News: iPhoneographySA 2014 Has Launched - Get Snapping

By: Mandy J Watson
Posted: 26 June 2014
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The fourth iPhoneographySA competition has just been launched, in which anyone with an iPhone and a passion for photography can enter up to five photographs and possibly win great prizes, including iPad mini tablets and MacBook Air notebooks.

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Above: Photos on display at the Cape Town #iPhoneographySA exhibition in November 2013 at Woodstock Exchange. [ Link ]

Entries are now open for the 2014 iPhoneographySA competition, which is organised by iStore and Marc Forrest. The competition comprises five categories - Abstract, Still Life, Scenery, Portrait, and Selfie - and the photographs must have been taken with an iPhone. Apps and filters are allowed so you can let your imagination run wild. The Selfie category is new so we'll see what happens - personally I'd prefer a category that focusses on "raw" photography, where no apps are used or filters are applied and it's just about the composition, the light, and the moment.

Around 600 of the best photographs will then once again be exhibited in Johannesburg and Cape Town in October, where the winners from each region, in each category, will be announced, as chosen by a panel of six judges. There will also be an overall winner and a Community Choice winner. (If you don't live in those regions you can choose to enter your photographs in either region - but not both.)

Last year Core Group armed a group of Cape Town journalists, including myself, with iPhones and took them on a tour of Cape Town to experiment with iPhoneography and a selection of iOS photography apps. I think there was a prize involved but I was more interested in experimenting with the apps. The selection below, which I posted to Mobypicture is a representative sample of my results, to give you an idea of what's possible just with quick snapping and using some apps, which includes tilt-shift photography, vintage filters, and selective colourisation.

Photograph by Mandy J Watson, posted using
Above: #iphoneographysa experiments 100 Cameras in 1 app #capetown #mavericks [ Link ]

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Above: #iphoneographysa experiments Snapseed app + tilt shift filter #capetown [ Link ]

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Above: #iphoneographysa experiments Vintique app + filters #capetown [ Link ]

I originally shot this with the camera's noir filter (beautiful, stark black and white) but I haven't been able figure out how to get that off the camera roll, so this vintage substitute will have to do.

Photograph by Mandy J Watson, posted using
Above: #iphoneographysa experiments Color Splash app - creates selective colourisation effect #capetown #cathedral [ Link ]

I did this very quickly so you can see some errors in the selection area.

The point is to experiment and have fun, and then select your best to enter into the competition - and, who knows, you might win a great prize from Apple in the process.

Entries for this year's competition will be accepted until 1 August 2014. Participants can enter up to five images across the categories, which they have to upload via the official web site. In order to have your photograph(s) represented at the exhibition (and therefore be eligible for prizes) you will have to print and frame it, which will be for your account (see the table here for prices and details). You can then choose to keep it after the event or sell it during the exhibition.

Tags: #cape_town, #technology

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