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The Latest from MPB

  • 2014-12-13 12:00:00

    Christmas is less than two weeks away and we’re feeling festive here at MPB so we’re giving away a stocking full of photography goodies in our Christmas Decorations Photo Competition!

    Get creative with your photography and show us your Christmas trees, fairy lights, wreaths, garlands and tinsel for your chance to win. We will be picking and sharing our favourite photos throughout the competition and one overall one overall winner will be selected once the competition has closed.

     

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    To enter, just follow these steps:

    • Take your photo on whatever device you choose. DSLR, point and shoot camera, phone: it’s up to you!
    • Share on either Twitter or Instagram and make sure you photo is visible publicly.
    • Tell us what’s in the photo, use the hashtag #mpbxmas and tag @mpbcom in the description.
    • Take a look at the other entries by searching the hashtag!

     

    Entries will be accepted until midnight on Monday 15th December when the competition will close. A winner will be announced the following day!

    Please make sure you read the rules before entering. We can't wait to see your photos!

     

     

    The Rules

    Entrants: Our competitions are open to residents of the European Union, aged 18 years or over, except for employees of MPB Photographic, their families or anyone else associated with the particular competition.

    Quantity of entries: You may submit up to 10 images before midnight on Sunday 14th December 2014.

    Image eligibility:

    • Images that have won or been in the running for any previous competition may not be submitted.
    • Only images uploaded within the competition entry period will be eligible. This means older images with the hashtag #mpbxmas applied retrospectively will not be accepted.
    • Entries deemed to be obscene or offensive will be rejected.
    • Images must not include visible watermarks or logos.

    Image copyright: Entries must be your own (you own the rights to the image) and must not have been used commercially. It is the responsibility of the entrant to ensure that any images they submit are taken with the permission of the subject and do not infringe any laws or the copyright of any third party. Entries will be accepted at the discretion of MPB and MPB reserve the right to request original image files to ensure ownership of an image.

    Reproduction rights and your copyright: Copyright in all images submitted for MPB competitions remains with the respective entrants. However, by participating in a competition, each entrant grants MPB permission to use their entry in promotional material connected with that and any other competition run by MPB. Should an entrant wish for their entry to be removed, a request should be submitted to showcase[at]mpbphotographic.co.uk and the image will be removed as soon as possible. MPB will not be held responsible for any third party sharing of entries through social media.

    Entry:

    • Images should be submitted with all the required details through the means stated.
    • MPB cannot take responsibility for entries not received due to errors made during submission by the entrant or for faults in a third party service, eg. Twitter, which may prevent an entry from being submitted.
    • All information detailing how to enter our competitions forms part of these terms and conditions. It is a condition of entry that all the rules are accepted as final and the competitor agrees to abide by these rules. Submission of an entry will be taken to mean acceptance of these terms and conditions.
    • Only ten entries per person in total. Late, ineligible, defaced or corrupt images will not be accepted.

    Digital manipulation: You may use digital manipulation which emulates darkroom techniques to optimise an image. You may also use filters and frames provided by Instagram and third party apps. It is important that the content and context of the original image remains intact. As such, you may crop and image but may not add or remove key elements of the composition. Entries will be accepted at the discretion of MPB and MPB reserve the right to request original image files to ensure the integrity of an image.

    Judging: One winner will be selected by MPB. Winners will be contacted within 7 days.

    Prizes: Prizes are non-transferable and no cash equivalent will be offered. MPB reserve the right to change the prize to a comparable alternative due to unforeseen circumstances. Prizes not claimed within 3 months of the notification date will be forfeit.

    The rules: MPB reserve the right to alter these terms and conditions at any time. Revised rules will be posted in this section and it is the entrant's responsibility to review this section. Any breach of these rules by the entrant may result in their entry becoming void. If a breach has occurred but is discovered after a prize is awarded, MPB may request the return of the prize.

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  • 2014-12-12 12:00:00

    A firm favourite here at MPB is our now annual Christmas Candy Cane Hunt!

