Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Showcase your images to the photography world

Zizics is a free to join website that allows members to upload their images for display to the general public. Our goal is to create a friendly community of like minded people who have an interest in photography from all over the world. We want Zizics.com to be a place where people can get inspiration and exchange ideas.

Joining is very simple, there are just a few fields to fill out with the option to fill out more if you want to tell people more about yourself. We recommend filling out your location so that people can find you using our search page.

Once you’ve joined you can start uploading images. Our upload page allows you to add multiple images at once. When an image has been uploaded you can add more information about the image such as title, description and tags. If your image contains metadata relating to these fields we will automatically populate the fields with this information. You can choose to allow other members to have the functionality to comment on your images.

We welcome comments or suggestions from anyone about the site or how it can be improved. There is a ‘contact us’ link at the bottom of any page.

Our URL is www.zizics.com. Please come and take a look around. We hope you like what you see and we hope to see you there.

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End of the line for the Hasselblad V System

Hasselblad is to cease production of its 503CW model - the last V System camera in the company's portfolio.

The decision, which comes into immediate effect, brings to an end over a half century of evolution of the company's original camera line.

Dr. Larry Hansen, Hasselblad Chairman and CEO said: "Everything has its place in time. The veteran 503CW combined with an extensive V System range of interchangeable lenses and accessories, was for seventeen years the camera of choice for discerning professionals and aspirational amateur photographers.

But there has been a substantial decline in demand for this camera over the past five years or so and the time has now come for us to reluctantly consign the V System to history. In so doing we would like to thank all fans and customers for both their loyalty and their enthusiasm for our legacy Hasselblad V System."

He added: "Now of course the focus on medium format capture is on our H System - the world's most advanced camera system. The latest generation cameras represent medium format capture engineering at its most exemplary and are well-placed to secure and underpin the company's unrivalled reputation for providing highest image quality and craftsmanship. Additionally we are focusing on new products for advanced enthusiasts."

Hasselblad has confirmed that the last 503CW has rolled off the production line but the company will continue to provide V System accessories while stocks last. V System support will also still be available through current channels.

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Monday, April 15, 2013

Photography’s greats feature in the new issue of VICTOR

Hasselblad's VICTOR Magazine made a triumphant return to a print format last year, and Issue Two is now available, featuring contributions from the likes of David Hockney, Steve McCurry and Perou.

The brave decision by Hasselblad to swim against the tide last year, and to turn VICTOR Magazine from an online publication back to a printed issue, paid huge dividends as the new-look publication earned plaudits around the world for its strikingly high quality, luxury feel. Not surprisingly VICTOR - Photography Book Two has been hotly anticipated and now it's here, boasting a list of contributors that sounds like a who's who of international greats.

The new issue of VICTOR has David Hockney revealing a word-exclusive triptych, stylishly reproduced as a complex multiple gatefold, while there's also an exclusive edit from Steve McCurry of the Pirelli 2013 Calendar, which he photographed in Rio de Janeiro. Also featured in VICTOR - Photography Book Two is Alec Soth, a photographer known for his monochrome exploration of Americana; Guido Argentini, showcasing his exceptional nude studies; and London-based photographer Perou, who has photographed every celebrity in modern culture from Bill Clinton through to Justin Bieber. Exclusively for VICTOR Perou is also showcasing a collaboration with adidas Originals, an exciting project titled Concrete that features their Spring/Summer 2013 collection.

"We were delighted to bring VICTOR back as a print title last year," says Paul Waterworth, Hasselblad's Global Photographer Relations Manager. "Because we were looking to showcase some of the exceptional photographers from around the world who are using Hasselblad cameras it made sense to use their work within a format that truly did it justice. Issue Two of VICTOR will very much continue that journey, and the book format allows us to capture the full quality of images produced by one of the world's best cameras."

