Win a photography book in a tutorials contest

Win a photography book in a tutorials contest

Summer holidays are a great time to catch up on reading photography books and trying new ideas. LGW aims to help you there with a new contest.

That's right, we are announcing the first LGW contest: submit a cool photography tutorial and win a great book.

The prizes

This time for prizes we picked two awesome books that focus on developing kickass photography skills rather than train a GIMP or Photoshop user.

Sketching Light: An Illustrated Tour of the Possibilities of Flash

Sketching Light: An Illustrated Tour of the Possibilities of Flash, Joe McNally

Following up on the great success of “The Moment It Clicks and The Hot Shoe Diaries: Big Light from Small Flashes”, legendary magazine photographer Joe McNally takes us on another memorable ride with Sketching Light, another trip into the land of light—but this time running the gamut from small flash to big flash, and everywhere in between.

He tells readers what works and what doesn't via his let's-see-what-happens approach, he shows how he sets up his shots with plentiful sketches and behind-the-scenes production shots, and he does it all with the intelligence, clarity, and wisdom that can only come from shooting in the field for 30 years for the likes of National Geographic, Time, Life, and Sports Illustrated—not to mention the wit and humor of a clearly warped (if gifted) mind.

Photographically Speaking: A Deeper Look at Creating Stronger ImagesPhotographically Speaking: A Deeper Look at Creating Stronger Images, David duChemin

“Photographically Speaking” is about learning photography’s visual language to better speak to why and how a photograph succeeds, and in turn to consciously use that visual language in the creation of our own photographs, making us stronger photographers who are able to fully express and communicate our vision.

By breaking up the visual language into two main components — “elements” make up its vocabulary, and “decisions” are its grammar — David duChemin transforms what has traditionally been esoteric and difficult subject matter into an accessible and practical discussion that photographers can immediately use to improve their craft.

The rules

Pick one photography trick you've discovered and submit a short entry for our tips and tricks section. It could be a useful hint on panorama photography, an interesting studio lighting setup with an example of the outcome, a short guide how to take pictures of the night sky... This is entirely up to you. Show us how creative you are :)

Here are the essential rules:

  • Only one tutorial is allowed per person, but you are free to send two updates till the end of the submisison period.
  • The text should focus on a technique that you either developed or learned and improved.
  • The text should be previously unpublished.
  • You are free to use any file format you like for the text as long as images are provided separately.
  • Images should be cropped to 580px width.
  • All images should have your copyright.
  • If you submit diagrams and suchlike, please provide source files (SVG, AI, etc.).

We will judge quality, not quantity. Sending a book-sized tutorial doesn't win the contest, sending a tips'n'tricks-sized tutorial doesn't lose it. Make sure the idea is clear, the text is easy to follow and gets to the point, and illustrations support the explained technique.

It's OK to mention some postprocessing, but for this particular contest it shouldn't be the focus of the tutorial. In that case we ask you to refer to free software such as Hugin, Luminance HDR, GIMP etc. or use common software terminology and explain the principle. This is to make the technique easily reproducible.

Please send all submissions to Feel free to either attach files or keep your files in a public dropbox folder and link to them. You can also use services such as and for storing pictures.

Submissions close on August 26. We'll announce the winners on August 28 and publish the winning entries next.

The jury

María “Tatica” Leandro is a talented freelance graphic designer and photographer working in Fedora design team. You can browse her Flickr stream here.

Mark Probst has an established reputation as a studio and street photographer. He's also known as creator of the Mathmap plug-in for GIMP. You can browse his Flickr stream here.

Alexandre Prokoudine. Founder of Libre Graphics World.

Copyright policy and submissions publishing

All content on this website is available under terms of the Creative Commons by Atribution Share-Alike 3.0 Unported license. By submitting your tutorial to the contest you agree to license it under the same terms. This doesn't apply to your original (e.g. RAW) files used for creating tutorial illustrations, unless you choose otherwise.

We will not publish submitted tutorials that haven't won unless you explicitly allow us to do so. If you do allow us to publish your tutorial, we will be glad to feature it as a guest blog post, which means we link back to your blog or online portfolio.

Update: due to poor timing choice there were no submissions. Alas, it's a failure. However, if you are willing to share photography tips, let us know. A new contest is entirely possible.

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23 Responses. Comments closed for this entry.

  1. Thanks for the info! Will try to be waiting patiently for the results…!

  2. I love these contests :)  Who won? I’m really curious!

  3. Thanks for this post. I love these contests too =D

  4. Who has won the contest? This is a good opportunity for all hobbyists, new photographers, and travelers who love to capture nature, people, and emotions.

  5. Wow! This is an exciting competition. I really like it!

  6. Where can I see the results?
    I’m curious what techniques other readers came up with.

  7. Alexandre Prokoudine 07 February 2013 at 4:02 pm

    There are no results. This contest was a complete and utter failure :)

  8. Are the results available now? I would like to be a part of the next contest, I love photography!

  9. Recently, Adobe Systems Inc. has given permission to use the source code of Photoshop version 1.0.1. to know more

  10. awesome.. but results?

  11. Alexandre Prokoudine 18 February 2013 at 11:58 pm

    See the update at the end of the post :)

  12. I really like photography. I always look for something new to this and it is very beautiful.

  13. Today I got this contest on Google when I was looking for live contests, but its over now :( , but please let me know if you have some other offers so i can take part in that contest :)

  14. online video tutorials 31 March 2013 at 5:37 am

    Yeah I’ve read both of those books.  Gives a good personal perspective about the photographer’s approach.

    Although you also need to be well rounded and be able to edit your photos. Adobe Photoshop is a must still, even for minor editing.

    All part of being a digital photographer.

  15. Its a real shame this didn’t work out it was such a nice idea

  16. This was a need idea for a contest. What type of tutorials did your receive from people? I know there sure are some amazingly talented people out there, so I’m sure they were all very well done. Have you posted who the winner was yet? Side note: I crack up every time I see the software GIMP. Thanks.

  17. hay, will there be another contest like this?

  18. A shame that this didn’t work out.  I am looking forward to seeing a new contest put in place.

  19. This photography contest is exactly what I was looking for, I’m glad to see that it was announced. It seems that I’m a little to late, so I was wondering if you would have another one similar to this one?

  20. Yeah when will the next contest be?

  21. nice article,I like contest and this type of contest can executed after a small intervals of time,by these type of contest a brilliant stuff is produced.Thanks for sharing and executing.

  22. WOoww.. Tutorial contest that really interest! I wish I could enter this contest, in future.. :(