The Nanaimo Arts Council is hosting an art photography show and are looking for submissions for photos of downtown Nanaimo. Interested photographers can find more information here. Just to warn you though (and shame on the Arts Council), the release you must sign when submitting the photo gives full copyright and ownership to the Arts Council of your photo. That is too bad, and I suspect it is just not knowing any better. If you ask, I suspect they will alter the agreement. I plan on submitting an older photo I did (in this post) as well as trying a new one very soon. Of course they are photos of no commercial value to me, so I'm feeling pretty easy about their use, but if you have one that is a great, marketable photo I'd think twice about entering it. May 15th is the deadline for submissions and the art show will be in June.
Lastly, Picturcode has released an update to their popular Noise Ninja software. This update allows for batch editing with the standalone version as an export from Lightroom. This is a great update for me as I can send batches of photos from a particularly noisy shoot (usually hockey) all at once and save time. I've really liked Noise Ninja since I bought it. The software works well and cleans noise very nicely without over softening the image. I'm curious as to how I will like it compared to Nik Software's Dfine, which I have repurchased as a plugin for Lightroom, but haven't received yet.