Thursday, December 29, 2011

Standing Committee on Finance Report and the Arts

December 19, 2011
Standing Committee on Finance Report and the Arts
The Standing Committee on Finance presented last week a report
on its pan-Canadian consultations. The Canadian Conference of the Arts was the first of five cultural organizations* to appear before the Committee. This report comprises 53 proposals targeting four areas: federal finances, businesses, communities and individuals.

In the introduction, the Committee describes arts and culture as one of the factors contributing to the strength of a community. Additionally, three pages out of this 77-page report are dedicated to arts and culture, thereby placing the sector on par with the principal players in the Canadian economy. This chapter presents a very good summary of the presentations made by witnesses but, unfortunately, the Committee's report did not take up any of the recommendations put forward by the CCA and other witnesses
In its minority report, the Official Opposition (NDP) dedicates only one paragraph to culture.

Strengthen Arts and Culture: According to the Conference Board of Canada, for every $1 of real value added GDP produced by Canada's cultural industries, roughly $1.84 is added to the overall real GDP. The Federal government should establish a tax credit program to stimulate production of the arts and maintain funding of CBC/Radio-Canada at the 2010 level ($1.1 billion) and index it annually to inflation .

The Liberal Party of Canada makes no mention of arts or culture in its supplementary opinion.

We have examined certain of the report's recommendations in order to identify possible actions.

In the section on tax reform, the report includes a paragraph stating the CCA's request for income averaging but omits any such recommendation. However, it might be possible to relaunch the debate if the following recommendation is retained:

Another proposal is  worthy of attention: "that the federal government continue to open up new markets to Canadian goods and services by working toward the completion of trading agreements with foreign governments, and also working to eliminate trade barriers involving the US-Canada border." Unfortunately, the Committee is mute on the CCA's proposal to dedicate, as soon as possible, $40 million to the development of internal and foreign markets for our artists, creators and cultural industries.

That the federal government convene an expert panel to review, modernize and simplify the federal corporate tax system

The CCA will follow the progress of this last proposal that could relate to the opening of the telecommunications or publishing markets to foreign ownership. It is certain that the government maintains its desire to undertake free-trade negotiations with several countries and regions of the world, with the European Union and Asia-Pacific region being particularly targeted.

Friday, December 23, 2011

Online photography and copyright in the US

Photo Attorney Receives a DMCA Take Down Notice! – Updated

"...As a photographer, author, and copyright attorney, I've prepared and sent for myself and on my clients' behalf many DMCA Take Down Notices.  I also am always careful to honor the copyrights of others!

So you can imagine my surprise when I received an email from Go Daddy today stating that someone had reported that I had infringed his copyright.  So Go Daddy took down my entire wildlife photography website normally located at!  The most amazing thing is the infringer identified my photos as his (one of which placed in a national photo contest) and claimed that my website infringed my images!...."

Saturday, December 17, 2011

Sony World Photography Awards: Open Competition, Professional Competition, Youth Award, Moving Image Award & 3D Award

Deadline approaching: Sony World Photography Awards

Professional and amateur photographers can enter a competition.

Organized by Sony and the World Photography Organisation , the 2012 Sony World Photography Awards is open to professionals, enthusiasts and anyone with an interest in photography.

Professional photographers could win US$25,000 and the open competition features a US$5,000 prize. The winners will receive a trip to London to receive the prize at the gala ceremony.

There are five separate competitions: open (for enthusiasts and amateurs), professional, youth award (for photographers under 20), moving image award (combining stills with video) and student focus. New categories for the 2012 edition include "Nature & Wildlife," "Enhanced," "Split Second" and "Low-light."

The 2011 winners are showcased here.

For more information, click here.

Sony World Photography Awards 2012 - Open Competition
Are you an amateur photographer and a keen photography enthusiast, with an eye for capturing that perfect moment? Whatever your photographic passion may be, enter the Open Competition for your chance to win $5,000 and a trip to London to pick up your prize at the Sony World Photography Awards 2012 gala ceremony!
Entry Start: 1st June 2011
Entry Close: 4th January 2012

Sony World Photography Awards 2012 - Professional Competition
Are you a serious photographer with a true passion for the job? Do you understand the craft of taking pictures, documenting a story, conceptualising an idea, capturing emotions and evoking a response from those who view the finished product? Submit your best work for the chance to become the next Sony World Photography Awards, Professional Photographer of the Year and win our most coveted prize, the L'Iris d'Or, along with prize money of $25,000.
Entry Start: 1st June 2011Entry Close: 4th January 2012

Sony World Photography Awards 2012 - Youth Award
We are searching for the next generation of talented young photographers in this new competition, open to anyone under the age of 20 (Tate Award is up to 25 years old). Whether you are studying photography in school or college, or just have a passion for taking photographs of your daily life, enter this competition for the chance to become the first ever Sony World Photography Awards, Youth Award Winner.
Entry Start: 1st June 2011
Entry Close: 4th January 2012

Sony World Photography Awards 2012 - Moving Image Award
The Moving Image Award calls for work combining still and moving images with sound, drawing on the distinctive strengths of each form. We want entrants to explore how photography can evolve into new forms of visual narratives using audio, music, video, animation and graphics.
Entry Start: 1st June 2011
Entry Close: 4th January 2012

Sony World Photography Awards 2012 - 3D Award
If you are experimenting with 3D photography and video, why not enter our first global 3D photography competition! Anyone can enter this dynamic competition and be a part of this image revolution.
Entry Start: 1st July 2011
Entry Close: 4th January 2012

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

VIDEO: Off Book | Generative Art - Computers, Data, and Humanity | PBS Arts

An intriguing combination of programmers, artists, and philosophers, these creators embrace a process that delegates essential decisions to computers, data sets, or even random variables. This allows important metaphors to arise in their work, calling attention to the relationship between humans and the computers that surround us, the mountains of information we generate, and the powerful impact that technology has on our relationships with each other.


Luke Dubois, Generative Composer
Scott Draves, Generative Artist
Will Wright, Game Designer

Music by:

Codex Machine,
Luke Dubois,
Revolution Void,
Reno Project,

Follow Off Book:

Twitter: @pbsoffbook

Produced by Kornhaber Brown:

Monday, November 28, 2011



The Frozen Eyes Photographic Society is officially launching a special Northwest-Territories-wide photographic leadership development program for NWT youth with an ability and interest in photography. Funded by the Department of Canadian Heritage's Youth Take Charge program, this new initiative is looking for 12-15 youth from across the territory.

