Crowds expected at Canon Pro Photo Solutions show 2010

The Canon Pro Photo Solutions show will be returning to London on the 26th and 27th October 2010.

Aimed at video, broadcast and still imaging professionals, Canon say visitors will experience a complete “workflow solution” from image capture to output.

Last year’s inaugural show attracted over 2,700 professionals and Canon expect this year’s show to be even more popular.

Not only can photographers get their hands on Canon’s latest kit there will also be seminars by professionals such as Dan Chung and Matthew Lloyd.

Visitors can even have their portfolio and business ideas reviewed by a selection of experts.

Guido Jacobs, from Canon UK and Ireland said “I am very pleased that following the positive feedback we received from last year’s inaugural event, Pro Photo Solutions is returning in 2010.

“Once again the show will give professional users the opportunity to look at and purchase the latest Canon products and learn how to maximise the business potential of using our complete image-capture to image-output workflow solutions.”

Entrance to the Canon Pro Photo Solutions show 2010 will be free to those who pre-register online.

British Wildlife Photography Awards 2010 winner

The winner of the British Wildlife Photography Awards 2010 has been announced.

Steve Young’s winning photograph shows a herring gull standing on a seaweed -covered rock framed by a crashing wave.

Judges of this years British Wildlife Photography Awards explained they were looking for an image that stood out, among thousands of entries, as the most memorable.

Competition judge Greg Armfield from WWF said: “This is a unique and striking image. One that captures perfectly the power, chaos and intensity of the ocean as it surrounds the majestic gull.”

Tom Hind, competition judge from Getty Images, added: “I like the defiance in this shot – the gull’s refusal to be moved in the face of this crashing wave seems to sum up a peculiarly British stoicism!”

“It’s also a great example of how the commonplace can be transformed in a judicious moment,” he added.

Follow the link to see more pictures from the British Wildlife Photography Awards 2010

Rare pink hippo photographed in Africa

A pair of wildlife photographers have photographed a rare pink hippopotamus whilst on safari in Kenya.

The photograph of the pink hippo was captured by brothers William and Matthew Burrard-Lucas, who are based in London.

William Burrard-Lucas said they spotted the pink hippopotamus during a recent trip to the Masai Mara in Kenya where they were photographing the annual wildebeest migration.

“After a rather uneventful morning, we stopped on the banks of the Mara River for a picnic breakfast.

“Just as we started to tuck into our breakfast, we looked up and gawked, open-mouthed, as a pink hippopotamus emerged from the river!

“Hippos are usually dark brown in colour, so this individual was very conspicuous.”

“We dropped our breakfast and reached for our cameras,” William added.

The brothers used a long 600mm lens to photograph the young hippo, which is one of only a handful of pink hippopotamuses ever photographed in the wild.

Professional photographer Philip Dunn, who has worked for every national newspaper in the UK, praised William and Matthew Burrard-Lucas’ pictures.

“Wildlife photography often involves hours – or even days – of patient waiting to get that one important shot.

“I’m sure William and Matthew will be the first to admit how lucky there were to have such a rare animal almost stumble upon them.”

“But being professionals they had their cameras ready and were able to take full advantage of the opportunity,” Philip added.

See William and Matthew Burrard-Lucas’ photograph of a rare pink hippo

Which? takes a look at the Nikon D7000

The renowned product reviewers at Which? managed to get their hands on the new Nikon D7000 at the recent Photokina fair.

A mid-level DSLR the Nikon D7000 is aimed at confident photography enthusiasts and is set to rival Canon’s 60D.

Which?, who pride themselves in their impartiality when reviewing products, have produced a video looking at some of the D7000’s features.

The three minutes of footage were shot at this year’s Photokina imaging show when Which? were given their first look at the new camera.

Watch Which?’s first look at the Nikon D7000.

Bellows cameras cause a stir at Kodak’s Photokina stand

Old-fashioned-style bellows cameras are attracting curious looks at Kodak’s display stand at this year’s Photokina show.

Better known for their cutting-edge innovations in digital imaging and printing, the film cameras, used for large format photography, make an interesting addition to the Kodak booth.

But the retro-looking cameras were built only a few weeks by American company, Canham Cameras.

Keith Canham and his son Michael Canham have been with Kodak during the Photokina photography and imaging show answering questions about the cameras and large format photography.