    This year we’ve hidden 5 candy canes around the site each with a special code which spells out a secret message and we’ll be leaving clues on Facebook and Twitter throughout the day to help you out. Can you find them and decipher the code for a chance to win a stocking full of festive photography goodies?

     

    How to Enter

    Once you’ve found all of the hidden codes, email us at showcase[at]mpbphotographic.co.uk with the following details:

    • Full name
    • Email address
    • Postal address (the address we will send the prize to if you win)
    • A list of the codes and where you found them

    Please be aware that entries submitted in the comments section will not be accepted!

     

    The competition will close at midnight on Sunday 14th December 2014 with a winner selected at random from the correct entries on Monday 15th. Remember, it’s best not to share your answers as this will reduce your chance of winning and you may be disqualified if you do so!

    Here's one to get you started. Good Luck and happy hunting!                                        mpb-christmas-candy-cane-hunt

     

     

    TERMS AND CONDITIONS:

    • Only ONE entry will be accepted per household, and per person.
    • Our competitions are open to residents of the European Union, aged 18 years or over, except for employees of MPB Photographic, their families or anyone else associated with the particular competition.
    • All information detailing how to enter our competitions forms part of these terms and conditions. It is a condition of entry that all rules are accepted as final and that the competitor agrees to abide by these rules. Submission of an entry will be taken to mean acceptance of these terms and conditions.
    • All entries should be submitted via email to showcase(at)mpbphotographic.co.uk.
    • Prizes are non-transferable and have no alternative cash value.
    • Winners will be contacted within 7 working days of the competition closing date. Prizes not claimed within 3 calendar months of winning date will be forfeit.
    • MPB Photographic retains the right to alter these Terms and Conditions at any time.
    • English law applies and the exclusive jurisdiction of the English Courts shall prevail.
     
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  • 2014-12-09 12:00:00

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    It’s 15 days until Christmas and we’re 9 days in to our advent calendar. Today’s festive photography treat is another flash sale! For 24hrs only, a range of our brand new memory cards will have be reduced by up to 15%.

    If you’re buying for a photographer this Christmas, memory cards are an excellent and incredibly useful stocking filler. Or take a look through our CF and SD cards if you’re looking for a kit bag essential for yourself!

    Flash Sale - New Memory Cards!

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  • 2014-12-08 12:00:00
    Take a break from the outdoors and the chilly weather with our pick of photography shows running this winter!

     

    Wildlife Photographer of the Year

    When? Oct 14 - 31st April 15

    Where? Natural History Museum, London

    Website: www.nhm.ac.uk/wildphoto 

     

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    A staple in the calendars of many photographers and wildlife enthusiasts alike, the Wildlife Photographer of the Year exhibition is as exciting and varied as ever. Ranging from sweeping landscapes through beautifully minimal black and white, to the most intricate of macro shots and (for the first time) thoughtful timelapses, there is not a corner of the earth which goes unrepresented by the images on display. This is an exhibition with such wide and enduring appeal which, now in its 50th year, will not disappoint.

    Interested in the kit behind the winning images? Take a look at our article here!

     

     

    Magnum Photos: One Archive, Three Views

    When? 4th Oct 14 - 4th Apr 15

    Where? De La Warr Pavilion, Bexhill

    Website: http://www.dlwp.com/

     

    Formed 67 year ago as a photography collective, Magnum has grown up to be an iconic agency shaped entirely by its members. For this exhibition, three contemporary practitioners have been invited to reinterpret the resin print archive of Magnum’s London offices under the guidance of former archivist Nick Galvin. Granted access to over 68,000 prints, historical and visual anthropologist Elizabeth Edwards, photographer Hannah Starkey and artist Uriel Orlow were asked to recontextualise work by the likes of Martin Parr, David “Chim” Seymour and Eve Arnold to reflect their own interests. The result is a show which gives three unique views into the same historical archive which has not previously been seen in the context of a curated exhibition.

