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Medal winners from our sports competition

August 6, 2010
Well, well, well – what can I say! Looking through the entries for our sports photo competition it’s clear that some of you are sportier than others. Plenty of you opted for photos of your kids showing off their sporting prowess. I particularly enjoyed the good old-fashioned eggs & spoon and sack races from school sports days. You also really went with our theme of some great ideas for new Olympic sports such as haystack jumping, dune running, crawlathons, pedalo racing. Ah the list goes on. Rest assured I’ll be passing on your suggestions to the 2012 Olympic committee! We’ve polished the medals so it’s time for our awards ceremony. First up it’s a big round of applause for our gold medallist, Becky Adamson Helps, with this fun photo of her little champ who’s really found his competitive spirit.     Step forward Deana Crooks for your silver medal, loving the way you’ve edited this shot with the mix of brilliant colours against black & white. Really made it stand out from the crowd.     The bronze medal goes to Angela Wyatt. Well done Angela this cheeky shot really made us smile. As you said a potential All Black in the making!     Finally, just for the fun of it, a round up of some of the closest contenders. Congratulations to all our winners. Enjoy your moment of glory and of course your prizes (£50 PhotoBox credit for Becky and £20 credit each for Deana & Angela). Now it’s time for your lap of victory! Details of our next competition coming up later today I promise  
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David Noton’s top photography tips

August 3, 2010
Following on from the success of last week’s live Facebook chat with Annabel Williams, if you missed it you can catch all the action on our Facebook page, we’ve got another treat for you. We tracked down award-winning landscape and travel photographer David Noton to ask him for his top 5 photography tips. Being as enthusiastic about photography as David is, he was only too happy to help. Here goes!   1) Avoid the temptation to blast away indiscriminately. Use your eyes and think about your composition and the lighting. Shooting loads of exposures hoping something will work just fills the memory card with unwanted pictures. 2) Simple bold compositions always work; cluttered confused ones never do. 3) Follow your instincts and passions. You will always photograph best the subjects or themes which you are most enthusiastic about. 4) Don’t get bogged down with the technicalities. Get out and enjoy your photography. 5) Strive to be original. Producing a picture which is unique to your vision is far more rewarding than merely copying someone else’s idea. We hope David’s tips inspire you to get out & about with your camera soon. As always please feel free to share your own photos and tips with us! Of course nothing compares to seeing David’s work live so make sure you book tickets for his Chasing the Light Road Show event in Edinburgh on the 28th September and Andover 10th November.
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PhotoBox mini Olympics

August 2, 2010
On Friday afternoon I mentioned that a group of us we’re off to enjoy fun & games in the park and that’s exactly what we did. After feasting on the fantastic cupcakes that Regine had kindly made us, we were ready to burn off those oh-so-delicious calories with a bit of sport in the form of the PhotoBox Olympics. We improvised on the classic egg & spoon race with a table tennis bat & ball which proved rather hilarious. I found I had a previously undiscovered skill for playing quoits! Don’t think there’s an Olympic team for that one sadly. After various other games we teamed up for a classic rounders match, which certainly brought out everyone’s competitive spirit!   Thanks to you guys there’s also been plenty of fun on Facebook with your action photos for our latest competition. Keep them coming, there’s £50 PhotoBox credit for the winner. Remember just post any kind of sports photos on our Facebook page, the more inventive the better. It is 2 photos max and deadline is midnight Thursday 5th August. Looking forward to judging this one  
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Starting limbering up – it’s action time!

July 30, 2010
Ok I promised I’d be back soon with the lowdown on our next competition so here it is. You guys came up with some great ideas but the one that resonated with us today was Gill’s suggestion of something sporty. It’s just two years until the London Olympics and in honour of this the PhotoBox team is holding its own mini Olympic Games to see if we’ve got any hidden talent. I’ll let you know what happens. I think I’m down for the three-legged race! Although love this idea of puddle jumping posted by Karen Wiltshire.     In keeping with this theme we’re looking for evidence of your sporting prowess. Whether is pro sports, fun & games in the park like us, or the kids’ sports day, just post your photos on our Facebook page as usual. Winner gets £50 credit to spend at PhotoBox. Deadline midnight Thursday 5th August, two photos maximum. Don’t forget our other competitions – we’ve got some more great prizes. Be sure to enter our Karate Kid and Around the World in 80Days competitions. Have a fantastic weekend and let me see that competitive spirit!  
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Black & white competition winner is…

July 30, 2010
Photographer Robert Frank famously commented that ‘Black & white are the colours of photography.’ Well your entries to our black & white photography competition have definitely proved that bright shiny colours aren’t vital to capture an amazing photo. Far from it, you’ve shown us time and time again what beauty and emotion can be captured in glorious black & white.   As usual there were more than a few popular choices but in the end I stuck to my guns with this fantastic shot taken by Kerry Morgon-Shaw. It’s simply stunning, so thoughtful, with great lighting and loving the reflection. Congratulations Kerry you’ve just won yourself £50 to spend at PhotoBox. If your winning photo is anything to go by you’ll have plenty of ideas on what to spend your credit on! I’ve also chosen three other favourites who’ll each receive 100 free prints. Well done Pauline – very clever! Amy you win for your ingenuity and with really having fun with our theme. Last but not least, Rob your fishermen shot is a real stunner and a popular choice with our fans. Hold tight we’ve another competition coming up for you soon.