The project consists of two phases. The first is a professionally instructed week-long workshop in Yellowknife March 18-25. This course will further introduce students to the art of photography and help build their portfolios. In the second phase, participants from the first workshop will travel to a community other than their own to work with a Frozen Eyes mentor and help run a photo workshop for local youth while sharing their knowledge with their peers. The best images from these workshops will be used in a travelling exhibit of NWT youth photography to be shown in northern and southern communities and online.

Interested participants between ages 13 and 19 are required to submit a portfolio by January 16, 2012. Applications should include 5-10 digital photos (jpeg format), a resume, a reference and a brief letter describing why the applicant is interested in participating in the programme.

FEPS was initiated in 2007 after a group of Yellowknife artists developed a photography mentorship program for the Arctic Winter Games. Since forming a society in 2008, FEPS has generously received funds from BHP Billiton Canada, the NWT Arts Council, the City of Yellowknife and now the Department of Canadian Heritage. These funds allowed the group to hold photographic workshops with youth in communities across the NWT, as well as exhibits in Toronto and at the Prince of Wales Northern Heritage Centre in Yellowknife. The hope is participating youth leave equipped with confidence, leadership skills and a strong knowledge of the technical and creative sides of photography.

For more information or to arrange an interview please contact
Courtney Holmes
Executive Director

Frozen Eyes Photographic Society
Box 20087 Yellowknife, NT
X1A 1R0

Monday, November 21, 2011

The 4 Seasons of WAMP: Commissioned Videos

The 4 Seasons of WAMP: Commissioned Videos

WAMP is accepting treatments/script proposals for short videos. Pitch Your Idea.

Project objectives:

To provide an opportunity for beginner and intermediate media-makers to learn more specific elements of independent media production, while producing a first work.

To promote video production within the NWT and provide means for members to produce independent Media artworks.

Submission Deadlines: December 7th, February 7th, May 7th, August 7th

Ideal Shoot Dates: March, June, September, December

WAMP will be accepting short video scripts and treatments to produce! The selection committee will select 4 short videos to produce that either incorporates one of the four seasons thematically or is produced during one of the four seasons in the NWT. Preference will be given to projects that demonstrate artistic merit and/or a well-developed unique story.

Where appropriate, efforts will be made to pair the awarded script/ filmmaker with a suitable mentor for the production as well as provide opportunities where WAMP members can help out and gain experience working on a video project. Productions with additional support from other organization or funding sources will be encouraged to apply.

Successful applicants will receive:
$1 000.00- Honorarium
$500.00 – Project expenses
$1 000.00 - WAMP Production Credit towards equipment rentals for the project.


Projects will have 2 months to be completed.
Purchase of equipment is an ineligible expense.
Contact Jeremy at WAMP for more information and to submit a script or treatment.
Jeremy Emerson - Executive Director
Western Arctic Moving Pictures Film Society
4916 49th street (basement of Northway bldg]
PO BOX 2487
Yellowknife, NT
X1A 2P8
Ph: (867) 766-2586

Monday, November 14, 2011

Oh Snap!: Brow Beat’s weekly photo feature. Have you spotted a photo project that’s worth profiling?

Oh Snap! is Brow Beat's weekly photo feature. Have you spotted a project that's worth profiling? Pitch to

Oh Snap!: Learning To Train-Surf in Bangladesh


People generally ride the roofs of trains in Bangladesh for one of three reasons: 1) It's free. 2) It's fun. 3) There is no room inside.

Unfortunately, regardless of the reason, the reality is the same: Sitting or lying on the corroded metal roof of a train moving at 40 kilometers per hour is dangerous.

"When the train starts your feet will shake and you will try to hold something, but there is nothing to hold on to," says Bangladeshi photographer G.M.B. Akash, who learned to balance while shooting the photos above.  (The project came to my attention through Anastasia Photo in New York City, which is currently featuring a larger exhibit of Akash's work titled "Survivors.") "Knowing that at any time an accident can happen will make you nervous [and] give you insecurity, making it more risky," he added.

Those who ride the roof every day to work, too broke to pay for a spot inside, eventually get accustomed to the shaking. They learn how to gracefully duck low-hanging tree limbs and nonchalantly avoid decapitation by stray wire. These regulars often grow so comfortable that they doze as they ride. But all it takes is a sudden stop or a crazy dream, and then even these veterans run the risk of rolling right off.

Monday, November 07, 2011

Professional photo award seeking entries [Worldwide]

Professional photo award seeking entries [Worldwide]
Deadline: 27/01/12

Professional photographers worldwide can submit their work to a competition.

The Professional Photographer of the Year Awards is seeking entries for its annual contest.

Digital entries can be submitted without an entry fee to thirteen categories including editorial/news, on location, still life and more.

There will be one overall winner chosen as the photographer of the year, but each category will have one winner and one runner-up. Each winner will receive an exclusive logo to promote their brand.

The submission deadline is January 27.

For more information, click here.

Friday, October 28, 2011


Patrick Kane [] on behalf of Frozen Eyes Photographic
Society has requested distribution of the following job posting:

FEPS Executive Director Position

Frozen Eyes Photographic Society has an opening for an Executive
Director position.

The job description is attached.

The deadline for applications is Monday, Nov 7 at 9 a.m.

Patrick Kane
Photography, Up Here Publishing Ltd.,
800, 4920-52nd Ave.
Yellowknife, NT, Canada
X1A 3T1


  • The Executive Director is given the delegated authority by the Board of Directors to provide leadership and management in support of the vision, mandate and objectives of Frozen Eyes Photographic Society.

  • The Executive Director reports to the Board of Directors, by providing overall direction and co-ordination necessary for the effective and efficient delivery of all programs and services of Frozen Eyes Photographic Society. This will include but is not limited to administering the "Youth Take Charge" project, funded by the Department of Heritage Canada, and other current programs and services, as well as any other sources of funding we may access in future.

Program and Service Delivery
  • Lead the day to day operations of the Society. Plan, formulate and manage "Youth Take Charge" and other ongoing projects. Coordinate board members, contractors, staff and volunteers to meet project deadlines. Continually work to foster a strong youth membership and maintain good standing relationships with schools and organizations throughout the Northwest Territories (NWT). Develop the necessary policies for such programs and services, in order to further the objectives of the Society by working closely with the Board.
  • Ensure that the Society is in good standing with Legal Registries and government departments; this would include ensuring that obligations with government taxation authorities are kept up-to-date. Identify resources needed to achieve the goals of the Society through project timelines and work-plans in conjunction with the Board. Attend all Board meetings. Encourage team building by facilitating open communication and a positive working relationship with the Board, contractors and volunteers. Identify and obtain needed supplies and equipment for FEPS.