     

     

    Mark Power: The City of Six Towns

    When? 19th Nov 14 - 20th Feb 15

    Where? Albion Square, Stoke-on-Trent

    Website: http://www.markpower.co.uk/ 

     

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    A free, outdoor exhibition, City of Six Towns features 50 new works from critically acclaimed photographer Mark Power. The images, among them portraits and urban landscapes, can be viewed as visual stories or postcards from the city which itself is steeped in layers of history and is a place in constant flux. Power’s work documents the city as he finds it and, set in the city centre, it is seen in the very environment it originated in.

     

     

    Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize 2014

    When? 13th Nov 14 - 22nd Feb 15

    Where? National Portrait Gallery, London

    Website: http://www.npg.org.uk/photoprize1/site14/exhibition.php 

     

    Showcasing 60 of over 4,000 submissions from the fields of fine art, editorial and advertising, the Taylor Wessing Prize is an eclectic mix of the original portraiture works. Among the prize winners are advertising and fashion photographer David Titlow for his portrait of his son Konrad being introduced to a dog, and portrait photographers Jessica Fulford-Dobson and Birgit Püve for their images of an Afghan girl at a skate school and identical twin boys respectively. The show incorporates work exploring traditional as well as more original approaches, of which some might argue are not portraiture at all. As ever, the exhibition is set to challenge expectations and spark debate and worth seeing so you can draw your own conclusions.

     

     

    Edward Steichen - In High Fashion, The Condé Nast Years 1923-1937

    When? 31st Oct 14 - 18th Jan 15

    Where? The Photographers’ Gallery, London

    Website: http://thephotographersgallery.org.uk/ 

      

     

    Examining the period during which Steichen worked for Condé Nast on Vogue and Vanity Fair, this exhibition comprises over 200 vintage fashion and portraiture prints. Not originally intended for exhibition but rather for publication on the printed page, a number of the images show insightful crop and retouching marks, text and instructions and are displayed alongside copies of the publications they were destined for. With many of the prints on display for the first time since the 1930s, this is a fantastic chance to see an oeuvre of work which still informs fashion photography to this day.

     

    Is there anything we’ve missed? Let us know what you’re going to see this winter in the comments below or on Facebook and Twitter!

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  • 2014-12-14 12:00:00

    We’re half way through december and well on the way to Christmas so this week we’re taking a look at our MPB Advent Calendar. 

     

    Highlights So Far

     

    So far we’ve had a number of sales and offers, tips to winter proof your camera, a festive video and a round up of shows and exhibitions happening over the winter months. To see what’s next and catch up on anything you’ve missed, take a look at our calendar here

     

    Candy Cane Hunt

    We have not one but two competitions running currently and there’s still time to enter both! First up is our now annual candy cane hunt. There are 5 hidden around the site for you to find and a stocking full of festive photography goodies to be won. If you want to enter, do check out the rules and send up your answers before midnight tonight!

     

    Christmas Decorations Photo Competition

    There are trees and lights just about everywhere now, so for our second competition we want to see you get creative with your photography and share your pictures of this year’s Christmas decorations. The competition closes at midnight Monday and there’s another stocking up for grabs so be sure to check out how to enter here!

     

    What’s Coming Up?

    We’ve still got loads to come in the final countdown to Christmas including more deals and offers, more competitions and more seasonal treats. To keep up to date, be sure to check out Twitter and Facebook!

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  • 2014-12-05 12:00:00

    Looking to upgrade to some new Nikon camera gear? There are a range of DSLRs and compatible lenses eligible for cash back this festive season, available for part exchange from MPB!

     

    How it Works

    All of our new equipment is available for part exchange and eligible for Nikon’s cashback offers. Just fill in our form, let us know what you would like to buy and sell and we’ll get back to you within 1 working day with a quote. If you’re happy, we can arrange for your items to be collected and delivered free of charge.

    You can then claim your cashback directly from Nikon where you can also check the full terms and conditions of the offer!

     

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    What’s Eligible?

