Are you constantly taking Lomographic photos of your family, holidays and celebrations rather than 'normal' pictures? Then we have a competition for you!
The Lomographic Embassy in Lisbon invites you to lomograph your summer holidays and send them your best ones (one to 12 shots). The support can be either digital with high quality resolution to print up to 10cm x15cm or 10cm x15cm prints on glossy (no margin if possible).
For those not familiar with the Lomography terms, Lomography is a commercial trademark of Lomographische AG, Austria for products and services related to photography. The name is licensed from a former state-run optics company LOMO PLC in St. Petersburg, Russia. The 35 mm LOMO LC-A camera employed an unusual lens, which produced large amounts of distortion at the edges of the image whilst keeping the center sharp, and was promoted by businessmen from Austria with international gallery shows.
Lomography emphasizes casual, snapshot photography. Accidents such as over-saturated colors, lens artifacts, and exposure defects are rehabilitated to produce swirly, abstract effects - a trait emphasized by practitioners. Others use the technique to document everyday life, because the small camera size and ability to shoot in low light encourages candid photography, photo reportage and photo vérité.
The lens effect (although perhaps not the philosophy) can be partially emulated in photo-editing programs, such as Gimp or Photoshop.
To join in the competitions, send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org to ask for a form, fill it out and send it either back by e-mail or by post to Lomographic Embassy Lisboa, Rua da Atalaia 31, 1200-037, Bairro Alto, Lisboa - Portugal.
Prizes includes: (First prize) Horizont compact, plane ride, 51% Lomography Diary 2007. Second prize is Lomo kompact L-CA, speed Boat experience, 51% Lomography Diary 2007. And third prize is Fisheye 2, Color Flash, Circule Cutter, Bali massage, 51% Lomography. Entries close on September 22nd.