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December 2017


ZEISS Photography Award 2018

© Kevin Faingnaert

The ZEISS Photography Award is now in its third year – and is calling on ambitious photographers from across the globe to present their work around the theme “Seeing Beyond – Untold Stories” to the international jury of experts. The focus of the photo series should be on stories that have not yet been told (or have not yet been told to the end). The theme “Untold Stories” can and should be understood in the broadest sense – the works can examine the familiar from a new perspective or cover topics that have not received much attention up until now. The goal is for photographers to push the creative boundaries and surpass themselves photographically.

The ZEISS Photography Award is jointly organized by ZEISS and the World Photography Organisation. Last year, around 4,700 photographers from 132 countries submitted more than 31,000 photos.

Photographers are asked to submit a series of 5 – 10 images, including a description of the images, online. Entries close February 6, 2018.

The winner and the shortlist with up to ten photographers will be announced on April 3, 2018. The winners will receive attractive prizes, including ZEISS lenses of their choice with a total value of 12,000 euros as well as 3,000 euros to cover travel costs for a photo project. The awards ceremony will be held in London on April 19, 2018, as part of the Sony World Photography Awards.

The winning photos and the selected photos from the shortlist will simultaneously be presented at the Sony World Photography Awards exhibition at the Somerset House in London, with the winner participating in the exhibition opening. In addition, ZEISS will invite the winner to the company’s headquarters in Germany. Here they will gain insight into the world of ZEISS and can familiarize themselves with ZEISS lenses. In addition, they will also have the opportunity to personally work with ZEISS and the World Photography Organisation.

For more information and to enter visit


Talman Madsen: My Life is an Adventure

© Talman Madsen

Imagine a life where you travel to every region in New Zealand every three months. You get to experience living in a luxury hotel for some of the time, while also sleeping in the back of your car in gorgeous locations, ready to capture a perfect sunrise. Sounds like a dream right? Well, it’s also Talman Madsen’s everyday life. The self-described photographer, adventurer, and storyteller says he’s embracing this lifestyle and couldn’t be happier with how everything’s going so far. And it’s not too hard to see why, when you hear Talman talk about just a few of his favourite experiences that he’s experienced with his Sony α7R II and Sony α7 II in tow:

“A few of the highlights have to be a sunrise doors-off helicopter flight around Tititea Mount Aspiring, climbing Mount Ollivier, spending 65 days on the road shooting in preparation for my book, exploring Milford Sound via helicopter, getting lost off-roading in a Trekker Adventures Land Rover Defender, coming face to face with Hoiho (Yellow Eyed Penguin), spending two months hitch-hiking around New Zealand sleeping in a tent, dancing under the strongest Aurora in over 10 years, spending countless nights under the stars, climbing Mount Ruapehu…”

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Sony World Photography Awards 2018

© Camilo Diaz

The Sony World Photography Awards celebrated its 11th anniversary this year, a decade-long partnership between Sony and the World Photography Organisation, bringing you one of the world’s leading photography competitions.

Free to enter and open to all photographers, the awards’ are an authoritative voice in the photographic industry, with the power to shape the careers of its winning, shortlisted and commended photographers.

In 2016 the total number of entries received since the first edition in 2007 surpassed 1 million images, reinforcing its position as one of the most respected and influential photography competitions in existence.

A total prize fund of US$30,000 plus the latest Sony digital imaging equipment is shared between winning photographers. Photographers are taken on a year-long journey, bringing untold exposure and providing a global stage on which to present their work.

Each Spring, the hugely popular Sony World Photography Awards Exhibition, featuring a selection of winning, shortlisted and commended images, is curated at the landmark Somerset House, London.

For more information and to enter visit