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Apr 19 2011

SPW ‘Top 30 – Viewers Choice Award’

Daniel Linnet

As the first batch of 2011 Digital SLR Photography students eagerly await their Top 30 results we have a little bit of exciting news to announce.

The Top 30 will now have a ‘Viewers Choice Award’ for the most popular image as selected by you, our supporters and photography enthusiasts.

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the final images and vote for your favourites. The image that gets the most votes within a set period of a month will receive the great prize courtesy of Lexar Media.

“To show Lexar Media’s continued support of the Australian photography industry, it is proud to support the SPW Top 30 Viewer’s Choice Award. Lexar media will be offering the talented winner of this award a professional photographer’s memory accessory prize pack, valued at $470.00″

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We’re sure you’ll agree that it’s indeed a very worthy prize. A huge thank you to Lexar Media for their kind support. Make sure to check out Lexar’s Digital Photography page for some great workflow tips and lessons.

Meanwhile, do yourself a favour and check out the amazing selection of Top 30 images from 2010.

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Aug 23 2010

The Latest Student TOP 30 – a glimpse into our selection process

Daniel Linnet

Approximately every 8 weeks on the final night of our beginners Digital SLR Workshop, 60+ graduates swallow hard and with a USB key in hand accompanied by a pre prepared disclaimer, allow us to download the fruits of their 8 week technical and creative toil, for all to see on the big screen.

Although scary at first, time and time again the final night presentations prove to be an incredibly rewarding and inspiring experience for all involved, with the quality and diversity of the work never failing to impress. This time was no different, from 1275 images we edited down to 30.

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few from so many is not an easy task and is definitely not something we take lightly, so just to give you an idea of how the process works here is a quick rundown.

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final night presentations are all done and dusted, the resulting images are compiled into a single Lightroom catalogue where any references to the image creator are removed as we put Lightroom in “lights-out” mode ready for the first edit.

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the judging really heats up.

In the second round usually with 300-400 images to look at we start comparing based on set criteria borrowed from the Australian Professional Photography Awards (APPA’s). You might think it as a bit of an overkill but when faced with that many images to compare, one definitely needs some set guidelines to go by. As we view, review, compare and argue we normally manage to issue 50-60 two star ratings.

The third and final round starts with an elimination by legibility, where we set up a Lightroom view showing us the capture date in the metadata for each of the images, and eliminate all those created prior to the commencement of the workshop. From there we continue to compare and discuss, usually by similar subject matter, eliminating individual images until there are just the 30 left.

Overall the images are selected based on the following criteria; impact, creativity, subject matter, composition, centre of interest, file quality, lighting, colour balance, story telling, style, and technique. I believe that keeping these in mind when you are out and about creating your images and practicing your photography is a sure fire way to improve.

Congratulations to all those who made the final cut!!!

See the latest Top 30 HERE


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Apr 30 2010

“Nothing Like Australia” Photo Contest – Restrictive Entry Terms Changed

Daniel Linnet

It’s nice to know that someone out there is looking out for the rights of all us photographers, pro or amateur. The Australian Institute of

Professional Photography’s (AIPP) “Competition Watchdog” William

Long has recently successfully lobbied Australian Tourism to change it’s “Nothing Like Australia” photo contest entry terms which were a blatant disregard for photographer’s


A big thank you to William Long and the AIPP team!

Read the full press release

Enter “Nothing Like Australia”


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Mar 26 2010

PDN’s 30 New and Emerging Photographers To Watch!

Daniel Linnet

Hot on the heels of the PX3 contest winners, and off-course our world renowned Foto Priority Top 30 ;-) …………, Photo District News Magazine (PDN) has announced their Top 30 New and Emerging Photographers To Watch in 2010.

If their portfolios alone don’t blow your socks off, then make sure you read the interviews. Now that’s dedication!

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Mar 7 2010

Digi Direct Canvas Print Winners!

Daniel Linnet

Thank you to all those who have subscribed for our regular updates. We look forward to keeping you photographically inspired!

As promised, we had 2x A2 Canvas prints to give away (valued at $149) courtesy of DigiDirect.

