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Sony Alpha Photography Competition

Monday, 22 March 2010

The Afternoon Show and Sony Alpha are teaming up to find Ireland's next big amateur photographer. TAS is asking wannabe photographers to send in their snap shots under the title of 'An Afternoon to Remember' to

Our two judges, photographer Colin Stafford Johnson and Kathryn Thomas will choose the final 9 photographs and we will be asking our own TAS viewers to pick the winner on April 16th.

Note: Deadlines for entry to The Afternoon Show Photography Competition have now passed. Finalists shall be announced next week - please see under 'Important Dates' below.

The Afternoon Show Photography Competition 2010

Whether you're the occasional shutter-bug or an aspiring photographer, we want to see your photography skills.
All you have to do is come up with a winning photograph that reflects the theme 'An Afternoon to Remember'.

The prize includes a trip for 2 to Cannes with accommodation at the 5 star luxury Lucienne Barriere Hotel; €1000 spending money AND Tickets to the Sony World Photography Awards whilst you're there!

And that's not all - You also win an amazing Sony Alpha DSLR A450 digital camera!

The trip is for 2 nights, and the winner and friend must be available to travel from Dublin Airport on the 21st of April.

Entries are limited to one per person and images should be no larger than 2MEGA BITES.

Send your entries to

All entries must be original photographs and the judges' decision is final.

Entrants must be aged 18 years or over, and amateur photographers only ; RTE standard terms and conditions apply. See for more information.

Entries will be accepted by email only and the deadline is Tuesday, the 6th of April at 10am.

Terms & Conditions

1. Entry

1.1 Entrants must be aged 18 years or over and must not work for Sony or be employees of Green Inc Film & Television Limited (Green Inc) or Raidio Teilifis Eireann (RTÉ).

1.2 Entries are limited to one per person and images should be no larger than 2MB.

1.3 Entries will be accepted by email only from Monday 22nd of March 2010 to Tuesday 6th of April 2010 (at 10am) inclusive.

1.4 All entries must be original photographs ie the entrant has full copyright.

1.5 Entries will only be considered from amateur photographers (IE Someone who does not work as a professional photographer or is in receipt of monies for providing photographic services, currently or in the past)

1.6 Entry to the competition signifies acceptance of these terms and conditions.

1.7 RTE standard terms and conditions apply. See

1.8 Judges decision in relation to selection of finalists is final and no correspondence will be entered into.

1.9 Photos that are photoshopped will not be accepted.

2. Prize

2.1 The prize includes a trip for 2 people to the Sony World Photography Awards in Cannes and the newly launched Sony Alpha DSLR A450 digital camera.

2.2 The trip is for 2 nights, and the winner and friend must be available to travel from Dublin Airport on the 21st of April, returning on the 23rd of April.

2.3 The prize also includes: €1,000 spending money (made payable to winner by euro cheque), Transfers to and from hotel in Cannes, Accommodation for 2 people at the 5* Lucienne Barriere Hotel in Cannes (based on 2 sharing, room only), and Tickets to the Sony World Photography Awards in Palais des Festivals, in Cannes on the evening of 22nd April.

2.4 Travel to/from Dublin Airport is not included.

2.5 Any costs incurred additional to the prize package elements listed (e.g meals, telephone charges, room service etc) will be at the winner's own expense.

2.6 Any requested upgrades or changes to the stated holiday prize will be at the winner's own expense.

2.7 Failure to attend for any reason whatsoever on the travel dates agreed and booked does not entitle the winner to an alternative holiday and the prize will be deemed to have been forfeited.

2.8 The promoter reserves the right to substitute a prize of equal value if a prize element becomes unavailable for any reason whatsoever.

2.9 Winner and travelling companion must hold valid passports, and are solely responsible for any special visa requirements and medical vaccinations/other recommended medical requirements.

2.10 All those travelling must hold valid travel insurance. Promoter may require winner and companion(s) to show proof of insurance before travelling.

