Photographers called to compete

Freelance photographers are eying the prospect of greater exposure for their careers on a regional, national and international scale thanks to a trio of new competitions.

To prepare for an exhibition at Cambridge University’s Museum of Zoology, photographers of varying abilities and ages are going out to capture the ‘Fens Through a Lens.’

A personal tour of local nature reserves, a photography DVD and a behind-the-scenes look at the museum will be awarded to those who perfectly capture the fenland’s beauty.

Photographers who submit images, which could be of rare birds in flight, will be considered for the museum’s exhibition, before the winning snaps will be shown across the region.

Subject categories for photographs, age categories for entrants and suitable spots for taking photographs are all on the museum's website.

Other photographers who prefer a UK-wide focus should accept
PicStop's latest offer : answer one question to potentially win a paid-for photography holiday with professional tips to boot.

The digital camera specialist’s weekend away is ideal for photographers wanting to ask questions, improve skills or elevate their expertise, as it involves industry tutor Northscape.

Good food, transport and accommodation is all taken care of for the winner’s trip, which will cover beauty spots like those in Cornwall, Northumberland and North Yorkshire.

Meanwhile, photographers looking to raise their profile worldwide are entering a contest to celebrate the UN Year of the Potato.

Professional or amateur category entrants need to take pictures that spotlight the vegetable as a source of food, income and employment.

To submit images , which may be taken on a digital camera or may be scans in JPEG format, entrants should upload them online or burn them onto a CD to be posted to organisers.

The photographers who best highlight the importance of the potato as a food in developing nations stand to win up to £2,000 in prize money, a Nikkon camera and the global exposure of their triumph.


1st April 2008

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