- 2019 International Filter Photo Contest -

Hey everyone!

Kenko Tokina Co., Ltd. have now launched its annual International Filter Photo Contest 2019!

The competition runs between July 16th to October 31st, 2019; and, the theme is “photos that make effective use of filters”.

Check out all the details here at Filter Zone

You have to be in it to win it!

- International Color Awards - Nominees -

It was my first year entering the International Color Awards.

This year I entered as an amateur, as the rules for a professional stated that photography had to be their income source.  As I do not focus on photography 100% at the moment and my main income is derived from my day job (outside of the industry), it made sense to enter this way.

Yesterday, I found out that two of my images were nominated. Whilst they didn’t win, it’s still an amazing honour especially considering the high calibre of work and the judging panel.




LOS ANGELES 09/03/2019 - Amateur photographer Michelle Lake of Australia was presented with the 12th Annual International Color Awards Nominee title in the category of Nature at a prestigious Nomination & Winners Photoshow streamed Saturday, March 9, 2019. 

The live online gala was attended by 11,829 photography fans around the globe who logged on to watch the climax of the industry's most important event for color photography. 12th Annual Jury members included captains of the industry from Sotheby's, New York; Benetton, Ponzano Veneto; The Art Channel, London; Kolle Rebbe, Hamburg; Droga5, New York; Preus Museum, Norway; Art Beatus, Hong Kong; Forsman & Bodenfors, Gothenburg; Wieden & Kennedy, Portland; Fox Broadcasting Network, Los Angeles; Gallery Kong, Seoul; and Phillips, New York who honored Color Masters with 761 title awards and 1,032 nominees in 37 categories.

"Winning awards is an endorsement that you are doing something right in your craft. I am delighted to win Merit of Excellence in the Food category and have another 8 nominations... a huge thank you to you and your support of photography," said Hugh Johnson, 2nd Place Winner in Food. Leigh Miller, 1st Place Winner in Aerial added, "Wow, I'm over the moon with pride and joy at getting 1st place and honourable mention in the amateur Aerial category. I'm privileged to have my work showcased alongside such talented and creative people. Thank you International Color Awards for the chance to show our work on an international stage and big thanks to the judges for their time." 

"It is an incredible achievement to be selected among the best from the 7,241 entries we received this year," said Basil O'Brien, the awards Creative Director. "Michelle Lake's "Exhale" and “Underwater Garden”, exceptional images entered in the Nature category, represents contemporary color photography at its finest, and we're pleased to present her with the title of Nominee."

INTERNATIONAL COLOR AWARDS is the leading international award honoring excellence in color photography. This celebrated event shines a spotlight on the best professional and amateur photographers worldwide and honors the finest images with the highest achievements in color photography. www.colorawards.com



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To celebrate the launch of the new Firin 20mm F2 FE AF Lens, Tokina have launched an exciting new giveaway campaign with a unique grand prize. One winner can take home BOTH the Tokina AF and MF versions of the lens.

As a Tokina ambassador, I'm pleased to share with you this chance to WIN!

For more information, head on over to the Tokina website at http://tokinalens.com/news/tokina_giveaway_campaign/.

Or you can enter here at: https://enter.tokinacontest.com/lp/52587/firin

Good Luck!


Sunstudios: I'm a finalist!



It was such an unexpected surprise to find out today that I am a finalist in the 2016 SunStudio Assistants & Emerging Photographer Award!

This is the first year that I have entered but what makes it even better is that my very talented and beautiful friend Heather Raadgever is also a finalist!