The corvid’s flight is ended: What I learned from crow(d)funding:

Friday, 06 November 2015 20:11

Guest blogger Elspeth Rushbrook

Crows in a tree pinkThis is my first experience of crowdfunding – a type of online sponsorship for a project (mine was publishing my first novel). It is likely to be my only experience.

Normally you hear about the projects that overfunded. But there are many who don’t get what they hoped for, even if they ask for less than they need to raise.

This is the story of one whose corvid landed with less than it needed in its beak. (Read my first piece for an explanation of why it’s crow funding).

Crowdfunding is oversaturated and it’s hard to get all the backing you need, even if you follow the guidelines and make a campaign you’re really proud of that involved most of your waking hours. And some of that’s to do with the crowdfunding system, as I’ll explain.

My views are proudly salmonesque – they go against the popular tide. Or air stream. I hope that other flagging crows might feel that they fly in formation and that disappointment does not equal failure.

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Pink Lady Food Photographer of the Year 2016, Last Call for Entries

Friday, 06 November 2015 14:41

 Pink Lady family meal srobinson 01 Feb 15

The closing date for entries is 7 February, so there’s still time to get snapping for Pink Lady® Food Photographer of the Year 2016, the world’s most prestigious celebration of all that is special and significant about food photography and film.

The competition is open to everyone - professional and amateur, young and old - from across the world and boasts a prize pool worth £10,000. The overall winner scoops the crown and £5,000 as well as two nights’ accommodation in London to attend the exclusive VIP awards ceremony at the Mall Galleries, London in April 2016, attended by all the other Finalists and winners too.

The awards have a wide range of categories, including Food for Celebration sponsored by Champagne Taittinger, Partridges Food for Sale, Errazuriz Wine Photographer of the Year, unearthed® Food in Film for shorts and, new for 2016, Marks & Spencer Food Adventures

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Announcing The Winners Of The Moscow International Foto Awards – MIFA 2015

Wednesday, 04 November 2015 00:00

MIFA logo

The MIFA is an annual competition for professional, non-professional
and student photographers from all corners of the globe
.

The 2nd annual Moscow International Foto Awards – MIFA 2015 has recently concluded. The awarding ceremony which was held in Moscow at the FotoLoft Gallery, Contemporary Art Centre Winzavod, is a gathering of the brightest and the most talented professionals, non-professionals and student photographers around the world. The MIFA was created by the people that are behind the glamorous Lucie Awards and the prestigious Paris Photo Prize. It is MIFA’s goal to create an ambitious and comprehensive medium to find the most amazingly talented photographers from all corners of the globe and introduce them to Moscow photography community.

Winners of the Moscow International Foto Awards 2015 are the following:

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Crow(d)funding – creating cash for creatives?

Tuesday, 29 September 2015 19:03

Guest blogger Elspeth Rushbrook

Crows in treeI call this "crow funding" due to a typo when writing a proposal and rather liked it and I now nickname any public online call for financial support after the croaking corvids.

You can crowdfund for many things, and there’s a few sites out there, often American owned, to assist you. They take a cut of what you raise, in return for the public platform they offer. You usually have a goal amount and a time limit, a pitch and perhaps a video to spread your word, send dream into the ether and make it real.

Beware of those that are all or nothing packages - so if you miss your target, you get nothing. Flexible funding allows you to keep what you raise, but the site’s fees are higher.

My project is the novel I’ve been nurturing and decided to self publish, but have been held back by lack of funds – proofreading, typesetting, editing, design, buying ISBNs, advertising.

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Winners Announced! 2nd INTERNATIONAL LANDSCAPE PHOTOGRAPHER OF THE YEAR 2015

Saturday, 19 September 2015 00:06

The Artists' Bill of Rights is proud to share news of the winners of the second International Landscape Photographer of the Year competition.

Because the ILPOTY competition supports the Artists' Bill of Rights' principles for fair competitions, entrants are assured they may submit their work with the knowledge that their creative rights will be respected and protected. As you can see by the quality of the winning images (below), this strategy attracts a high caliber of artistic expertise.

via International Landscape Photographer of the Year, Sydney, Australia

Professional and amateur photographers worldwide were invited to enter the second International Landscape Photographer of the Year competition.

From 2,604 entries received, the winner of the second International Landscape Photographer of the Year (based on a folio submission of at least 4 images) is Luke Austin from Australia.

Luke Austin AU ILPOTY A©Luke Austin, The International Landscape Photographer of the Year

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