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Assignment India: Street Photography by Juris Kornets

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Juris Kornets returns to the Vistek Toronto in-store gallery, featuring his stunning black and white images of street photography in India. There are as many characters as there are individuals.” Indian proverb As a professional photographer, Juris Kornets has developed a keen interest in highlighting the diversity of our world’s cultures, as well as an extraordinary ability to capture and bring out the best in people. Despite media depictions to the contrary, the world is a relatively safe and wonderful place.  On any given day, even in the remotest and seemingly primitive reaches, people are concerned  with making a living, taking care that their…

Hauntingly Beautiful Images of Everyday Cuba

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The haunting beauty of Juris Kornets images of Cuban culture will draw you in and capture your heart… A love that can last forever takes but a second to come about” Cuban proverb As a professional photographer, Juris Kornets has developed a keen interest in highlighting the diversity of our world’s cultures, as well as an extraordinary ability to capture and bring out the best in people. In a career that has spanned 30 years and taken him to 50 countries, Juris has had the opportunity to capture images that not only show us the beauty, but perhaps more importantly, the hardships that a world…

Time Passages: Looking for Magic in the Mundane

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In today’s fast-paced world, it’s easy to feel that time is passing us by. But really, isn’t it we who are doing the passing? With their collaborative photo series Time Passages, (Looking for Magic in the Mundane), Photographers Katherine Keates & Avi Cohen have shown us that it is possible to slowdown enough to explore the seemingly mundane aspects of our daily lives. In their opinion, the practice of being more aware will make you a better photographer as well as a better person, an individual more in touch with fellow human beings. “In our daily lives, we pass through doors, walk through corridors,…

“Show us what FX You” Photo Contest – Closed

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You can look at a picture for a week and never think of it again. You can also look at a picture for a second and think of it all your life. Joan MiróAs a photographer, you have the power to influence the way others see the world. This influence might come from the way you use light, the subjects you shoot, the locations you explore, or your decision to shoot in colour or black-and-white. These are your tools, and what you choose or choose not to utilize can not only portray your view of the world, it can ultimately have…

Olympus/Vistek Travel Instagram Contest – Closed

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Congratulations to our winner Ryan Visima! Here is Ryan’s winning photograph. If you’d like to see more of Ryan’s work or hire him for a shoot, check out his website www.yourfavouritephotographer.com Our journey began with an Adventure that moved us into the Night, and now, it’s time to announce the final Olympus/Vistek Instagram contest theme for 2015… Whether you’ve taken the road less travelled, or flown off in search of adventure, odds are, you’ve taken a camera with you. In our final Instagram contest for this year, we want to see the single best shot out of the all the images you’ve captured while on the road.…

CAPIC – 2016 Double Vision Call for Participants

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CAPIC – 2016 Double Vision Exhibition CAPIC (Canadian Association of Professional Image Creators) is putting out an open to all professional Photographers, Illustrators and Image Creators. This is your chance to be a part of a unique exhibition where image creators are paired up by random draw, to create portraits of each other. Confirming Participation: If you wish to participate, please email your contact information which should include your: name, phone number and main artistic discipline (ie. photographer or illustrator etc.) along with the subject line “Double Vision 2016 Participation” to dv@capictoronto.com. Important: In order to be included in the pairing draw, please…

Kristin Lau – Light for Life: Solar Energy in Nepal

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Kristin Lau’s Light for Life: Solar Energy in Nepal is the follow-up photo series to her August 2015 Vistek Toronto gallery exhibit “Working Nepalese”. Light for Life once again features the people of Nepal, only this time, it documents how renewable energy, specifically Solar Power, is helping in Nepal’s ongoing recovery from the devastating earthquakes earlier this year. Light for Life documents the struggles that the people of Nepal are still going through, and how the non-profit organization SunFarmer is working with them to bring much needed renewable energy options to the region. Shot while on assignment for Photographers Without Borders, Kristin’s series of stunning…

Student Photographer of the Year Award 2015

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Vistek is pleased to announce that we have partnered with the Greater Toronto Council of Camera Clubs (GTCCC) to create the… 2015 Student Photographer of the Year award. The award is part a unique competition for students enrolled in photography courses and is designed to celebrate the creative works of young emerging photographers. Enter Today! Students are invited to submit 3 photos, with water either as the main theme or included in the image. Submitted photos must be taken from January 1st – December 31st, 2015 – Deadline for submission is February 1st, 2016.  For full contest details, application form and…

“It’s a Fuji World Travel Contest” – Closed

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Sign up for your chance to win a vacation & prize worth $6250! It’s a big, beautiful world we live in and we’d like to give you a chance to see more of it during a fun-filled FUJIFILM adventure. Enter to win and you could be off to a far-flung (or close to home) destination with your New FUJIFILM X-T10 camera in hand. Click the banner below to register: It’s A Fuji World Travel Contest Details: Contest Rules & Regulations: No purchase necessary to enter or win. Purchase will not increase your chance of winning. Submitting multiple times will disqualify you. CONTEST…

Best Night Shot Instagram Contest – Closed

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Olympus & Vistek want to give you the opportunity to show us what really goes on after darkness falls. Night photography isn’t easy, but this is your chance to get creative, and show the world what you’ve got! It doesn’t matter what you shoot on, DSLR, Mirrorless, even your phone are all fine, the important thing is to get outside, embrace the night and share the results with the world. Vistek’s Olympus OM-D E-M10 Mark II Best Night Shot Instagram Contest. One of the many cool features of the OM-D series of cameras is the Live Composite Mode. As you can see from the video below,…

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