It should come as no surprise: 2012 is a pretty big election year in the U.S. And with that comes feelings of pride, hope and renewal.
In honor of that, Popular Photography Magazine has created, and is sponsoring, a photo contest to document America in an election year. Entrants can choose to enter for a chance to win in any one of six categories:
The contest running through September 2, 2012 is open to all photographers, and it’s absolutely free to enter! The first prize winner of each of the categories will receive an NEX-5N camera. One overall grand prize winner will receive a 3 day, 2 night trip to New York to attend the Popular Photography and Sony Annual Party. See official contest rules for details here.
I took a peek at some of the photos that have been submitted, and I’ve seen everything from flags to soldiers to raven-haired beauties. Everyone has a unique perspective of America in the year of an election.
I even reached out to Sony’s Artisans of Imagery, to see what their take is on this election year, and just like the contestants, they each have a very different take. Check out their photos and explanations below.
While photographing the gay pride parade in New York I came across many interesting people. The man I photographed was selling rainbow flags. I had several conversations with him and he showed me his Obama shirt. We talked politics for a while and then he wanted to introduce me to his friend. When I started photographing him his friend immediately pointed to his Obama shirt. The gay movement has been so involved in politics over the years, often to be used in a divisive way. They all feel like they do have an ally in Obama.
Shot with a Sony a77
One night at dinner, I asked the kids if they had any ideas on how to photograph the upcoming election. I wasn’t sure what to expect in response, but without hesitation they brought up favorite presidents we’ve been studying in history, outfits they used to wear from hats to ruffled collars and the freedom to stand out in a crowd for something you believe in. We decided to take a trip to the costume shop and play with their ideas. With colonial costumes in hand, we went to play (do a photo shoot) in a wide open grass field! I thought the wide space of the field would help accentuate that feeling of “standing out”. In this photo, Pascaline climbed to the top of an old ladder that we borrowed from our local antique store. She was super focused on waving that flag in the wind while not losing her balance! The best part, we all lost track of time because of all the fun we were having!
CAMERA: Sony a900
LENS: Sony CZ 24-70/2.8
As population grows and our reliance on healthy fisheries becomes more acute, the creation of marine protected areas is becoming a national security imperative for many countries. I made this photograph off the coast of Honduras, where artisanal fishermen manage and benefit from these offshore marine habitats. Globally-important fisheries, like lobster and conch depend on the appropriate management of marine protected areas and for countries like Honduras, that are riddled with drug-traffickers and violence, the steady commerce of these commodities with the United States is of critical importance for improved international relations. My hope is that on this election year, the environment, and especially the future of our oceans becomes a more prominent issue in the debate.
Shot with NEX-7 with 16mm and Nauticam housing
After wrapping a shoot in Los Angeles, I headed to one of my favorite drives in America. Driving east on Sunset Boulevard through the opulence of Bel Air and Beverly Hills then past the Chateau Marmont onto the Sunset Strip, I drove past a service station I’d passed hundreds of times, tapped my brakes and headed back, because this time there was something different. Parked in front of their fading mural sat a cherry red 1960s Lincoln Continental convertible – the symbol of when America ruled the road and built the cars the world craved. It stood there in the perfect spot to complete an image of American Pride and hope…
So … what is your take on America in an election year? Enter your photo for a chance to win.