Posts Tagged ‘contest’

Fstoppers Plus III Contest Winner

Fstoppers ContestThe talented guys at Fstoppers concluded their contest featuring the PocketWizard Plus III radio triggers.

The winner is Derek Cookson of Royal Oak, Michigan. Congrats, Derek! A wedding and portrait photographer, see his blog for the kind of work he’s doing. He even posted about his win. Along with three PocketWizard Plus III transceivers, Cookson also won a copy of Peter Hurley’s The Art Behind the Headshot.

Nice job, Fstoppers, and way to go, Derek. We hope to see some great Plus III-enhanced shots soon!

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PocketWizard Announces Make It Possible™ Photo Contest

Photo ©: (l to r) D. Anton, K. Steele, M. Bush, E. Mansperger.

PocketWizard Photo Products partners with SmugMug to create the first
PocketWizard Photo Contest


  1. Show us how you MAKE IT POSSIBLE™ using PocketWizard Wireless Triggering Systems. Submit a photo which was simply not possible to take unless you were using PocketWizard radios.
  2. Photo must be taken with a minimum of one off-camera flash triggered using PocketWizard radios.
  3. Winner will receive one MiniTT1®, two FlexTT5®’s and one AC3 ZoneController for either Canon or Nikon and a PocketWizard G-Wiz Trunk bag and 1-year SmugMug Pro Subscription and photo Web site customization.

Please be sure to read through the PocketWizard Photo Contest Rules before entering contest.



SUBMISSION PERIOD ENDS: December 30, 2011. To enter the contest click here.

Final Judging to be done by commercial-fashion photographer Mark Wallace based out of Phoenix, AZ. Mark is the face behind numerous PocketWizard Tutorial videos as well as host and creator of the web-based video series “Digital Photography One on One” and “How’d They Do That?” sponsored by AdoramaTV. Mark is co-founder of  Snapfactory studios.

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Scarlett Lillian and PocketWizard are Going to Vegas

…on what goes on in Vegas will definitely not stay in Vegas thanks to our blogs. :) Scarlett’s Monday night workshop (thankfully football season is over) is nearly full. Way to go Scarlett! Good luck with the workshop and the contest. PocketWizard is proud to be your partner.

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Going Wireless: 5th and Final Winner


Most swimming photography is divided into two categories: those that use flash on camera and those who shoot available light. Belgium-based photographer going by the blog (en Francaise, naturellement) name “Haristobald”  (EDIT: a.k.a Martin Boland) approached it differently, creatively and produced a hot video showing precisely how he made the images. To boil it down to its most basic description, he used two off-camera strobes and a black background. The lighting is dramatic and so are the photos. Check it out

Watch parts 2 & 3 of the video on his blog.

Deep thanks to every single enthusiastic photographer out there! You are all stars in our book. You made 76 videos during the contest, and your creativity and passion are applauded by us. Thank you all for sharing and participating. Choosing was a very hard process and so many more of you deserve some recognition for your efforts. So, look forward to some post-contest features from other outstanding efforts.

We’d also like to extend deep thanks to David Hobby at Strobist. His passion for teaching, photography and sharing is something in which we are honored to participate with this contest.

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Going Wireless Contest: 4th Winner

And the winner is… Jerry Vo

His Web site is (We don’t know if he has vanity plates with the same cute word play, but he obviously should.) Jerry took his model, ifer (pronounced if-er) to an abandoned brick factory. What they found was a fantastic assortment of backgrounds with which to work. Then, to get even more f8full (sorry) they dripped, threw and spattered paint all over ifer and the walls behind her. The highlight of the shoot was when they found an abandoned canoe (a what?) floating in a pool inside the factory. Jerry used Cactus triggers (see, we’re not prejudiced) and the final photos and video are outstanding.

