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AGWPJA Q3 '08 PHOTO CONTEST NOW OPEN FOR YOUR SUBMISSIONS
The deadline for the current Q3 '08 photo contest is Friday, November 7th at 11:59 p.m. EST. Please keep in mind that the contest credit system is manually operated so there will be a short delay between paying for contest credits and having them added to your account. Enter the current contest by clicking here.
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AGWPJA Q3 '08 CONTEST CATEGORIES


Getting Ready
Entries which spontaneously capture the prepping, grooming, arranging, outfitting, and anticipation before the ceremony.

Ceremony
Images that capture guests and participants throughout pre-ceremony, vow-exchange, and receiving line activity.

Reception Ambiance
Photos that demonstrate the photographer's ability to capture the feeling, majesty, and ambiance of the reception, as they highlight the most appealing aspects of the setting (reception halls, tents, patios, beachfronts, woods, etc.), where the reception took place.

Emotion
Entries that unobtrusively freeze intriguing expressions ranging from joy to tears.

Creative Portrait
Images that employ a fresh and artistic approach to portraiture in capturing the bride, groom, bridal party, family, friends, children and/or any other posed wedding party member. Candid moments are not eligible for this category.
NOTE: Though this category may resemble traditional portraiture for some, the key here is to be creative with your subjects.

Ring Details
Entries that depict shots of the rings, either set-up and controlled by the photographer or as they were found.

 

AGWPJA Q3 '08 CONTEST JUDGES


CAROL GUZY
Carol Guzy is a three-time Pulitzer Prize-winning photographer with The Washington Post. Guzy originally studied to be a nurse, but changed course after taking a photojournalism class. She received her most recent Pulitzer in 2000 for photographs of Kosovo refugees, a second in 1995 for her portrayal of the U.S. intervention in Haiti, and her first in 1986 awarding her work during a mudslide in Colombia for The Miami Herald. Guzy graduated from the Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale in 1980 and acquired her first job with the Miami Herald after a successful internship. She spent eight years at the Herald, then joined The Washington Post in 1988. In 1990, Guzy was the first woman to receive the Newspaper Photographer of the Year Award, presented by the National Press Photographers Association.

 

DAVID LEESON
David Leeson has been a staff photographer for The Dallas Morning News since 1984. In 2004, he was a Pulitzer Prize Winner for his photographs depicting the violence and poignancy of the war with Iraq. In 1985, Leeson was also a Pulitzer finalist for his photo coverage of apartheid in South Africa. In 1986, he lived on the streets of Dallas with the homeless for two months. The photos, published in a 24-page special section by The Dallas Morning News, won a Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Award for Outstanding Coverage of the Problems of the Disadvantaged. In 1991, Leeson arrived in Kuwait City with the 1st Marine Division and was among the first journalists to photograph in the city following Iraq’s withdrawal during the Gulf War. The following year he returned to the gulf and gave readers an exclusive look inside war-torn Baghdad. In 1994, he covered civil war in Angola, earning a second Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Award. In the same year, a Leeson photograph of a family evacuating floodwaters in southeast Texas was named a finalist for the Pulitzer. For more than 14-months, 1996 thru 1997, he worked on an essay about death row in the United States. Following that assignment, Leeson completed stories in China, Bosnia, the 1999 earthquake in Turkey and civil war in Sudan.

 

JOHN KAPLAN
John Kaplan’s ‘Diverse Lifestyles of American 21-Year-Olds’ project won the 1992 Pulitzer Prize for Feature Photography. His work shows at museums and galleries worldwide including solo exhibitions in the United States, Bolivia and Korea as well as group shows in the U.S., United Kingdom, France, Japan, Korea, Canada, South Africa, Australia and New Zealand.

Kaplan is 1989 Photographer of the Year for the annual Pictures of the Year (POY) contest and received the Robert F. Kennedy Award for outstanding coverage of the disadvantaged in the United States.

Kaplan is a photography, design and international journalism professor at the University of Florida. He is twice photography juror for the Pulitzer Prize and is a frequent lecturer at photo workshops and seminars worldwide.

Kaplan's ‘Survivors of Torture in West Africa’ project won the 2003 Overseas Press Club Award for Feature Photography and the Harry Chapin Media Award for Photojournalism, and received recognition from the Robert F. Kennedy Foundation, National Headliner Awards, Best of Photojournalism Competition, Pictures of the Year International, Society of News Design and Photo District News Best of Photography Contest. Kaplan is author of Photo Portfolio Success (Writers Digest Books) and has beta-tested digital wedding album production techniques for two companies, including ArtZ.