Kodak say Canham Cameras have been working with them because some of their cameras use a special order sheet film made by the company.

Visit Kodak’s website to see a selection of pictures taken with Canham Cameras.

Press award for Gordon Brown pictures by Martin Argles

A series of pictures by the Guardian’s Martin Argles depicting Gordon Brown’s final days as prime minister have won top prize at the inaugural Picture Editor Guild Awards  2010.

Martin Argles was declared photographer of the year at the UK Picture Editor Guild Awards ceremony this week.

The Guardian photographer’s winning pictures documented Gordon Brown’s final days in power during the 2010 election campaign.

The UK Picture Editors’ Guild has been established 30 years and is formed by picture editors from the picture desks of the national press, regional newspapers, international press agencies and domestic photo agencies.

The awards aim to recognise the best photography across eight categories including citizen journalism.

Category winners received £500, while Martin Argles as overall winner received a trophy and £1,000.

UK Picture Editor Guild Awards 2010 winners:

SABMiller PHOTOGRAPHER OF THE YEAR 2010
Martin Argles

British Airways Sports Photographer of the Year
Eddie Keogh

Royal Photographer of the Year
Christopher Jackson

News Photographer of the Year
Chris Furlong

Celebrity Photographer of the Year
Jeff Spicer

Bloomberg Business Photographer of the Year
Oliver Scarff

Newscast Young Photographer of the Year
Matthew Lloyd

Photo Essay
Martin Argles

BT Citizen Photographer of the Year
Miguel de Freitas

New Canon EOS 60D launched

Canon has expanded its EOS digital SLR (DSLR) range with the launch of the new EOS 60D.

Canon claim the EOS 60D is the perfect camera for aspiring photographers looking to expand their photographic skills.

The EOS 60D boasts a range of new features with an 18 Megapixel sensor, 5.3frames per second (fps) shooting, in-camera image editing and a brand-new Vari-angle LCD that enables the shooting of stills and HD movies from almost any angle.

It offers a mix of full manual controls and new creative shooting modes, and is fully compatible with Canon’s range of EOS accessories, including EF lenses and external speedlites.

Canon EOS 60D features:

• Capture exquisite detail with 18 Megapixels
• Easily take creative control with Basic +
• Shoot at unusual angles on the Vari-angle LCD
• Great in low light with DIGIC 4 processing
• Customize your images with creative filters
• Shoot movies your way with variable frame rates

Want to learn how to use the manual settings on your camera? Come to a photography weekend with top photographer Philip Dunn.

BBC Radio 4: photography and the law

A BBC Radio 4 magazine programme about the law has taken a look at the legal issues facing photographers.

Veteran presenter Joshua Rozenberg launched the new series of BBC Radio 4′s Law in Action with an investigation on the changing law about photography in public places.

In a BBC blog post about the programme Joshua Rozenberg describes the hostile reaction he, his producer and a photographer received when trying to take pictures of a London building.

Joshua Rozenberg says he eventually stopped recording the reaction of the ‘building manager’ when threats were made to call the police, who could have searched him under section 44 of the Terrorism Act 2000.

However, the police later confirmed that he had not been breaking the law.

Read Joshua Rozenberg’s BBC blog post.

Top prize on offer for RSPCA Young Photographer Awards winner

One of the world’s best wildlife photographers has teamed up with the RSPCA to offer the winner of this year’s Young Photographer Awards (YPA10) the prize of a lifetime.

Danny Green, a two-time category winner in the Wildlife Photographer of the Year awards, is offering the overall RSCPA YPA10 winner the chance to join him for a three-day photography break.

Danny will pass on some expert photography tips as well as share his inside knowledge during the annual deer rut in Bradgate Park, in Leicestershire.

Danny will also be joining the judging panel again for the RSPCA YPA10, sponsored by Olympus and Warner Midlands, which has established itself as one of the premier competitions for the best of Britain’s young photographers.

“I am really looking forward to seeing this year’s entries because if the quality of last year’s finalists was anything to go by there are going to be some outstanding photographs in contention,” said Danny.

The overall winner will also get £1,000 worth of Olympus kit of their choice.

The winners of the under 12s and 12-18 categories will meanwhile get to join RSPCA chief photographer Andrew Forsyth on their own exclusive shoot, as well as an Olympus camera each.

