Frederik Buyckx

Winning the biggest photography competition in the world, this mainly means one thing: international fame, recognition and an incredible stage for one’s works. When you count among the ten photographers who are finally awarded with one of ten Sony World Photography category prizes, you know that you’ve successfully beaten thousands of other photographers worldwide. 227,595 photos were submitted this year and one of the lucky winners is 32-year-old photographer Frederik Buyckx from Belgium.


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Lensculture & Magnum Photo Award 2017


MAGNUM, a name everybody who even knows a bit about photography is familiar with. For decades Magnum has ranged among the most important and most influential photo agencies worldwide. Many of the most popular photographers are among the series of Magnum photographers and working under a contract for Magnum Photos surely is a great honor.

Magnum was founded in 1947, which means that the legendary agency will celebrate its 70th anniversary on 27 April this year. To celebrate this special event Magnum and Lens Culture Magazine are organizing a photo competition.

The Magnum Photography Award will give a chance to all photographic talents from all over the world to present their work on an international stage. We think this is a great idea, even the thought of having a chance to present your own pictures in connection with Magnum makes us all excited.

For a second time Magnum Photography and Lens Culture Magazine are aiming to discover the best photographers in the world. A jury is going to award all submitted photos, 12 winners and 20 finalists in 6 categories (documentary, street photography, portrait, fine art, photo journalism and open compositions).

On their website Magnum emphasizes what participating at an award-winning contest of such popularity actually means for your own photo. The images classified by the jury as top photos are shared with a public of 3.5 million people and in addition the winners can be happy with a publication of their own photo series. If that isn’t enough already, the works of the winners as well as those of the finalists and the jury’s favorites will be exhibited in London’s Photographer’s Gallery.

One part of the prize is getting access to Magnum workshops worldwide, which in our opinion is already a very good reason to take this incredible opportunity. 😉

Submission deadline is on 16 May 2017!

Dragana Jurisic – “Yu: The lost country“

I still remember it as if it had been yesterday. Even though I’ve never been affected myself as somebody who grew up in Austria and who had the privilege of going to the sea twice a year. To the sea in Yugoslavia. Even I feel strange writing this name although I never really came to know Yugoslavia and the war there happened at a time I can hardly remember. I was young and didn’t really have much interest in news and in wars. Yet I remember clearly how I was having breakfast with my parents and my sister in Rovinj and my parents kept discussing a bit nervously to consider returning to Austria earlier from our holiday.


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Hasselblad Award 2017

The Hasselblad Foundation International Award in Photography is a renowned photography prize that is awarded every year for extraordinary performances. The award, which is considered to be the most significant in photography worldwide, is organized by the Hasselblad Foundation and worth about 100,000 €.

The list of award winners includes big names such as Henri Cartier-Bresson (1982), Irving Penn (1985) and Cindy Sherman (1999). This year the famous award was given to Dutch photographer Rineke Dijkstra.


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The SIGMA sd Quattro is the big winner!


The sd Quattro is the Award winner of the German Design Award 2017

Last week SIGMA published some very good news – the mirrorless SIGMA sd Quattro  has received the German Design Award 2017  in the category Entertainment with a Special Mention.

The prize is awarded by the German Design Council, an expert for labels and design in Germany. It’s meant to represent the German design industry and supports the economy with increasing the brand value through design. There are three different categories of this renowned award – the official Gold, Winner and Special Mention labels.

SIGMA’s sd Quattro with its Foveon X3 direct image sensor technology was awarded along with the multi-functional PG-41 Power Grip and the additional EF-630 flash light system.

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“Wildlife Photographer of the Year”

The winner of the renowned photo competition “Wildlife Photographer of the Year”, which will be organized for the 52nd time this year by London’s Natural History Museum, won’t be announced before October – however, we can enjoy some pictures that have already been published!

The famous award was already founded in 1965 by the BBC Wildlife Magazine, but it wasn’t before the year 1984 that the museum participated. In that year photographers from all around the world submitted almost 50,000 photos. On October 21st the exhibition which accompanies the contest will take place in the museum. There the visitors won’t only get the chance to see the winning image but they can also admire 100 selected images in total.


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SIGMA News: SIGMA awarded as “Most Innovative Brand of the Year“



End of June SIGMA was awarded the world’s biggest prize for innovations: the Plus X Award in the category video and photography technology, as “Most Innovative Brand of the Year”. The award was officially handed over to SIGMA in the building of the first German Bundestag in Bonn at the Plus X Award Night.

Robert Kruppa, General Manager of SIGMA Germany, received the prize and commented on the award as follows:

“The honor of such a prestigious prize once again confirms that by introducing our premium strategy SIGMA Global Vision we have consequently and strategically continued developing our markets over the past few years. It proves that in terms of unique image quality, latest photography technology and high quality standards we keep setting benchmarks that convince both hobby and expert photographers on all levels.”


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The winner of the Objektiv 2016, the Austrian Press Photo Award

This week the best press photos were awarded with the “Objektiv” Award 2016 in Austria. Only works by male and female press photographers that had been published in an Austrian medium were accepted in the competition.

Every year the jury of the “Objektiv” Award consists of experienced media and photography professionals. To name just a few, the panel included members of diverse newspapers, the Austrian Press Agency (APA) and the Chairman of the Photography Department of the Höhere Graphische Bundes- Lehr und Versuchsanstalt in Vienna.

The Objektiv Press Photo Award was awarded in the following categories:

  • Contemporary History
  • National and International Politics
  • Arts and Culture
  • Sports
  • Economics
  • Photo Series

Besides that an overall winner was also selected. Martin Peneder received this particular award for his photo “Refugee girl in a flower dress”. He shot this picture during a cooling exercise of the Volunteer Fire Department in a refugee home in Feldkirchen an der Donau.

On a hot summer’s day with 36°C degrees in the shade hydro shields were set up so that the people in the shelter could cool down.

The photo was first published on 20 July 2015 in the “Kurier”. He did not only receive the title of the overall winner but his winning photo was also awarded in the category “National and International Politics”.


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SIGMA wins three TIPA awards!

For all those who don’t know what that means: The TIPA Awards are the most coveted photo and imaging awards worldwide. The TIPA member magazines started these awards in order to create a prize of which the photo industry can be proud! Only products which the General Assembly considers good enough are taken into consideration for the voting. Every year the TIPA editors vote for the best imaging products that have been introduced to the market over the past 12 months. Factors such as innovation, the use of cutting-edge technology, ergonomics, ease-of-use as well as price-performance-ratio are taken into account.
The list of the TIPA awards categories is regularly updated according to the technological trends on the market. Therefore the awards promise to always be up-to-date, and they’re a modern and significant award!

This year SIGMA received three of the popular awards!

• The 50-100mm F1.8 DC HSM | Art lens was awarded as the best DSLR telephoto zoom lens
• The 24-35mm F2 DG HSM | Art lens was awarded as the best DSLR wide-angle zoom lens
• & the 20mm F1.4 DG HSM | Art lens received an award as the best professional DSLR lens

Speaking for myself, I’m really looking forward to trying out those lenses on my own! 🙂

Yours, Tamara