Jul 112016

World-renowned photographer Nigel Barker invites photographers nationwide to enter for a chance to compete to be the next Top Photographer; 5-episode reality series to air on AdoramaTV this fall.

New York, NY – JULY 11, 2016 – Adorama, one of the world’s largest photography, video, audio, imaging and electronics retailers, announced today the launch of a brand new reality web series competition for every type of photographer: TOP PHOTOGRAPHER WITH NIGEL BARKER. Open to all photographers across the nation, from professional shooter to hobbyist to iPhoneographer, five contestants will be hand-picked by Nigel Barker himself to compete in the AdoramaTV original series, where they will be challenged to prove they have not only the skills, but the vision to become the next Top Photographer.

Enter now for your chance to compete in AdoramaTV’s TOP PHOTOGRAPHER WITH NIGEL BARKER today!

We will be casting a large net across the country looking for photographers from all walks of life and interested in all types of photography,” states Nigel. “Obviously technical ability will be assessed but most importantly I will be looking for passion, drive and the illusive ‘eye’ that all top photographers have. Top Photographer is going to pit a few of the best shooters we can find from all around the country with the aim of singling out just one to win the title of Top Photographer. And in a world of photographers, that’s no small feat.”

Technology these days is so advanced, yet so accessible, it gives everyone the ability to become a photographer and share their own unique vision with the world,” comments Lev Peker, chief marketing officer, Adorama. “But not everyone has the platform to get their work noticed. Through this competition, we hope to give all photographers out there the opportunity to let the world see what they see behind the lens. We’re very excited to see how they tackle the challenges Nigel and Adorama have created for them, and to let others tune in to the fun on AdoramaTV.”

Airing in November, the finale of TOP PHOTOGRAPHER WITH NIGEL BARKER will conclude with the final two contestants competing for the title and the grand prize, valued at $50k, which includes a photography equipment package as well as a photo exhibition event in New York City hosted by Nigel Barker, to take place after the finale airs.

About the Judges:

Nigel Barker
Nigel Barker is an internationally renowned photographer, author and filmmaker. Best known for his participation on America’s Next Top Model with Tyra Banks, Barker has created a prominent presence in the fashion and entertainment industry. He currently is the host of a weekly radio show called SiriusXM’s Gentleman’s Code as well as the host of Oxygen’s The Face with Naomi Campbell. Drawing on his many years of experience, Nigel has published two books: The Beauty Equation and his latest book, New York Times best-seller, Models of Influence. After 20+ years in the industry, Barker is definitely one of the ultimate influencers in the photography world.

Additional judges, including internationally known, award-winning photographers, will be announced soon – stay tuned for more details!

Enter Now for a Chance to Compete in TOP PHOTOGRAPHER WITH NIGEL BARKER
Interested in competing for a chance to become the next TOP PHOTOGRAPHER? To enter, upload an authentic image taken within the last five years. 1,000 entrants will make it through to the final phase, when they will be asked to submit a 30-second video addressing a question from Nigel. Five finalists will then be chosen to move on to the filmed competition, which will take place in New York City this September.

About Top Photographer
Adorama is teaming up with photographer Nigel Barker, of America’s Next Top Model fame, to host a five-episode reality competition series on AdoramaTV. Premiering late Fall 2016, TOP PHOTOGRAPHER WITH NIGEL BARKER** will feature five talented photographers hoping to become the next “It”-photographer in the business. With the help of guest judges, including internationally known, award-winning photographers, Nigel will eliminate one photographer after each challenge to find the next Top Photographer.

About AdoramaTV
With nearly 48 million views since debuting on YouTube in 2010, AdoramaTV is the preeminent source for videos related to the photography, film and music community. Of course we have new product releases and gear reviews, but what sets AdoramaTV apart is how we connect with our viewers to deliver engaging content, which includes our flagship AdoramaOriginal series “Through The Lens”; “Breathe Your Passion with Vanessa Joy”; “2-Minute Tips with David Bergman”; and “Exploring Photography with Mark Wallace.”

ADORAMA: More Than a Camera Store
Adorama is more than a camera store – it’s one of the world’s largest photography, video, audio and computer retailers. Serving customers for more than 40 years, Adorama has grown from its flagship NYC store to include the leading online destination for imaging and consumer electronics. Adorama’s vast product offerings encompass home entertainment, mobile computing, and professional video and audio, while its services include an in-house photo lab, AdoramaPix; resources and gear for photographers, filmmakers, production studios, broadcasting and post houses, and recording artists through Adorama Pro; pro equipment rental at Adorama Rental Company; and the award-winning Adorama Learning Center, which offers free creative education in online channels such as the popular Adorama TV.

