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Announcing The Amazing Robocop Retouching Contest! Win Prizes!

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The Contest

As you may have seen on Fstoppers or on this blog, I did one of my dream shoots with an actor wearing an original style Robocop costume along with his replica of the OCP Robocop police Taurus. The Robo suit is actually made from original molds used to create the actual costume used in the first Robocop movie. Pretty cool, right? Well as I’ve discovered, this is also a dream shoot for many of you as well. Now, I cannot setup a shoot for you, BUT I can let you play with up to 8 of my original Phase One IQ140 RAW files from the photoshoot. Even better, if you do a great job, you may win prizes and accolades!

The general idea is to download and use one or all of the provided RAW files (bottom on this post) and have a good time retouching/creating a composite from this shoot. You can put Robocop on Mars, in the middle of a gunfight, having dinner with you in a family photo, etc. The sky is the limit… although, lets avoid him doing anything that may be considered offensive to the general public (this is the internet, I had to add that disclaimer haha).

If you’re looking for inspiration, here are examples from my previous retouching contests for reference:

Video Of The Original Photoshoot:

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Your Panel Of Retouching-Celebrity Judges

We are VERY lucky to have a panel my extremely talented retoucher/photographer friends to sift through your entries and choose the honorable mentions as well as the grand prize winner! Pratik Naik, Clint Davis (previous retouching contest winner), Justin Paguia (my own  longest time retoucher), Julia Kuzmenko, Glyn Dewis, and myself will all be judging. I am honored that they are agreeing to help in the fun! They are all so incredibly talented and good people to boot!

The Prizes

All honorable mentions will be posted on Fstoppers.com along with links to their websites/online portfolios.

Along with the honor of being named one of the most creative and talented retouchers by our judges, the grand prize winner will receive the following prizes:

  • Full copy of Phase One’s Capture One Pro 7 software (retail $299): This is what I use (they put my photo on the box). It’s the best tethering and RAW processing solution on the market. It actually is the best software for processing Phase One RAW files like the ones you will be downloading below, although it does an awesome job processing every other major camera maker’s RAW files as well. I heavily suggest you download the free 30 day trial of Capture One Pro 7 and use it to process the RAW files from this contest.

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  • Case Logic Checkpoint Friendly Laptop Backpack (retail $99.99): I have this bag and it’s awesome. It fits my 15″ Macbook Pro, iPad, Wacom tablet, GPS, chargers, etc. It’s also great for travel because you can zip it open without having to pull your laptop out at the airport security lines. It also has a sleeve in the back to easily slide onto your roller bag securely.

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  • Tether Tools Starter Kit ($84 value) from my friends at Tether Tools. This is an awesome prize by itself and great for any on-location photographer or tech. They promised to supply you with a tether cable of the winner’s choosing.  The guys at TetherTools.com are awesome. They make everything in my on-location tethering kit from my tether table, to my USB cable from my camera to the computer, iPad holder for displaying images to my clients, and anything else you could ever imaging wanting on set. Check out www.TetherTools.com

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The Rules

  • You have approximately 9 days. Deadline is 11:59PM (East Coast US Time) February 14, 2014 to submit your images. You can either email me (douglas[at]sondersphotography[dot]com) directly or post a link to your edits as a comment on this post. Make sure to include your name and a link to your webpage (if you have one) so I can include it in the post if you make the finals or win.
  • Grand prize winner and honorable mentions will be announced by February 21, 2014. Stay tuned to this blog and my Facebook page for updates.
  • Go nuts. Create the coolest, wildest, most creative retouching job on these photo…but keep it clean please! Put Robocop in any serious or wacky scenario that your mind can create. I’ve included 8 files with different elements for you to combine as you see fit! You can use 1 or elements from all 8 files as you wish. You can also combine elements from your own or legally acquired stock imagery as long as you include elements from at least one of the Robocop files supplied below.
  • This is an international contest, so anyone on this planet can enter.
  • Submitted images should be at least 1000 pixels on its longest side.
  • The fine print: I still own the copyright of these images so no going and using this in advertisements you crazy kids, but you are welcome to post your entry in your online and print portfolios as examples of your retouching work, of course. I’m a kind fellow, but my lawyers are not :D
  • Have fun!

