“So schön ist Wien – So KREATIV ist Wien” Photo Contest 2016 Results

Dear Friends,

With thousands of contestants sending in their work throughout the Spring and Summer, I can’t believe that my photo was selected as one of the 100 winning shots for this year’s “So schön ist Wien” contest! This is my first time winning any kind of a photography competition.

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VPW Guest Blog Series, September 2016: PolaWalk

As our readers will know, this summer I launched a project called “VPW Guest Blog Series”, in which I invite local talent to come in every month and tell us about their work, presenting their latest projects. So far I have featured photographer Hongwei Tang and blogger Secret Vienna, both of whom took the time to describe their creative processes in their own words. Our September issue, while falling under the category of “Guest Blog” is, in fact, written by yours truly. But since PolaWalk invited me to explore their world with them, thereby making me their guest, I think it qualifies!

I first heard about PolaWalk a few months ago, via Instagram, from a friend who has just discovered them and embraced the ‘power of Pola’. PolaWalk stands for ‘Polaroid Walk’ and is – you guessed it – a company that specializes in guided Polaroid Photo Walks. I never used a polaroid camera in my life (though, obviously, I did covet the SpiceCam back in the early 90’s; what little girl didn’t?!) so I had my heart set on interviewing these guys about their work, to find out what it was all about. They exceeded my expectations by inviting me along on a tour where I was able to get first-hand answers to all my questions. I hope you enjoy reading about PolaWalk, and find yourselves curious enough to give them a try! There is a special discount code for members of VPW, please scroll to the end of the article to obtain it.


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Vienna Photo Walk Meets Oxford Photo Walk

What have you been up to so far this summer? Did you get to go away somewhere nice, warm (and sandy, perhaps), or are you someone who stays in the city and works through the summer, taking your vacation in the Fall instead?

Apart from an end-of-the-month Italian get-away, planned several months ago, I did not have anything going on this summer. So when Lorna, friend and former fellow co-ordinator of Vienna Photo Walk, invited me to visit her in Oxford I jumped at the opportunity. For several reasons:

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Happy World Photo Day 2016!

Happy ‘WORLD PHOTO DAY’, everyone!

Born in 1839, this wonderful art form turns 177 today and is, arguably, stronger than ever. For most of you here, I am sure, it is your principle – if not only – hobby, so let’s show it some love! Photojojo.com complied a wonderful list of ways to celebrate this awesome day, and I’m sure you’ll find both resonance with and inspiration from their article.

I don’t remember the first time I took a photo; my dad’s always been into photography, so I grew up surrounded by some pretty cool equipment, and spent countless hours in the darkroom of my dad’s office after school developing negatives, printing photographs, and making passepartouts.

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Prater By Night – A Tough Competition

Prater By Night: an exciting topic! I talked at length about why it was selected in one of my most recent posts, and I am happy to say that the quality of the work from this event was outstanding. From long exposures to bokeh, and from bright neons to ghostly black and whites – the members of VPW who joined us on this walk really outdid themselves! I loved seeing so much variety.

Judging the contest would have been hard to do on my own, so I’m glad I never have to! The winners of our contests are chosen by the members of Vienna Photo Walk themselves; anyone may vote for their favourites, whether they attended the walk or not.

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VPW Guest Blog Series, July 2016: Hongwei Tang

For a while now I’ve wanted VPW to be not only a place of (physical) encounter for local photographers, but also a stage for talent, and a ‘directory’ for creative minds. On that note, hosting guest blog posts, written by local photographers, artists, designers, and bloggers, is an idea I’ve been playing around with since the beginning of 2016.

I’m very pleased to announce the launch of our VPW Guest Blog Series, appearing (from now on) regularly on our website. And here to kick-start this project is Hongwei Tang.

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