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Enter Your Work for Free in Smithsonian Photo Contest

Calling all photographers: the 12th annual Smithsonian Photo Contest deadline is coming up on November 28th. Have you entered yet? It’s free, so you should probably get on it.

Entries fall into six categories: The Natural World, Travel, People, The American Experience, Altered Images, and Mobile Photos. There’s one grand prize of $2,500, then each category has its own winner at $500, and there is a Reader’s Choice award who will receive $500, too.

They will announce 60 finalists in February and after that will hold a month-long online vote for the Reader’s Choice Award. We’ll give you a heads up when you can vote. You can read more about the contest and the rules here. For inspiration, Smithsonian spokesperson Melissa Wiley shared some of her favorite entries so far:

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Deadline for National Geographic Photo Contest on Halloween

NGLogo560x430-cb1343821768You have only three more days to get your best photos into National Geographic Magazine for the pub’s annual photo contest. If you have photos dying to be seen and shared, this contest is a great way to get exposure and a shot at some serious cash.

But the competition is quite tough. According to the magazine, more than 7,000 entries from 150 countries rolled in during the 2013 go-round. The top winner wins a grand prize of $10,000 and a trip to the National Geographic headquarters in Washington, D.C., to participate in the annual National Geographic Photography Seminar in January 2015. (That seminar alone sounds like an awesome prize, and what a resume booster.)

Click here for the rules of the contest, and here for more information. Even if you’re not entering the contest, it’s worth following NG‘s photo blog each week for editor’s picks of photos. Now go forth and snap photos!

 

How to Take the Perfect Photo or Video

photo videoMuch like “proficiency in Microsoft Word,” writing alone isn’t going to cut it anymore in the Internet era; successful journalists need real technical chops — starting with quality picture-taking.  And no, that doesn’t mean buying a $3,000 camera.

If anything is to be taken away from the time the Chicago Sun-Times laid off its entire photography staff, it’s that journos can work with what they’ve got.

In the latest Mediabistro feature, media pros share their tips for taking a good picture or video:

1. Pay Attention to Lighting
“Lighting is everything,” says Charlie Castleman, in-house videographer for esd & associates, a full-service marketing and PR firm based in San Antonio, Texas. As a general rule, if you’re having trouble seeing the subject’s face while you’re shooting, the viewer definitely won’t be able to, either. That said, lighting isn’t as difficult as it seems and, says Castleman, “You don’t have to be an expert cinematographer that spends three hours [on] lighting.”

For more on wielding a camera like a pro, read 6 Tips to Help You Take the Perfect Perfect Photo or Video.

Sherry Yuan

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How New Instagram Changes Your Journalism

Instagram has become an unlikely, yet important, online tool for journalists, bloggers and citizens. Not only is it a great way to shoot stylized photos and on-the-go location shots, but it’s also a smart outlet to turn to when looking for eyewitness accounts of major news — people often turn to Instagram thanks to its quick sharing with social media networks like Twitter and Facebook.

However, these past few weeks have changed the service in a radical way, and now is the time to determine whether it’s the right tool for your photos and your personal use.

1. You Won’t See it On Twitter

This season has been a rocky one for Instagram and one of its biggest propagators, Twitter. Two weeks ago, the companies had effectively “broken up,” with Instagram no longer hosting images through Twitter’s API. Twitter snapped back, effectively distributing its own Instagram clone (with filters to boot) right in its native TwitPic system. Read more

Happy V-Day: Valentines For Journalists (Part IV)

It’s that time of year when even the most hard-hearted journalist puts off deadline for a few sugary conversation hearts of questionable grammar. If you’re lucky enough to have a sweetheart to send those “Be Mine” confections to, bundle them with our annual run down of journo-inspired Valentines cards brought to you by the 10,000 words team and our readers.

Feel free to distribute any of these, along with any from previous editions: here, here and here. And don’t forget to let us know if you have an awesome idea we didn’t include, @10000Words with the hashtag #journolove or in the comments below. Maybe we’ll use it next year!
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