A new project by Panasonic, ‘LUMIX Life – Focus on Australia’ will be launched tomorrow, with a chance for budding photographers (and we know there are plenty of you in the Australian Macworld community) to have your work published. The winning photographs will be included in a book of the same name in November this year.
The book will also feature images by some of Australia’s best professional photographers: Ken Duncan, Peter Eastway, Bill Bachman, Leo Meier, Nick Rains, Frances Mocnik, Ted Grambeau, Hugh Brown and celebrity ‘guest photographer’ Ray Martin.
All you need to do to enter is “capture what you think is the heart and soul of Australia”, on a LUMIX camera. Your photo can be “anything you choose, from a dramatic landscape, or magical wildlife image to a quirky snapshot of Aussie life”, according to the project website.
“This is a unique opportunity for our community of LUMIX photographers to be published,” says Matthew Mannall, marketing communications manager at Panasonic Australia.
Professional photographer Leo Meier agrees: “When I first started out in photography, I would have leapt at the chance to be a part of something where my work would be published.” He adds that he is “looking forward to the different perspectives the LUMIX amateur photographers take on this one, the brief is truly open for interpretation”, and asks that all entrants “be as bold, creative and adventurous as they can”.
Entries will be judged on four criteria:
• Artistic and literary merit of the image and caption combined;
• Technical competency of the image;
• Photographic quality of the image; and
• A photo taken in Australia adhering to the theme of “quintessential Aussie landscape and lifestyle”.
Submissions can be made any time between 1 April and 30 June, and entrants go into the draw to win one of three Panasonic LUMIX DMC-GF1 cameras (pictured).
Proceeds from the sale of ‘LUMIX Life – Focus on Australia’ will help fund ‘Walk a While’, an indigenous arts educational program that gives indigenous youth access to training and technology relating to photography, film, and music.
If you enter, it would be great to see your submissions on macworld.com.au. Feel free to link to them on the Macs & Photography forum.