Destination: Photo contest at Simhaksan (Paju)

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Readers, this ‘Destination’ post needs your help! The photo contest allows me to select the three best photos to enter this particular contest – prizes include a brand new Nikon D90, along with some other camera gear. Vote for your favorite three in the comments – all VOTERS on this post will be entered to win a cool prize worth at least 25,000 won. One vote per person, please 🙂 Deadline for voting: June 30, 2010.

Readers, this ‘Destination’ post needs your help! The photo contest allows me to select the three best photos to enter this particular contest – prizes include a brand new Nikon D90, along with some other camera gear. Vote for your favorite three in the comments – all VOTERS on this post will be entered to win a cool prize worth at least 25,000 won. One vote per person, please 🙂 Deadline for voting: June 30, 2010.

So the Seoul Photo Club recently had a photo contest held at 심학산 (Simhaksan) in Paju – the idea being that all contestants take photos on the same day, at the same place, then submit prints from what they take. While not an active member on the Flickr page, I was interested by the prizes – first prize being a Nikon D90 and membership to the Korea Professional Photograph Association, second prize being a Sigma DP2, along with some other prizes related to cameras.

Off we went to the site – there was supposed to be some sort of flower festival here, but it was apparently canceled… In any case, the dozens of photographers – carrying everything from four different DSLR’s to a point-and-shoot to some more exotic cameras that have aged well.

For what it’s worth, all of the following shots were shot with a Nikon D70 – most with a fairly standard 18-55mm lens or a 70-210mm telephoto lens. Some rocked a polarizing filter (great for reducing glare), while some shots have had minor editing (brightness, contrast, etc.).

Photo #1: Purple flowers

Photo #2: Red flower

Photo #3: Blue flower with bee

Photo #4: young girl

Photo #5: Yellow flower and bee

Photo #6: Grandpa and girl

Photo #7: water

Photo #8: cracked ground

Photo #9: Dragonfly #1

Photo #10: Red leaves

Photo #11: Dragonfly #2

Photo #13: The view from the top

Photo #14: Red leaves #2

Photo #15: Grimacing statue

Photo #16: After 30 years…

Photo #17: Buddha

Photo #18: Miscellany

Photo #19: Between a rock and a TV

The contest was lots of fun – HOT with plenty of harsh light, but more than enough things to shoot for those willing to get away from the flowers. The boxed lunch and plentiful snacks / water were more than enough to keep the dozens of photographers shooting until the last minute.

Readers: time to vote! Vote for up to three of your favorites – all VOTERS will be automatically entered to win a prize worth at least 25,000 won.

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