Photography News | Issue 41 | absolutephoto.com
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Two clubs have already qualified for our final so three more berths to be filled. Make it to our final and five clubs will enjoy a challenging day’s shoot to decide the overall winner Camera Club of the Year contest 2016-17
The Photography News Camera Club of the Year 2016-17 is into Round 3 already, so if your club hasn’t qualified for the final shoot-out yet, you only have three more chances. To be victorious, your club has to overcome two challenges. The first is to qualify for the final by coming top of the pile in one of the three remaining monthly rounds. Then the final itself is going to be a day’s photo shoot, the details of which will be released simultaneously to the five finalists. However, what we can reveal now is that the final will be a unique event that will offer a tremendous creative challenge and a never-to-be-forgotten experience for the finalists. But we’re getting ahead of ourselves here so let’s start with how you qualify for the final. Your club’s competition secretary (or whoever is going to enter each month) must sign up on absolutephoto.com. Terms and conditions are on the website. Any club or group is eligible to enter so long as there are at least five members. Online groups, internal company clubs and those clubs not affiliated to the PAGB can still enter. Once you’ve signed up, go the Members Area on the topmenu bar, click on that and you will see Camera Club of the Year 2016- 17 in the drop-downmenu. Select that, then register your club and follow the upload instructions. JPEG files should be at least 1500 pixels on
the longest dimension, under 2MB in size and, preferably, in the sRGB colour space. A club can enter one set of five images from five different members each round. Failure to enter five shots will mean the missing shot/s scores zero; so it’s crucial to enter the full number of images. If, by mistake, six images are entered only the first five will be scored. After the closing date each picture will be scored out of 20 points and the highest scoring club each month will qualify for the final. In the event of tied scores, we will ignore the highest and lowest scores and average out the three remaining scores. If scores are still tied, all five scores will be averaged out. When the issue with that month’s result is published, the scores for every picture entered will be published on the website so you can see how you’ve done. There’s no monthly prize apart from qualifying for the final shoot-out and once a club has qualified for the final it need not enter again. In effect, because each monthly contest is self-contained, ie. it’s not a league system over the period of the contest, you do not have to enter every month. However, clearly it makes sense to give yourself as many chances to win as possible. So, read the entry details again, check out the theme on the opposite page and upload your shots before the closing date. Good luck!
is the APS-C X-Trans CMOS III sensor that boasts a 24.3-megapixel resolution and works with the X-Processor Pro image processing engine to deliver awesome image quality. Plus, you get fast start-up and enhanced AF performance including improved subject tracking. The X-T20 also has a range of great video features including the ability to record 4K movies with Fujifilm’s renowned Film Simulation modes. What’s more, you get all these fabulous features in a compact bodyform. Body only, the X-T20 costs £799, or £1099 with the XF18-55mm f/2.8-4 standard zoom. For more details on all of Fujifilm’s latest products please see the Fujifilm website.
You might have noticed – on our cover wrap, in the news and reviews pages of this issue – that Fujifilm has had a fast start to 2017 following on from a hugely successful 2016. Three cameras and a new lens launched already with each product aimed at different photographers. Despite the fact that medium-format digital is not mass market, the big news is that Fujifilm’s GFX system has been launched to the world. At an exclusive launch event we got to use the camera and lenses and you can read how we got on in this issue. The first GFX camera is the 50S, a 51.4-megapixel mirrorless camera using a 43.8x32.9mm Bayar array sensor. With its high resolution sensor, ISO range reaching 102,400 and supported by a new GF lens system, many photographers will be giving the new system plenty of attention. All that interest will undoubtedly be fuelled further by its price. The Fujifilm GFX 50S has a price of £6199 and the standard GF63mm f/2.8 R WR is £1399. So you can go medium-format for £7598. That, obviously, is still a sum not to be trifled with but in the context of its market, it is a very competitive price. The Fujifilm X-series has seen another product added to the range, the X-T20. It’s an entry-level X-series camera but it is still packed with attractive features. Probably top of the list
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