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Marching Into Women's Photography 

2010Gertrude Käsebier (American, 1852-1934)

Blessed Art Thou Among Women, 1899

Platinum print, 9 3/8 x 5 5/8" (23.8 x 14.3 cm)

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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 lastest photography contests to check out:

Outdoor Photographer Magazine's 2nd Annual The Great Outdoors Photo Contest

Have you ever wanted to hang with the polar bears in Churchill, Manitoba? If the answer to that question is a great big "Heck, Yes!" then you might want to enter this contest from Outdoor Photographer Magazine. The Grand Prize winner will go on a Polar Bear Adventure for two from Natural Habitat Adventures, have their picture published in the magazine, plus get a host of new gear including a Gitzo tripod and a Tamrac bag. You have to enter by April 4th for your chance for this or one of the other prizes.

Veolia Environment Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2011

The deadline is looming for the Veolia Environment Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2011 photography competition. If you want to enter this British contest sponsored by London's Natural History Museum, BBC's Wildlife Photographer Magazine, and Veolia Environment, you'll have to do so by March 18th. Winners will share £24,500 in prize money, will be invited to the awards ceremony at the Natural History Museum in London, will have their photos in the Museum's exhibition, be published in BBC Wildlife Magazine and in a commemorative hardback book. The competition "seeks to promote the discovery, understanding, responsibility and enjoyment of the natural world." There are eleven categories you can enter including Animals in their Environment, Behavior: Birds, Mammals and other Animals, Underwater World, Animal Portraits, Urban Wildlife, Nature in Black-and-White. The rules of what can and cannot be entered are pretty specific and there's an entry fee too, so head on over to the contest Web site to learn more.

iExplore Photo Safari Contest

The travel site iExplore has kicked off  the Photo Safari Contest for those who love to photograph their travels —no matter where in the world they were taken.  The winner will go on a $9,000 "Classic Kenya Safari" for two as well as other prizes.The contest runs from February 8 through April 22, 2011 and is judged by a panel of nine award-winning travel photographers, media writers and as well as by popular vote.

Epson International Pano Awards

Epson's International Pano Awards is open for all professional and amateur panoramic photographers and features $25,000 in cash and prizes.Winning photos will also be featured in an exhibit at the PMA Photo Imaging Trade Show in Sydney, June 2011. There's a number of different categories you can enter depending on whether you are a professional photographer, amateur or student and whether you are shooting VR/360 'immersive' images or for photos with a minimum 2:1 panoramic ratio. There's an entry fee for this contest as well. You have until April 15th to enter.

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


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Are Your Photos Safe on Facebook?

To the students of the New York Institute of Photography, this is a message to BEWARE!



I am an instructor at the New York Institute of Photography and like many of us have been on the social network, Facebook. I used it to keep in touch with family and friends, and to display my work for feedback and to keep people abreast of what I have been working on in the past few months.


Two weeks ago, Facebook informed me that I was "disabled" permanently for using a false name. Now some of you may know me as your instructor and others may have listened to the podcasts on the New York Institute's site, I can assure you that my name is Beth Shapiro Green and other than getting married 35 years ago and adding Green that is my name. In fact I own the Web site So there maybe a glitch in their system, but there is no way to contact the Facebook people other than an email begging to be "re-enable".


I have done some research on this and apparently in the latter part of 2010, thousands and thousands of women were targeted for "disabling" (this sounds like words from the book "1984", where the future is bleak and our speech and actions are arbitrarily controlled).


The real danger about all of this is in the notification that by disabling my account they will not return my pictures. Most of my pictures are under copyright protection and have water marks, but not all. This is a very dangerous situation I have been put in, because my art work, the images that I show and sell, are all limited editions and they are sitting on the Facebook server.


So users BEWARE! I would not recommend putting important pictures on Facebook. Instead have it linked to a site you can control. I have no idea how to solve the problem, but I can at least warn my students and colleagues. I'll let you know when and if I am able to resolve the problem.


Beth Shapiro Green

Instructor at the New York Institute of Photography


Celebrate Women's History Month...with photographs

Admit it. You've been looking for a way to celebrate Women's History Month, and if you're also in the mood for looking at some great photography, we've got just the ticket: the Professional Women Photographers show at Macy's Herald Square, opening this week. 

(photo by Fredda Gordon)

To add to the festive mood, the show will begin with a reception on Thursday, March 3, 6-8 pm

The exhibition is juried by Karen Marshall, a renowned freelance photographer who specializes in documenting American social issues, and according to the press release, its aim is to exhibit the work of women both inside and outside the home.

"In this Women’s History Month exhibition at Macy’s Herald Square, we recognize the strengths of women by celebrating their advancement outside of the home, and honoring the importance of their work within it," the press release says.

Stay tuned to the NYIP blog for a review, coming next week. 


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