JohnKaplan.com

 

MARTHA RIAL
Martha Rial has been a staff photographer for the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette since 1994. She won the 1998 Pulitzer Prize for coverage of Rwandan and Burundian refugees in Tanzania. She is a past winner of the Scripps Howard Foundation Award for Photojournalism and has been named the Pennsylvania Newspaper Association Foundation Photographer of the Year.

 

DENIS FINLEY
Denis Finley is the editor of The Virginian-Pilot, a 200,000 circulation daily newspaper. In the position of deputy managing editor for presentations, Denis guided The Virginian-Pilot to recognition by the Society for News Design as one of the world's best designed newspapers in 2001. Denis has twice been a Pulitzer Prize juror, judging breaking news photography and feature photography. In 2005, Denis chaired the photo jury.

 

SETH RESNICK
Seth Resnick is one of North America's most prolific corporate, editorial and stock photographers. Seth is greatly in demand for his beautiful graphic images in both natural and created light. Resnick has been published in the world's most prestigious magazines. His credits include over 2500 publications worldwide and his clients constitute a virtual list of Corporate America.

He is co-founder of D-65, an organization teaching digital workflow workshops. Resnick is at the forefront of digital innovation working with Adobe, Canon, Xrite, Epson and others to help them formulate more useful products for photographers. He is a member of the prestigious Canon Explorer of Light program as well as an Alpha/Beta and feature consultant for Adobe Photoshop and Lightroom.

He travels extensively presenting the various aspects of photography, and is also the former Founding President of Editorial Photographers, a trade organization dedicated to the promotion of sound business practices for editorial photography. Seth is also a partner of PixelGenius developing Photoshop plug-ins and software and a regular contributing columnist to a variety of trade publications.

Resnick who shoots exclusively digitally, is one of 78 photographers worldwide named as a Canon Explorer of Light. He has given hundreds of lectures to industry organizations such as American Society of Media Photographers (ASMP), Advertising Photographers of America (APA), Professional Photographers of America (PPA), Advertising Photographers of New York (APNY), colleges and universities.

Seth Resnick is as an industry consultant to photo agencies, software companies and is frequently quoted by industry magazines.

PROFESSIONAL: Staff Photographer Syracuse Newspapers, 1979-1984. Freelance for The New York Times, 1980-1984. Freelance Location Photography Boston, 1984-2004. Co-Founder D65 LLC, 2004 - present.

EDUCATION: Bachelor of Science degree in Photojournalism from the Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University in May of 1979.

AWARDS AND RECOGNITIONS: International awards in photography: National Press Photographers Association, The Royal Photographic Society of London, Associated Press, United Press International, Syracuse Press Association, Communications Arts, International Design Competition, Photography Annual, ASMP Big Picture Show. Gold ASBPE Award of Excellence for writing. Nominated for the Photoshop Hall of Fame National Association of Photoshop Professionals.

STOCK PHOTOGRAPHY: Seth's work may be licensed directly or through the following agencies: ScienceFaction.net, JupiterImages.com, GettyImages.com

SOCIETIES AND ORGANIZATIONS: EP, ASMP, NPPA, ASPP

WEBSITES: D-65, Seth Resnick Photographer, Pixel Genius

 

ANDREW RODNEY
Andrew Rodney is the owner of The Digital Dog, a digital imaging training and consulting business located in Santa Fe, New Mexico. He has successfully provided services and training to photographers, designers, print shops, government agencies, as well as fortune 1000 companies since 1993. Andrew has written in the following publications: PDN, Publish, Photoshop User, Digital Photo Pro, Electronic Publishing, Digital Output, MacWeek, and Professional Photographer. Andrew is the author of "Color Management for Photographers, Hands on Techniques for Photoshop Users" published by Focal Press. He lectures around the country on many aspects of digital imaging and color management. The Digital Dog is devoted to the understanding and adoption of color management. Andrew has been a Beta for Adobe Photoshop since version 2.5. and is currently an Alpha tester for Adobe Systems. Andrew is one of the principle partners of Pixel Genius, a company that has created such products as PhotoKit and PhotoKit-Sharpener. Andrew was named a "Top 40 Photoshop Expert" by Wacom Technologies. In 2007, Andrew was inducted into the NAPP Photoshop Hall of Fame. Andrew's web site can be found at http://www.digitaldog.net.