"Establishing VICTOR at the forefront of print publishing and photography titles has been a key aim," says the publication's Editor-in-Chief and Creative Director Stephen Toner, "and we were delighted to see this recognised by the British Journal of Photography in its 'Cool & Noteworthy 2012' review, where they named VICTOR as Best Customer Magazine 2012.

"This is an exciting time for photography, calling for innovation, dynamism and an embrace of the future. But it also requires a respect for heritage and for the expertise that comes from a long history of working at the very highest level, to the most exacting standards. Hasselblad - and all the photographers included in this issue - embody this approach perfectly and this book is a testament to their craft."

True to the spirit of Issue One, VICTOR - Photography Book Two is a large-format, hardback, cloth-bound print title defined by outstanding photography, unique typography and the highest-quality print reproductions. Although its appearance is not that of a magazine at all but of a high quality book, it continues to be priced at a magazine level - £15/€20/US$25 - making it accessible to the widest possible audience.

VICTOR is stocked by exclusive magazine shops around the world, and will be available in the UK from April 15, the EU from April 22 and the rest of the world from May 6. The magazine can also be ordered online and will be shipped to all countries.

You can also visit the VICTOR website, which has been updated with exclusive new online material, and the log-in procedure has been dropped to allow free access to all visitors.

 Head for:
VICTOR channel at HTV (htv.hasselblad.com/channel/victor-magazine)
VICTOR channel at YouTube (www.youtube.com/HasselbladAS)

To order your copy of VICTOR online, visit:

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Saturday, April 6, 2013

Hernan Rodriguez

The recipient of over 30 international photography awards, Including a prestigious Black and White Spider Award in the fashion category, as well as a Photography Masters Cup Nomination 2013 in the fashion category, Hernan Rodriguez operates a successful studio in the heart of Los Angeles’ San Fernando Valley. There, he juggles a steady roster of commercial, product, and celebrity photography, along with corporate and family portraiture. He has photographed Luminaries in the music and entertainment arena in both the American and Latin market including Mario Reyes from the Gipsy Kings, Former Ms Universe – Alycia Machado and Cristian Castro as well as sports and public figures including five time world champion, Evander Holyfield, Muhammad Ali, Mike Tyson, Gabe Pruitt from the Boston Celtics and DeSean Jackson from the Philidelphia Eagles. Hernan has also worked with on Movie Posters for Actor/Comedian Eddie Griffin and Singer/Songwriter, Nelly. He has art directed and photographed advertising campaigns for Guess, Corona , and AMA Racing. His client base spans from EMI Records, Sony, Universal, CURB Records, Playboy Beverage Inc., and Telemundo.

Hernan has also been featured in Studio Photography, Rangefinder, and covers in both PhotoShop User, & Punto magazines as well a Light It Digital Magazine. He also has a published book, “75 Portraits by Hernan Rodriguez” through Amherst Media.

Hernan has photographed ads for MensWorkout, Exercise for Men, Triathlete Magazine, and Israelli magazine, HDL. Hernan was also accredited with Westcotts Top 15 Endorsed Professional Photographers’ 2013.

Hernan’s outgoing personality and fresh approach to imagery, makes him a highly sought out conference speaker both nationally and Internationally including Keynote speaker in Colombia and Mexico. He has established himself in the industry as a well respected professional photographer with the full support and sponsorship of industry leaders such as TAMRON USA, Westcott, WACOM, Dynalite, Rosco Ent., and AlienSkin.

Website: www.hernanphotography.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/HernanPhotography

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Life Framer International Photography Award - "An instant": Call for entries

April 4, 2013 /Photography News/ Life Framer is a monthly photography competition for the present day. It’s a platform designed to source creative work and showcase outstanding photography. Every month the organizers make a call to arms to the photographic community for photographs that best capture the theme. They shortlist their favourites, ask a guest judge to select their winners.

In it for you is the chance to be exhibited in a gallery space in central London, to win cash prizes and to receive some great recognition and online presence along the way.

