Adorama Camera and SportsShooter.com has this photo contest specifically for students only, the Student Portfolio of the Year Contest.
Letâ€™s look at the prizes first (then drool and dream): the grand prize is a package of â€œEssentialsâ€ that include:
â€¢ Nikon D300 equipped with an 18-200mm VR lens
â€¢ Nikon SB-800 Speedlight
â€¢ Apple MacBook Pro 15â€
â€¢ Aperture 2.0 Workflow Software
â€¢ PocketWizard Plus II Remote Trigger
â€¢ X-Rite Color Munki calibrator
â€¢ X-Rite EyeOne Display II
â€¢ SanDisk 4GB Extreme CF cards
â€¢ Think Tank Airport Security Carry-On Roller Bag
â€¢ Induro MC24 Carbon Fiber Monopod
â€¢ CradlePoint PHS-300 Personal Hotspot
â€¢ John Harringtonâ€™s book â€œThe Best Business Practices for Photographersâ€
But there are also monthly prizes awarded to members who review student “Week’s Work” entries. Nikon, through an arrangement with Adorama, has donated 12 CoolPix 5100 cameras. SanDisk has donated 12 4GB compact flash cards. Think Tank Photo has donated 12 Modular Sets, and 12 Pro Speed Belts. X-Rite has donated 2 X-Rite EyeOne calibrators. Apple has a few copies of Aperture 2.0 for lucky members. All of these items will be given to randomly selected members who take the time to review student work, share their knowledge, experience, and opinions.
The SportsShooter.com Student Photographer of the Year contest is open to any student member, and is designed to evaluate a student’s everyday skill in addition to their ability to assemble a successful portfolio.
12 students (one for each month of the calendar year) will be eligible to submit their portfolios to the 2008 SportsShooter.com Student Portfolio Contest, each of them finishing first in the contest’s ‘Week’s Work’ contest. Each month, the student who wins the monthly ‘Week’s Work’ award is invited into the annual end-of-year portfolio competition, and has their portfolio personally reviewed by some of the most respected photographers and educators in the industry.