March – April Contest: Shadows

To enter Focal Press’s March April Photo Contest, please click here.

Theme:  Shadows

Co-sponsored by Macphun!  Win Focal Press books and Macphun Software!

Inspired by the book:

Rick Sammon’s Creative Visualization for Photographers
Composition, exposure, lighting, learning, experimenting, setting goals, motivation and more

Guest Judge – Rick Sammon


Grand Jury Winner:

–          A copy of the book Rick Sammon’s Creative Visualization for Photographers

–          $200 worth of Focal Press books of your choice!

–          Macphun Creative Kit Plus ($149 value)

Two Runner Ups

–          A copy of the book Rick Sammon’s Creative Visualization for Photographers

–          A Focal Press book of your choice!

People’s Choice Winner

–          A copy of the book Rick Sammon’s Creative Visualization for Photographers

–          $200 worth of Focal press books of your choice!

–          Macphun Tonality Pro ($69 value)

About the Book:

The difference between seeing and looking is essential—much like the difference, in music, between hearing and listening. In Creative Visualization, master photographer, photo educator and photo instructor Rick Sammon presents his proven methodology for creative digital photography. His signature inspiring and motivating approach opens creative avenues for photographers in a variety of genres.

With easy-to-follow examples, Sammon shows you how simple changes—with visualization, composition, post-processing, and more—can mean the difference between a snapshot and a great shot. This book, illustrated with more than 300 of Rick’s photographs, includes invaluable information about exposure, composition, subject choice, lighting, mood, and depth.

Guest Judge: Rick Sammon

Award-winning photographer Rick Sammon is a man on a mission – a mission to make learning digital image-making fun, creative, exciting and reward. He has published 36 books (including seven children’s books), offers 11 iPad and iPhone apps, and has more than a dozen online classes. He is a regular columnist for Digital Photo and Adventure Rick hosts inspirational, photography and Photoshop shows on, and runs more than a dozen photography workshops and presentations around the world each year. Rick was named on of the best photographers by and one of the best travel photographers by He reaches his wide audience of photo enthusiasts through his blog, books, how-to videos, iPhone and iPad apps, the Digital Photo Experience podcast and an expanding following (almost a million total at the time of this publication) on social media. He also presents at Photoshop World. He is also a Canon Explorer of Light, a Westcott Top Pro Elite, Lexar Pro, and a x-rite Coloratti. Rick also plays guitar, bass guitar and keyboards, one of his great joys in life. See for more information.



About Focal Press’ New Photo Contest Platform:

For this year’s photo contests, Focal Press has partnered with is a beautiful platform and it is very easy to use, as you will see!

ViewBug is an online photo contest community that provides the opportunity for photographers to share photos with chances to win prizes. With ViewBug, everyone can get an opportunity to be discovered. Unlike other photography competitions, ViewBug makes the photography contests fun and social by providing prizes by the best brands in the industry and including the most influential photographers as judges. Participants can also help judges select winners with a social media voting tool. ViewBug provides a slick profile to showcase your photos and different memberships to accommodate any type of photographer.

2015 Photo Contest Structure:

• This year there will be 6 contests

• Each contest will run for 8 weeks

• Entries can be uploaded during the first 6 weeks of the contest window

• During the last 2 weeks of the contest window, the  contest will be open for voting.


The prizes are bigger and better than ever!  Check to see what the prizes are for each contest.

For each contest there will be:

• A Grand Prize Winner and 2 Runner Up Winners that will be chosen by our Guest Judge.

• A People’s Choice Winner for the photo with the most votes.

Winners will be announced within 10 days of the contest closing.


Photos: Share your best shot that fits the contest’s theme. Be creative and original!

Limit: 3 entries per participant

Participation: You must own all legal rights to submitted photos

Photo Format: Color, Black and White, edited formats are accepted

Copyright: You maintain the rights to all of your submissions

Judging: The contest winner will be selected based on the creativity, originality and quality of the photo in accordance to the contest’s theme.

Promotion:  Focal Press would like to use the winning photos to promote the contests on our website, our blog and our Facebook page. We will check with the winners for permission to use their photos in this capacity before posting.

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