10/17/18 UPDATE: the entry period for the Shadow & Light Photo Contest is now over. Feel free to submit all types of photos to the Photo of the Day as you normally would, but those submissions will not be considered for this specific contest. Thank you SO much to all the talented folks who entered. Good luck to you all and stay tuned. 10 Finalists will be announced one week from today. And 2 winners two weeks from today!
Exciting news, folks! We’ve partnered with Tamron USA to host our second photo contest of 2018. Welcome to the Steve’s Digicams Shadow & Light Photo Contest where two talented photographers will each win one new Tamron lens.
What is photography but a play between shadow and light and color? For the Shadow & Light Photo Contest, we want to see your absolute best photos where you show off an interwoven mix of exposed and underexposed imagery. Where your subject — be it people, places, or things — is draped in sumptuous shadows. Where shadows define your edges or create leading lines or frame pockets of life and action. If we were making movies, film noir and conspiracy thrillers come to mind, although your photos don’t have to be dark in tone. Just a photo that incorporates a dramatic interplay of light and darkness within one frame.
What are you competing for if you decide to enter? Great question! The Steve’s Digicams staff, acting as judges, will award two photographers with one lens each. Everyone else could earn a day featured as the Steve’s Digicams Photo of the Day!
FIRST PLACE will receive one Tamron 70-210mm F/4 Di VC USD ($799 MSRP)
The Tamron 70-210mm F4 — full review HERE — is natively available for Canon and Nikon DSLRs, although you may be able to use adapters for Canon, Nikon, and Sony mirrorless cameras (adapters are NOT included if you win). Model A034 boasts a 70-210mm full-frame zoom range (~105mm-315mm for APS-C or crop mode) as well as a constant maximum F4 across the zoom range. With a minimum focus distance of 0.95m & internal zooming, the Tamron 70-210mm F4 features an x0.32 magnification ratio, 4 stops of Vibration Compensation for shooting in low-light, a 9-bladed aperture for creamy bokeh, and weighs only 30 ounces (850 grams). It’s a terrific, affordable lens for anyone shooting action, sports, weddings, wildlife, or portraits.
The Tamron SP 45mm F1.8 — full review HERE — is an excellent portrait prime for Canon, Nikon, and Sony camera systems. With a 40mm full-frame focal length (70mm for APS-C, 90mm for M4/3), Model F2013 boasts an F1.8 maximum aperture, an 11.4-inch minimum focus distance, a 9-blade aperture, and weighs around 19 oz. Vibration Compensation is also built-in, but only for Canon and Nikon mounts. Sony shooters will have to rely on their cameras with in-body image stabilization. In our testing, we found the lens to be very sharp with excellent colors and delicious bokeh, making the lens an excellent overall value. If you shoot portraits or street photography, the Tamron SP 45mm F1.8 is a great option.
HOW TO ENTER
Simple. Submit a photo to the Steve’s Digicams Photo of the Day between September 19, 2018 and October 17, 2018, and you’re automatically entered into the Steve’s Digicams Summer Photo Contest.
To do this, please email your entry to POTD@with the subject Tamron Shadow & Light Photo Contest along with —
- your name
- your email
- photo title
- camera & lens used
- (optional) any other details you’d like to share
Full uploading instructions are also available HERE, but please note: frames, borders, watermarks, composite images, and copyright notices are not allowed.
The Shadow & Light Photo Contest submission period runs from today, September 19, 2018, at 1pm PDT, through October 17, 2018, at 12Noon PDT. Early or late entries will not be considered, but if you recently uploaded a photo to the Photo of the Day, you may resubmit.
On October 24, 2018, we will announce TEN FINALISTS in a separate blog post and give our readers a chance to help us pick the two winners.
On October 31, 2018, we will announce our First Place and Runner-up WINNERS in a final blog post. We’ll then notify these two photographers via email to arrange for prize delivery directly from Tamron USA, Inc.
HOW MANY PHOTOS MAY I ENTER?
Every person who abides by the rules (see below) may enter ONE PHOTO. But, you can earn up to up to FOUR ADDITIONAL ENTRIES (for a max total of 5) if you:
- FOLLOW Tamron USA on Instagram
- LIKE & FOLLOW Tamron USA on Facebook
- FOLLOW Steve’s Digicams on Pinterest
- LIKE & FOLLOW Steve’s Digicams on Facebook
Important: if you submit too many entries, you will be disqualified. So no cheating, folks.
WHAT TYPES OF PHOTOS MAY I ENTER?
We’re open to any photography genre as long as your photograph plays with its balance of light and shadow. Color, black & white, street, landscape, portraits, fashion, architectural, action, food, whatever your interest, we’re open to anything and everything that sticks to our contest’s theme.
(SERIOUSLY, YOU MUST READ THESE)
By entering this contest, you agree to be bound by the terms and conditions outlined on this page — http://www.steves-digicams.com/photo-of-the-day/photo-contest-rules.html — so make sure to read every single word before entering.
If you do not agree with our official Photo Contest Rules, DO NOT ENTER. Also, my apologies to our international readers, but unfortunately, this contest is open only to legal residents of the 50 United States and the District of Columbia over the age of 18 with access to the Internet and a valid email account. Tamron USA, Inc. employees, Internet Brands, Inc. employees, and their family members are not eligible to participate.
Get inspired, go shoot, and send us your most stunning shadow & light photographs. Best of luck to everyone. We can’t wait to see, and possibly share, your stunning shots.