    DSLR

    D3200 - £20 cashback

    D3300 - £30 cashback

    D5200 - £40 cashback

    D5300 - £50 cashback

     

    DX Lenses

    AF-S 40mm f/2.8 G ED DX Micro - £20 cashback

    AF-S 55-200mm f/4-5.6 G IF ED DX VR - £20 cashback

    AF-S 55-300mm f/4.5-5.6 G DX VR - £30 cashback

    AF-S 18-300mm f/3.5-5.6 G ED DX VR - £50 cashback

    AF-S 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6 G ED DX VR II - £50 cashback

     

    FX Lenses

    AF-S 105mm f/2.8 G IF ED VR Micro - £40 cashback

    AF-S 70-200mm f/2.8 G ED VR II - £85 cashback

    AF-S 70-200mm f/4 G ED VR - £85 cashback

    AF-S 14-24mm f/2.8 G ED - £175 cashback

    AF-S 24-70mm f/2.8 G ED - £175 cashback

    AF-S 80-400mm f/4.5-5.6 G ED VR - £175 cashback

     

    Speedlights

    SB-700 - £25

    SB-910 - £35

     

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  • 2014-12-05 12:00:00

    If you’re looking for brand new camera gear this festive season, why not take advantage of Canon’s winter cashback offers? There are a range of DSLRs and compatible lenses eligible and available for part exchange!

     

    How it Works

    All of our new equipment is available for part exchange and eligible for Canon’s cashback offers. Just fill in our form, let us know what you would like to buy and sell and we’ll get back to you within 1 working day with a quote. If you’re happy, we can arrange for your items to be collected and delivered free of charge.

    You can then claim your cashback directly from Canon where you can also check the full terms and conditions of the offer!

     

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    What’s Eligible?

    DSLR

    EOS 6D - £80 cashback

    EOS 70D - £60 cashback

    EOS 700D - £50 cashback

    EOS 100D - £30 cashback

    EOS 1200D - £20 cashback

     

    Lenses

    EF 16-35mm f/4 L IS USM - £80 cashback

    EF 24-70mm f/4 L IS USM - £160 cashback

    EF 70-200mm f/4 L IS USM - £80 cashback

    EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6 IS USM - £45 cashback

    EF-S 17-55mm f/2.8 IS USM - £45 cashback

    EF-S 10-22mm f/3.5-4.5 USM - £45 cashback

    EF-S 55-250mm f/4-5.6 IS STM - £25 cashback

    EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM - £25 cashback

    EF-S 10-18 f/4.5-5.6 IS STM - £25 cashback

    EF-S 60mm f/2.8 Macro USM - £25 cashback

    EF-S 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6 IS - £45 cashback

    EF 40mm f/2.8 STM - £25 cashback

     

    Speedlite

    600 EX-RT - £60 cashback

    430 EX II - £40 cashback

    320 EX - £25 cashback

     
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  • 2014-11-28 12:00:00

    Black Friday & Cyber Monday deals

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    To celebrate the start of the festive season we’ve been running a host of offers on selected gear. Beginning on Black Friday and running until 4pm on Cyber Monday (1st Dec) there’s still a bargain to be had with many used items reduced and up to 25% off selected new accessories! Do be quick as stock is limited!

     

     

    Canon Rumours

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    The rumour mill is churning once more with Canon Rumors reporting that we could see not one but two new 50mp bodies at some point next year. So far the suggestion is that these will sit between the 5D and 1D series with a body similar to that of the 5D III.

    There are also reports that Canon have filed a patent for a body cap that will clean the lens mount contacts of the camera. Something that many users would no doubt find useful!

     

     

    GoPro Drones for 2015?

    Another rumour that surfaced this week suggests that GoPro might be inline to start producing their own drones next year. With their cameras already a firm favourite among aerial photographers, this could mean stiff competition for other manufacturers.

     

     

    MPB Gift Guides

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    We completed our photography gift guide series this week with inspiration for pro photographers and enthusiasts so take a look if you’re in need of some ideas! Or take a look at our other guides if you’re buying for a beginner or keen amateur this festive season.

     

    What did we miss? Let us know your favourite photography stories from the week on Facebook and Twitter!

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