Meet the Sponsors of the 2009 Photograph of the Year Contest - Think Tank Photo

Another returning sponsor from the 2008 Photograph of the Year contest, Think Tank Photo has offered up several fantastic camera bags as prizes for the 2009 Photograph of the Year contest. As a special offer to members of PhotographyCorner, with any purchase of $50 or more from Think Tank Photo, you will receive a free camera bag! Just click here and start shopping to activate the promotion. For more on Think Tank Photo and their sponsorship of the 2009 Photograph of the Year contest, check out the interview below.

Tell us a little bit more about Think Tank Photo.

Think Tank Photo is a group of designers and professional photographers focused on studying how photographers work, and developing inventive new carrying solutions to meet their needs. By focusing on "speed" and "accessibility," we prepare photographers to Be Ready "Before The Moment," allowing them to document those historic moments that reflect their personal visions and artistic talents. For some companies, it is only about the product. For us, it is more: It is about supporting photographers doing their job. If we can design products that help photographers travel easier, take pictures faster, and organize their gear more efficiently, then we will have accomplished something beyond the bags themselves.

Think Tank Photo was started in January 2005 by two designers, Doug Murdoch and Mike Sturm, and two photographers, Deanne Fitzmaurice ( and Kurt Rogers. Deanne Fitzmaurice won the prestigious Pulitzer Prize for photojournalism in 2005, (

"Think Tank," which is defined as an idea producing organization, perfectly describes Think Tank Photo's company culture and mission of creating inventive new carrying solutions. Think Tank has created a string of inventions since 2005 unmatched by their competitors.

With the introduction of the Multimedia Wired Up Collection, Think Tank continues as the industry leader by being the first company to design a series of products specifically for the new dSLR's that record still images, video, and audio. The Multimedia Wired Up Collection proves again that listening to working professional photographers and understanding their needs is the catalyst for inventive products.

Why did Think Tank Photo decide to sponsor the PhotographyCorner 2009 Photograph of the Year contest?

Think Tank is a boutique camera bag design company that philosophically believes that professional and serious amateur photographers comprise a community that is passionate about its craft and art. By sponsoring the PhotographyCorner 2009 Photograph of the Year contest, we lend our support to those who have achieved excellence in the field.

Tell us a little more about the prizes Think Tank Photo is offering for the contest.

Airport Acceleration -- Legal carry on backpack fits all international carry on requirements when the laptop case is removed. It can be decreased in size and weight immediately by removing the laptop case. New security features!

Urban Disguise 40 -- This will hold more gear than ever imagined! A wide angle lens with lens hood attached, a 24-70 f/2.8 with hood, a 70-200 f/2.8 with hood reversed, AND two pro size dSLRs (without the lenses attached) in the expandable front pockets. A regular size dSLR with a lens attached can also be put straight down inside of the bag. Strobes fit into the stretchable side pockets, as well.

Trim Changer -- Change your batteries, teleconverters, small lenses, Pocket Wizards, and other SLR items in this one easy-access trim bag.

How will the camera bags that Think Tank Photo is offering help people become better photographers?

Every bag that we create begins with input from leading professional photographers. They advise us during every step of development in order to create carrying solutions that match photographers' behavior. Our goal is to make using our bags so seamless that photographers aren't even aware they're there. Ultimately, photography is about getting the shot, not about the gear. We want photographers to have ready access to the right gear at the right time so that they are getting the shots they desire.

What else would you like to share with the PhotographyCorner community?

Just as digital technology transformed photography, the merging of mixed media—such as photography, video, and audio—is quickly emerging on the horizon. It will offer different opportunities for storytelling. Think Tank is already producing bags for this emerging trend as the gear—and utilizing it in the field—is more complex.

Posted by Tim L. Walker on Sun, 2010–01–17 02:45