2 Fundraising and Financial Responsibilities
  • Seek and obtain funding from government at all levels and other bodies including, but not limited to, foundations, community organizations, corporations and business groups for use in the Society's programs and services. This includes seeking new funding sources annually, to maintain and expand programming.
  • Ensure that the Society's programs and services generate revenue for FEPS whenever appropriate. Monitor existing sources of funding (ensuring that all reporting requirements are met) such as grants, contributions, and in-kind donations and work with key organizations to maintain annual funding.
  • Identify and research on-going and alternative funding opportunities for the Society and generate proposals for contributions and grant funding. Administer the funds of the Society according to the budget approved by the Board.
  • Work in conjunction with the President and the Treasurer with regard to all financial issues. Ensure financial documents are maintained on an on-going basis.
  • Maintain accurate book-keeping procedures as outlined by Society policies and procedures.
  • Complete all necessary reports as required by the Society.

3 Public Relations
  • Act as an advocate for the Society and promote community awareness for its programs and services throughout the NWT. Participate in networking and community relations activities on behalf of the Society.
  • In conjunction with the Board, serve as media liaison for the Society and promote its programs and services. Maintain constant communication with partner organizations and related groups.
  • Maintain good standing relationships with sponsors, funders, and other community organizations. Provide an annual Executive Director Report at the Annual General Meeting.

  • The Executive Director is hired by the Human Resources Committee through an as-needed competition. The Executive Director is a part-time position which will be occupied by the selected candidate until the end of their contract term, or they resign from the position, or are terminated by the Board of Directors.

  • This job description is to be reviewed every six months by the Human Resources Committee with any and all changes brought forward for discussion and vote by the Board of Directors.

Sunday, October 09, 2011

#NFB: Get Animated in Yellowknife! #YZF #NWT

---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: Jeremy - Western Arctic Moving Pictures <>
Date: 9 October 2011 14:08
Subject: NFB: Get Animated!


Western Arctic Moving Pictures is proud to partner with the National Film Board of Canada (NFB) to bring you this annual cross-Canada animation celebration.


Please share this e-vite with your friends and family.

We hope to see you there!



                      Get Animated!

Canada's crazy for NFB animation...

and you can be too.



Get Animated! serves up some of Canada's finest (and funniest!) animation, offering free screenings and a hands-on workshop.

There's something for everyone—so come join us and get animated!

Prince of Wales Northern Heritage Centre: Auditorium

4750 48th Street
, Yellowknife NT


November 5th, 2011

1 PM                                 An eclectic collection of entertaining new animation films, from the    whimsical to the experimental.

2:30 PM                           A hands-on workshop demonstrating the basics of animation and giving you the chance to make your own short animated film

    *Please bring a USB stick to take your movie home.

4 PM                                 A fun-filled selection of NFB films, featuring some of the NFB's newest animation for kids of all ages.





Jeremy Emerson - Executive Director
Western Arctic Moving Pictures Film Society
4916 49th street (basement of northway bldg]
PO BOX 2487
Yellowknife, NT
X1A 2P8

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Real World Estimates – Magazine Article Reprints -photos

About: A Photo Editor (APE) is Rob Haggart, the former Director of Photography for Men's Journal and Outside Magazine.

Real World Estimates – Magazine Article Reprints


Most magazine assignments don't have big budgets on the front end, but if you play your cards right, you can help make up for it on the back end. One way to do that is to be savvy about article reprint licensing.

After a CEO or hedge fund manager lands on the cover of a publication or in a feature spread, they will usually hear from the reprint department of the magazine offering to license them reprints of the article. Reprints are a repackaged version of an article without the heft or distraction of the rest of the magazine, and they're typically used by the subject of an article to promote their company. Eprints are like reprints, but rather than being printed, they're packaged as a PDF that can be sent out by email (to a specified number of recipients) or posted online (for a specified period). Reprints and eprints can be valuable promotional tools because they carry what amounts to an endorsement from a trusted publication or news source.

When a photograph is used in the original publication, it's considered editorial use. But repackaging and distribution by a third party constitutes advertising use which is often worth a lot more than the original job. The first thing photographers have to do to insure that they get their fare share of this value is make sure they reserve those rights. When a client sends you a contract, look at the fee and look at the rights you're conveying in exchange for that fee. Do they match up? Decide what's a fair price for one-time editorial use (per day and per page). Then add on additional fees for each additional use.

Some publishing companies are big enough to have their own in-house reprint departments. But most magazines will farm that work out to reprint companies like FosterParsReprint OutsourceScoopWright's or YGS. The sheer size and number of these companies should give you an indication of the value of reprints.

Some clients will want to secure reprint rights upfront, bundling it with the shoot fee. Others will want an option to purchase reprint rights (at predetermined prices) as the need arises. Still others prefer to negotiate reprint rights on a case-by-case basis. All of those are reasonable positions to take provided the compensation is fair. Here's one magazine's reprint terms....

Saturday, September 17, 2011

Call for Submissions / Click About It Worldwide Photography Competition

Call for Submissions / European Journalism Centre & Oxfam / Click About It Worldwide Photography Competition / Maastricht, Netherlands / Deadline Date: Monday, September 26, 2011

Photographers can enter an international competition.
"Click About It" is a series of international photography competitions organized by the European Journalism Centre. ( )

The third edition, co-organized with Oxfam and sponsored by the European Commission, offers the first-place winner a trip to an Oxfam project.

The competition focuses on the topic of "aid." In this competition, photographers are asked to capture moments that show how people's lives and communities are being transformed. Whether in Berlin or Bogota, tackling poverty, health, education, gender, environment and agricultural issues -- photographers should use creativity to illustrate the concept.

Each contestant can upload a maximum of eight entries to the competition platform but they must be added at the same time.

First place wins a trip to an Oxfam project and the three runner-ups each win a EU€500 (about $700) Amazon gift certificate. A selection of photographs will be published in various Oxfam publications.

For more information, click here

Thursday, September 15, 2011

The Great Camera Shootout 2011 about the Single Chip Camera Evaluation (SCCE)

Zacuto's Regional Emmy award winning series, The Great Camera Shootout 2010, is back with a brand new breed of cameras, a fresh set of challenges and plenty of new episodes. The Great Camera Shootout 2011 is a documentary about the Single Chip Camera Evaluation (SCCE) which is a large scale technical camera comparison administered by Robert Primes, ASC.  Our documentary was designed to educate and broaden the understanding of the elements that create image quality.

