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Photo of the hiking trail up Black Mountain in ArizonaThe Desert Foothills Land Trust in Arizona has a mission “…to protect, preserve, and steward sensitive land and species for the survival of the fragile Sonoran Desert.”  The 600+ acres in the preserve are in the desert foothills north of Phoenix mostly int he Cave Creek area.  Part of that land is Black Mountain just to the north of the Carefree Highway and south of Cave Creek, AZ.  While the mountain has large homes built on its slopes in some places, much of it is being preserved for the plants and animals that live int he area as well as for future generations.

To help raise awareness and inspire continued protection of the mountain the Desert Foothills land Trust is sponsoring 2011 Black Mountain Photo Contest.

You have until October 24, 2011 to submit your photographs of Black Mountain.  A panel of judges will pick the best images based on technical and artistic merit. Winning entries will be those whose overall impact best captures Black Mountain as a natural resource to be protected and preserved.  The winning entries will make up the 2012 Black Mountain calendar.

Time is running out to enter the Audubon Magazine Photography Awards contest.  The deadline for entry is September 5th so get your photographs that depict birdlife in any form submitted for a chance at some fantastic prizes.  There are prizes for professional, amateur and youth photographers and your bird photos can feature just the bird itself or birds in their environment.   Submit your bird photos here for a chance at the following prizes but be sure to read all the contest rules first.  For a little inspiration see last year’s winners.

Grand PrizeGalápagos expedition for the winner and one (1) guest, a $1,000 B&H gift card, one (1) Tamron SP 70-300mm Di VC USD Telephoto Zoom Lens, one (1) iPad®, and five (5) Audubon Guides apps for the iPad® of winner’s choice.

Professional Prize (Birds Category)Caravan tour for the winner and one (1) guest from Caravan Tours, Inc., $250 from Three Hoots Wines, one (1) iPod® Touch, and five (5) Audubon Guides apps for the iPod® Touch of winner’s choice.

Amateur Prize (Birds Category): Five (5) nights’ accommodations at The Lodge at Pico Bonito, Honduras, in an air-conditioned Superior Cabin for winner and one (1) guest including meals, a guided rainforest hike along Loop Trail, and ground transportation between La Ceiba Airport and The Lodge, $250 from Three Hoots Wines, one (1) iPod® Touch, and five (5) Audubon Guides apps for the iPod® Touch of winner’s choice.

Youth Prize (Birds Category):  iPod® Touch, and five (5) Audubon Guides apps for the iPod® Touch of winner’s choice.

Professional Prize (Birds in their Habitat Category): 5-night Inkaterra trip for winner and one (1) guest, $250 from Three Hoots Wines, one (1) iPod® Touch, and five (5) Audubon Guides apps for the iPod® Touch of winner’s choice.

Amateur Prize (Birds in their Habitat Category):  6-night trip to Belize for winner and one (1) guest, $250 from Three Hoots Wines, one (1) iPod® Touch, and five (5) Audubon Guides apps for the iPod® Touch of winner’s choice.

Youth Prize (Birds in their Habitat Category):  iPod® Touch, and five (5) Audubon Guides apps for the iPod® Touch of winner’s choice.

International Photography Awards Professional Self Promotion Winner Frank Meyl

"The Fifties Night" by Frank Meyl

I had not heard of the International Photography Awards before and have apparently been missing out.  The mission statement of the IPA states that their purpose is

To salute the achievements of the world’s finest photographers, to discover new and emerging talent, and to promote the appreciation of photography.

The award’s eight categories cover a range of photography subjects from advertising to nature to architecture.  They also have separate awards for professional and amateur photographers.  The winners for the 2011 awards were recently announced and the winning photographs are, of course, spectacular.  Be sure to check out the full range of International Photography Award winners including Frank Meyl and his winning photograph in the Professional, Self-Promotion category, ” The Fifties Night”, shown here.

I wrote about Canon and director Ron Howard teaming up for the Project Imagin8ion photography contest back in May.  And the 8 winning photograph have been announced so Ron Howard now has the task of turning those 8 images into a short film.

Each category of the contest represented an element of the film to be produced based on the photographs.  There was setting, time, character, mood, relationship, goal, obstacle, and the unknown.  If you look at all the winning photographs as a group you can almost see a commonality between them that could be woven into the story of this short film.

Each of the winning photographs are fantastic and well deserved winners.  But these three are my favorites.

Winning photograph in the Mood category of the Project Imagin8ion contest

City Lights © Michael L'Heureux

Winner for the Unknown category in the Project Imagin9ion contest

Where One Day Ends, One Day Begins © Kelly Shipp

Winner int he Setting category of the Project Imagin8ion contest

The Final View © Walter Arnold

You can learn more about Project Imagin8ion and see all the winning photographs on the Imagin8ion YouTube Channel.

Photo of the Oceanside Pier at sunset

The California Coastal Commission, the California Thank You Ocean campaign, and Fairmont Hotels of California are sponsoring the 13th annual California Ocean and Coastal Amateur Photography Contest.  The contest is designed to showcase the importance of the coast and ocean in California. The contest is open to all amateur photographers.  The subject of photo entries should be in one of the following areas:

  • The scenic coast and Pacific Ocean off California,
  • People and the California coast, and
  • California ocean and coastal wildlife.

Three winners will be selected by a panel of judges while online voting will select the viewer’s choice award.  Winners can select from one of 4 hotel packages donated by the Fairmont Hotels of California.  Check out the contest rules and get your entry submitted by the deadline of September 2, 2011.