Adorama is listed as one of the top five electronics retailers by Consumer Reports, “Best of the Web” by Forbes.com, Internet Retailers Top 100, and is the official Electronics Retailer of the NY Giants. Visit ADORAMA at www.adorama.com.

Dec 042014


Winner gets the use of a Phase One IQ250 camera system for one month

COPENHAGEN, December 5, 2014 — Phase One has launched a photo contest that asks entrants to submit one photo illustrating their concept: “What the world’s best [__________] is made of.” It could be the world’s best sport, love story, dinner — anything imaginable! Anyone, anywhere in the world, using any brand or type of photographic gear can participate!

The winner will be given a Phase One IQ250 medium format camera system for one month & the ability to capture and keep some unbelievably high-quality images — plus a chance to share their photos with the world!

The Phase One Photo Contest is open throughout December, one entry per person. In January, ten finalists will be announced, and their work will be featured on Phase One social media sites. From the 10 finalists, a panel of three judges, including pro photographers Tim Kemple, Michael Woloszynowicz and Paul Reiffer, will make the final selection, and the winner will be announced during the first week of February.

For more information, including how to register to submit an entry, and to review terms and conditions, please go to:  http://www.phaseone.com/contest. Photos, updates, comments by the judges, and much more is planned for Phase One social media sites. For all the latest in contest news, and to experience some great creative work, please follow:  
Twitter @PhaseOnePhoto
Instagram: @PhaseOnePhoto

About Phase One
Phase One is the world’s leader in open-platform, high-end camera systems and solutions. Phase One cameras, digital backs and lenses are designed to deliver superior quality image capture and investment value. Phase One’s Capture One Pro and Media Pro software help streamline capture and post-production processes for both medium format and DSLR cameras. Phase One products are known for their quality, flexibility and speed enabling pro photographers shooting in a wide range of formats to achieve their creative visions without compromise.

Phase One is based in Copenhagen with offices in New York, London, Tokyo, Cologne, Hong Kong, Shanghai, Sydney, and Tel Aviv. Phase One and Capture One are registered trademarks of Phase One A/S. All other brand or product names are trademarks or registered trademarks of their respective holders.

May 112014

The Coral Gables Museum holds an annual photo competition called “Capture Coral Gables”. This year, four of my images have been selected for inclusion in the exhibit. The exhibit opens on June 6, 2014 from 6PM – 9PM at the Coral Gables Museum. The images will be on display until August 22, 2014. The winners of the competition are determined by public vote which closes with the exhibition. Please head over to the Museum and vote for my work.

Here are the four images that have been selected:

Biltmore Hotel Vertical Pano Biltmore Hotel Lobby Biltmore Pool 2 Biltmore Pool
Remember, voting is in person at the Coral Gables Museum not online, so please head out to the museum and show your support for my work.
Oct 162013


For the first time ever, Leica is launching the “Leica X Vario City Challenge,” a coast to coast Leica Camera photo competition with a twist! Leica fans in four cities— New York, Washington DC, Los Angeles and Miami—can compete for the chance to win a Leica X Vario among many other valuable prizes. 30 lucky participants in each city will be invited to shoot with a Leica X Vario for 4 hours during the City Challenge. Sign up quickly, be creative, select your favorite image, and submit it to the competition.


WHERE & WHEN:       

New York City : October 25 (12 Noon to 4 PM EST)

Washington DC : November 8 (12 Noon to 4 PM EST)

Los Angeles : November 15 (12 Noon to 4 PM PST)

Miami : December 6 (12 Noon to 4 PM EST)



To sign up, email rsvp@leicacamerausa.com and specify which city you will be participating in for the Leica X Vario City Challenge. Spots are granted on a first come, first serve basis. Participants will have until 11:59 PM on the Sunday of their City Challenge to submit their photo of choice. Albums will then be uploaded on the Facebook pages of each city’s participating Leica store and fans will be able to vote publicly for their favorite images. The photo with the most “likes” after one week is the “Leica X Vario Challenge City Winner” and will be entered into the national pool, where a panel of 5 acclaimed judges will choose the winning photograph.  For more details on the contest, please visit http://bit.ly/XVarioCityChallenge.