Tuesday, September 06, 2011

Banff Adventure Photography Workshop Application deadline extended

Banff Adventure
Photography Workshop

Application deadline extended to
September 9, 2011

Program dates: September 23, 2011 - September 26, 2011
Faculty: John Burcham, Alec Pytlowany, Gordon Wiltsie

This workshop provides an opportunity for emerging photographers to work with experienced outdoor professionals during classroom seminars, critique sessions, and outdoor fieldwork. Participants will work towards using existing knowledge of their own photographic equipment and digital software to obtain the best results, and to enhance their skills.

Details Here

Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Photographer behind 9/11 "Falling Man" retraces steps, recalls "unknown soldier"

(Richard Drew/AP)

(Richard Drew/AP)

"Although he has not chosen his fate, he appears to have, in his last instants of life, embraced it," wrote Tom Junod in a renowned 2003 Esquire piece that coined the title of the photo, which won a 2001 World Press Photo award and is the subject of a 2006 documentary film. "If he were not falling, he might very well be flying."

Newspapers the world over made space for the Falling Man in their Sept. 12, 2001, editions. But the widespread publicity sparked a debate as to whether the image was too gratuitous for public consumption. "To me, it's a real quiet photograph," Drew argued. Unlike fellow AP photographer Nick Ut's Pulitzer-winning 1972 shot of a naked 9-year-old girl fleeing a napalm attack in Vietnam or Drew's famous photos of Bobby Kennedy's bloody dying breaths, "There's no violence in it," he said.

Friday, August 26, 2011

Forty-Three Interesting Ways* to use your Pocket Video Camera in the Classroom

Forty-Three Interesting Ways* to use your Pocket Video Camera in the
*and Tips
by Tom Barrett
This slide format guide assembles 43 illustrated suggestions from various educators for the use of pocket video technology to connect students to learning. For example, slide #43 is "Translate" - Students make foreign language (in this case, English) road descriptions. Students are given a destination and a camera. They then make a road description in the form of a VoiceThread, a media aggregator that allows people to post media artefacts - which might be a document, a slide presentation, a video, or a collection of photos.

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Crowdfunding Your Photography Project

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Crowdfunding Your
Photography Project

A free 31-page guide to an alternate funding mechanism for your photography
  • Understand what makes a project fundable and the difference between platforms like Kickstarter,, and IndieGoGo.
  • Read eight crowdfunding case studies from experienced photographers who have succeeded and failed. Hear what worked and what went wrong.
  • Learn which marketing strategies are key to reaching your goal.

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Festival du nouveau cinéma " 3 X 3 X 3 "

Festival du nouveau cinéma

3 X 3 X 3  
  3 projects. 3 mentors. 3 platforms. 

More infor here
  You have a project (documentary, animation, fiction or T.V.) and wish to develop it on new platforms ?  
  The Festival du nouveau cinéma is looking for directors / producers / creators wanting to undertake crossmedia production.  
  With the 3 X 3 X 3 event, the Festival du nouveau cinéma and Espace Infusion of L'inis offer the possibility to directors, producers and creators to be trained through a 2-phase professional intensive, where they will benefit from the expertise of the local and international guests of the FNC Pro.  
  "3 x 3 x 3" is an event presented with the support of Fonds Bell, the Conseil des Arts de Montréal and Forum Jeunesse de l'île de Montréal.

About the FNC Pro  
  3 X 3 X 3 is the closing event of the FNC Pro. The Festival du nouveau cinéma launches a section geared toward professionals, the media and students. The major upheavals of the last few years pose a challenge to existing models. New concepts such as convergence, multiplatform and transmedia need to be constantly reworked so that professionals can feel fully involved in the changes. Events presented by the Festival are rooted in local reality. With its international scope, the Festival is a prime platform for promoting know-how from Montreal, Quebec and Canada. A not-to-be-missed annual occasion to negotiate this century's changes and pave the way for the future  
  This year, the FNC Pro's transmedia concentration will be held on 3 days (October 17-18-19, 2011), at the Agora Hydro Québec du Cœur des sciences de l'UQÀM (Headquarters of the Festival du nouveau cinéma).  
  For more information about the FNC Pro  
  Simon Thibodeau  
  Co-programmation & Promotion FNC Lab/FNC Pro

Indigenous Film Fellowship (IFF)

Indigenous Film Fellowship (IFF) will offer a two-year program that will partner emerging indigenous film talent with notable and established filmmakers world-wide

[excerpt, see URL for full details]

The first year of the program will focus on the development of storytelling through script, while the second year of the fellowship will focus on the production planning and strategizing to help the grantees successfully create solid marketing and financing plans by the end of their two-year fellowship. It is the aim and ambition of both the ISF and the Indigenous Film Circle to strengthen the indigenous film network while also helping each other support and develop strong new talent within the film industry. We hope that this global program collaboration can build a permanent network for indigenous filmmakers and supporting partners world-wide.

The Indigenous Film Fellowship seeks creative, dedicated and talented filmmakers to submit their stories to be developed with the guidance and mentorship of established filmmakers with proven success records who will provide encouragement and refine the awarded fellows talents, scripts and production plans. Our aim is to have the fellows' film projects industry ready by the end of year two of the fellowship for potential financing.


  • Applicants must be of indigenous background.
  • Stories submitted must convey an indigenous perspective.
  • Fellowship seeks stories where the screenplay is not fully developed nor currently funded.
  •  Treatments must be for feature narrative films.
  • Fellows must be willing to commit two years to the fellowship and complete the work as required by the deadlines.
  •  Applicants acknowledge that if they are accepted, they have one week to confirm their commitment to the fellowship and understand that if they do not meet their deadlines as stated in the fellowship or convey a lack of willingness to participate,  can be subject to dismissal.
  •  Applicants must be willing to travel to annual IFF gatherings and workshops.
  • Applicants must be willing and desire mentorship guidance and critique.
  • Must complete all portions of the application. Any materials not provided may disqualify an application.
  • Applications must be completed in either English, Spanish or Russian. If an applicant cannot complete the application in either of these two languages, please write the International Sámi Film Centre (ISF) with a rationale and request at least 30 days before submission deadline. ISF will try their best to accommodate the request(s).
  • Applications must be received by September 1, 2011; 12:00 am GMT.
  • Applications must be completed electronically. Do not send postal mail. E-mail only. If not able to, please let ISF know immediately and at least two weeks prior to deadline.


  • The IFF seeks outstanding feature-length narrative projects which are based on strong ideas, well communicated and thoroughly thought out stories, exhibit a high level of creativity and can demonstrate the possibility of being financed for production.
  • Preferences are made on stories told in an indigenous language, but not required.
  • Stories must demonstrate an indigenous perspective and applications must address the relevance of their story to their community.
  • Individuals or teams may apply. A majority of key crew personnel must be of indigenous origin.
  • The writer or director must have at least one produced short film, feature film or appropriate television credit.


