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SHORTS & BRIEFS: August 16

A concise round-up of new product updates, international snippets and other interesting stuff from the wonderful world of photography: It’s the IWPOTY!…Steady On – it’s a smartphone gimbal…Camera bag for Wilderpeople…

What IPOTY is that? It’s the IWPOTY!


The ‘International Wedding Photographer of the Year’ competition is getting its third run in 2019.

It’s the second ‘International Photographer of the Year’ venture run out of Australia, the other being the International Landscape Photographer of the Year (ILPOTY), brought to you by Peter Eastway and David Evans. IWPOTY is run by Adelaide-based wedding photographer, Luke Simon.

Tara Lilly from Canada won the ‘From Above’ category in last year’s IWPOTY awards.

Entry is $18 per image, and the number of categories has increased to 10 this year. The entry fee includes GST for Australian photographers.

The prize pool is US$21K in cash and camera gear, with overall first prize winner picking up US$3000 and over US$6000 worth of sponsor-donated prizes.

Last year the competition was won by Dan O’Day from Australia. Luke Simon told Inside Imaging entries doubled last year to almost 2000, and came from all over the world.

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Steady on! New, improved phone gimbal


DJI, has launched a portable, foldable 3-axis gimbal for smartphone videography, the Osmo Mobile 3.

The Osmo Mobile 3 weighs just 405 grams and DJI claims it has a battery life up to 15 hours. A new ‘Quick Roll’ feature allows switching from portrait to landscape without having to remove the phone, and the design has been improved so charging and audio ports aren’t obstructed (how clever!). Sports mode has also been improved from the Osmo Mobile 2.

Zoom control, timelapse mode, dolly zoom, and Active Track are also featured, and in addition to the physical trigger, you can use gestures to begin recording or take a photo.

Osmo Mobile 3 will be available from next week in two packages. The standard version includes the Osmo Mobile 3, a wrist strap, storage pouch and anti-slip pads. For $189 the Osmo grip tripod and an Osmo carrying case are included.

Here’s a short video to be going on with…

New bags from Mindshift Gear (by Think Tank)


Blonde Robot, Think Tank distributor into Australia, has announced the MindShift Gear BackLight Elite 45L backpack, with 45 litres of internal volume for a combination of photo/personal gear and dedicated laptop/tablet, and attachment points to accommodate a tripod, ropes, axes – the whole kit and caboodle.

Weather-resistant zippers and materials protect your gear when trekking in extreme environments. Rear-panel access adds security. The BackLight Elite 45L features YKK AquaGuard zippers and waterproof/tearproof sailcloth, robust lumbar padding, and a quick-dry back panel for increased ventilation.


Other features:
– Aluminum internal frame supports the load and keeps it in place;
– Dedicated compartments fit up to a 17-inch laptop and a 10-inch tablet;
– Meets most international and US carry-on requirements;
– Dual-density, honeycomb mesh shoulder straps;
– Includes tripod/monopod mounting system on front or side;
– Front pockets totalling 17 litres to carry personal gear for a day’s outing;
– Hydration reservoir ready (not included);
– Waterproof, heavy-duty tarpaulin base, brown colored rain cover blends in with the environment;
– Removable camera compartment with emergency shoulder straps to avoid gate check, removable waist belt for ease when traveling.

The Think Tank Backlight Elite 45L will retail for $675.

Think Tank has also released the Mindshift Gear Stashmaster 13L, an accessory ‘travel cube’ that enables you to expand the capacity of any large backpack/roller/duffel or expand personal gear space in the Backlight  Elite 45L. RRP is $115.


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