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Share Your Video Story With Us

At the New York Institute of Photography, we love to hear about all of the exciting things that our students and grads are doing with their photography. We're proud to have trained more successful photographers than any other school in the world. And now, we want to hear from YOU!

We're asking any of our students and grads who are interested in participating to take a short (30 seconds - 2 minutes) video of themselves talking about how you use your photography skills and how NYIP has helped you, and upload it to YouTube. Then, share the link with us in the comments or on the Facebook event here.

We can't wait to hear what you have to say. Open submissions until 3/15/11. The top five videos will receive an official NYIP Hoodie!



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Who Inspires You?

We recently asked the NYIP Twitter community who their photographic inspiration is.  Besides Ansel Adams with six votes, the results were incredibly diverse.  If you're unfamiliar with some of the names below, take a few minutes to click and check out their work. 


Ansel Adams

Peter Lik

Tom Ford

Mario Testino

David Lachapelle

Annie Leibovitz

W. Eugene Smith

Jasmine Star

Jamie Delaine

Katelyn James

Pierre Gonnord

James Wong Howe

Yousuf Karsh

Alfred Eisenstaedt

Jim Marshall

Henry Cartier-Bresson

Monte Zucker

Bryan Peterson

Robert Doisneau

Jared Polin

Howard Huang

Brian Hampton

Jim Brandenburg

Joe McNally

Art Wolfe

Josef Schneider

Sarah Bloom

William Eggleston

Richard Avedon

Helmet Newton


Not everyone listed was a photograher.  Some other responses included family, friends, & nature.  If you would like to add to the list, feel free to enter it in comments.


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Movie Trailer: Bill Cunningham New York


For decades Bill Cunningham has been photographing fashion trends on the streets of New York.  His work has long been a staple in the New York Times.  On March 16th, 2011 a film will detail his adventures.  To find a theater near you and learn more about it, visit online here. You can also watch the trailer below:




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Your NYIP Testimonials on Twitter, Thank You!

On Monday 2/7 we asked a simple question.  "How has NYIP helped your career?"  The responses came streaming in with all kinds of exciting success stories from photographers at various stages of their career.  We thank you for sharing your experiences with the rest of the NYIP community and the Twitterverse.  Below are some of the replies.


@FragosTech 50 yrs ago #NYIP taught me technical the skills that served me from my 4x5 Graflex days through my Leica 35mm days to todays digital world.

@meganilertsen   #nyip has given me the confidence to START my career. I'm planning for my new business & gaining as much experience as possible!

@ksmiddle1   With tips and tools and foot in the door applications, #NYIP has provided opportunities to soar in my career. I am grateful!

@o2vportsea   #NYIP has helped me confidently start my own photography business Thanks NYIP... X

@TanyaDeLeeuw   #NYIP As a "mature student", NYIP's pro course will enable me to hit the ground running as I switch horses midstream, career-wise! Thanks!

@lucbus   It has helped me improve the general quality of my photos #nyip

@wemakos  #NYIP fills the gaps of my knowledge in photography

@JavonL   @nyip won over 20 international awards. Been interviewed by mags and television. Could not have done this without my education from #NYIP.

@photographybyh  #NYIP has helped be gain more skills, a few clients and helped me bring things to the next level.

@koolmotee   @nyip if nothing else, #NYIP has inspired me to take my passion to new's no longer "just a hobby"

@prettywomankts   #NYIP Your professional pro-course made me WANT a career in photography & now I'm going after it~ Thank YOU !

@arb7184  @nyip has helped my career by motivating me to get my photos out there, to the world to be seen!

@Ph0t0chyck   @NYIP #NYIP helped me to learn skills for marketing my business and tips on how to take better pictures. :)

@karenzand  #NYIP helped my career giving me a solid start with an excellent education... I haven't finished my course but loving everything about it!

@rawr81itssarah  NYIP has helped me more fully understand the history and the technical side of photography #NYIP


And finally @DBDragon004 who won the NYIP Hoodie for her reply. "The #NYIP course that i am taking has given me the confidence that I was lacking to finally open my own studio!"


Thanks to all who participated!

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NYI 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:

PDN Photo Annual 2011


You'll have to act fast if you want to enter this contest from Photo Distric News. They've just extended the deadline to February 17th. The entry fee is steep -- we're not normally a fan of photo contests that have entry fees (too many of them just operate to make money and aren't legit) -- but this is PDN. So, if you're up to some serious competition, enter your images into any of these categories: Advertising, Magazine/Editorial, Photo Books, Photojournalism, Sports/Documentary, Corporate design, Photo Products, Personal, Stock Photography, Web Sites, Student Work or Video. The prizes are terrific too -- $20,000 worth of cash and prizes including an awards celebration in NYC, publication in an issue of PDN and on their Web site, $15,000 Arnold & Augusta Newman Foundation Prize for New Directions in Photographic Portraiture, the Marty Forscher Fellowship Fund professional award of $3,250, and a student award of $1,750, and the Sony Emerging Photographer Award of a Sony Alpha camera, a cash scholarship, and an article in the next issue of Emerging Photographer Magazine.

Elpis Double Takes Photography Competition

Elpis the social networking and collaboration platform, is having a contest to find images of the most original, innovative and fun ways of recycling or re-using things. Their examples include "anything, in any style, that shows how things can be re-used or recycled. The more unusual or fun the better. It could be a small, everyday object like a drinking glass or handbag, or something bigger like a wind turbine made from yacht sails or a bike made from washing machine parts.". You'll need to join Elpis to enter but you could win a DSLR and other prizes. Enter by March 1, 2011.

Bissell Most Valuable Pet Photography Contest

Bissell, the vacumn cleaner company, is holding their fourth annual Pet Photography Contest, so you might want to start chasing your favorite dog or cat around the house with your camera. The Grand Prize includes $10,000 to favorite pet charity, $500 pet shopping spree, a Bissell pet vacuum or deep cleaner, and your animal photo on a Bissell box. Other prizes include a $5,000 donation to a pet charity for the second-place winner and $1,000 donations for each of the third-, fourth- and fifth-place winners. Each of the runners up will also be featured on a BISSELL pet product package and receive his or her choice of BISSELL's pet clean-up products. And, since this is one of those contests where the public can vote for their favorite pet picture, there are also weekly winners of a $25 gift card.You have until April 5, 2011 to enter.

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


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