All Requirements must be met in order to qualify for the Indigenous Film Fellowship. Any requirements not fulfilled without the stated prior notice time as stated in the "Requirements" section above, may be disqualified for consideration into the Indigenous Film Fellowship.

How The Rights To Your Photo Are Being Hijacked Through Photo Contests & Social Media

How The Rights To Your Photo Are Being Hijacked Through Photo Contests & Social Media


So you've got this incredible image that you've got to show the world. Not only are you going to share it with your friends online, but you're also going to enter it in a contest or two to win some fabulous prizes. Well before you do I recommend reading the fine print, that includes the the Terms of Use (ToU) for web sites and Contest Rules for, you guessed it, photo contests.

One of the most underhanded tactics sweeping the online and publishing world is the hijacking of photo rights through inequitable terms buried in the fine print of legalese for contests and web sites. The perpetrators will no doubt surprise you, they include the likes of Facebook, National Geographic + PDN, Popular Photo, and more.

This issue is not a new one and has reared its ugly head in the past on other photo sharing sites, but now this tactic is becoming increasingly common with major players. Offending words such as perpetual, royalty-free license and irrevocable are being introduced to hijack the rights to photographs of well intended photographers looking to play the odds to have their work recognized in a contest or just to simply share with friends.

So what does this mean? It means companies, that used to pay for quality photography to fill the pages of their publications, are now taking advantage of well intentioned photographers to develop royalty-free photo libraries they now can tap to fill the pages of their publication or place in promotional advertisements.

I almost forgot about this underhanded tactic until I started to play with the idea of submitting to the Popular Photography contest "Are You the Next Great Photographer?" sponsored by Apple. In talking with a friend and fellow photographer Richard Wong it was noted the terms outlined in Popular Photography's Terms of Use were not photographer friendly.


Monday, August 08, 2011

Great Signs of the World Photo Competition

Photographers anywhere in the world can participate in a contest.

Great Hotels of the World has launched a contest for the most creative, entertaining and greatest photos of signs around the globe.

The sign doesn't necessarily have to be a road sign; it can be a sign you have seen in a hotel, restaurant, shop, or somewhere completely out of the blue.

The best photos will be entered in a drawing to win a four-night luxury stay for two at the Valamar Lacroma Dubrovnik in Dubrovnik, Croatia.

A maximum of three photograph entries per person is permitted.

Signs don't have to be in English, as long as you translate it into English correctly. Photo descriptions must be in English.

The deadline is Aug. 26.

For more information, click here.

[Rules excerpt]

27. Great Hotels of the World has the right to edit, adapt, modify and publish any or all of the submissions and may use them in any media with attribution to the entrant.

28. Each entrant grants a worldwide, irrevocable, royalty-free perpetual worldwide license to Great Hotels of the World to reproduce or feature any or all of the submissions in any type of media or promotional material with attribution to the entrant.

29. Entrants consent to Great Hotels of the World editing, re-using, storing, reproducing and communicating the entry in any medium for any purpose including but not limited to loading it onto any of the Great Hotels of the World or promotional partner websites, online or wireless applications, for use for marketing and publicity purposes and for re-use within any other Great Hotels of the World programmes with attribution to the entrant.

Tuesday, August 02, 2011

Computational photography

Computational photography


Now a novel approach to photographic imaging is making its way into cameras and smartphones. Computational photography, a subdiscipline of computer graphics, conjures up images rather than simply capturing them. More computer animation than pinhole camera, in other words, though using real light refracted through a lens rather than the virtual sort. The basic premise is to use multiple exposures, and even multiple lenses, to capture information from which photographs may be derived. These data contain a raft of potential pictures which software then converts into what, at first blush, looks like a conventional photo.

The best known example of computational photography is high-dynamic-range (HDR) imaging, which combines multiple photos shot in rapid succession, and at different exposures, into one picture of superior quality.


But HDR is just one way to splice together different images of the same subject, says Marc Levoy of Stanford University, who kickstarted the field in a seminal paper he and colleague Pat Hanrahan published in 1996. Since then, aspects of computational photography have moved from academia into commercial products. This, Dr Levoy explains, is mainly down to processing capacity of devices, such as camera-equipped smartphones, growing faster than the quantity of sensors which record light data. "You are getting more computing power per pixel."

To show off the potential of some new techniques, Dr Levoy programmed the SynthCam app for the iPhone and iOS devices, which takes a number of successive video frames and processes them into a single, static image that improves on the original in a variety of ways. He and his colleagues have also built several models of Frankencamera : prototypes made using bits of kit found in commercially available devices which use a host of tricks to capture data and turn them into better pictures with clever algorithms. SynthCam and Frankencameras can improve photos taken in low-light conditions, which are usually quite grainy, and create an artificial focus that is absent from the original set of images.

Still, for all the superior results and techniques that computational photography may reveal, Dr Levoy laments, camera-makers have been loth to embrace the new approach. This is poised to change. On June 22nd Ren Ng, a former student of his at Stanford, launched a new company called Lytro , promising to launch an affordable snapshot camera this autumn.

Rather than use conventional technology, as the Frankencamera does, to take multiple successive exposures and then meld them, Dr Ng has figured out a way to capture lots of images simultaneously. This approach is known as light-field photography, and Lytro's camera will be its first commercial exploration.


Friday, July 29, 2011

Old Boston Photograph & The Louisville Herald-Post Collections

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July 29, 2011
Volume 17, Number 30
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Old Boston Photograph Collection from the late 19th century

Slide Show

In 2007, the Boston Public Library rediscovered a rather intriguing cache of photographs from the late 19th century in their archives. While there is still some debate about the provenance of these photos, they believe that the prints were taken by photographers affiliated with the Boston Camera Club, and that this organization was responsible for coordinating this specific project. Recently, the Library decided to digitize 113 of these images, and they are available here. Visitors can search the collection by keyword, and they will also find that the Flickr format will all allow them to send images to friends and also zoom in for a closer look. There are some great items here, including a print of Benjamin Franklin's house on Milk Street and a photograph of the Old State House from 1898. [KMG]

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The University of Louisville Digital Collections include rare and unique images, documents, and oral histories from our archives, special collections, and other campus units. Learn more.

