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.
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!
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 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.
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.
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?
Once you’ve found all of the hidden codes, email us at showcase[at]mpbphotographic.co.uk with the following details:
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!
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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!
When? Oct 14 - 31st April 15
Where? Natural History Museum, London
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!
When? 4th Oct 14 - 4th Apr 15
Where? De La Warr Pavilion, Bexhill
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.
When? 19th Nov 14 - 20th Feb 15
Where? Albion Square, Stoke-on-Trent
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.
When? 13th Nov 14 - 22nd Feb 15
Where? National Portrait Gallery, London
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.
When? 31st Oct 14 - 18th Jan 15
Where? The Photographers’ Gallery, London
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.
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.
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!
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!
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!
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!
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!
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!
D3200 - £20 cashback
D3300 - £30 cashback
D5200 - £40 cashback
D5300 - £50 cashback
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
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
SB-700 - £25
SB-910 - £35
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!
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!
EOS 6D - £80 cashback
EOS 70D - £60 cashback
EOS 700D - £50 cashback
EOS 100D - £30 cashback
EOS 1200D - £20 cashback
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
600 EX-RT - £60 cashback
430 EX II - £40 cashback
320 EX - £25 cashback
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!
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!
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.
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.
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