SanDisk Launches Professional Photography Contest on Facebook (Press Release)

What: Milpitas, Calif., June 8, 2010 – SanDisk Corporation (NASDAQ: SNDK), the global leader in flash memory cards, today announced that it will launch a professional photography contest on the SanDisk Extreme Team Facebook page starting June 8. Participants will be able to submit photos in four different categories – Nature, Wedding/Events, Action and Fashion. The Facebook community of SanDisk Extreme Team Facebook fans can vote for their favorite photos, and a SanDisk panel of professional photographers from the SanDisk Extreme Team will review the quarterfinalists and select the contest winners.

The grand prize winner will be offered a one year spot on the SanDisk Extreme Team and the grand prize winning photo will be exhibited in the “Winner’s Circle” gallery showing during the PhotoPlus Expo in New York City. The four finalists, the winners of each category, will each receive a $1,000 cash prize and their photos will be featured in the online Winner’s Circle gallery. Eight runners-up will receive $250 worth of SanDisk imaging cards and their photos will be featured in the online Winner’s Circle gallery.

Who: Anyone eligible can enter, but the contest is recommended for professional photographers. Simply complete an official entry form and submit a photograph to the SanDisk Extreme Team Facebook page. See Official Rules for eligibility restrictions and entry details.

When: The contest begins June 8 with a submission deadline of July 31 at 11:30 p.m. PT. SanDisk Extreme Team Facebook Fan users can vote for their favorite photos from August 1 through August 31. The ten most popular submissions in each of the four categories will proceed to the final round of the competition where a panel of professional photographers from SanDisk’s Extreme Team will pick the finalists and then select the winners for each category as well as the grand prize contest winner. The winners will be announced on or around October 31 and the grand prize winner’s photo will be showcased at the Winner’s Circle gallery showing during PhotoPlus Expo in October.

Where: SanDisk Extreme Team Facebook page. [Editorial Note: the PR people did not supply the URL so I Googled it – if it is not the right place, I’m sorry!]

About SanDisk

SanDisk Corporation is the global leader in flash memory cards, from research, manufacturing and product design to consumer branding and retail distribution. SanDisk’s product portfolio includes flash memory cards for mobile phones, digital cameras and camcorders; digital audio/video players; USB flash drives for consumers and the enterprise; embedded memory for mobile devices; and solid state drives for computers. SanDisk is a Silicon Valley-based S&P 500 company, with more than half its sales outside the United States.

© 2010 SanDisk Corporation. All rights reserved. SanDisk, the SanDisk logo and SanDisk Extreme are trademarks of SanDisk Corporation, registered in the United States and other countries. Other brand names mentioned herein are for identification purposes only and may be the trademarks of their respective holder (s).

This media alert contains certain forward-looking statements, including applications, markets, and customers that are based on our current expectations and involve numerous risks and uncertainties that may cause these forward-looking statements to be inaccurate. Risks that may cause these forward-looking statements to be inaccurate include among others: market demand for our products may grow more slowly than our expectations or there may be a slower adoption rate for these products in new markets that we are targeting, and the other risks detailed from time-to-time in our Securities and Exchange Commission filings and reports, including, but not limited to, our most recent annual report on Form 10-K and our subsequent quarterly reports on Form 10-Q. We do not intend to update the information contained in this media alert.

Bicycle Portraits – everyday South Africans and Their Bicycles; a Photographic Book in the Making

Had an email from Stan Engelbrecht who is trying to spread the word about a photography project he is working on:

Hi Decisive Moment. I just discovered your blog. Great work! I thought you might be interested – I’m working on a very exciting book project (Bicycle Portraits – everyday South Africans and their bicycles; a photographic book in the making) at the moment and I wanted to share it with you.

Please have a look at out Kickstarter pledge/reward page – we are using an alternative way of raising funds by essentially taking pre-orders (with benefits, depending on the pledge amount) from an online community who want to see the project succeed. It’s an interesting concept – truly independent, community based and very inspiring. Check it out!