 The Louisville Herald-Post Collection

In 1925, the Louisville Post and the Louisville Herald merged under the
direction of James Buckner Brown. Under Brown's leadership this new
publication became an influential force in local politics, and it made quite
a run of it until folding for good in 1936. The paper's photo "morgue" was
acquired by the University of Louisville Photographic Archives in 1994.
Today, visitors can view over 3,800 digitized photographs from this
collection, and they can get started by looking through the collection
headings, which include "Military", "Cities & Towns", and "Ohio River".
First-time users may want to start by looking through the "Historic Sites"
area, as it includes some fine images of the Abraham Lincoln Birthplace
National Historic Site in Hodgenville and several aerial views of Churchill
Downs. Visitors can also use the search engine to look for specific
materials, and overall, it's a great resource for persons with a passion for
Kentucky history and United States history in general. [KMG]

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Tuesday, July 19, 2011

One Life Photography Competition: What does the world look like through your eyes?

What does the world look like through your eyes?

You are invited to participate in the One Life Photography Competition. This worldwide search for photography seeks to illuminate your perspective: what you love, your travels, or anything that reflects your world and experience. Select your best work, submit your photos easily online and have a chance at life-changing awards. Your photos tell stories. Now is your chance to share them with the world.

Contest Rules

The Awards

Saturday, July 16, 2011

Seeking Paid Stock Videography of #NWT People, Places, Events

---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: Jeremy - Western Arctic Moving Pictures
Date: 14 July 2011 10:45
Subject: Fwd: Looking for Paid Stock Videography of NWT People, Places, Events

Looking for Videographers with Stock Video of NWT People, Places, and Events from the following regions:
Inuvik, Fort Smith, Fort Simpson, Yellowknife, Hay River, Deline
Please contact Andrew Silke of Tait Communications at 669-6211 during the day, or email at
Andrew Silke
Tait Communications and Consulting Inc.
P.O. Box 1140
5014-47th Street
Yellowknife, NT
X1A 2N8
Tel: (867)669-6211
Fax: (867)669-7058

Monday, July 11, 2011

UNITY Journalism Fellowships with $10,000 in start-up funding

--------- Forwarded message ----------
From: Nan Rubin <nanrubinATaolDOTcom>
Date: 11 July 2011 10:0

"New U" entrepreneur fellowship program opens

Applications are now being accepted for the latest round of the New U: News Entrepreneurs Working Through UNITY fellowship, a competitive program funded by the Ford Foundation for journalists of color who want to become entrepreneurs. Participants will attend a "startup camp" in October in Las Vegas, get one-on-one mentoring, and compete to win $10,000 in start-up funding. Fellowship winners will be announced in September.

* * * * * * *
Nan Rubin
Community Media Services
* Community Media * Digital Archives *
* Project Coordination * Strategic & Technology Planning *
* Policy Analysis * Feasibility Studies & Assessments *
* Foundation & Government Grants *


Re: Oxfam photo contest awards travel grant [Worldwide]

Deadline: 26/09/11

Photographers can enter an international competition.

"Click About It" is a series of international photography competitions organized by the European Journalism Centre. The third edition, co-organized with Oxfam and sponsored by the European Commission, offers the first-place winner a trip to an Oxfam project. 

The competition focuses on the topic of "aid." In this competition, photographers are asked to capture moments that show how people's lives and communities are being transformed. Whether in Berlin or Bogota, tackling poverty, health, education, gender, environment and agricultural issues -- photographers should use creativity to illustrate the concept.

Each contestant can upload a maximum of eight entries to the competition platform but they must be added at the same time.

First place wins a trip to an Oxfam project and the three runner-ups each win a EU€500 (about $700) Amazon gift certificate. A selection of photographs will be published in various Oxfam publications.

For more information, click here

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Saturday, July 09, 2011

Call for Submissions / Cinema Politica / 2011-2012 Programming

Call for Submissions / Cinema Politica / 2011-2012 Programming / Montreal, QC / Deadline Date: Monday, August 1, 2011
Cinema Politica is currently seeking submissions of independent Canadian works their Fall deadline of August 1, 2011.

Cinema Politica is a non-competitive continuous documentary screening series with locations throughout Canada and abroad. A non-profit media arts organization committed to connecting audiences on campuses and communities to independent political and social issue non-fiction cinema. The majority of screenings occur during the academic year with two annual submission deadlines: August 1, 2011 (for the Fall 2011 Program) and December 1, 2011 (for the Winter 2012 Program).

There is no cost to submit your work to Cinema Politica.

Full submission guidelines can be found at

• Works must be independently produced, with the filmmaker retaining complete editorial control.
• Works must be in English, or with English subtitling if language is essential to the production
• Works may be from any genre including fiction, docudrama, documentary, hybrids, etc
• Works must be submitted in one of three length categories: 0-15min, 15-30, and 30+mi

Please mail submissions to the following address:

Cinema Politica Submissions
PO Box 55097 (Mackay)
Montreal, QC H3G 2W5

If you would like to send a link to the website for the film, the trailer, or to stream a preview of the film, please send appropriate information to with "Submission" in the subject heading.

For more information, email

Friday, July 08, 2011

WAMP Accepting Films & Videos to screen during 2011 #YZF #NWT Ramble & Ride

WAMP is looking for films/videos to screening during the 5th annual Ramble & Ride, July 29-31st.

If you have a film/video/or audio file that deals with Yellowknife, Old Town or the north in General, we want to see it! so contact us ASAP with the details of your video and we will try and fit it into the schedule.

Jeremy Emerson - Executive Director
Western Arctic Moving Pictures Film Society
4916 49th street (basement of northway bldg]
PO BOX 2487
Yellowknife, NT
X1A 2P8
Ph: (867) 766-2586

Thursday, July 07, 2011

Hay River #NWT Steadicam Operator

Hay River #NWT Steadicam Operator

"...The weekend got the better of me! Like I mentioned, I've only had the Steadicam for a few months, so I'm still pretty new. All of my work up till now has been as an event videographer. I generally shoot and then hand the footage to the client. If I had more free time, I'd probably get into editing, but right now I just shoot. My camera package includes a Sony EX-1r, Sennheiser wireless mic package, Sachtler sticks, and a Steadicam Zephyr. I very seldom need a light package, so I rent those as needed. ..."

"...I've been doing videography since I was in my early teens. As you can imagine, there's not a lot of this type of work down here. Just enough to pay for new toys. J I did attend the 2yr film program at Sait in the early '90's. Somewhere along the road I ended back in Hay River. Or as I like to say, "Life happens". I'm very easy to get along with and bring a professional attitude to any project.

If you ever have any projects where you need an extra videographer, don't hesitate to give me a call. The summer months can be difficult with the staff taking holidays, but I try to fit things in.