Download the zip of the 8 Robocop Phase One RAW files here : Contest Over / Compiling Results

NOTE: I highly suggest downloading the free 30 day trial of Capture One Pro 7 software and using it to process these RAW files.

Framed Awards – I’m A Finalist In The “Best Commercial Photographer” Category

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I’m a finalist in the [F]ramed awards as one of the “best commercial photographers” Its a contest where you are nominated by other photographers from blank ballots. Thanks for those that nominated me! Vote for me if you feel I am deserving of it!

You can go here to vote: http://framedawards.com/ARTISTS

Shout out to some of my photography friends in other categories: Blair Bunting, Pratik Naik, Glyn Dewis, Jeremy Cowart, Peter Hurley, and Fstoppers.com (in the companies category)

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Jumping Joe – Retouching Contest Winner

Thank you for everyone’s patience. The time has come to announce the winner of the Jumping Joe retouching contest and who will receive the Nik Color Efex Pro 4 software! I had a lot of really hilarious and awesome entries. As you may recall, folks had an opportunity to download an unedited file shot by my Phase One IQ160 and edit it however they see fit. You can read about the original contest details here. This contest is meant to be fun and humorous, so I chose ones that were lighthearted and showed some fun creativity. Thank you to everyone that entered! It’s great seeing everyone’s different interpretations.

The next contest will be bigger and better!

The original image for reference.

Here are some of the honorable mentions that I really enjoyed. The winner is on the bottom of the post.

Click the image to visit the respective retoucher’s website/portfolio:

Entry by Filip Osowski. Fantastic entry. He would have won, but he had won a contest before. Sorry Fil! Check out his awesome work: www.filiposowski.com
Hilarious entry by Nathan Smith: PHOTONATE.COM
A very clean Joe C wallpaper. I like it! Another entry from Germany!
Can never get enough of Joe on rollerblades. Entry by Alfred Williams
Entry by Mike Nelson. Joe decided he was tired of jumping and figured he would just shrug it out. Clean work!
Ladies, you can have your very own Jabba The Hut Joe C slave girl! Entry by James Rose. Really funny and a valiant effort
One of my favorite and funniest entries by Drew Xeron. Nice work Drew. www.drewxeron.com
Entry by Marek Kunicki. No website provided. I can feel the electricity. Great work.
Entry by Justin Lane from the other side of the planet! (Sydney, Australia) It’s true, Joe jumps for joy every time he is in Vegas.
An entry all the way from Germany! I like your timely Wall Street theme! Good work Alex Schnieder

THE WINNER – TIM FRAGA

ENJOY YOUR NIK COLOR EFEX PRO 4!

Entry by Tim Fraga (www.timssolution.com). I like this because the image really tells a story and truly reflects the real Joe C’s rebellious wild-man nature and his love of rollerblades! He used used Nik’s Viveza 2 and Color Efex Pro 4 Detail Extractor for this image.
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Photo Retouching Contest Time – Jumping Joe And Win Free Stuff

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It’s contest time again! You may recall this image above from a shoot I did with my Phase One a few weeks back (click the hyperlink to see behind the scenes and video). Snag my buddy Joe in the image above and put him in some crazy places or situations. Serious or funny, doesn’t matter to me. Just be creative and keep it PG-13 appropriate please :D

You can see examples from one of my previous contests here: Robots On The Move contest

My friends over at Nik Software, one of my favorite photo editing Plugin companies, has offered my readers a copy of their awesome software Color Efex Pro 4 Complete Edition for the contest, which is currently on sale for $199.95 on their site. Go on over to their site to learn more about the software and even download and try it freeYou must use one of their plug-ins on your entry, but make sure to let me know which plug-in you use when you submit!  Remember you can download and try it for free.

If you already have Color Efex Pro 4, I’m sure I could convince my friends at Nik to offer you another one of their great programs instead.

This is a really awesome prize and a product that I personally use just about every day.