The Grand Prize Winner for the Leica X Vario City Challenge receives a Leica X Vario camera (valued at $2,850), a private reception for friends and family at their local Leica store, a digital photo exhibit at their local Leica store, and a special guest series on the Leica blog in 2014.

Second, Third, and Fourth National runners up receive other Leica cameras as their prize. City Winners and runners up receive other fun Leica prizes.

Jun 152011

Solms, Germany (June 15, 2011) – First prize in this year’s highly prestigious photographic competition, the Leica Oskar Barnack Award 2011, goes to the Danish photographer Jan Grarup. For his award-winning portfolio, entitled ‘Haiti Aftermath’, the winner will be presented with a Leica M9 camera and lenses worth around €9,500 (approximately U.S. $13,760), as well as a cash prize of €5,000 (approximately U.S. $7,240). The second winner in this year’s competition is Jing Huang from China. His portfolio, ‘Pure of Sight’, wins the Leica Oskar Barnack Newcomer Award 2011 and a Leica M9 with lenses. The prizes will be presented on July 5, 2011 as part of the photographic festival in Arles.

The central theme of his project, ‘Haiti Aftermath’, focuses on the massive earthquake in Haiti on January 12, 2010 and its consequences. Jan Grarup’s portfolio shows the extent of the catastrophe and the fate of the survivors in pictures of enormous intensity. The destruction is appalling. A precise count and identification of the victims is difficult due to the enormous devastation. Even today the number of victims can only be estimated, and the government assumes a death toll of around 300,000 people, with more than three million affected by the quake. The earthquake is therefore considered to be the most severe quake in the history of North and South America. Jan Grarup travelled to Haiti on an assignment for various magazines to document the catastrophic consequences of the natural disaster. He sees his mission as a photographer as much more than the simple depiction of the current situation. The aim of his black-and-white shots is to generate emotion. The earthquake took everything the Haitians had: their belongings, the roof over their heads, their friends and relatives. Their lives lie in ruins. Fear and despair is written on their faces. They have lost all they ever owned and often even risk the only thing left to them in the search for food and water: their lives. The police and private security forces attempt to protect the remaining stocks of provisions and do not hesitate to defend them with weapons, as Jan Grarup’s pictures show.

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Jan Grarup, born in 1968, has travelled to almost all corners of the world over the last 20 years, capturing numerous historic moments and, amongst these, irrefutable proof of human brutality. During the development of his projects, he often works hand in hand with aid organizations like Médecins Sans Frontières and UNICEF. He has already won numerous prestigious awards from the photographic industry and human rights organizations, such as World Press Photo or UNICEF. His work is regularly published in prominent newspapers and magazines around the world, for example The Guardian, The Sunday Times Magazine, Stern, Geo and Paris Match.

‘Pure of Sight’, the portfolio entered by Chinese photographer Jing Huang, is not dedicated to any subject in particular. Each of his twelve black-and-white images has its own unique story to tell. In his portfolio, the photographer appears to have selected a series of images entirely at random. They show landscapes, wildlife and detailed close-up images. Nevertheless, each photo has a charisma of its own. Everyday scenes and objects are suffused with a magic that captures the viewer’s soul. The young photographer has discovered a way to lend enormous depth to familiar and seemingly trivial things. Jing Huang explains that he could never be a good writer because he finds it difficult to find the right words. And that is why the camera is his eye, and photography is the medium to express his innermost thoughts. His images communicate what he has to say without the need for words. Viewers see the world as it is seen through the eyes of the photographer.

Jing Huang, born in 1987, is a real newcomer. His passion for photography evolved from a wish to tell stories through pictures. To accomplish this, he enrolled at the Arts Academy of Guangzhou in southern China in 2003 to study photography and digital art. He is a passionate Leica photographer and the owner of a Leica M4-P that he still uses for his work today.

The Leica Oskar Barnack Award was held for the 32nd time this year and recorded a record participation of over 2,000 entries (last year, 1,700 photographers took part). Professional photographers from over 89 countries took part in the competition. The majority of this year’s submissions came from Germany, the USA, China, France and Russia. This year, the jury members included Leica photographer Stanley Greene; Mark Rykoff, picture editor at TIME.com; Anna Gripp, editor-in-chief at Photonews; Karin Rehn-Kaufmann, creative director of the Leica Gallery in Salzburg; and Dr Andreas Kaufmann, chairman of the Supervisory Board at Leica Camera AG.

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