Flickr Set of all the photos
Jerry’s Photo Portfolio
ifer’s model portfolio

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And You Thought Mozart was a Multi-Tasker? Going Wireless Contest: 3rd Winner

Well, meet Danish Puthan Valiyandi. His two German-based companies, DanishPV and, lists him as director, digital artist,  cinematographer and photographer. Whew! We get tired just thinking about all those tasks, let alone accomplishing them. One look at his websites, though, says very quickly what an incredibly talented man he is. Well, this month he put his talents to work winning the monthly PocketWizard video contest. Guess who he used as director, digital artist,  cinematographer and photographer? We didn’t think we’d have to tell you. Sehr gut!

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Interview with Going Wireless Contest Winner Ryan Allan

After rewarding Ryan with his Plus II’s, we wanted to get to know him a little better. So, we gave Ryan ( a ring and here’s what he had to say:

Q:  Here we are talking to Ryan Allan, who’s won the first PocketWizard video contest.  Hi Ryan, how are you doing?

A:  I’m doing great, and thanks for the PocketWizard.

Q:  Great.  Hope you use them in good health, as they say.  Tell us a little bit about where you’re located and what kind of photography you do and some of the basic details.

A:  I’m located in Southern California, I mainly shoot skateboard and skateboarding lifestyle, which basically means I go out and hop a lot of fences and climb around a lot of schoolyards, ditches and back alleys for a living and I originally am from Toronto, Canada and after a few years of struggling trying to make it as a skateboard photographer out there I realized that you need to be where the action is. So I moved to California and here I am.  Shooting full-time. (read the rest after the jump)


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Going Wireless Contest: 1st Month Winner

We’re happy to announce the first winner of the PocketWizard and Strobist “Going Wireless” contest:

Ryan Allan Skateboard Behind The Scenes Shoot

Ryan gets a pair of PocketWizard Plus II Transceivers! Congrats :)

EDIT: See the final shot here.

We could not stop watching this video. Seriously. Outside of the obviously pro-quality videography, Ryan made great use of YouTube’s annotations to detail the behind-the-scenes tech notes (thumbs up!), plus the final shot was included in the end. Excellent way to follow the contest rules, Ryan. We dig.

It is essential to mention at this point that there are MANY awesome video entries on YouTube, and those of you who worked hard to submit for this contest are still eligible for next month’s drawing. Keep in mind that following the rules/guidelines for the contest score big points in judging.

* Creativity
* Detail the process (in-video text, in-person explanation, dub or via annotations)
* Tagged “pocketwizardstrobist” on YouTube
NOTE: making a beautiful video is NOT requisite for winning!

Additionally, we’d like to point out some there are other extraordinary videos that deserve a look (and perhaps could win in future months… you never know!). link. Some really cool videos came in right as we buttoned up the judging, so if you’re thinking about making your own, be sure browse all the current submissions. You are all very creative! Great stuff – keep ‘em coming – you are all awesome.

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Contest: Going Wireless with Strobist and PocketWizard

By now you all must know that David Hobby over at Strobist is not only a talented photographer, but also a generous educator. We’re excited to join forces with David to offer this exciting contest! Here’s the deets:

Once a month, one free pair of PW Plus II Transceivers will be awarded to the best video on YouTube of a photo shoot detailing creative use of wireless triggering. Video can be live video or, a series of still photos with voiceover and clear explanation of how wireless triggering was used.


Creativity with wireless triggering is key to this contest. Show us your best, most creative use of going wireless with radio triggering. And detail, detail, detail! Explain your setup well so everyone can understand what it took to make your vision come alive.

All videos must be tagged “pocketwizardstrobist” to qualify. The judging panel will be David Hobby of Strobist and Phil Bradon from PocketWizard.

In addition, photos may also uploaded to Flickr tagged “pocketwizardstrobist” with link to the YouTube video in the description.

The contest runs mid-July through end of November. Winners will be announced on the 15th of each month, beginning in August.

EDIT: Feel free to leave a link to your video as a comment to this post. Also, we’ve seen great use of YouTube’s video annotations to point out gear use and positioning – great idea! Don’t forget you can always rent wireless gear if you don’t own it yet.

Good luck! Let’s her those shutters clicking. Go wireless! Read more at

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