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January 2013 ILFORD Website Photo Competition Winner Simon Powell

JanuaryWinnerMr. Simon Powell of the UK was our January 2013 winner in the ILFORD Website Photo Competition. In fact, he also had another photo chosen in the “Highly Commended” section as well. He was a double winner! His photo is featured on the home page at for the entire month of February 2013.

You could be this month’s winner. Just CLICK HERE, enter your photos, and we could be writing about you in coming months.

We contacted Mr. Powell and asked him some questions about his photography.

SP Sandstorm in Masai Village

© Simon Powell

ILFORD blog: Tell us about the winning photo that is featured on this for February.

Simon Powell: The photo was taken in Kenya whilst on safari. We visited a Masai village and soon after we arrived a sandstorm blew up. I noticed a lone warrior walking away the sand in the air was creating a hazy effect against the blue sky.

IB: How did you “finish” the photograph? Did you use any special enhancements?

SP: The only processing required was cropping and tweaking contrast in curves using PS6.

IB: When did you get interested in photography?  How long have you been taking photographs?

SP Spitfires At Sunset

© Simon Powell

IB: Do you travel quite a lot?

SP: I do travel quite a bit mainly in Europe and am particularly interested in historical locations, Rome, Venice and a like.

IB: Do like to see your work in print? Do you most often do it yourself or send it out?

SB: I print my favourite photos and since joining my local camera club, Epsom Camera Club, enter them in internal and external competitions where I have received favourable results. I print my own photos and do use ILFORD papers mainly ILFORD GALERIE Prestige Smooth Gloss and Smooth Pearl.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERABig thanks  and congratulations to Mr. Simon Powell, our January 2013 Winner in the monthly ILFORD Website Photo Competition.  We appreciate you talking to us and telling us about yourself. Visit his Flickr site to see more of his photography.

Learn more about ILFORD GALERIE Prestige photo papers for photographers including ILFORD GALERIE Prestige Smooth Gloss and ILFORD GALERIE Prestige Smooth Pearl at

ILFORD Photo Prints from Gotham Imaging | LIMITED TIME!

Gotham ImagingThere are at least two reasons why ILFORD Master Elinor Carucci uses Gotham Imaging for her fine art printing… they’re very good at what they do and they use ILFORD paper. Ryan Speth and Peter Berberian are committed to bringing the highest quality digital photo prints to every client on every order with their very own personal touch. Gotham Imaging uses ILFORD GALERIE Prestige Gold Fibre Silk and GALERIE Prestige Smooth Pearl and Smooth Gloss.  All of these photo papers provide a large gamut and excellent permanence ratings. That’s why professsionals  like Elinor Carucci choose Gotham and ILFORD for their gallery and curatable work. (more…)

ILFORD In Print and Online | Photoshop User, Photography SILO, Digital Photo, and Digital Technique

ILFORD inkjet photo paper is showing up in lots of places these days. The October issue of Photoshop User Magazine features the new ILFORD GALERIE Prestige Smooth papers. Reviewer Steve Baczewski rates both papers 4 out of 5, and applauds their wide dynamic range and rich blacks.  Steve explains that he printed a standard reference target containing a variety of subjects, landscapes, gray-scale ramp and color patches, and created custom ICC profiles for his testing.  Noting that the Smooth Pearl “has a soft white that works well with portraits and accurately reproduced a wide range of colors with plenty of detail,” Steve also raves that the Smooth Gloss “has a similar wide color gamut, with rich blacks and sharpness that give prints a nice dimensionality.”  Pick up your copy of Photoshop User Magazine to read more.

Online our friends as Photo Silo took a look at our ILFORD GALERIE Prestige Smooth Pearl. (more…)


ILFORD GALERIE Prestige is showing up in lots of places these days. Here’s just a sampling of articles and notices you’ll find online and in print about ILFORD GALERIE Prestige photo paper for digital photographers.

The September “In Focus” in Outdoor Photographer Magazine features ILFORD GALERIE Prestige Smooth Gloss 310gsm and ILFORD GALERIE Prestige Smooth Pearl 310gsm. Here’s one quote from the listing: “With a high-density heavyweight base and smooth finish, the papers are designed to deliver the true look and feel of an old-school photograph.” (more…)

ILFORD and Canon USA | Try My Photo

ILFORD with Canon USA Inc. announced a limited time promotion for the successful “Try My Photo” program, exclusive to United States residents, which allows participants to print one of their favorite eligible images on just-launched ILFORD GALERIE Prestige professional-quality media using select Canon PIXMA Pro series printers (see for program details and restrictions).