That is my submission above.  Feel free to cast a vote for my image here.


The winning cover in Frommer's 2011 Cover Photo Contest

After sifting through over 10,000 entries to the Frommer’s 2011 Cover Photo Contest the Frommer judges have picked a winner.  Julie Hughes of San Francisco will walk away with a $1,000 Barnes & Nobel gift card and the honor of having her photograph published on the cover of Frommer’s next travel guide for Morocco, the location of her winning photo.  Julie’s photograph gives a camel’s eye-view of the Sahara Desert at Erg Chebbi.  Taken while on the back of the camel this image gives a unique perspective on the Saharan desert dunes while still presenting an iconic image of the African desert, sand dunes and camels.  That makes for a great travel photograph.

There were also 4 runner up photographs selected.  Each will get a cover photo for upcoming Frommer’s travel guides for the location of their images as well as a Barnes and Nobel Nook reader.



Costco Warehouse is holding its International Photo Contest again.  This  year’s theme is “Give Us Your Best Shot” which is pretty open to interpretation so there is a lot of room for creativity.  Being an international company,a s the name of the contest says, this is an international contest.  So there are prizes at the international level (like the grand prize) and at the national level.

International Prize:

$2,500 Costco Cash Card (I could easily spend that)

National Prizes:

First Place: $1,500 Costco Cash Card

Second Place: $1,000 Costco Cash Card

Third Place: $500 Costco Cash Card

All winners also gets a copy of Adobe Photoshop Elements 9

Now for the fine print:

  • You must be a card carrying member of Costco to enter.
  • Entry deadline is September 30, 2011
  • Only one entry per person
  • Must be 18 or older to enter
  • Read all the finer print rules here.

Find or head out and take your “Best Shot” and enter the Costco International Photo Contest 2011 here.

And for inspiration check out the Costco International Photo Contest 2010 winners.

Photo District News (PDN) and Artists Wanted are presenting the One Life International Photography Competition. This competition seeks to answer the question “What does the world look like through your eyes?” Amateur and professional photographers are invited to submit their photographic work that reflects their world and tells their story.

Photographs can be submitted into one of four categories:

People -Portraits, Self- Portraits, Conceptual, Candid

Places -City Imagery, Landscapes, Travel Photography

Things – Still Life, Studio Images, Macro Images, Micro Images

Ideas – Conceptual, Artistic Imagery, Narrative Series

The prize packages are pretty extensive for this competition.

Grand Prize

1) Your photography published in PDN magazine.

2) A New York City photo reception.

3) An around-the-world trip or $10,000 cash

Category Winners – One in each

1) Your photography published in PDN magazine

2) Canon EOS Rebel T1i EF-S 15mp IS Digital SLR Camera Kit

3) Lifetime portfolio website on

People’s Choice Award

$2,500 Cash

And now for the fine print…

Must be 18 or older to enter.  There is an entry fee of $10 per image and you can submit up to 9 images.  Or you can pay a flat $95 entry fee and submit up to 20 images.  Entry deadline is midnight on July 29, 2011.

Get started now!


It is time again for the Sony World Photography Awards.  It was just a few months ago that the 2011 Open Competition Winners of the Sony World Photography competition were announced.  Now the 2012 Open Competition has been kicked off.  There are ten categories for amateur photographers to submit there work to; Architecture, Arts & Culture, Enhanced, Split Second, Low Light, Nature & Wildlife, Panoramic, People, Smile and Travel.

A winner will be selected in each category as well as one overall winner.  Category winners will receive:

  • Title of “Sony World Photography Awards category name Winner
  • Winning image showcased in the winners exhibition and the winners book
  • International exposure on the WPO website
  • Global media coverage
  • Sony digital SLR camera equipment

The overall winner will receive:

  • Title of “Sony World Photography Awards Open Photographer of The Year
  • $5,000
  • Winning image showcased in the winners exhibition and the winners book
  • International exposure on the WPO website
  • Global media coverage
  • Flights to London, 2 nights accommodation in a hotel and VIP tickets to attend the Sony World Photograpphy Awards gala ceremony on 26th of April 2012
  • Sony digital SLR camera equipment

You have between now and January 4, 2012 to enter.   Get all the details and enter you photograph here.


Mark your calendars, Sunday, June 5th is World Environment Day.  Established in 1972 by the United Nations, World Environment Day is designed to raise awareness of the environment and enhance political attention to and public action on world environmental issues.  In recognition of the day, Brazilian based Vale, the world’s second largest mining company, is sponsoring a photography contest.  The photography contest entitled, “Eye on Sustainability,” calls on photographers to capture sustainability and environmental issues.  Although this year’s contest has a theme of “Forests: Nature at Your Service” participants are encouraged to draw inspiration from any sustainability related areas and submit their photos into one of three categories:

  • Wonders, celebrating what needs to be preserved
  • Challenges, showing examples of threats to long-term sustainability
  • Solutions, looking at real-world examples of today’s best practices for living sustainably on Earth

Three winners will be chosen and will be featured in a special advertising section of the December 2011 issue of National Geographic.  In addition they will receive a Nikon D3100 camera and a framed, signed print from National Geographic.

In celebration of World Environment Day on June 5th get your cameras out there and capture an image that signifies sustainability to you; from what is at risk today to what is being done to preserve our earth environment.  Entries will accepted through August 31st and can be submitted online