Craig Kovatch
G.B. Superior Sound Audiotronic
#3-4 Courtoreille St.
Hay River, NT, X0E 1G2
Ph. 867-874-6688
Fx. 867-874-6788

Wednesday, July 06, 2011

Photographing a Space Shuttle launch #photo #NASA

BEHIND THE LENS | The story behind the image

Photographing a Space Shuttle launch

Text by Chris Zuppa | Photo by Stephen J. Coddington

Watching a space shuttle launch is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, even if it is from afar. It's not just the moment of witnessing history unfold and feeling the rumble caused from the shuttle's liftoff, it's also the anticipation, the fingers-crossed feeling that the launch won't be scrubbed and the effort to travel to Florida's east coast wasn't in vain. You'll end up making wonderful memories from the entire experience of traveling, waiting and meeting the people who have come so far—as far as Australia and England in some cases. If you do make the trek, here are some practical travel and photo tips. [... full story & photos....]


Saturday, July 02, 2011

Showing the diamonds in the rough #YZF #NWT #NWTSPCA #SPCA

Yellowknife photographer raises money for SPCA through pictures

Full Text


Kevin Allerston
Northern News Services
Published Thursday, June 30, 2011

SOMBA K'E/YELLOWKNIFE - A Yellowknife man is showing the world how he finds diamonds in the rough while raising money for the Northwest Territories Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA) through his photography.

NNSL photo/graphic

Alexander Legaree, who recently launched Coal Photography, said his picture, "I Was Here" holds a special place in his heart. - photo courtesy of Alexander Legaree

Alexander Legaree launched Coal Photography on June 19, with the goal of showing ordinary things in new ways.

"What motivates me is my innate desire to explore the ordinary and make it extraordinary," said Legaree through e-mail. "I want to look at things through a new lens and show someone something they have seen a million times before, yet have never seen."

This vision also applies to the name of his company.

"The name has a bit of a story … Carbon is one of the most common elements in the universe and is present in all known life and can take several forms – the most notable? A diamond," Legaree wrote. "Atoms so tightly packed together under intense heat and pressure that they form the hardest material known and something truly breathtaking to behold ... and another form of carbon is coal."

As part of the launch, Legaree is donating $2.50 to the NWT SPCA for every "like" Coal Photography received between June 19 to June 28 on its Facebook page.

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

CUSO-VSO OVERSEAS PLACEMENT: Photographer (6 open placements)

OVERSEAS PLACEMENT: Photographer (6 open placements)
VSO Country Program Office
Various locations - (6 different countries) Tanzania, Ghana, Cambodia, Ethiopia, Honduras, Bolivia September 2011 (training in Ottawa) October 2011 (departure for placement country) 1 week (in Ottawa training) 4-6 weeks (in placement country)
CUSO-VSO is a non-profit development agency that works through volunteers. Each year, we send hundreds of global citizens to work on collaborative development projects in more than 40 countries in Africa, Asia, the Pacific, Latin America, and the Caribbean. We are one of North America's leading international development organizations that works through volunteers.
The aim of this placement is to collect quality communications materials (photos, video, audio clips etc.) in order to share learning and best practice generated by partners and volunteers within the VSO Program. The outcome will be that CUSO-VSO will be better able to demonstrate the impact of international volunteering and of working in partnership to tackle poverty.
You will be paired up with a volunteer journalist and will work collaboratively with the Country Office team to interview and write stories about volunteers, partners, beneficiaries and staff.
The volunteer will work:
•    Work closely with VSO country program staff to establish project logistics and schedule •    Take photos, video and/or audio which capture the impact of international volunteering
and of working in partnership to tackle poverty. Subjects will include north-south volunteers, south-south volunteers, national volunteers, Diaspora volunteers, corporate volunteers, partners and beneficiaries
•    Ensure that information is delivered in appropriate formats (as specified) upon completion of the placement.
•    If time permits, assist the VSO program office with creation and development of communication material and conduct training sessions for staff
Essential •    University Degree in relevant field •    Minimum 5 years experience as a photographer •    Proficient skills in delivering content within short timescales •    Patience, perseverance and the ability to multi-task •    A culturally-sensitive, innovative and flexible approach
Desirable •    Experience creating and editing videos •    Previous overseas experience •    Fluency in French and/or Spanish
Our training and support package covers the costs of being an overseas volunteer, allowing you to enjoy a modest but healthy lifestyle while you volunteer abroad. This includes:
•    Attendance at a CUSO-VSO assessment day (candidates must cover the first $150 of the most cost-effective travel expenses and accommodation costs)
•    Travel and accommodation costs associated with pre-departure training •    Return airfare and visa/permit (this includes a return flight in the case of a family
emergency) •    Coverage for required vaccinations, medications and comprehensive health insurance. •    Accommodation while overseas •    A modest living allowance, which varies depending on the country where you are placed
Application deadline:
Assessment day (Interview): (Must be available to attend one of the interview days listed in either Ottawa or Vancouver)
Training dates: (must be available to attend)
Wednesday, July 6th
Ottawa: July 22, 25, August 16 & 25 Vancouver: July 30, August 7 & 27
7 days in Ottawa: September 9th – 15th
CUSO-VSO places a priority on matching volunteers to countries where they are most professionally suited. Therefore, we ask that volunteers be flexible when considering where they would be willing to work.
Expressions of interest, including a cover letter, resume and sample work relevant to this position, should be sent no later than July 6th, 2011 to the following e-mail address:
We thank you for your interest but only pre-selected candidates will be contacted

Sunday, June 26, 2011

Ft Smith #NWT Photo Club Scavenger Hunt running today...

Via FaceBook...

Ft. Smith Photo Club Scavenger Hunt running today...

I think this is a great idea to promote photography in the NWT and would love to see it happening in every community... and would even like to see a territory wide version happen...


Friday, June 24, 2011

The new digital still camera by Lytro allows you to "shoot now, focus later."

Is technology replacing skill?

How the Lytro Light-Field Camera Works

Light-field photography has the potential to revolutionize photography. Ren Ng, the founder of Lytro, explains how a camera can capture images that are never out of focus.,2817,2387554,00.asp

The camera that turns light into living pictures

This year, Lytro will debut the first light field camera for everyone. OK – you're not everyone. You are a beautiful, unique snowflake. And you deserve an amazing camera that lets you capture life's singular moments, like baby's first steps not second, with maximum magic and minimum hassle. No more fighting with dials and settings and modes. No more flat, boring, static photographs. With a Lytro, you unleash the light.

The latest column of The Digital Eye is online; This time - panoramic photography

The latest column of The Digital Eye
>is online at What's Up Yukon
<>. This time
dealing with panoramic photography. Feel free to email my questions or add
comments after the article. Enjoy.