The lucky winners are and Congratulations to you both!

Now go and decide on an image to print. We’ll be in touch with you shortly. :-)

Visit the DigiDirect Lab

By the way, we’ve had great reports filter in from various students that the guys at Digi Direct have really been looking after them on price and service. If you prefer personal attention beyond the slick website, pop in and check them out in the City or Bondi Junction, and don’t forget to mention SPW or FotoPriority.

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Mar 4 2010

Prix de la Photographie, Paris.

Jose Fernandez

Hi all, ok time for some inspiration (said in a heavy French accent) I was recently sent a link to The “Prix de la Photographie, Paris” (Px3) and was very impressed by the images submitted by both professional and amature photographers.

A little about the competition -

The “Prix de la Photographie, Paris” (Px3) strives to promote the appreciation of photography, to discover emerging talent, and to introduce photographers from around the world to the artistic community of Paris. Winning photographs from this competition are exhibited in a high-profile gallery in Paris and published in the high-quality, full-color Px3Annual Book.

Check out the Px3 website for all the latest winners from each category. I especially love the series that came second titled “Aftermath of War in Lebanon”

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Mar 1 2010

The story beyond the still – HD Video Competition for photographers

Jose Fernandez

I, like many others I have spoken to, am yet to master the HD video on my canon 5d mk2 or Canon 7d, so something like this seems to be out of my reach for now. “The story beyond the still” is a HD video contest put on by Canon where photographers have a chance to show off their skills as filmmakers.

Last month the contest kicked off when Canon asked photographer, Vincent Laforet, to interpret a still by telling the story that lived beyond it using the Canon EOS 7D. It was the first chapter of seven, ending with a still photograph of its own for the Vimeo community to then interpret. After 112 entries, Josh Thacker was chosen as the very first winner, the below winning entry was shot using a Canon 7D and 5D Mark II.

Job Security from Runner Runner on Vimeo.

Check out the rest of the videos that have been submitted to the beyond the still contest.

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Feb 16 2010

Shutterbug Photography Festival – Open for submissions

Jose Fernandez

Shutterbug Photography Festival, now in its fourth year, is open for submissions from any photographer earning under $20,000 per year. As well as a prize pool of $10,000, 15 finalists will have their work shown on the big screen at the huge Shutterbug Projection night in July 2010.

Submissions can be made online from until the 30th May 2010.

Check out the shutterbug website for all details of entry…good luck!

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Jan 29 2010

Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2009 + My Photo Studio

Jose Fernandez


Spanish photographer, José Luis Rodríguez, impressed judges with his image, The Storybook Wolf, and was awarded the prestigious title of 2009 Wildlife Photographer of the Year from a record 43,135 entries from 94 countries.

The best of these will be showcased in a visually stunning exhibition of 95 images on show at the Australian Museum from 24 December to 26 April 2010.

My Photo Studio

In an exciting new twist to this year’s exhibition, the cost of entry also includes access to the family-friendly ‘My Photo Studio’ where you can get focused and get a new perspective down the lens of your own camera.

Visitors of all ages are encouraged to bring their camera for the chance to zoom in on some unique museum specimens while getting the chance to:

  • Photograph live spiders, snails and insects
  • Get up close with micro and macro shots
  • Practise your still-life photography
  • Learn tips and tricks from inhouse experts

So once you have perfected your new skills, budding nature photographers are encouraged to enter next year’s Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition. Entries open in January 2010 (until March 2010). For details, visit

So don’t forget to bring your own camera for this special opportunity!

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Dec 1 2009

Canon EOS “1Wall” Monthly Competition

Jose Fernandez

GM 1 wall screenshot

Hey all, this looks really cool, Canon have come up with a monthly challenge designed for amateur photographers. Each month Graham Monro from GM Photographics will give you a brief, you then set out and submit your best shot related to that theme.

Once uploaded you have the chance to become the people’s choice winner or the judge’s winner! The winner will receive an A2 printout of their image.

For more info check out the 1wall home page where you can find lots more info including conditions of entry and the “wall” where you can start judging for yourself.

Be quick at this months challenge “emotion” ends in 7 days, get shooting!

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