 

AGWPJA Q3 '08 CONTEST SPONSOR - D-65 WORKSHOPS


The [AG]WPJA is proud to announce that D-65 is sponsoring our Q3 '08 contest. Through this sponsorship, the [AG]WPJA and D-65 have come together to offer our members an exciting opportunity to be educated by some of the digital innovators in the photography industry.


D-65 Workshops

All [AG]WPJA and WPJA members will receive a huge discount on registration for the following D-65 workshops:

Chicago, Illinois - 10/3/08- 10/6/08


San Francisco, California - 11/14/08- 11/17/08


Austin, Texas - 12/12/08- 12/15/08


Click here to go to the D-65 website.

 

Do you want to quickly process your files and have them look awesome? Do you want to be able to find any image in the blink of an eye? Are you keywording properly and using metadata to your advantage? Do your prints look the way you want? Can you convert to CMYK? Wondering how to set up a real archive? Are you working in 16-bit and using ProPhoto? Can you extend the dynamic range of an image? Is your computer optimized for workflow, or is it running slow? Would you like to blow your clients away with quality they rarely see? Are your digital files better than your film files? They should be.

If you've asked yourself any of these questions, then D-65 has THE Workshop for you.

The key to shooting digitally is comprehending all of the technology. Once you understand what is involved, digital is intensely rewarding. Digital offers a world of new creativity and allows for greater quality control over your imagery.

The D-65 workshops teach bulletproof techniques to increase workflow productivity and save time. These workshops demonstrate ways to automate, search, archive, present and deliver the zillions of images today's photographers accumulate. Attendees will learn to create files perfect for reproduction; tagged, named, sized and sharpened correctly, along with attaching the appropriate metadata and keywords. You'll learn the correct way to keep your images organized, and archived. The workshops are intensive, and focus on optimizing digital photography -- from input to output.

Grow technically, artistically and financially as a photographer in this intensive, four-day digital workflow workshop. Our days consist of hands-on training and lectures supplemented by a comprehensive D-65 digital workflow textbook. By the end of the program, you will have the ability to create your own successful workflow, and better communicate with your clients.

Workshops now include training with Lightroom 2.0

The program centers around Adobe Lightroom and Photoshop, going far beyond the basics of digital. It truly prepares the professional photographer, art director, photo editor or advanced amateur for the digital world. The workshops are taught by Seth Resnick and Jamie Spritzer and cover:

  • Adobe Lightroom 2.0
  • Photoshop CS3
  • Digital Asset Management
  • Optimizing Lightroom & Photoshop Preferences
  • Color Spaces
  • File Formats
  • Digital Standards
  • Exposing for Digital
  • White Balance
  • Color Management from Input to Output
  • Profiling Monitors & Systems
  • Using Lightroom: The 5 Modules
  • Lightroom Catalog & Preferences
  • Importing Images into Lightroom
  • File Naming Conventions
  • Metadata & Keywording
  • Rating Your Images
  • Tweaking Your Files - the Beauty of Parametric Editing
  • Sharpening: Capture, Creative and Output
  • Processing Files
  • Custom Presets
  • Automating Workflow
  • Creating Actions for Lightroom
  • Client Delivery
  • FTP File Transmission
  • Web Galleries, Slide Shows, PDF Presentations
  • Printing, Soft Proofing & ICC Profiles
  • Converting to CMYK
  • Archiving
  • Retouching for Digital
  • The Business of Digital
  • Copyright and Security
  • Digital Camera Maintenance

 

ABOUT D-65



D-65 is a boutique company dedicated to educating photographers. They work with the industry to offer new ways of thinking, while incorporating the latest technologies. Their services include digital workflow workshops, seminars, bidding and production for still photo shoots, digital workflow analysis for studios and agencies, legal witness on copyright cases, private consulting along with marketing strategies and portfolio reviews. D-65 provides quality professionalism, while understanding the needs of photographers and creative individuals.

 

WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHY CREDITS FROM TOP PHOTOGRAPHERS:

(Top Left) Dino Lara, Philippines (Top Right) Anna Kuperberg, California
(Top Middle) Emin Kuliyev, New York