3 years ago today I launched this blog. I never had any expectations, I just felt like writing about my experiences with cameras I liked shooting with. After a little bit of time, I got a bit of momentum with it, and soon started enjoying the film photography community that it became a part of.
It wasn’t long before I started taking it a little more seriously, but even then I never expected it would be where it is by the end of the third year. I now have thousands of people visiting the website every day, a few of whom contribute posts for me regularly. Frankly, it’s wonderful, and I couldn’t be more happy with how its all turned out!
One thing that started happening more and more as the site began to grow was all people getting in touch to tell me that they would donate money if I provided such a facility. I didn’t, and somehow the idea made me slightly uncomfortable. That was until I figured that rather than donate to me, people could donate to a cause. I decided that cause would be raising money to buy a Leica M4. Once the cash was raised and the camera bought, the idea was to review it and give it away to someone else in the film photography community.
A couple of weeks ago I found a nice looking M4 for £530. I mentioned on social media that I’d found the camera and soon the final £100ish of contributions I needed flowed in and I met my target of £400. The camera was bought, and it arrived with me about a week ago.
A couple of days later I realised the blog was about to turn three – What better time could there possibly be to launch the competition to win it?!
Before I talk through the details of the competition, I just want to say thanks to everyone who has supported the blog over the years, all the people who have contributed content, and latterly all the people who have, and continue to contribute to the pot to buy cameras!
Win a Leica M4
Right, to the business bit! How to win the Leica M4. Just like the last time I gave away a Leica, I’m doing a film photo competition. Also like last time, I’m doing a budget-camera photo competition…
I want to see a photo you have taken on a 35mm compact point & shoot camera. To make it a little more interesting, the camera must cost and be worth no more than £10! I don’t mind what film you use, or how you process it, scan it etc, as long as the camera is worth no more than a tenner!
There are plenty of cameras that cost as little as this. I have reviewed a fair few of them myself, and invariably manage to get pretty decent photos. Examples include Olympus AF-10 Super, Canon Prima 120, Ricoh ff90, Minolta AFZ, Olympus mju-iii etc. If it is autofocus, autoexposure, made in the late 70’s, 80’s or 90’s, is predominantly plastic bodied and regarded by many people as a bit crap, you are probably on the right lines!
The idea is about harnessing and or defeating something that is bit on the basic side to take a photo that belies the cameras nature! If you are unsure about a camera, ask me in the comments section below, before you enter!
Fortunately, because I need enough time to write my review, I’m going to give you a long time to enter. The deadline for entires is the 19th of July. That’s two months. Enough time to buy a camera, take a photo and enter it if you don’t already have a camera.
I have a strong idea of what I am looking for, so as I say, I am going to be really strict with these. I hope I am leaving no grey areas but if any come up I will add to these and tighten them up as I see fit.
- The photo must be taken with a camera bought for less than £10 (or the equivalent in your local currency).
- The camera must not be worth more than £10 if you were to resell it. So no charity shop bargain Contax T2’s please!!
- The camera must be a 35mm point & shoot camera like the examples above – if its made of plastic you are probably on the right lines!
- The camera must be autoexposure or fixed exposure! (exposure compensation is fine)
- The camera must be autofocus or fixed focus! (as long as is no way of adjusting focus it’s fine)
- Only one photo to be entered per person!
- The photo must be taken this year!
Please remember this is supposed to be fun. I know it is a really nice prize, but all this is supposed to be about a reflection of how positive the film photography community is! If you don’t shoot with these sorts of cameras usually, go out and buy one. There are millions of them on ebay, in charity shops, at car boot sales etc. Find one, load a roll and take some photos – you never know, you just might enjoy yourself more than you expect!
What I am looking for:
I’m looking for a good photo – both objectively and subjectively speaking. I want to see an image that belies its origin as being taken with a cheap camera. There are some really great automatic point & shoot cameras out there that can be had for next to no cash at all. I want this to be a celebration of just what these sorts of cameras are capable of.
How its going to be judged:
The photos will be judged by a few photographers who I have I worked with on other competition projects in the past. Whilst I will have a part in the short listing process, the final judging process will be based on the collective decisions of a group of 5 or 6 people who only know each other through social media. In the past we have found that this removes any possibility of bias winning out, and the end result is always completely fair.
I will be asking the judges to consider objective and subjective quality of the images and value of the camera. Lower valued cameras will have an advantage if the judging comes down 2 favoured images.
How to enter:
Just enter you first name, surname, email address, the details of your entry and upload a photo – simple as that!
I can only accept JPG files, I’d like them to be 2000px maximum on the long edge, and please keep them less than 300kb, tops!
Just so you know you will also be added to my list of email subscribers. My main reason for taking your email address is to make administering the competition easier. If you don’t like/want my email updates, I’d recommend waiting until the competition is finished before unsubscribing – though you can of course unsubscribe at any time.