Upcoming World Photography Events in NYC and a Contest for ImagingBuffet.com Readers

The World Photography Organisation (WPO) has a number of events planned in New York City in October and November, including an opening reception on Thursday, 10/13/2011 and a series of three-day workshops. After corresponding with a representative from the WPO, I was asked if I would like to interview any of the workshop leaders. I chose to ask Jez Coulson a few questions about his upcoming New York and Chicago workshops, as well as tips for becoming a more successful photographer, which you can read in a separate article to be published soon (update: the interview is available here). I was also offered the opportunity to give away four workshops worth a total of about $1,000 to readers of ImagingBuffet.com, which I describe below.


World Photography Events and Opening Reception in New York City

The World Photography Events will be taking place in New York from October 13-November 6, 2011. The events include an exhibition of photographs from the 2011 Sony World Photography Awards, a free Student Focus program, and other events. Opening night for the World Photography Events is Thursday, 10/13/2011 from 6-9 pm at the Chelsea Art Museum, 556 W. 22nd St., NY NY. The event is free, but an RSVP is required for entry. To RSVP, send an e-mail to giulia@worldphoto.org.


“City Project” Workshops

As I mentioned earlier, a series of three-day workshops will be offered in New York City under the title “City Projects.” This text from the WPO offers a good overview of the City Projects.

The City Projects are the most exciting events on our New York programme, for budding and established photographers alike. These workshops will enable you to improve on your photographic skills and connect with other equally passionate photographers. You will also be given the unique opportunity to display and promote your work to a global audience.

The global theme is ‘Portraits of a City’, which over the year will see City Projects taking place in London, Edinburgh, Manchester, Birmingham, San Francisco, Chicago, São Paulo, with plenty others to be announced throughout the year, see our City Projects page to see if your City will be involved.

All the projects will culminate in an exciting exhibition of all participants work, ‘Portraits of a City, a Mirror of the World’, exhibited in London, April-May, 2012.

City Projects Workshop Itinerary

Day 1: Introductory Seminar and Workshop – the technical bit!
In a 3-4 hour masterclass, the workshop leader will deliver the brief to the participants. The workshop leader will then discuss technical and creative approaches, exploring lighting and composition, location scouting and subject matter.

Day 2: Independent Shooting – the creative bit!
The participants will go solo and use the knowledge gained from the masterclass to execute their assignments on the streets. The workshop leader will be at “base camp” for part of the day, should participants wish to return to get further advice and feedback.

Day 3: Editing and Critique – the post-production bit!
Each participant will have a two-on-one, 90 minute editing session with a professional editor on Adobe Lightroom software, teaching you how to get the most out of your photography in post-production.

Additional information re: Day 3: Before arriving at their 90 minute editing session, participants will need to narrow down their work to no more than 30 images. During editing, 10 images will be selected as their “shortlist” of best images, and then one single image will be selected and showcased throughout various WPO platforms, including for display and review during a group discussion led by the workshop leader.

Contest for ImagingBuffet.com Readers

The WPO has generously made available four spaces in the 3-Day “City Project” workshops in New York City for four ImagingBuffet.com readers. Please see the details below to be entered into a drawing to win:

Contest Overview: Win a complimentary 3-day workshop (value up to $300) at the Chelsea Art Museum organized by the World Photography Organization:

– 1 place to attend a “City Project” 3-day workshop with Steve Pyke – November 11th – 13th (visit this page for a full description)
– 1 place to attend a “City Project” 3-day workshop with Cheryl Dunn - November 11th – 13th (visit this page for a full description)
– 1 place to attend a “City Project” 3-day workshop with Nick Turpin – October 21st – 23rd (visit this page for a full description)
– 1 place to attend a “City Project” 3-day workshop with Jez Coulson – October 21st – 23rd (visit this page for a full description)

How to enter:

To enter, simply send an email to info@worldphoto.org
In the subject line enter: ImagingBuffet.com 3-day workshop “City Projects”
In the body of the email, enter your WPO username. If you don’t have an username, please create a free account (standard membership) here:

Deadline: October 15, 2011 at 8:59pm PST (11:59PM EST – New York City time)

Note from Andrew Darlow: Please only enter if you are reasonably sure that you will be able to attend one of the workshops.

A few rules and information regarding the announcement of winners:

1. Residents of any country are eligible (except where prohibited by law).
2. This contest covers only the cost of a 3-day “City Project” workshop. Winners are responsible for all lodging, travel and other expenses.
3. Winners will be informed which City Project they have won, and are required to confirm via e-mail whether or not they will attend.
4. Prizes are not transferrable to another individual.
5. Winners will be contacted privately via e-mail by October 17, 2011.

For more information about the next City Project in Chicago, IL, visit:



Jayant Singh - November 18, 2011


I learnt the basic photography rules from Mr. Kishore Mamillapalli who is one of the leading wildlife photographers from South Africa. He used to say that “Beauty truly is in the eye of the beholder”. If you like what you see on your camera screen, or through the viewfinder, you will like the photograph.

There are some basic photography rules for composition. Once you know these rules, you can use them, ignore them, or break them. Follow your gut, and you will end up with spectacular, sometimes breathtaking results. Kishore is really an astonishing wild life photographer and has a great eye for details..

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