Quickly solve imaging challenges and extend your creativity in never-imagined directions with unmatched quality. Versatile features like filter combinations, visual presets, history browser, natural borders, and a host of incredible filters make this an essential part of your photographic toolkit. - Nik Software

Here is the contest fine print:

  • You have 1 week. Deadline is 11:59PM (East Coast US Time) August 30, 2012 to submit your images. You can either email me (douglas[at]sondersphotography[dot]com) directly or post a link to your edits as a comment on this post. May sure to include a link to your webpage (if you have one) so I can include it in the post if you make the finals or win.
  • Go nuts. Create the coolest, wildest, most creative retouching job on these photo…but keep it clean please! Put Joe C in any serious or wacky scenario that your mind can create.
  • This is an international contest, so anyone on this planet can enter.
  • On September 4, 2012, my friends over at Nik Software and myself will select and announce the winner. Of course I will also the various top entries with links to the submitter’s webpage. Runner-ups? You get to have your work and website up in front of 10′s of thousands of eyes.
  • The fine print: I still own the copyright of this image so no going and using this in advertisements you crazy kids, but you are welcome to post your entry in your online and print portfolios and such of course.

Download the above high res image of Joe C shot by my Phase One IQ160, 60 megapixel medium format. I would include the RAW file, but there are logistical issues with sharing a large 60 megapixel raw file with countless people, so here is a high res jpg that opens up to 140 megabytes. CLICK HERE

You could win this!
Winston 3 - Entry by Marina Brocal Sanchez

The Winner Of The Winston Retouching Contest

Winston 3 - Entry by Marina Brocal Sanchez

With 252 votes, Marina Brocal Sanchez of Spain is the winner of my Winston retouching contest. Her prize is the new OnOne Plug-in Software Perfect Photo Suite 6. Thank you to our contest sponsor onOne Software! Thank you to everyone that voted. It was a heated battle for awhile and really loved going through the creative entries. In case you missed it, you can see the rest of the entries here. I will be having another contest soon!

Winston 5 - Entry by: Nathan Smith www.Smithfineart.com

Winston Retouching Contest Finalists – Choose Your Winner Of OnOne Software

Thank you to everyone that entered in to my retouching contest this past week for a chance to win the new OnOne Plug-in Software Perfect Photo Suite 6. I got some hilarious entries. Now here is your chance to have your peers vote on your entry. Here are my top picks (in no particular order) after the page break below from the entries. Choose your favorite and vote at the bottom of the post. I will announce the winner of the contest and the Perfect Photo Suite 6 on Saturday the 24th, 2011. I would offer my comments on the photos, BUT I do not want to show favoritism. Maybe I’ll make some comments after the contest is done :)

Thanks again everyone and happy voting!

PS. I am logging IP addresses on votes. If I detect cheating like the use of sneaky IP addresses I will disqualify you. Thank you.

PPS. I have already had to disqualify 1 entry, sadly, for unfair conduct

Winston 1 - Entry by: Pedro Santiago www.psantiago.500px.com

 

Winston 2 - Entry by Bryce

 

Winston 3 - Entry by Marina Brocal Sanchez

 

Winston 4 - Entry by: Filip Osowski

 

Winston 5 - Entry by: Nathan Smith www.Smithfineart.com

 

Winston 6 - Entry by: Fabiano Reani https://www.facebook.com/pages/Photography-by-Fabiano-Reani/174150505998492

 

Winston 7 - Entry by: Alfred Williams

 

Winston 8 - Entry by: Corey Roberts www.cr3.com.au

 

Winston 9 - Entry by: Cody Onthank

 

Winston 10 - Entry by: William Courtney www.willwc.com

Winston Contest: Which is your favorite image?

  • Winston 3 (25%, 252 Votes)
  • Winston 7 (14%, 143 Votes)
  • Winston 6 (13%, 132 Votes)
  • Winston 4 (12%, 118 Votes)
  • Winston 9 (7%, 74 Votes)
  • Winston 5 (7%, 73 Votes)
  • Winston 10 (4%, 45 Votes)
  • Winston 1 (4%, 42 Votes)
  • Winston 2 (2%, 23 Votes)
  • Winston 8 (12%, 5 Votes)

Total Voters: 1,026

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