ILFORD GALERIE Prestige Smooth Pearl and Smooth GlossTo demonstrate the professional-quality printing capabilities of its inkjet printers, Canon has selected two new papers from the ILFORD GALERIE Prestige range including Smooth Gloss 310 gsm and Smooth Pearl 310 gsm, on which to produce the free 8.5”x11” prints. Recently recognized with a 2012 TIPA Award for Best Fine Art Inkjet Paper, the 310 gsm ILFORD GALERIE Prestige Smooth Gloss and Smooth Pearl are now available to the U.S. market.

To take advantage of this promotion, register online at ILFORD GALERIE Prestige and Canon USA Try My Photo, upload an eligible image and select the option to print your image on ILFORD paper. The free prints will be produced on Canon PIXMA Pro printers including the Canon Pixma PRO-1, Canon Pixma Pro9500 Mark II and Canon Pixma Pro9000 Mark II, and mailed directly to the recipient; offer is limited to one per household during the period July 17thru September 30, 2012.

Take advantage of this opportunity to see your photo printed on the new Learn more about ILFORD GALERIE Prestige and ILFORD GALERIE Premium inkjet papers for digital photographs at You’ll find articles, product information, videos and more.


Professional Photographer Online Features ILFORD GALERIE Prestige Smooth Pearl and Smooth Gloss

ILFORD GALERIE Prestige Smooth Pearl and Smooth GlossProfessional Photographer’s July online exclusives include ILFORD GALERIE Prestige Smooth Pearl and Smooth Gloss. To read the entire article click here: Ilford Introduces Improved Smooth Gloss and Pearl Papers.

“The surfaces of these papers show gorgeous detail and a very deep DMAX,” says Mark Levesque of Studio Mark Emile.

Professional Photographer features web-exclusives each month. You’ll find all kinds of informative short features on lots of topics.  CLICK HERE to read more web-exlusives from Professional Photographer.

Learn about new ILFORD GALERIE Prestige and GALERIE Premium papers at Take your time and enjoy the articles, features, videos, and complete product info we’ve gathered for you there. Photographers need inkjet paper that looks and feels like a photograph.  ILFORD GALERIE Prestige and Premium inkjet photo papers give your images the presentation they deserve. Check out Future Now for more information.

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ILFORD’s New Family of Fine Art Inkjet Photo Paper

The introduction of ILFORD GALERIE Prestige and ILFORD GALERIE Premium inkjet photo papers for photographers is and exciting development for everyone who enjoys seeing a fine photograph in a real life print that you can see and feel and even smell, in the case of Gold Fibre Silk’s baryta base! Here’s an overview to help with understanding exactly what has changed and what hasn’t changed.


Prestige is a 5 star fine art paper line that rivals any media available for fine art photographic printing. The well known ILFORD GALERIE Gold Fibre Silk is still the Rolls Royce of the Prestige line. Nothing at all has changed for this paper except it’s now in the way cool black boxes.  This is the same 310 gsm baryta base that you’ve come to know and love. Rumors of it’s demise were very premature.  It’s here, it’s the same, so just keep on with this great paper.   The Smooth Pearl and Smooth Gloss surfaces continue in the GALERIE Prestige line but with some added weight. Both of these papers were previously 290 gsm weight. In the Prestige line these two great surfaces are increased to 310 gsm weight giving them extra body and a rich feel that fine art printers are sure to love. This increase gives your fine art and production prints the look and feel they deserve whether it’s a family portrait that will be handed down for generations or a curatable print that you’re selling to a gallery or museum. The next new paper in the Prestige line is not a paper at all. It’s a film based media called GALERIE Prestige Smooth High Gloss. Remember ILFOCHROME or even Cibachrome?  That’s the look you’ll get with this metallic-like surface that provides a wide color gamut and a super high gloss surface. There are more fine art surfaces available in rolls so check them out at


The new GALERIE family papers also include two surfaces in a Premium 4 1/2 star paper. There are two surfaces, Glossy and Lustre, available in these 270 gsm papers ideal for proofing, for students, or for anyone who wants a high quality photo paper at an economy price. Have a listen to ILFORD product manager Joshua Fischer go over Prestige and Premium in this new video.