If You Can Take It Here, You Can Take It Anywhere... Photos, That Is

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Two photo contests with attractive prizes are now accepting entries, though their welcome mats will be rolled up before summer's end. The first, PHOTOBOOK NYC, seeks the best pictures of New York City. Images must be submitted by Aug. 12 unless accompanied by a $10 late fee through Aug. 18. The second, World in Focus, offers the grand prize of a 10-day expedition to the Galapagos Islands courtesy of National Geographic Expeditions.


The contest closer to home, PHOTOBOOK NYC, solicits photos in three categories:

  • People whether celebrities, politicians, friends, neighbors, pets or tourists
  • Places including iconic scenes (like the bridge we'd like to sell you above), new developments or construction sites, 'hoods (as in neighborhoods; Little Red Riding sightings should be submitted above); social clubs, parks, cemeteries and city recreation
  • Things such as street art, found art, festivals, parades, inanimate objects, glitz, bling, dirt, plus the strange, bizarre and unexplained; you know, the weird details that give New York City its texture

PHOTOBOOK NYC is a contest created by PDN (Photo District News) with Blurb, a site that helps people make their own books. There will be 35 winners to be published in a PDN special edition book celebrating images that speak volumes about the city. All winners will receive a PDN subscription, a 2010 Photoplus Expo Gold Pass, a gift card from Blurb and an invitation to the Photoplus BASH Party (plus 1). One grand prize winner will receive a PhotoPlus Expo Conference Pass ($510 value). To participate, there is a $25 entry fee per image or series of up to six related images.

The World in Focus contest presented by National Geographic Traveler and PDN lets you enter as either a novice shooter or a professional photographer. Portraits, places and "moments that make our world so worth exploring" are accepted for consideration.

Photo credits (left to right): Peter Allinson, Chris Gordaneer, Dina Bova, Christian Aslund

Amateur prizes include that Galapagos Islands grand prize along with a $250 certificate for Canson Infinity media (paper and canvas products); a first prize consisting of a week stay for two in Waikiki, Hawaii, at an Aqua Boutique Collection hotel; a second prize enabling a 2 1/2-day photo class at Santa Fe Workshops; seven merit prizes encompassing a Nikon L100 Coolpix camera (or equivalent) and a $100 B&H Gift Card as well as a $100 certificate for Canson Infinity media. Winning images will be featured in the Jan./Feb. 2011 edition of National Geographic Traveler and displayed at the World in Focus Gallery Exhibit at the PDN PhotoPlus Expo in New Oct. 28 - 30, 2010. Winners will also receive a one-year subscription to National Geographic Traveler.

The top professional category winner gets the grand prize of an 8-day/7-night hotel-and-train journey through the Canadian Rockies with Rocky Mountaineer. It comes with a Nikon D-90 Digital SLR kit  (or equivalent), a PDN PhotoServe portfolio for one year, and a $250 certificate for Canson Infinity media. The second prize is a two-day lighting clinic with Photo Quest Adventures taught by Tom Bol in the city of your choice. Each category winner receives a Nikon D5000 DSL kit (with lens), a PDN PhotoPlus Expo Gold Pass and a $100 certificate for Canson Infinity media. All Pro winners will also receive a $100 B&H Gift Card.

The categories are: travel portraits, outdoor scenes, spontaneous moments and photo essay. Those participating in the Amateur competition pay $12 per entry; Professionals pay $35. The deadline of the World in Focus Contest is a little later than the PHOTOBOOK NYC competition. You have until Aug. 23 to get your entries in, though there is an extended deadline of Sept. 7 with an additional $10 per entry late fee. For more information and to enter the fray, see the World in Focus Contest  website.