. Since 1961, Sigma has been devoted to the pursuit of advancing photographic technology. Unique to the industry, the family-owned business produces its high-quality, award-winning still photo and cinema camera lenses, DSLR and mirrorless cameras, flashes, filters and accessories from its state-of-the-art manufacturing facility located in Aizu, Japan.
In 2012, the company introduced the Sigma Global Vision with three distinct lens lines: Art, Contemporary and Sport. Designed for industry camera mount systems including Canon, Nikon, Olympus, Pentax, Sony and Sigma, each lens is handcrafted and tested in Japan to ensure a high-performance, premium product that is purpose-built to last. In 2016, Sigma entered into the world of cinematography lens production. Embodying the core optical DNA that has defined the Sigma benchmark of excellence, the cine lenses meet the needs of advanced 6k and 8k cinema production.
Forming the landmark L-Mount alliance alongside Leica and Panasonic in 2018, Sigma continues its storied tradition of innovative imaging excellence. The 2019 introduction of the L-mount equipped Sigma fp, the world’s smallest and lightest full-frame mirrorless digital camera, alongside three native L-mount lenses (the Sigma 35mm F1.2 DG DN Art, Sigma 14-24mm F2.8 DG DN Art and the Sigma 45mm F2.8 DG DN Contemporary) demonstrates Sigma’s continued commitment to the creative community through expanded product offerings. With these new lenses, in addition to the 11 award-winning Sigma Art prime lenses soon to be released in native L-mount, even more shooters can now leverage Sigma’s renowned optical formula.
Sigma continues its tradition of imaging excellence with the mirrorless sd Quattro, sd Quattro H and the compact dp Quattro camera line. Leveraging the ultra-high resolution Foveon sensor, the Sigma Quattro cameras are designed to produce the highest quality image with every shot.
For information about Sigma, please visit www.sigmaphoto.com
Source: Sigma Corporation of America
Nikon Corporation has held the Nikon Photo Contest since 1969, making this year the 50th anniversary of one of the world’s largest photo competitions. The winner of the Grand Prize award for the 2018-2019 contest was selected from the five Gold Prize winning works and announced at the awards ceremony held today in Tokyo.
Winning works from the Contest will form the Nikon Photo Contest 2018-2019 Photo Exhibition, a worldwide traveling exhibition that will make stops in major cities of countries and regions such as Europe and Asia, including Japan and China.
Winners of the Gold Prize, Silver Prize, and Bronze Prize awards were selected from a record 97,369 entries received from approximately 33,000 people from 170 countries and regions around the world. There was also a Participants’ Choice Prize, and the NPC 50th Anniversary Prize, which was selected by Nikon employees.
The winners of Gold Prize awards were honored at the awards ceremony held today, August 23, at Shibuya Stream in Shibuya, Tokyo. At the ceremony, the photo titled “Ayimpoka”, entered by Sara De Antonio Feu (Spain) and winner of the Gold Prize in the Next Generation Single Photo category, was announced as the winner of the Grand Prize award.
Ayimpoka lives with her family in a small town in Ghana. Albinism has been a cause of discrimination and persecution over many years, and murders of albino children have been committed because of its popular association with magic and witchcraft. At Ayimpoka’s house, everyone gives her love and protection while a local NGO provides her weekly care. On the day this photo was taken, she was recovering from malaria and was suffering from sunburns because she had been in the sun all day.
Comments from Lead Judge Neville Brody on the selection of the Grand Prize winner
For me, this picture captures a human story so successfully and succinctly that we can all interpret and sense it directly. The context is clearly one of suffering, yet the subject is tinged with hope and humanity. The positivity and strength of the child showing support is palpable, we want to reach out ourselves and lend our own.
The field of ripe crops falling into an infinite background, the blue sky framing the horizon, the warmth of the setting sun and the softness of the image as it drops away from us, all add to the sense of hope and optimism.
