Take Your Best Shot and Win in Photo and Imaging Contests

Photo and digital design contestsRangefinder Publishing is currently accepting submissions for two new photography contests: AfterCapture’s PIX Digital Imaging Contest and Rangefinder’s Take Your Best Shot contests. Both contests offer photographers the chance to have their photography recognized as the best of the best by these two highly-regarded professional photography publications.

“These photography contests were created to provide professional as well as up-and-coming photographers with an outlet to get their most creative and inspiring images noticed,” said Bill Hurter, editor of Rangefinder and AfterCapture magazines. “And in addition to a photographer entering to win these contests they also have the opportunity to have their entry chosen as a People’s Choice selection.”

The first contest, the PIX Digital Imaging Contest, recognizes excellence and innovation in digital design. Submissions may include retouching, CGI, 3D, compositing as well as other post-production techniques.

The deadline for submission is Aug. 15 and prizes for each category include a Canon Powershot G12, the complete Nik Software collection, a PhotoServe Portfolio, registration to Wedding & Portrait Photographers International (WPPI) 2012 with three Master Classes, a Gold Pass to the 2011 PDN PhotoPlus Expo, as well as a feature in AfterCapture magazine. There is a $35 entry fee per image, or $50 for a series.

Contest judges include: Zana Woods, Wired Magazine; Mark Mayer, Moving Image & Content; James Digby-Jones, Saddington & Baynes, Studio 3 and David McLain, Merge. For more information or to enter the PIX Digital Imaging Contest, visit: http://pixdigitalimagingcontest.com.

The second contest, Take Your Best Shot, invites photographers to submit what they think is their “Best Shot” of people, places or things. All winners will be featured in an online gallery as well as the December issue of Rangefinder. The grand prize winning photo will be featured as the cover of the December issue. The deadline for submission is Oct. 3.

First places winners in each category will receive a Digital SLR, a Tamron Zoom Lens, a $200 B&H gift card, registration to (WPPI) 2012 with three Master Classes, and a one year subscription to Rangefinder. The entry fee is $15 for WPPI members (per entry) and $35 for non-members. Judges include: Storey Wilkins, Bill Hurter and Bambi Cantrell.

For more information or to enter visit: www.yourbestshotcompetition.com/index.shtml

Road Show for Pro Photograhers Hits the Road in Later Summer, Early Fall

Educational seminars for professional photographersWedding & Portrait Photographers International (WPPI) announced today that its third annual WPPI Road Trip is set to begin on Monday, Aug. 8 in Long Beach, Calif. The 2011 WPPI Road Trip features a full day of educational classes conducted by some of the most well known speakers in professional photography.

The WPPI Road Trip full day of educational classes cover topics like Business and Marketing, Lighting, Posing, and Shooting for professional wedding and portrait photographers. The Road Trip takes place in these eight U.S. cities:

  • Aug. 8, Long Beach, Calif.
  • Aug. 10, San Jose, Calif.
  • Aug. 15, Columbus, Ohio
  • Aug. 17, Chicago
  • Aug. 22, Philadelphia
  • Aug. 25, Boston
  • Sept. 19, Austin, Texas
  • Sept. 22, New Orleans

WPPI Road Trip guest speakers include: Bambi Cantrell, Kevin Kubota, Roberto Valenzuela, Rick Miller, Jasmine Star, Jim Garner, Dave Getzschman, Jared Platt, Vicki Taufer, Scott and Adina Hayne, Bob Davis, Sal Cincotta, Jules Bianchi, Joy Bianchi Brown, Monica Sigmon, Susan Stripling, Dawn Shields, Damon Tucci, Lindsay Adler, JP Elario, Beth Forester, Dan Sanders, Doug Gordon, Dixie Dixon and Kirk Voclain.

“Road Trip offers professional and aspiring photographers the convenience of being close to home with minimal time away from their studio so they can easily spend the day attending Road Trip and immediately apply what they learn to their work and business. Plus, the WPPI Road Trip provides a mid-year educational refresher like no other,” said George Varanakis, Show Director of WPPI and Publisher of Rangefinder.

For more information about locations, dates, speakers and registration, go to http://www.wppionline.com/storage/2011/roadtrip/home.html

The registration rate is $159 for a full day of education, lunch, and mini trade show. Registrants can also bring a guest for $89. There is also a special student/educator rate of $75. The Road Trip rate, guest rate and student/educator rate also includes free registration to WPPI 2012 in Las Vegas.

Keys to Delivering Superior Customer Service

In the latest issue of Rangefinder Magazine, writer Alice B. Miller explored the basis of LexJet’s successful delivery of a top-notch customer experience. Miller linked superior customer service to an environment that focuses on first enhancing the employee experience, enumerating six of LexJet’s most effective practices:

  1. Create a positive employee experience
  2. Give your hiring process top priority
  3. Hire employees in groups
  4. Hire personal trainers
  5. Maintain close ties with customers
  6. Let innovation prosper

To find out the nuts and bolts of each point and how it all comes together, click here for the full article.