Stan Engelbrecht
Director / PhotographerDay One Publishing, South Africa
+27(0)82 928 6586
silencebegan (Skype)
@bicycleportrait (Twitter)

I have had a look at the photos – see what you think:

Aspect2i – New Company Launches ‘Fresh Approach’ to Photography

A new company, aspect2i, announces a “fresh approach” to photography workshops. Aspect2i offers a wide range of workshops providing tuition for all ability levels and across many aspects of photography, with an emphasis on developing skills and confidence. Partners Paul Gallagher, Trevor Waldron and Michael Pilkington describe their new venture as “helping you to take your photography to the next level”.

According to Paul Gallagher, founding member and aspect2i tour leader, “You don’t learn photography by simply being taken to beautiful places. You learn photography when supported by knowledgeable and helpful leaders who are dedicated to you, your time, and your specific needs whilst on the workshop. That’s where we stand apart. Our classroom and field-based workshops are virtually tailor-made for participants, with the emphasis on individual education and progress.”

Aspect2i is answering the growing demand for quality tuition and experience in producing strong and satisfying photographs with the increasingly capable equipment that enthusiasts and novices alike now have to hand. The company’s aim is not only to help photographers to use their equipment effectively, but very much to develop their ability to see and create excellent images.

Aspect2i believes in covering the entire photographic journey – from capture to finished print. Photographers at all levels can quickly develop skills and confidence whilst enjoying a rewarding workshop experience at excellent and carefully selected venues.

Trevor Waldron adds, “The photography workshops we now offer are the ideal mix of practice and learning. Participants will leave feeling much more confident about using their cameras and seeing creatively, and will be increasingly satisfied with their images.”

Aspect2i launches with a highly-experienced team of leaders and tutors who embrace digital, film, colour, and black and white imaging. Additional leaders will broaden the range of locations and skills that will be provided.

Michael Pilkington comments on the core values of aspect2i: “Personal experience tells me that dedicated tuition and guidance, by leaders who truly want to help you, makes all the difference. That is our byline, and we invite everyone to try aspect2i’s fresh approach.”

To learn more about aspect2i’s extensive portfolio of workshops, visit:

New PocketWizard AC3 Zone Controller (Press Release)

For many months, people have been asking when this unit will arrive and now we can tell you that shipping will begin at the end of June!

The AC3 ZoneController is the gem of the Control TL product line. Add it to your on-camera Mini TT1 Transmitter or Flex TT5 Transceiver and you instantly have three zones of flash control. Whether working in E-TTL or manual mode, you now have control over all your flashguns directly from the camera’s position. Put your flashguns wherever you want without worrying about having to access them during a shoot. With the AC3 ZoneController, you are in total control of your flash.

Three clearly labelled dials allow you to increase or decrease power to three zones of flash in 1/3-stop increments, with a range of up to six stops. Three switches allow you to change zones between Manual, Auto (Power Tracking E-TTL II) or OFF. Best of all, the design is simple with an intuitive interface.

When matched with the new Power ST5, you can also control Elinchrom RX heads from the camera position.

Key Features:

  • Three independent zones of flash control.
  • 6-stops of flash control in 1/3-stop increments.
  • Works in PowerTracking E-TTL II or Manual mode.
  • Turn zones On & Off remotely.
  • Works with Canon Speedlites, Elinchrom RX Alien Bees flash. Nikon coming soon.
  • Put your flashes where you want, without worrying about accessing them during a shoot.

The price… £59.99 inc VAT

BlackRapid FastenR-3

The FastenR-3 is BlackRapid’s latest invention for carrying your camera and lens. Finished in black nickel, the solid stainless steel design provides a positive connection point while perfecting the quick and easy attachment and release system.

The enhanced locking ridges on the FastenR-3’s underside ensure that solid connection between your camera and FastenR is strong, secure and confident.

If you are not already familiar with their products, it might be worth a visit to the BlackRapid website.

JP Code 430009 – SRP – £14 Inc VAT