Projects & Competitions — Christmas & New Year

December; the end of the year, holidays and presents. Apparently it’s also the time for photography competitions with great prizes and inspiring projects that test your creativity. Here’s a quick run-through of some of the coolest.

  1. Lets start with Brian Auer’s Action and Preset Extravaganza. With prizes worth over $1,000, this is truly a drool-worthy competition. If you’re wondering about what actions are, and how to create them, he’s got a post about how to create actions in Photoshop, and another on how actions can save time.
    Deadline: Jan 2nd, 2009.
  2. Neil Creek has yet another Iron Chef Photography Project running. This time he’s asking people to look creatively at the regular “paperclip”. Hurry on this one because it closes in two days.
    Deadline: Dec 25th, 2008.
  3. DIYphotography’s Something Newer Project encourages you to take photographs with the theme related to the topic ‘friends’.
    Deadline: Jan 20th, 2009.
  4. ADIDAP has the Document Christmas project which also has a prize – a Year’s subscription to SmugMug, worth $150.
    Deadline: Dec 25th, 2008.
  5. Beyond Phototips – Detail. Yes, us… If you’ve not noticed, we’re running a pretty cool project/competition ourselves, and there are three prizes. The first is an Amazon Gift card for $50 and a copy of Fundamentals of Photography by Tom Ang. The second and third prizes are a copy of this wonderful book each, two more lucky winners!!!
    Deadline: Dec 28th, 2008

Do remember that it’s your participation that makes it fun for both the organizers and the other participants. Don’t worry about the equipment you own, or don’t own… jump in for the unique fun and learning experiences that these projects offer, and you can’t help but come out a winner.

Also, do remember to check out the projects pages of all of these websites.

Happy Holidays!