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4 Categories To Win!

We have four popular categories with a first prize of $750 each. Choose from Emotive Portraits, Classic Landscapes, Exotic Travel and Revealing Nature.

Richard Tonkin 2021 Overall Winner and Classic Landscape Category Winner (detail)

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Gold, Silver or Bronze?

Our competition is designed to encourage you. Bronze indicates potential in your entry. Silver means you truly have reached professional standard. And Gold has really impressed all three of the judges!

Pedro Jacque Krebs Revealing Nature 2021 Category Winner (detail)

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3 Expert Judges

The only competition where all the judges are AIPP Grand Masters of Photography who have judged around the world in both professional and enthusiast competitions.

Andi Abdul Halil Emotive Portraiture 2021 Category Winner (detail)

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$20 Entry & Every 5th Free!

The competition costs just AUS $20 (around US $15) each entry and for every four entries, you receive a fifth entry for free. Plus you receive a score and a comment as well!

Graeme Gordon Exotic Travel 2021 Category Winner (detail)

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A Learning Experience

Every entry receives a short comment about how their photograph has gone and how the judges think it could be improved. Many photographers enter just for the feedback!

Polly Fenton 2019 Photo of the Year

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$2000 OVERALL FIRST PRIZE

There are four $750 category prizes and one overall $2000 first prize. While the prize money is helpful, it's the award and the recognition that entrants relish the most!

Victoria McDonald 2018 Photo of the Year

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There's Nothing Better Than A Book...

Mike Langford and Jackie Ranken are regular contributors to Better Photography magazine. They also lead photo tours around New Zealand and the globe generally, so they get to meet quite a few enthusiastic photographers. And photographers when offered a book of photos are quite likely to say yes - it seems we all love the idea of a book!

So Mike and Jackie have a reason for publishing books, but it's also in their blood. They love photos on paper. Currently they have three small format, soft-cover books available - and I mention them to perhaps provide you with some ideas for your own book. And while Mike and Jackie print 500 (or more) copies at a time, you can print a single book with Momento or a similar on-demand printer, so it need not be expensive.

First Light - Chatham Island is a Covid project. A part of New Zealand, it was a destination they could visit as NZ residents and the result was a book - and they are also taking photo tours there as well. It's a remarkable and desolate looking destination, one I'm filing away for the future as well (with Mike and Jackie, of course!)

Scenes from the Lounge might sound like a series of television stills, but Mike and Jackie lived on a hill looking over Queenstown and the photos from their lounge are nothing short of magical. It's a great project.

And recently, they moved from Queenstown to Twizel. Although not that far away from Queenstown, the Twizel landscape was sufficiently different for the intrepid duo to produce a third book, Southern Manscapes.

The 'suggestion' is to think about doing something with your photos, beyond storage on your computer and viewing in Lightroom. I have no doubt you'll love the results! And if you want to look at Mike and Jackie's books more closely, here's the link: https://www.qccp.co.nz/shop

Great Service - Even Today!

This is a shout-out to SKB Cases in America, to thank them for sending through a replacement part - for free!

When working in the Arctic or Antarctica, my current camera case is an SKB Series 2011-7 which has a Think Tank backpack inside (instead of the usual padded inserts). It's an unusual combination, but here's my thought-process.

When photographing from the ship, my camera gear is ready and available in my cabin, but when we leave the ship, we either go for a walk or take a 'zodiac cruise'. And whenever you leave the ship, there's the danger of water splashes and losing your cameras over the side. The latter isn't such a worry (very unlikely - and I'd be more worried about me than the cameras were this to happen), while changes in the weather can mean you're being suddenly splashed and rained on. 

Humans wear weatherproof clothing, cameras are carried in camera bags or dry cases. However, standard camera bags and backpacks are problematic because if you put them on the floor of the zodiac, they can get wet. On the other hand, put a tough plastic camera case on the floor of the zodiac and there are no problems at all. The case is also quick to open and close, which while not essential, has saved my gear when working in the tropics on a surfing trip (a big wave caught us)!

When you get to shore, you might walk or trek for a couple of kilometres, in which case a hard plastic camera case is very awkward to carry. My solution is to leave the camera case at the landing site and take out the backpack - the best of both worlds. This approach works brilliantly in Antarctica most of the time, but in the Arctic we often get picked up at a different landing point and, because there are a lot of zodiacs, my plastic camera case might not be in the zodiac that takes me back to the ship. This is the flaw in my approach for the Arctic, in which case a backpack/dry bag is a better solution.

When flying to the Arctic or down to the Antarctic, I generally put the SKB case through as checked luggage (it has Sorel boots inside, not valuable cameras) but on my last flight back home, the pressure release button on the bag was damaged. Not much point having a water proof case with a hole in it, so I went to the SKB website for a replacement.

SKB doesn't sell the replacement parts directly, but nor could I find a distributor in Australia or the USA that carried them, so I sent SKB an email to find out where I could get one. Their answer was to package up two pressure release valves and post them to me here in Australia.

That's great service - thank you SKB!

Get 'Em While They're Young!!

What can I say when one of our supportive readers provided us with this 'snapshot' into his life as a modern parent:

"Morning Peter,

Had to share this one with you. It’s currently her favourite ‘book’. Her little onsie is open because I was changing her nappy and she requires robust distraction during the whole process… Queue Peter Eastway."

I'm not sure whether to feel flattered - or not!

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