The image is framed tenderly – the camera is at the same eye level as the children, who are positioned centrally in the frame, not raised, lending them a vulnerability, innocence and sincerity.
This everyday story of superstition, difference and prejudice is shocking. We understand the difference love and protection make. A worthy winner, one that reminds us of our need to engage and open our sense of humanity and optimistic empathy in such a self-centered age.
See the Nikon Photo Contest 2018-2019 website for further information on winning works and the traveling photo exhibition.
Creators-in-residence Winners to Receive $21,000 Project Budget, up to $5,000 in Sony Gear and Industry-renowned Mentors
Sony Electronics Inc. today announced contest applications are now open for the second Alpha Female Creators-in-residence program.
Launched in summer 2018, Alpha Female is a program that provides extensive resources and opportunities to advance the careers of female photographers and filmmakers. In 2019, Sony is renewing its continuing commitment to promoting diversity and fostering the growth of all voices in the photography, videography and filmmaking industries.
In the successful inaugural year of the Alpha Female program, five women were selected from more than 6,000 contest applications to participate in the creators-in-residence program, each receiving a prize package that included financial support for personal projects, along with an assortment of Sony camera gear and a mentorship with one of Sony’s female Artisans of Imagery.
“This program inspired me to push myself further than ever before, while also opening so many doors for my career,” said 2018 Creator-in-residence winner and award-winning wedding photographer Megan Allen. “My work is light-years ahead of where it was seven months ago, and my clients are thrilled with the results.”
This year’s Alpha Female contest will recognize a total of six award winners: four in the category of Photography and Videography, and two in the category of Filmmaking/Cinematography. In addition to project funding and Sony gear, each winner will receive educational opportunities and invitations to specially organized networking events throughout the program.
“Alpha Female is a way for us to bring talented female creators out of the shadows and into the foreground in an industry where they are too commonly underrepresented,” said Neal Manowitz, deputy president of Imaging Products and Solutions at Sony Electronics. “We are continually inspired by their work and are proud to offer this program to support this group of creators.”
Sony Alpha Female Artist-in-residence Prizes
Winners of the Sony Alpha Female award program will receive $21,000 and up to $5,000 in Sony equipment to help fulfill their creative projects, as well as access to additional loaner equipment to help bring their artistic vision to life.
Each winner will be paired with a successful Alpha Female Artisan photographer or filmmaker—women who have all been paving the way for the next generation of women creators. These mentors will impart wisdom and professional knowledge, helping winners to elevate their craft and career to new heights.
The Alpha Female mentors are among the most talented photographers and filmmakers in the industry. Supporting mentors of the Alpha Female program include Amber Baird, Brooke Shaden, Caroline Jensen, Cristina Mittermeier, Jean Fruth, Katrin Eismann, Marvi Lacar, Me Ra Koh, Nancy Borowick, Sara France, Taylor Rees and Zabrina Deng. Final mentors will be matched according to each winner’s needs and creative style.
Contest applications and official contest rules for the Alpha Female Creator-in-residence Program are available at www.alphauniverse.com/alpha-female
A variety of additional content related to Sony’s “Be Alpha” campaign, including articles, videos and events, can be found at www.alphauniverse.com/BeAlpha
About Sony Electronics Inc.
Sony Electronics is a subsidiary of Sony Corporation of America and an affiliate of Sony Corporation (Japan), one of the most comprehensive entertainment companies in the world, with a portfolio that encompasses electronics, music, motion pictures, mobile, gaming, robotics and financial services. Headquartered in San Diego, California, Sony Electronics is a leader in electronics for the consumer and professional markets. Operations include research and development, engineering, sales, marketing, distribution and customer service. Sony Electronics creates products that innovate and inspire generations, such as the award-winning Alpha Interchangeable Lens Cameras and revolutionary high-resolution audio products. Sony is also a leading manufacturer of end-to-end solutions from 4K professional broadcast and A/V equipment to industry leading 4K and 8K Ultra HD TVs. Visit http://www.sony.com/news for more information.
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