During this difficult time, many of us are stuck at home twiddling our thumbs and wondering what to do to occupy ourselves. Luckily, lens and camera manufacturer Sigma has launched the #SigmaShotatHome cinematography and photography competition that invites you to capture and share your own depiction of what life is like in quarantine.
Open to any United States citizen, the #SigmaShotatHome competition will be hosted online running from 6 April to 26 June, 2020. Each week, a panel of Sigma professionals will judge the entries based on creativity, originality and adherence to the theme of "shot at home". They'll then select a winner to receive a $500 American Express gift card.
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At the end of each month, a winner will be chosen from the pool of weekly winners to receive a $1,000 American Express gift card. When the competition comes to a close there will then be an overall contest grand prize winner selected, who will receive a Sigma fp and a 45mm f/2.8 DG DN Contemporary lens. The second place winner will receive any Sigma lens valued at $1,000 or less.
Mark Amir-Hamzeh, President of Sigma Corporation of America, said: "We are in the midst of an unprecedented moment in history that has dramatically impacted the heart of the creative imaging community. #SigmaShotatHome is our humble attempt to bring inspiration and creativity to a difficult situation and to remind creators, regardless of stylistic choices, field or gear preferences, that we are in this together."
To enter the #SigmaShotatHome photography and video competition (opens in new tab), your photos must be under 25MB, in .jpg format and with a maximum resolution of 3,000 x 2,000. Any video entries must be 60 seconds or shorter in 720-1080p and in /mov or .mp4 files only. You can check out the full list of competition rules here (opens in new tab).
You can submit your photo submissions here (opens in new tab) and your video submissions here (opens in new tab), but make sure you use the correct naming conventions as described here (opens in new tab). Good luck – and have fun!