2.11 Winner must be available to travel on date specified by promoter. (stated above).

2.12 There is no cash alternative to the holiday prize element and all prizes are non-transferable.

2.13 The winners shall pay any and all applicable taxes on prizes.

3. Intellectual Property Rights & Use of Entries

3.1 In consideration of Green Inc and RTE agreeing to consider entrants to the competition, each entrant hereby agrees that Green Inc (and third parties authorised by Green Inc) may make any and all entries available on television, website and any other media, whether now known or invented in the future, which may include internet sites, mobile, television and/or radio and that entries may be made available with advertising and/or sponsorship.

You now grant Green Inc (and third parties authorised by Green Inc) a non-exclusive, worldwide, irrevocable licence in perpetuity to use, display, publish, transmit, copy, make derivative works or podcasts from, edit, alter, store ,re-format, sell and sub-licence the entry for such purposes.

3.2 Your entry and any information submitted by you must be personal to and relate specifically to you. You hereby warrant that your entry and all information which you submit and/or distribute will not infringe the intellectual property, privacy or any other rights of any third party, and will not contain anything which is libellous, defamatory, obscene, indecent, harassing or threatening.

4. Data Protection

4.1 Green Inc and RTE (and any third parties authorised by Green Inc or RTE) may use the winners name and image and their comments relating to the prize and competition experience for future promotional, marketing and publicity purposes in any media worldwide without notice or without any fee being paid.

4.2 Any personal data will otherwise be used in accordance with RTE's privacy policy which can be viewed at

5. General Terms

5.1 Green Inc and RTE reserve the right to verify the eligibility of entrants and check their identity. Green Inc and RTE reserve the sole discretion to withhold delivery of the prize until such proof of eligibility and identity has been confirmed or to disqualify the entrant from the competition.

5.2 These terms and conditions shall be exclusively governed by and construed in accordance with the laws of the Republic of Ireland and the entrant irrevocably submits to the exclusive jurisdiction of the courts of the Republic of Ireland.

Important Dates:
. Tuesday 6th April 10am deadline for all photographs

. 22nd of March: Our two judges will introduce the competition to The Afternoon Show Viewers.

. Tuesday 13th April: 1 Judge and the first 2 finalists

. Wednesday 14th April: Meet Judge 2: and the second 2 Finalists

. Thursday 15th April: Meet Judge 1 & the final 2 Finalists

. Friday 16th April: Both Judges: & 6 Finalists. Winner will be revealed by the end of the show.

The Prize

The winner of this fabulous competition will win a Sony Alpha Camera, a trip the world photography exhibition in Cannes, staying in a 5 star hotel and 1,000 euros spending money.

Colin Stafford Johnson

Over the past two decades, Stafford-Johnson has tracked and filmed animals all over the world, including jaguars in the Amazon, tigers in India and birds of paradise in New Guinea. In 2006, he won an Emmy for cinematography on the film Mississippi - Tales of the Last River Rat for Discovery Channel. He has also worked with renowned broadcaster and naturalist David Attenborough on the well-received BBC series Planet Earth.

What make a good photograph according to you?
I suppose the single most important thing is composition. Technical ability in taking the photograph is secondary. I think sometimes you can see a photograph that isn't technically brilliant but still is fabulous because someone has the composition just right.

What do you look for? Colour, shapes, people, difference, simplicity?
I think it is hard to put into words exactly what makes a good picture. You know a great photo when you see it. I think composition is important and capturing a moment. I think photographs that tell stories are fantastic.

Any favourite photographers?
I love wildlife photographers like Frans Lanting and Andy Rouse.

What do you like taking photos of yourself?
I would be into landscape and wildlife.

Is there a particular time of day that you like to take photographs?
I think for the most part for landscape it would be morning or evening light. You can also light things yourself with flash photography. A good photograph can be taken anytime.

I think the secret is to have the photograph in your head before you take it. I think you need to use the camera as a tool to capture the picture you have in your head.

What advice would you give to people entering?
I think you can compose a great photograph from something very ordinary. Fantastic photographs have been taken around the family dinner table. It is about capturing a moment. Things that pass you by in ordinary everyday life and you manage to capture them and somehow manage to make them look different and somewhat special. I don't think you have to go looking for it or I don't think you are going to have to head to the most beautiful part of the country - it's all about capturing something or ideally something that we all recognise in everyday life.

What will make one picture stand out for you, opposed to another?
There are so many different types of photographs but there will be something in it that just strikes you as being different and original.