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LaCie Mobile Drives

It's scary when you think about how many times a day or an hour or a second, we use our computers to access information. Accompanying the release of LaCie’s new solid state Mobile Drive range was a quote from an IDC whitepaper (sponsored by Seagate) that says 5 billion consumers are interacting with data, every day. By 2025, this will jump to 6 billion or around 75% of the world’s population – and each of those 6 billion people will have a data interaction every 18 seconds! And the amount of data? The report estimates there will be 175 zettabytes by 2025 – and we don’t dare look at how big a zettabyte is!

So, we’re figuring LaCie was just letting us know that the market for storage space is alive and well, and that people are always looking for more space and fast access to that space. Hence the introduction of the LaCie Mobile Drives.

The new LaCie Mobile Drive is useful for lower capacity photographers who just need an extra drive to store their images next to their laptop, all the way to power users who will find they need several of the 5TB drives (capacities include 1, 2, 4 and 5TB) for backups, archives and working on the road.

The Mobile Drive works with both Mac and Windows computers, but the space grey colour is only available through Apple stores. Connection is via USB-C and of course, the units will still talk to what are affectionately called ‘legacy computers’ , those with USB 3.0 and slower connectors.

If you want something that’s even faster, look at LaCie Mobile SSD. When there is a need for fast file transfers, LaCie Mobile SSD dishes out intense speeds of up to 540MB/s, but its largest capacity is 2TB. Nevertheless, whether shuttling content from the set to postproduction or using it as a scratch disk editing 4K video projects, it has the speed! Currently these are only available at Apple stores.

Both the Mobile Drive and Mobile SSD units feature a new diamondcut design and include a 1-month subscription to the Adobe Creative Cloud All Apps plan. LaCie Mobile Drive features a 2-year limited warranty, while LaCie Mobile SSD offers a 3-year limited warranty and a 3-year subscription to Seagate Rescue Data Recovery plan.

For more information visit www.lacie.com/as/en

Peter Eastway - 2019 AIPP Nature Photographer of the Year

On Tuesday 13 August 2019, Peter Eastway was announced as the 2019 AIPP Australian Professional Nature Photographer of the Year. This followed on from his win as the AIPP NSW Epson Professional Photographer of the Year, including the nature category.

"It's a great honour to win this award. I'm known for producing interpretive landscapes that include post-production techniques, so it was an interesting challenge to work within a category where there are limits on what you can do after capture - the most important limit being that the photo must remain authentic to the subject photographed, so no composites, no cloning areas out, no squishing or squeezing the image!

"In reality, most of my landscapes are produced much the same way. I think successful photographs rely on the creative mapping of tone and colour to enhance the subject and once you approach an image this way, things have a habit of falling into place."

However, Peter says winning the Nature category isn't so easy and he actually suggests it's partly a matter of luck.

"You can enter your best work, but you have no control over how good the work of other photographers is, or how the judges will react. That's why I like the AIPP's awards system. Instead of going for a place, the main objective is to get four silver awards - or maybe four gold awards. There is no limit to the number of awards the judges can hand out and conceivably every entrant could receive a silver or gold award.

"However, when it comes to the various categories, there is only one first place. Instead of your work being judged against a standard, it is compared against the work of other photographers and that's why there's an element of luck.

"I really struggle to decide which of my photos will appeal to the judges, so this year, I took a slightly different approach. I started by entering 12 prints into the Epson State Awards. Some did remarkably well, others bombed. I even 'earned' a 67 for one which my friends love to remind me about!

"At nationals, you can only enter four prints, so based on my state results, I went with three images that had scored well and one new one, crossing my fingers that the judges would see things the same way.

"Even after all these years, I find it challenging to second-guess what other people like, so when you're choosing photos for a competition, a wider pool of entries is going to give you a better chance of presenting one or two that will resonate with the judges. The initial 12 entries at state helped me work out my strongest images for the nationals - or APPA."

The AIPP APPA Nature category was sponsored by Lacie and Peter acknowledged their support. "When travelling, I always back up my files onto Lacie Rugged drives and back in the studio, I use a Lacie 6big with a TB3 connector for my complete archive."

And don't forget - entries into the 2019 Better Photography Photo of the Year Awards close on 15 August 2019, so there's still time to enter - and who knows, you could be part of the $17,000 prize pool too! For more details, visit www.betterphotographyphotocomp.com now!

Better Photography Photo Of The Year 2019

A World-Leading Photo Competition Offering Both Advice And Prestige

Late entries still open until 21 August 2019 - you may not receive the 5th entry free but price is still $20 per entry!

The Better Photography Magazine Photo of the Year Award 2019 offers great prizes and is highly respected around the world on the competition circuit.

  • Every entry receives a judge’s comment to help you improve your photography. Many past entrants have noted how useful these comments have been!
  • Your photographs are professionally judged by three AIPP Grand Masters of Photography and every entry gets a score.
  • The best images will be awarded Bronze, Silver or Gold Awards.
  • There are six exciting Category Awards with a special product hamper from Canson, Datacolor, Momento and Wacom.
  • And then there’s the prestigious Better Photography Magazine Photo of the Year 2019 Award with a AUS $5000 cash prize and a Nisi Professional Filter kit!
  • Entries are open now!
  • Results announced by 30 September 2019

Get Professional Feedback!

We have three AIPP Grand Masters of Photography judging our competition because we want you to receive the benefit of genuine, professional experience. And we keep the same judges each year so you have consistency of judging and commentary. Plus, every entry gets a judge's comment to help you improve your work.

Worldwide Audience

Our entrants come from the Americas, Europe, Russia, Asia and Oceania. So while we're an Australian based competition, now in its 13th year, we welcome international participation!


  1. Emotive Portraiture
  2. Classic Landscapes
  3. Creative Flair
  4. Exotic Travel
  5. Incredible Sport
  6. Revealing Nature

All entrants will need to create a new account as we have a new judging system and database. 

Don't Delay - Enter Now As Final Days!

Challenge yourself? How many Bronze awards can you earn? How many Silver? Or is there a chance you could earn an elusive Gold? 


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