The competition is a search for talent amongst the British public, open to any amateur photographer, of any level or experience. To help you take the best photo ever, the website offers inspiring photographic hints and tips and guidance on which batteries best suit your needs and those of your camera.
The newly launched Panasonic Digital Xtreme Power battery delivers up to three times more energy than alkaline batteries. This means you can take three times more photos and the batteries allow quicker shooting and more rapid flash recovery, so youll have a better chance of capturing that perfect winning shot!
Entering the competition couldnt be easier. Just visit www.photo-award.com and upload your favourite snaps that capture that most striking, potent or emotional moment. There are five categories to enter and you are free to enter up to six photos in or across as many of the categories as you wish:
Nature & the Environment
Motion & Speed
There are some great prizes to be won, along with the prestigious title of Panasonic Batteries Amateur Photographer of the Year 2005 for the overall winner!
First prize an exclusive one-week holiday for two in the fabulous Epacha Game Lodge & Spa in Namibia (worth over 3,500).
Second prize a top of the range Panasonic LUMIX Digital Still Camera DMC-LC1, DSC with Leica DV Vario-Summicron Lens, 3x Optical Zoom, 5 Mega pixels, 2.5 LCD Monitor and 16MB SD Memory Card (worth 999.99).
Third prize a Panasonic DMC-LZ2 Digital Camera featuring a 6x Optical Zoom, 5 Mega pixels and Mega Optical Image Stabilizer (worth 249.99).
The 3 overall winners will also receive a years subscription to Photography Monthly. In addition, each month, the best entrant per category will receive a photo-related prize, ranging from Panasonic rechargeable batteries to tripods and camera bags.
The panel of judges this year comprises Daniel Lezano of Photography Monthly, Tim Clark, Marketing and Communications Manager for Panasonic Batteries, guest judge and fine art specialist photographer, Bjorn Thomassen whose work is admired worldwide.
Tim comments, This years Award promises to be more exciting than ever. Not only do the public have the ease of using digital cameras, but now, with our new Digital Xtreme Power batteries, they can take more photos and be sure their cameras are always powered up to capture that all important shot. We have some fantastic prizes on offer this year, which Im sure all the amateur photographers out there will be eager to get their hands on!
Daniel Lezano of Photography Monthly says, We are always looking for new photographs from Britains amateur photography community and this is a great opportunity for the talent that we see regularly to be officially recognised. Our website features helpful photography hints and tips and were really looking forward to judging the submissions for this years Award.