Peace, Health and Harmony

Norm Hamilton, Freelance Writer and Photographer
137-1 Klondike Road
Whitehorse, Yukon Y1A 3L6
email: <normATnormhamiltonDOTca>ytnormATgmailDOTcom
PH: (867) 333-0595

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Aboriginal Youth Tell Their Stories With Photographs

Photostories by Aboriginal Youth:  In Ontario, almost half of Aboriginal people – First Nation, Métis and Inuit – are less than 25 years old. They live on reserves and in towns and cities across the province. This photography project gives Aboriginal youth a voice. Seven Aboriginal communities in Ontario. More than fifty Aboriginal young people. Sharing stories through their own eyes.

June 21, 2011 10:05 AM

McGuinty Government Helping Better Understanding For Aboriginal Youth

More than 50 Aboriginal youth are showcasing their images and stories in an online gallery.

With support from the province and Planet IndigenUs, professional Aboriginal photographers visited seven communities to mentor youth in Grades 6 to 8, teaching them about photography and how to use it to tell a story. Those images are part of a gallery "In My Own Eyes" and are now available to view online.

The gallery of photos is launched on National Aboriginal Day, a day that recognizes the important contributions that Aboriginal people, their cultures and traditions have made, and continue to make, to Ontario and Canada.


  • The communities that participated in this project include: M'Chigeeng First Nation, Ojibways of Onigaming, Moose Cree First Nation, Six Nations of the Grand River First Nation. Urban Aboriginal youth in the cities of Fort Frances, Toronto and North Bay also participated.
  • Mentors were assisted on-reserve by a member of the Chiefs of Ontario's Young Peoples Council, and in urban settings by a member of the Ontario Federation of Indian Friendship Centres Youth Council.
  • 43 percent of Aboriginal people - First Nation, Inuit and Métis - in Ontario are less than 25 years old.
  • Planet IndigenUs is a major international cultural initiative of Toronto's Harbourfront Centre in partnership with the Woodland Cultural Centre in Brantford.


  • Scott Cavan
    Minister's Office
  • Christy Arnold
  • Bruce Hutchinson
    Harbourfront Centre

OPPORTUNITIES / PHOTOGRAPHY: Scholarship for young photojournalists accepting applications (GLOBAL)

Ian Parry Scholarship deadline is 30th June 2011

Full-time photography students and photographers age 24 or under can apply for a scholarship.

The Ian Parry Scholarship is designed to help young documentary photographers undertake a chosen project and raise their profile in the international photography community. It is named after photographer Ian Parry, who died on assignment in Romania at the age of 24.

The top prize is UK£3,000 (about US$4900) and UK£500 (about US$820) for runners-up. The Sunday Times Magazine publishes a selection of images from the competition and World Press Photo automatically nominates the winner for the Joop Swart Masterclass.

For more information, click here.


The Ian Parry Scholarship 2011 deadline is June 30th 2011. Applications are digital. FTP instructions and application forms are available from

The Ian Parry Scholarship is designed to award young documentary photographers with a bursary that will enable them to undertake a chosen project and raise their profile in the international photographic community.

Ian Parry was a photojournalist who died whilst on assignment for the Sunday Times during the Romanian revolution in 1989. He was just 24 years old. The Scholarship was set up by Aidan Sullivan and Ian's friends and family in order to build something positive from such a tragic death.

The competition is open to full time photographic students and photographers of 24 years or under.

The prize is £3,000 towards an assignment, a commission for Save The Children plus £500 for runners up. The Sunday Times Magazine publishes a selection of images from the competition and World Press Photo automatically accept the winner onto their final list of nominees for the Joop Swart Masterclass. An exhibition of images curated by Rebecca McClelland will be on view at the Getty Images Gallery from the 17th August


Entrants must submit: A digital portfolio of 12 images to our FTP following our guidelines. An application form. A synopsis of a project they would undertake if they won the award complete with budget and some research.

This year we are also launching the first in a series of seminars and workshops led by industry professionals connected to the scholarship. This will be a free event exclusive to all finalists.

Our key sponsors: The Sunday Times & Canon Europe. Our thanks to all our other sponsors: Save The Children, Frontline Club, British Journal of Photography and the Getty Gallery for their generous support.

Friday, June 17, 2011

Commonwealth Global Film and Photography Competition

Dear Sir/Madam,
I am writing from the Royal Commonwealth Society (RCS) in London. The RCS is an international education charity which supports and promotes the culture and core values of the modern Commonwealth.
We are keen to collaborate with your Film Commission, in promoting two exciting and innovative competitions – the Commonwealth Photographic and Vision Awards (film). Open to Commonwealth citizens under the age of 30, these competitions will act as a platform for aspiring and established photographers and filmmakers to realise their dreams, whilst promoting the rich culture, heritage and scenery/landscape of Canada's provinces and territories. What's more, selected winners of the different categories would be in line to win some amazing monetary and photography/film equipment. In 2010, winners were flown to London for a week of workshops and a Gala Awards Dinner. We are currently finalising arrangements for this year's top prize - details will be revealed in a special press release later this month.
We would be very grateful if you could kindly publicise these competitions to Film and Photography Schools / Institutes or amongst established/aspiring filmmakers within your province/territory. We would also appreciate it if you could send us a list or database of the names of these schools or institutes so that we could update our records and send further information about our youth projects and creative competitions. The RCS will acknowledge any support given, across their networks in Commonwealth countries.
Please see the attachments for all the information on the Photographic and Vision Awards. The deadline for submissions is 1st August. Please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any questions.
Best wishes,
 John Apea
John Apea
Youth Programmes Team

Tel: +44 (0)20 7766 9208
Fax: +44 (0)20 7930 9705
For more information on our upcoming events visit:
The Royal Commonwealth Society is a Registered Charity in England and Wales and a Body Incorporated by Royal Charter. Registered Charity No: 226748. Registered office: 25 Northumberland Avenue , London WC2N 5AP.

The deadline for 2011 submissions has been extended to 1st August!!

The only Photographic Prize of its kind reaching every country in the Commonwealth, the Photographic Awards has been running since the 1990s and has drawn together hundreds of young photojournalists and photographers every year. The standard of entry is always exceptional.

Open to young people under the age of 30, whether you take photos on a digital, analogue, or disposable camera - or a mobile phone - please send them in.

We are actively encouraging young people under the age of 18 to also take part this year!

The theme in 2011 is Women as Agents of Change.

Icon: Acrobat PDFClick here for 2011's Young Commonwealth Competitions flyer with the 2011 theme of "Women as Agents of Change" and some news on how you can take part in both the film, photography and essay competitions AS WELL AS the Commonwealth Jubilee Time Capsule