Theme: "An instant"


The monthly winner:
  • US$400 cash prize
  • Your image printed, framed and displayed in Life Framer's end-of-year exhibition
  • Your image exhibited on Life Framer's website and spread across its social media
  • An interview featured on Life Framer's blog
  • Feedback from the guest judge
The monthly runner-up:
  • Your image printed, framed and displayed in Life Framer's end-of-year exhibition
  • Your image exhibited on Life Framer's website and spread across its social media
  • Feedback from the guest judge
8 further shortlisted entrants:
  • Your image exhibited on Life Framer's website and spread across its social media
  • The potential to be included in Life Framer's end-of-year exhibition
Eligibility: Worldwide
Judge: Olivia Bee
Usage rights: Each entrant retains full and exclusive rights to their submitted work
Deadline: 30th of April 2013
Website: http://www.life-framer.com/
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National Geographic Traveler Magazine Launches 2013 Photography Contest

WEBWIRE – Tuesday, April 02, 2013 - Competition Is Now in Its 25th Year

WASHINGTON — National Geographic invites photographers from around the world to enter the 2013 National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest. The grand-prize winner will receive a 10-day National Geographic Expedition to the Gal├ípagos for two aboard the National Geographic Endeavour. The contest, which is open now, ends Sunday, June 30, at 11:59 p.m. Coordinated Universal Time (UCT) (6:59 p.m. ET, US).

Eligible contestants can visit www.nationalgeographic.com/travelerphotocontest to submit photographs in any or all of four categories: Travel Portraits; Outdoor Scenes; Sense of Place; and Spontaneous Moments. The entry fee is $15 (USD) per photo, and there is no limit to the number of submissions per entrant. For details and official contest rules, visit http://on.natgeo.com/16mfbpm.

“Our photo contest turns 25 this year, making it, we believe, the longest-running travel photo contest in the world,” said Keith Bellows, National Geographic Traveler magazine editor in chief. “In the last few years it seems as if the quality of shots has taken a quantum leap forward. The pictures increasingly reflect a more sophisticated way of seeing and interpreting the world, making the judging process more difficult. We encourage photographers to enter their work and compete against the best.”

Judging consists of two rounds of evaluation based on creativity and photographic quality. The second-prize winner will receive a seven-day National Geographic Photography Workshop for one in Santa Fe, N.M.; the third-prize winner will receive a six-day cruise for two on a Maine windjammer schooner. Seven merit prize winners will receive a print of their photo, matted and framed by the National Geographic Imaging Lab, and a $200 gift certificate to B&H Photo.

National Geographic Traveler photo editors will showcase their favorite entries every week at www.nationalgeographic.com/travelerphotocontest. Visitors to the site can view all entries and share them with family and friends through Twitter and Facebook as well as download wallpapers and complete jigsaw puzzles featuring contest entries.

The Galápagos Expedition, in which the grand-prize winner will participate, is a unique experience to join National Geographic aboard the National Geographic Endeavour or National Geographic Islander and experience up close encounters with unique species such as flightless cormorants, marine iguanas and domed giant tortoises. The trip is part of National Geographic Expeditions, the travel program of the National Geographic Society, which provides guided trips spanning all seven continents and more than 60 destinations.

About National Geographic Traveler Magazine
National Geographic Traveler: Nobody Knows This World Better. National Geographic Traveler is the world’s most widely read travel magazine. Published eight times a year, Traveler is available by subscription, on newsstands in the United States and Canada and digitally for tablets like the iPad (on Zinio) and Nook (at BN.com). Its website (www.nationalgeographic.com/traveler) offers inspiring and authoritative digital content including trip ideas, photo galleries and blogs. It also houses travel apps, including 50 Places of a Lifetime that showcases the world’s greatest destinations handpicked by National Geographic’s family of globe-trotting contributors, and the award-winning National Parks app, filled with stunning pictures, maps and tips to explore America’s national parks.

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