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Make Yourself Heard

Each of us has our own unique artistic point of view.  Yet, as photographers, we too often get bunched up together at the same location, in the same spot, taking the same picture of the same sunset.  How does this communicate one's own individuality? I believe we all need to break out of this mold, and find our own voice.  By doing so, you will have something to share that is uniquely YOU.  Like this baby duck fighting to be heard, it's up to us to shout it out.  Below, I've listed ten ways in which you can share your vision.


1) Create a blurb book 

2) Make a yearly calendar with your 12 favorite photos 

3) Blog, twitter, facebook, website (maybe even Google Plus).  

4) Contact your local library or coffee shop about holding a photo exhibit.

5) Make gifts from your photos.  Besides framed prints, consider practical items like mugs, mousepads, holiday cards and magnets.

6) Check out to make some really cool slideshows set to royalty free music.

7) Get a table at a local craft fair and sell your photos, and products.  Don't forget to have business cards on hand.

8) Donate framed & matted prints to non profit organizations you are passionate about.

9) Contact local newspapers when you have new photos that depict life in your area. 

10) Pick up the Photographer's Market which has tons of contact information for magazine editors.



Famous Alum: W. Eugene Smith

The New York Institute of Photography is proud of our 100+ year record of training great photographers, both hobbyists who have the equipment and want to learn to take better pictures and aspiring professionals. Many of our alums have reached celebrity status, and one of them is certainly W. Eugene Smith.

We salute his creative vision. He pioneered "humanizing" photojournalism, providing amazing and unflinching images from World War II and environmental disasters, and powerful stories for News Week (later Newsweek) and Life magazines - including his still-talked-about profile of Dr. Albert Schweitzer. Smith left his first family behind and moved into a New York City loft to devote his full attention to photography. He left jobs when he wasn't able to call the creative and artistic shots or when editorial policies tried to dictate his photography subjects and slant. He marched to the beat of his own drummer and was a fearless advocate for photography's ability to communicate the soul behind the image. His work and vision continue to inspire photographers through the W. Eugene Smith Memorial Fund.

Photo Credits: © The Heirs of W. Eugene Smith, W. Eugene Smith/LIFE ©Time Inc., Magnum Agency


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NYIP Contest Watch

NYIP's Contest Watch provides information on international, national and regional photo contests that you might want to enter. Here are the latest photography contests to check out:

The World We Live In 2011 Photo Contest

Canada's Photo Life and Photo Solutions magazines are running this contest open to Canadian and U.S. residents. Enter as either a pro or amateur  into one of the contest's three themes: Humanity, The Environment, or Our Interconnected World and you could take home your share of $35,000 dollars in prizes. The goal of the contest is to "invite photographers from all walks of life to capture images of people, cultural diversity, breathtaking landscapes as well as environmental statements, and to share with us their vision of the world." There are fees and you'll need to enter your images by November 30th.

Tamron's "My Macro Exhibit" Photo Contest

If you shoot with Tamron lenses and macro photography is your thing, then you might want to consider entering this contest. It's a little bit different than most contests - you'll need to build a virtual exhibit of 8-14 of your macro photographs in order to enter. Winners will be judged on the body of their work and you could win one of four Tamron lenses, plus have your work featured on the Tamron website and newsletter. Get your entries in by December 31st.

2011 National Geographic Photography Contest

The prizes are huge and the competition is fierce (16,000 entries from 130 countries last year!) for this top contest. After all, who wouldn't want their pictures to appear in National Geographic Magazine? If that's your dream then submit your images to them by November 30th. The categories are People, Places and Nature. There are very specific eligibility requirements so make sure you take a good look at the rules. The Grand Prize winner will receive US$7,500 and a trip to the District of Columbia, USA from Jan. 10 to Jan. 13, 2012 to participate in the National Geographic Photography Seminar. There's a $15 entry fee per image.

Pillsbury People Celebrate More Photo Contest

Submit a photo that depicts a family celebration and you could win a $10,000 family vacation to Celebration, Florida. "We hope to inspire families nationwide to celebrate their memorable milestones with homemade desserts and share their sweetest baking moments with us," says Pillsbury. You'll need to caption your photo and enter it by November 30th.

The 4th Annual Global Travel Photo Contest

This year, PLANET Magazine's photo contest features two categories: General Travel and Portrait. According to the magazine, their ongoing "theme is ‘Many Worlds, One Planet’, and we’d like to ask photographers to not only capture defining images of a particular place but to also consider the people, lifestyles, and subcultures of the places they document; a powerful portrait or image of a gathering can equally reveal the depth and mystery of the travel experience." If you've got a photo that meets that goal, hurry and enter the contest by October 31st. Two top winners will receive a round-the-world ticket (or $1500 cash), with a minimum 12-image portfolio from your trip to be published upon your return. Plus, the top ten contestants will have the opportunity to have their image shown in a special gallery exhibit and opening event at New York City's Clic Gallery in Soho. There's a $20 entry fee per image.

For tips on how to enter and win photo contests, check out's Contest Tip Collection.


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Photographer Bruce Dale Captures a Halloween Festival

The exceptional work of former National Geographic photographer Bruce Dale has come together with video on the following Halloween Festival production he put together. Shot on Halloween 2010 with a Lumix FH1 and GH2 cameras with 14-140 lens, the photographer also used a 45mm f2.8 lens for some of the portraits.

The Halloween Festival was shot in the countryside of Rappahannock County, Virginia. The event was filmed on the Stone Hill Farm, with border collies, sheep, bagpipers, and a dramatic play providing the entertainment - with a symbolic "sacrifice" at dusk.

Halloween provides all photographers with a wealth of imagery to capture, from a single child's trick-or-treating escapades to parades and costumed revelry. Take your camera with you as you explore creative opportunities on Halloween eve to add some colorful and atmospheric pieces to your portfolio.


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Photo Marketing 101: Start Blogging

Welcome back to Photo Marketing 101, our series of blogs on Marketing for Photographers. Last time, I shared with you some ideas for using video to market yourself.

This blog post is all about blog posts. In that you should be writing them. And to make that even easier for you, we have a special gift for you.

But first, all of the reasons you need to have a blog:

  • It’s the simplest way to create searchable, shareable content that will help you get noticed
  • It’s a great way to showcase your work
  • It’s a marketing tool that allows you to be personable and show people who you are
  • It’s a way to connect with past, present, and future clients online
  • It’s a great way to connect your various social media profiles with your business

A blog will do more for your online presence than anything else we’ve covered in this blog series. In today’s world, photographers (just like any other profession) are under more pressure to market themselves and stand out from the crowd. But at the same time, there are more opportunities out there that allow you to do just that. Blogging is one of those opportunities.

And now for the gift!

We’ve partnered with Squarespace, the leading blog and website platform, to offer you 10% off a 1-year membership. To sign up and take advantage of this offer, visit

Starting a blog or website on Squarespace will allow you to quickly post photos and content without knowing anything about web design or development. They make everything as simple as it can be. And if you ever get stuck, they have 24/7 assistance that comes free with your membership.

It’s easy to get started and a surefire way to improve your marketing strategy.

Homework: Sign up and get started. Visit

P.S. If you have a marketing question, feel free to ask it in the comments here or Tweet your question to us with the tag #PhotoMarketing101 . Your question may be the next one we answer on our blog!