RSPCA YPA10 entries

The RSPCA YPA10 is now open for entries on the official website www.rspca.org.uk/ypa until the closing date of midnight on Monday, 6 September.

Entries can also be submitted in the post, to arrive no later than 5pm on 23 August.

Information and postal entry forms are available from the website, by emailing publications@rspca.org.uk or writing to YPA/RSPCA Publications, Wilberforce Way, Southwater, West Sussex, RH13 9RS.

The shortlisted photographers will then be invited to HM Tower of London for an exclusive awards ceremony where Matt Baker will announce the winners on 10 December.

Travel Photographer of the Year 2010 opens

The 2010 international Travel Photographer of the Year awards (TPOTY) are now open for entry.

Open to amateur and professional photographers from across the globe, TPOTY 2010 sees new categories, new sponsors and new judges, a great range of photographic and travel prizes, and a special focus on young and emerging talent.

Organisers say the 2010 categories have been designed to challenge entrants’ creativity and to offer something for all levels of photographic experience.

Sponsors and partners including Genesis Imaging and Young Photographers Alliance (YPA), have joined Adobe, Intrepid Travel, LEE Filters, Lexar Media, Photo Iconic, Plastic Sandwich and Wacom in supporting the awards, which last year received entries from over 70 countries.

TOPTY 2010 prizes

The 2010 prize package includes trips to South East Asia, Botswana, India and Nepal with Intrepid Travel, TPOTY cash bursaries, Adobe Photoshop CS5 and Lightroom software, a Wacom Cintiq 12WX interactive pen display and Intuos4 and Bamboo Fun pen tablets, the latest Lexar® Professional CompactFlash® memory cards and card readers, LEE filters, customised leather portfolio books from Plastic Sandwich, fine art Giclée exhibition prints from Genesis Imaging and copies of the latest TPOTY book, Journey Three.

Prizes for new and emerging photographers include Young Photographers Alliance portfolio reviews and places on the YPA mentoring programme, the chance of representation from Axiom Photographic Agency, and Photo Iconic photography tuition and image critiques.

TPOTY 2010 judges

Judges TPOTY 2010 will be judged by a panel of imaging experts from the UK, USA, Germany, Sri Lanka and New Zealand, including travel and wildlife photographer Steve Bloom; Caroline Metcalfe, Director of Photography for Conde Nast Traveller; Sophie Batterbury, Picture Editor of Independent on Sunday and Foto8: Mary Robert, Head of Photography for American International University; Simon Bainbridge, Editor of British Journal of Photography; Andrew James, Editor of Practical Photography; Manfred Zollner, Editor of Fotomagazin (Germany); Debbie Ireland, former head of the AA Photo Library; Erin Moroney, head of Axiom Photographic Agency; Marni Brownlees, Art Buyer for interactive marketing agency Dare Digital; travel photographer and publisher Juliet Coombe; photographer and TV cameraman Jeremy Hoare; landscape and panoramic photographer Nick Meers; wildlife photographer Chris Weston, and TPOTY founder, travel photographer Chris Coe.

TPOTY 2010 awards and categories

Awards and categories TPOTY 2010 features three portfolio categories for amateur and professional photographers aged 19 and over.

The category titles are Encounters, Amazing Places and World in Motion.

In addition to portfolio winners, awards will be given for the best individual images in each of these categories.

The overall winner of TPOTY 2010 – the Travel Photographer of the Year 2010 – will be the entrant who is judged to have submitted the strongest two portfolios.

There are two single image categories – One Shot (theme: Adventures), which is for experienced amateurs and professional photographers, and First Shot (theme: Festival of Colour), which is aimed at adult beginners.

The New Talent award (theme: Sell It!) is for aspiring professional photographers, and the Young Travel Photographer of the Year is divided into two age groups for the first time – 14 and under and 15-18.

Entrants in New Talent and Young TPOTY will also be eligible for the YPA Emerging Talent award. Deadlines and entry fees Print entries are now being accepted for the 2010 awards, and online image submissions can be made from July 1.

Each portfolio category costs £15 per entry, One Shot and First Shot cost £10 to enter, and New Talent £20.

Young TPOTY is free to enter. Entries close on October 9th 2010 and the results will be announced in December.

For more information visit the Travel Photographer of the Year website.

>> If you want to improve your travel photography make sure you sign up to a photography course or photography holiday with former Sunday Times travel photographer Philip Dunn.